“I felt it in that room! I felt LIFE being drawn out of me!”
Oh, thank God you’re here.
Seriously, I’m really glad you showed up to read the blog today. Every once in a while, I get scared that everyone will stop reading at the same time, and I’ll be all alone here, just me… and the episode.
Because right now, we’re in that weird twilight period of a not-entirely-successful storyline, when negotiations have broken down, and it’s obvious that they’ve taken this particular idea about as far as they reasonably can. If this story doesn’t get a whole lot better, then it’s going to get a whole lot worse. Those are the available options.
If you’re joining us late, then well done; I am seething with envy. We’re currently watching a girl who’s strapped to a table in the basement of a haunted house, having her élan vital forcibly wrenched from her body, using all of the powers that weird lighting and sound effects can bring to bear. I forget exactly why they’re doing this. It’s probably not important.
The mad science experiment falls to pieces, obviously, because that’s what they’re for; there aren’t a lot of A-plus students in the mad science graduate programs. At a certain point, you just shut all the machines down, and try to remember where you put everyone’s dental records.
And, hey, check it out — Adam’s pissed off. That’s a new twist.
Adam is a full-size Frankenstein monster, and he used to be a real sweetheart, but for the last month or so, he’s just been stomping around and getting angry at everybody. He wants Barnabas and Julia to create a mate for him, and he’s threatened to kill the entire Collins family if they don’t.
It’s all super complicated, and I got tired of explaining it a while ago. If you’re not completely up to speed on the details of this particular storyline, then honestly the chance of that ever impacting negatively on your life is vanishingly small. Just take my word for it.
So Adam is standing around being aggressively petulant, which at this point is pretty hard to take. This whole situation is clearly his fault, and all he can do is growl at everyone. He keeps making up his own fantasy version of what’s supposed to happen, and then he gets really mad when it doesn’t come true.
Now, just for the record, I want to be clear — I’m not upset with Adam because he’s unreasonable. I love unreasonable characters, because they do irrational things that contribute to story progression. The writers flipped Adam’s switch to “villain” a while ago, so I’m not objecting to the fact that he’s doing villainous things. The problem is that he’s become repetitive, which is intolerable.
Bringing Carolyn upstairs to rest, Adam tries to tuck her life force back into her body, but it’s like trying to get toothpaste back in the tube. This is a one-way street.
So as Adam sits by and grumbles, Carolyn just goes ahead and has an unscheduled experience.
I was alone, somewhere… in a room. A cold, empty room. No way out! I cried out for someone… No one could hear me!
And then — then the walls began to crack! Big cracks, all around! And the walls fell down.
The walls fell down… and disappeared.
At this point, it becomes clear that this isn’t just another one of those run-of-the-mill psychedelic deathbed monologues. Something special is happening.
Outside… there was a fog. I couldn’t see anything. The fog was so thick.
I was frightened. I tried to run… I couldn’t move!
Then I saw something in the fog.
Hazy forms… floating in the air. They began to take shape…
A collection of dead things.
Disconnected… coming toward me. Wanting something from me! Wanting life! MY life!
THEY WANTED TO TAKE MY LIFE FROM ME!
Tomorrow: Missing Persons.
Dark Shadows bloopers to watch out for:
In the reprise of yesterday’s experiment sequence, the camera pointing at the oscilloscope is out of focus. Julia asks Barnabas to keep an eye on the “sine waves” to make sure they don’t collapse. This only barely made sense yesterday, when you could actually make out the wavy lines on the readout. Today, it’s positively baffling.
Julia checks on Carolyn, and says, “Her pulse beat is decreasing.” She’s said this before; I think she’s trying to make “pulse beat” a thing.
When Carolyn is lying in bed, Adam says, “Carolyn — I should never have let you go with… it.”
In the bedroom sequence, when Carolyn says, “Then it didn’t work, and you don’t have your mate,” there’s a lot of studio noise, with people shuffling around.
Behind the Scenes:
There’s an extra treat for the prop-spotters today: When they’re upstairs in Josette’s room, Adam drapes the Collinsport Afghan over Carolyn. This brightly-colored knitted shawl is usually seen at Maggie’s house, but it’s also turned up recently in Liz’s bedroom, and on Joe’s bed.
Tomorrow: Missing Persons.
— Danny Horn