THE DRAWING ROOM #27: DS EPISODES 341 – 345

These episodes of Dark Shadows originally aired October 16-20, 1967.

In this installment of The Drawing Room:

  • Bubble bubble, toil and trouble! First look at Julia Hoffman’s basement lab
  • Parting is such sweet sorrow: the End of Woodard
  • Alas poor Devlin! We knew him well…
  • Hoffman doth protest too much, methinks
  • Barnabas waxes eloquent….even as he’s committing murder!
  • The book, the bat, and the imaginary friend
  • David gets even weirder than before…
  • A double dose of Peter Murphy!

And…

  • The new Time Machine is up and running!

The End of Woodard

The Barnabas/Victoria Storyline Takes Center Stage Again

WHAT is Maggie wearing?


Julia encounters some terrifying trees in the garden…

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6 Responses to THE DRAWING ROOM #27: DS EPISODES 341 – 345

  1. Mariam says:

    I try to avoid too much Baby Boomer nostalgia, but the recent Dark Shadows movie (I surprised myself by liking it) has made that difficult, and it eventually led me to your delightful podcasts. You guys really are pros! I first came in as a ten-year old when a visiting cousin introduced me to DS in the late summer of 1967. I didn’t even know what a vampire was and was too embarrassed to ask her. Your productions remind me of how much I had forgotten without really losing hold of the main storyline. Anyway, thanks and keep it up—I can’t wait until you get to 1795, the real heart of DS!

  2. Burke Devlin is killed off in an off-camera, and I always wondered if the intent was to potentially bring him back (although I think his dead boy his positively identified prior to the 1795 flashback).

    This is an impressive twist on expectations. When Burke was investigating Barnabas, it really seemed as if the show was building up to a showdown between the two. Heck, Barnabas wanted his fiancee. But perhaps when the decision was made to keep Barnabas, there was no need for the anticipated scene of Burke staking Barnabas and setting all right with the world. No, instead, we have the face-off between Barnabas and Woodard. And I think it works quite well. There’s certainly more guilt involved for Julia. It’s one of my favorite storylines.

    • chrissy says:

      You know, you’re right! We really were building up to something in the Barnabas vs. Burke showdown, and then….poof! All gone. I wonder what happened, what made them decide to go in a different direction. It’s hard to believe we had that big love triange rivalry story build up to that point simply to have it instantly wiped out by an unfortuante accident. My feeling is they were building one storyline, but abandoned it in favor of another. Kind of like the writers weren’t exactly sure what they were doing, where they were going.

      Are you suggesting that perhaps we were going to have a story where Burke does away with Barnabas, then the decision was made to keep Barnabas, so they got rid of Burke instead? That would make sense, but I think the original 13 week stint for Barnabas had already passed by this time. Were we working on a second 13 week stint at this point? I’m really not a student of the history of the show’s production, and if anyone knows something I don’t know, please do share!

      But in the meantime, we at least have a showdown between Woodard and Barnabas, and of course we know how that turns out. Somebody HAD TO die. Both Woodard and Burke were getting too close to the truth. The creators were writing themsevles into a corner, something had to happen. It’s interesting, though, that Barnabas kills Woodard, but Burke dies in an accident. is this because it would have been just too gruesome to have Barnabas kill both of them? the writers are clearly trying to turn him into a sympathetic character, and I think it would be awfully hard to feel any sympathy towards someone who had killed long-time heroic character Burke Devlin.

      But along those same lines…how can we feel Barnabas is a sympathetic character when he’s just killed the good Dr. Woodard? Later he’ll explain that he feels sometimes it’s NECESSARY to kill, and while we can certainly understand him feeling that way, I personally don’t feel very sympathetic towards him at this point.

      It’s a very complicated situation that is constantly changing and evolving. So much fun!

      By the way, Stephen, welcome to the website, and thanks for all your insightful comments! Hope to hear more from you in the future!

      Chrissy

  3. You’re right, Chrissy. The original 13 weeks would have ended around the time that Jason McGuire dies. The second 13 weeks would have ended around the time that Woodard dies or close to it.

    During the period when Burke was closing in on Barnabas, there was a storyline regarding the Seaview House, which was quickly dropped. It’s possible that that was intended as the next storyline once Barnabas was eventually exposed. Dramatically speaking, Barnabas’s interest in Vicki would have “upped the stakes” (pardon the pun) because she was the female lead and Burke’s fiancee.

    The cure storyline was perhaps an effort to extend things. I think Barnabas is more sympathetic during this period — or by that, the audience’s sympathies are directed more toward him. It’s a storytelling “trick” but watch as he slowly but surely become the protagonist. The “crises” suddenly becomes any threat to him (exposure by Maggie, David, or Woodard) rather than any threat he poses to someone else (e.g. when he attempted to kill Maggie).

  4. Mariam says:

    Hi. Yes, I must have been lured by this “storytelling trick” (granted, I was only 10 years old) because I started watching during the “cure period” (my first real memory of “Dark Shadows” is Julia giving Barnabas an injection). By this time, I was “rooting” for Barnabas, even against a kid—David—who was my age. And now, in reliving it, it is hard to understand why. Certainly, I felt sympathy after seeing Barnabas’s 1795 back story, but why now?

  5. Emily says:

    I just wanted to add, the most shocking thing about maggies skirt? If you look closely, you will find it is actually a giant pair of bell bottom pants!

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