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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….”



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‘»)


Finished watching: “The Last Ship,” season 1. πŸ“Ί Good and moving on to season 2. Hadn’t heard about this show until recently. Since it was made in 2014, it’s curious, given the premise, how differently it can be perceived now vs. then.


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.


Finished watching: “Dark Shadows,” Collection 2, discs 2 and 3. πŸ“ΊπŸ‘» (I’ve seen Barnabas wear his ring on the wrong hand twice now. πŸ€”)