THE DRAWING ROOM #52: DS EPISODES 471 – 480

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These episodes of Dark Shadows originally aired April 15 – April 26, 1968.

In this installment of The Drawing Room:

  • Is it all too much?
  • Lang, the multi-tasking mad scientist
  • Kindness, sweetness and gentleness of spirit (rolls eyes::)
  • Call Me Irresponsible…
  • Stupidly glossing over
  • Vicki is almost happy
  • The Easy Outs: Selective Recognition and Mass Hallucination
  • Itchy Fingers comes to town…then nothing…
  • Maggie’s crazy new roommate
  • The Victoria Winters Roommate Matching Service…not!!
  • Russ’s Time Travel Rubber Band Theory
  • Angelique is not like everyone else
  • The Collins are inbred…but in a good way
  • Lang’s elaborate laboratory
  • An ugly scene with cue cards, a gun, and a telephone

Also…

  • Are the Beatles not live because Paul is dead?
  • Brady bunch beginnings?

aamarriedThe happy couple…

aainlaw3…and the unhappy sister-in-law

lab2Mah WAH HA HA HA HA!!!!

aadc3Dream Curse…Commence!!!

aaportrait1“I know you think you know who I am, but I don’t know if you know that who I think you are is who you really are.”

aascreamSomething to scream about

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THE DRAWING ROOM #51: DS EPISODES 461 – 470

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These episodes of Dark Shadows originally aired April 1 – April 12, 1968.

In this installment of The Drawing Room:

  • Back to the future
  • What about David?
  • Barnabas and Julia mend fences
  • The lovers’ inconvenience of being born in different centuries
  • Lang begins with a bang
  • Hoffman, Lang, Van Helsing—which was it supposed to be?
  • The Anti-Vampire Treatment hospital release form?
  • 15 minutes could save you from an eternity of vampirism!
  • The old man gets all the young chicks
  • Marry her or kill her? Decisions, decisions…
  • How are Stoddard & Peterson like Hepburn & Grant?
  • The strange and haunting journey…
  • Bradford/Clark Mystery Theater
  • We’re overdue for a criminally insane murderer

Also:

  • Martin Luther King Jr. goes to the mountaintop
  • George Hamilton is a survivor
  • On the Cutting Room Floor

51carNight Drive to Destiny

51drsDueling Doctors

51barnabasreflection“Here’s lookin’ at you, kid…”

51hoffmanhairChic!

51dontunderstand“I don’t UNDERSTAND!!”

51smugjuliaOh my, how the dynamic has changed!

51armDr. Lang’s new show on the DIY Network

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THE DRAWING ROOM #50: DS EPISODES 456 – 460

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These episodes of Dark Shadows originally aired March 25 – 29, 1968.

In this installment of The Drawing Room:

  • Time is running out
  • Once upon a time, there were three little foreshadows…
  • The crossbow, the bare hands, and an unlikely promise
  • History, the Way You Like It
  • 1796 Scorecard: who’s dead, who’s crazy, who’s incarcerated?
  • The hinges of character development
  • Apart from being a vampire, how did he change?
  • First, learn your ABC’s…then I’ll kill you!
  • Barnabas, the engine of destruction
  • Obsessive love + supernatural power + being a sociopath = the delightful disaster!
  • The Time Travel solution to grief
  • Shattered glasses, collapsed lives, and the broken back of the camel
  • But he’s a GOOD dastardly villain!
  • The silver cross, the chains, and the unlikely peace

Also:

  • History for a song
  • Cookie Monster pays us a visit

couple1Too little, too late

aahands“I’ll kill ya with my bare hands!”

cell3“I’ll find you.”

poison1Tough times for strong women

fearNot so suave anymore, eh?

barn1The bleary-eyed vampire

vickiMistress of Death?

gallows8The end of the beginning…

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THE DRAWING ROOM #49: DS EPISODES 451 – 455

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These episodes of Dark Shadows originally aired March 18 – 22, 1968.

In this installment of The Drawing Room:

  • Is Vicki changing history, or preserving it?
  • If someone is crazy, does that mean you can’t believe ANYTHING they say?
  • When Joshua Collins speaks….
  • Hats, doors, names and voices from beyond
  • Fashion Faux Pas… or pregnant?
  • Unemployed jailer, seeks position as escape artist…
  • Time Travel is confusing
  • Crazy woman with a gun
  • Is it better to be shot…or in jail?
  • Daniel, the poor victim of being a kid
  • Forbes: good guy gone bad, or bad guy fully flourishing?
  • Honey vs. Vinegar
  • Chrissy thumps the table, and Russ forgets everybody’s name
  • Incompetent criminals move the plot along
  • Once upon a time, there were three storylines…
  • Vicki bleeds paint (or wax) from a traveling wound
  • Who’s that cackling from my wall?

Also:

  • “I detest you! Let’s be partners…”
  • Our new feature: Get you to youtube!

mapes2“You say Bath-eee-ya…I say Bath—aye…ya…”

zcell2The Collinsport Gaol: It’s no Fort Knox

gun4The Great Escape

zescape1The OTHER Great Escape

zdream1Repeat after me…It’s JUST a dream…

zhuddle1Nothing says safety and comfort like a loaded pistol…

zmilli1The shy bride…who’s completely bonkers!

MODSQUADCARChrissy likes the Mod Squad wagon

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WHAT’S THE HOLDUP?

Hey, guys.

I know what you’re saying. “Uh oh.”

We were in the process of building the new podcast, with tons of kewl stuff, when my computer exploded. We lost a lot of work, and have to return to the drawing board, which, coincidentally, is in the drawing room. We cruised Best Buy and snapped up a new computer. I’ve spent the last two weeks reinstalling software and moving a lot of our data over from the server, but we still have a lot of work to redo.

Losing a computer is a really depressing experience. No matter how diligent your backup process, you’re going to lose stuff, stuff you were just working on. And sometimes you have to back up and start over again. But on the flip side of the coin, sometimes you discover that, over time, you’ve gotten a little bit complacent. You create something (let’s say, an audio clip). Months later, you discover a way to make that audio clip better, but you say to yourself, “Ahhh, it’s good enough.” And so, you let it ride, and leave something that’s not as good as it could be.

Well, “good enough” isn’t good enough.

I don’t think I’m revealing any secrets, when I say that Chrissy and I live in the general area of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Three years ago this week, our town was devastated by an F4 tornado. Our family and friends were fortunate enough not to be among the direct victims of the storm, but I did lose my job, thanks to no building to report to. I worked for a year with temp agencies, before finally latching on to a good position.

It’s taken three years of rebuilding and renovation, but the city is finally starting to see the fruits of its labor, as government, business, industrial and residential areas start to rise from the rubble, better than before. But to be done right, that improvement takes time.

That’s what we do, when losses strike. We reflect, then we rebuild, better than before. And while I’m not comparing the devastation of a deadly tornado to losing a computer, or a podcast, the principles remain the same.

Now, an opportunity has presented itself to us, to make things better. And we’re taking advantage of that opportunity to rebuild some of our clips, and re-examine some of our options for audio & video editing software. All of which we hope yields a better product for you.

We’re rebuilding, and I think, coming back stronger than before, on June 7.

You’ll see what I mean.

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