6 comments on “Episode Fifteen: A Blundering Succubus

  1. Now for myself?

    I WISH I had performed this better between them. I only realized later that it’s the FIRST fan work in which the earliest TWO vampires played on television by Canadians are meeting!

    Lily was played by Yvonne DeCarlo, who came from British Columbia, and Barnabas, played by Jonathan Frid, was from Hamilton, Ontario. I HOPE I can have them interact even better in the future. ❤

  2. . . Ah, “trouble on the set”—there goes the fourth wall again.  😉

      . . You’ve lost me when you talk about a lot of cards spread over the coffin.  Is that cribbage?  Solitaire? . . . Ah, discovered Mary Read and Anne Bonny on the internet; I can see how they would still have been known in 1795.  That’s Angelique’s reaction to her coffin having been decorated by a cutlass, right. 

      I misheard “Lily” as “Millie”, and went down a research rabbit hole about Millicent from 1795 . . .

      *giggle* Confusing Victoria Winters’ initials with the Volkswagen logo . .

      Fun to see Willie playing with Sarah:  that should be quite healing . .

      What does the music box do?  (Pardon me if you’ve portrayed that already.)

    😉 “Madam….moiselle” again

      😉 “Love-bats” instead of “love-birds”

      😉 A coffee variety named after “Lucretia Borgia”? Very good!

      “Not so much . . any more.” reminds me of “Monty Pythonand the Holy Grail”:  “She turned me into a newt. . . . Well,I got better.” . . Ah, vampires come in different varieties . . .

      . . Ah, Reverend Collins.  I suppose I should have expected you to mention him at some point (did they on the original show?).

      “My connections swear there’ll be none of that ‘parallel
    time’ nonsense.”  Caleb is pretty disdainful of that plot
    twist that the writers introduced—do Caleb’s feelings
    reflect your own on that point? 

    At the top of the page, the in the bottom right illustration in Alan Alda, isn’t it?
    Between the glasses and being in black and white, you’ve done a very good
    job of giving him a Dark Shadows flavor.

    Cordially, etc. . . .

    • Aye, a fly on the set was a frequent stumbling block in production of the old show. The coffin relates to what has become of Angelique. On the original, and in the Pit’s 12th episode, comes the moment that Nicholas Blair turns Angelique into a vampire. It’s in the Pit’s 11th episode he goes to purchase a coffin from the local undertaker in advance of making Angelique a vampire so she’ll need one. So they’re playing cards on the quickly procured coffin. And yes! She sees the cutlass and makes a Bonny and Reade crack over that.

      Yes! Plenty of viewers have seen the “VW” written out in the 1790’s portion as a conjuring method and our being so raised with so much advertising makes us immediately think “Volkswagon”. ^_^

      The music box reference is Josette’s music box Barnabas gave to her. He later tries to give it to others, or sometimes it just seems to trip someone out, or it opens on it’s own. One of those spooky facets that keeps changing and is iconic for the show. Wow, is the Borgia coffee named after Lucretia? I mainly recall it as a particular blend that may or may not have hints of orange. And no, there was little mention of the original books on the DS show (minus The Count of Monte Cristo very early on). A friend and I haven’t seen anything listed that Austen’s works were influences of 1790’s DS, but we heavily suspect they were.

      With Caleb’s ghost, I got the feeling if he was earth bound for one hundred years and even at a distance watching his huge family metaphorically eat each other alive, he’d just start exploding if he ever showed up. His attitude about what he’s seen and endured throughout time makes a lot of sense. For the purpose of a relief-series that resolves things Paralell Time could only be helpful for quick gags and not a lot else. I don’t have much disdain for Paralell Time personally, it’s kind of an “Oh?” or fun on Star Trek shows. (But Paralell Time definitely *adds* the point of requiring a Time Lord to bypass the problem, which is quite fun!)

      I do enjoy grousing about certain bits of the show for fun, that and other stresses makes Caleb’s crankiness very easy and enjoyable to perform, when I can get the accent right. Oh! And some admiration of Hawkeye being in the collage. That is nice to see. Thank you!

    • Oops! I forgot to respond to the card game explanation! Took me this long to recognize being at a loss to what they were playing. (But with so many details it’s easy to lose sight of one.)

      So Blair has asked, “Why not play regular Rummy?” and Angelique expressed that with Gin Rummy it’s less messy, whereas with playing Rummy you’d litter the top of the coffin with more cards… which then, as she says it, gives her the chance to call the coffin “ridiculous” and complain about it.

