Watching

Finished Watching “Dark Shadows,” Collection 6. πŸ“Ί πŸ‘» Those orange candles. πŸ•―οΈ And they use the word for what Barnabas is for the first time ever on the show (!).

“Wave upon wave of terror is to follow in its wake….”

Notes From the Shadows

Jaclyn Smith could have been in “Dark Shadows”?

In my watch of the TV series “Dark Shadows” on disc, currently in what is known as Collection 6, there is an interview with Roger Davis, who played the jailer/lawyer of Alexandra Molke’s character Victoria Winters. He said he was married to Jaclyn Smith for a time and they met when she auditioned for “Dark Shadows” when the production was looking for a replacement for Molke, who was leaving the show. Smith could have had the part – the producer was eager to hire her – but she turned it down. (In the end they decided not to replace Molke after all, choosing to write her character out of the show.) How TV history could have been different…

Davis also shared that when he got the part in the show he was in an off-Broadway play with Stacy Keach. Names of those well-known continued when he added that he was friends with Hampton Fancher, screenwriter for Blade Runner. He got some facts wrong here, saying that Fancher wrote a short story (then he said novella) titled … and here he got the title Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep incorrect, which was actually a novel by Philip K. Dick, the novel on which Blade Runner was based. He said that Fancher never got any money from the short story/novella/screenplay – it wasn’t clear – but that could hardly be the case. Certainly Dick saw little money from Do Androids Dream when it was first sold, because of what publishers were paying for science fiction paperbacks back then, and didn’t start seeing decent income until Blade Runner, according to his biography.

At any rate, this watching of “Dark Shadows” continues to yield rewards. πŸ“Ί πŸ‘»

Finished watching: “Dark Shadows,” Collection 5. πŸ“Ί πŸ‘» Still good, and now there are two different shades of green candle. πŸ•―

“Dark Shadows” candle check-in, halfway through Collection 5: all the candles. πŸ“Ί πŸ‘» Gradually, the white ones in the younger-than-old house have been added to. Now we have numerous red ones, along with blue and, increasingly, green. We had a single green one in the regular old house, in which they hid an object. Well, it might all be as random as the beauty marks that change position and turn to stars (beauty marks everywhere) and the mark on the hand changing hands from one episode to the next, like Barnabas’ ring. On a show in which I’ve seen a studio camera creep into shot like a curious Dalek, it’s all delightfully par for the course.

Finished watching “Dark Shadows,” Collection 4. πŸ“Ί πŸ‘» In an interview on one of the discs, Sam Hall, a writer on the show, said that they stole a lot from – “Who was that American writer?” – Lovecraft. Loved hearing this, but haven’t seen direct examples of it yet beyond general atmosphere. The change that takes place toward the end of this grouping of episodes is well done. And the candles in the now younger-than-old house are white. So, a-ha, the blue ones are purposeful and serve the set and atmosphere.

Watched Juggernaut for the zillionth time. A classic thriller and not as recognized as it should be. What a cast, with Richard Harris, Omar Sharif, Anthony Hopkins, and Ian Holm just for starters. 🎟️ 🍿

Barnabas offering a glass of Amontillado to Peter in the old house is a nice touch. (Rewatching some of “Dark Shadows,” Collection 2. πŸ“ΊπŸ‘»)

And were the blue candles left over from when the show was in black and white, because they “read” better in black and white? Maybe not. The flames flared the camera anyway, creating a shadowy halo in those earlier episodes. Blue ones do look more menacing somehow. And look good against the other colors of the set.

Finished watching: “Dark Shadows,” Collection 2. πŸ“ΊπŸ‘» I’ve seen Collection 3. Starting Collection 4, there have been two more instances of Barnabas’ ring being on the wrong hand. Or maybe it’s been the correct one all along.