      With basic Rummy you can fan the discard pile out longer, whereas with Gin Rummy it’s ten cards in the hand and one discard pile. Less space required. ^_^ (I learned that from a friend many years ago when we were stranded with another friend outside somewhere and waiting for another friend who drove to come and get us. Ah, life without mobile phones. You made do. ❤ )

  3. [inserting Lordgro’s continued comments for this episode, with kind permission, and excluding things I was concerned were too personal/private. (Hope that was okay.)]

    . . . Angelique certainly puts up with a lot of crankiness
    from Nicholas Blair . . .
    “Roger’s always been good for a drink,” *chuckle* . .
    That seems like a useful accomplishment for Roger,
    getting the marriage annulled. And then it’s handy that
    Lily shows up in the nick of time. 🙂 . . . Did Lily turn Angelique
    into a bat?—ah, it’s confirmed a little later in the episode . . .
    oh, Victoria Winters is a witch? . . .
    . . . Pleasant that Willy Loomis can hit it off with the children
    so well, I suppose it will contribute to his emotional healing . . .

    I thought at first that Barnabas could not have met Kitty Soames,
    because he was trapped during her lifetime; but then the dialog in
    this episode reminds me that there’s time-travel, so it’s possible.
    From the point of view of his personal time-line, it could be
    after the events of Episode 15 . . .

    (Wait, Josette had an incarnation as a German spy? 😉 )

    *Chortle* Did Sir Simon say “love-bats” instead of “love-birds”?
    That’s great!

    Sell Collinwood! Woah! . . . ah, she pulled their legs very effectively.

    . . . Somebody in the story has named a coffee blend after the Borgias?
    *chuckle* . . . pretty cool that Lily seems to have made chemical (alchemical?)
    discoveries that let her control aspects of vampirehood so adroitly, and it
    sounds like potential life-improvements for Barnabas . . .

    . . poor Willy is thoroughly pessimistic on his ability to sustain a romantic
    relationship, isn’t he? I’m glad Wadsworth is trying to make him more
    optimistic . . I don’t understand Willy’s difficulty with these dogs (or should
    I remember from an earlier episode? . . or perhaps Clue) . .

    Cool, relying on the listener to be familiar with characters from
    Pride and Prejudice beyond Darcy and Elizabeth . .
    cute turn of phrase, “dodged a silver bullet” . . . and it’s fun to hear
    Barnabas refer to the expression “rubbing salt in a wound”
    (are so many of these expressions fading away in this century,
    as it seems to me? Or is it just a trick of aging memory . . . )

    Ah, so Caleb enlightens Barnabas about Victoria Winters . . .
    When Caleb says Tom Jennings is “one of ours”, does he mean
    that Jennings is a vampire? Or a Collins?
    *chuckle* Funny to hear Caleb mention the “Summer of Love” . . .

    . . Ah, if Angelique victimizes Jennings, I suppose he can’t be a
    vampire (they can’t feed on each other, if I remember correctly)
    (unless you’re tweaking traditional parameters) . . .

    Where is this children’s choral song from? . . .
    Ah, found it . . . woah! The ending music from Poltergeist?
    . . . You have such a great sense of humor. 🙂
    . . . Case in point!—Where did you find “Always Look On The
    Bright Side of Life” on harpsichord?!?

    . . . Now back to the pre-Episode-15 posts (you can see from
    my last comment above that I’ve already started
    “Intro With Automne Archer”).

    • [And my responses in kind…]

      Glad you’re carrying on. Also, I noticed your comments on the WP for #15 had an inquiry (yes, from February) I hadn’t answered so I did today. The card game was Gin Rummy and the lines about littering cards was in response to the idea of playing plain Rummy, whereas with Gin it’s a tidier game.

      Oh! Aye, the crankiness between Blair and Angelique is very much how they were on the original DS. I got a compliment I’d played that well and it was both convincing for those characters but with the added hilarity of the situation. (They are verbally very biting towards each other.) YAY! It was too hard to resist, “Roger’s always been good for a drink!” (Thank you. I was recently trying to recall having given Angelique good jokes too. That’s the best one I can think of now. I do believe we “lost it” from that one during the rough draft.)

      Wonderful moment with Lily Munster. It just seemed to alight as I sat there “watching” the characters as I typed. Very “Oh, dear. I just got Roger into a pickle by bringing Angelique to his door… OH! Lily! Let’s see what happens! Yeah, she could turn her into a bat! FOOM!” I figure Lily had plenty of traits her dad had, we just never saw much of them on “The Munsters”.

      Yep! I added Victoria Winters having witchcraft skills due to her air of mystery and being able to time-travel. I was encouraged by the actress, Alexandra Moltke, expressing later in an interview that she wished she could have performed something like a vampire or a witch on the show and I clapped my hands, “I got ya covered!” We play with the idea of her being Elizabeth’s daughter, but then who is the father if so? Victoria could have inherited powers from him.

      Thank you for the comments about Willie! Like many fans, I want a love interest for him, but then I stumbled on more potent help for him like calligraphy and making friends with a ghost-child. Willie often has a frustrated kid element in his personality, likely an awful childhood in tow. Having more contact with children who are good and better raised it’s likely that would present him with a feeling of fascination and protectiveness. Very helpful.

      And well said of how Barnabas doesn’t know Kitty Soames now but with time-travel he may later in his own chronology. ‘Dark Shadows’ confuses tons of people, but I’ve noticed if they are also fans of ‘Doctor Who’ and some ‘Star Trek’ they have far less trouble with how things shift in DS. We get prequel information long after modern things occur. With how Josette’s character alters via others traveling through time I am extremely grateful I watched the film “Frequency” prior to “Dark Shadows”. (John Sullivan in “Frequency” changes the past and collects multiple sets of memories as it happens, and then is able to differentiate the changed past from the old one.)

      And the German spy or double agent life as Hansel Bachmeier for Josette is completely my own invention. I discovered Josette had an 1897 incarnation as Kitty Soames and it irritated me that Josette was even more complicated than simply being reincarnated as Maggie Evans. So, I created a male incarnation in between Kitty and Maggie for good measure. (Inspired by my reincarnation studies and one lady in particular researching her possible previous life as a man.)

      Yes, love-bats instead of love-birds. With all the vampirism afoot it felt more appropriate. Glad you dig it! The selling of Collinwood! I can’t recall that from any fanwork, and certainly not as a joke. Me and Auntie speculate this endeavour (The Pit) is good for anything in any of the shows that was “missed”, like sniglets: words that ought to be in the dictionary but aren’t.

      As far as I know Borgia is an actual blend of coffee, but one wonders where the name came from, true! And Wadsworth, in The Pit, knowing a younger Willie Loomis is able to offer more shows of confidence to Willie, I have discovered. (Willie was horrible with women on DS in a lot of episodes.) YES! The dogs! That is another dynamite mix here. In “Dark Shadows” Willie Loomis just has these weird freak-outs over the dogs howling (as dogs do when vampires are around). It seemed over the top but when I thought of all the dogs in “Clue: The Movie” and adding a young Loomis to that? A-ha! Perhaps that could be one reason Willie gets wild about dogs howling. The Hill House pooches freaked him out in his youth. 😀

      Aye, old sayings seem to be fading, as you say, but that’s mainly for the non-bookish types, and plenty of people are discovering, again, one better become a fair-bit bookish if one wishes to survive this crazy world. (I eagerly anticipate old sayings making a comeback.)

      And the Jennings family is discovered to be related to The Collins, so Caleb has to express, “He’s one of ours…” although my fun here is Caleb calling Barnabas “fat-head” which I remember from some Bugs Bunny cartoon. (More old sayings?)

      Oui, Tom Jennings shan’t be with us long. In original DS he does become a vampire, but I decided to cut another corner there. The choral music from “Poltergeist” was a gem to find by Cincinatti Pop Orchestra and it really fit the spirit of this episode for the sake we’re dealing with a family under supernatural perils, but on the whole almost the entire cast is family in one way or another. Sort of a prayer for them and the dedication to Heather O’Rourke.

      “Always Look on The Bright Side of Life” on the harpsichord was performed by Emilie Autumn. Her other tunes are very different but that fit exceptionally for all the awful I was going through and a nod to Lurch from The Addams Family for playing the harpsichord. As for Automne Archer, I still miss her company. She helped me through years of awful confusion. (She was for me like Han Solo for Luke when Vader was on his tail. ❤️)

      (And please pardon my poor Hawkeye impression in #16. I really should have listened to Groucho instead before pursuing it. I learned with Hawkeye there is no mercy in trying to get him right!)

      Aw, man! I needed this today! Thank you and I’m so glad you’re enjoying it all. 1960’s nostalgia and good books as a prerequisite? I cannot ask for more.

      Peace and long-life!

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