Dark Shadows has arrived!

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  1. Daniel Avery
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    One of the Todds (Phillip, I think) mentioned the moon landing in dialogue, which was another OMG moment in terms of their recognition of the outside world. That odd music they played at the Blue Whale may very well have been current to 1966 or whatever but how would I know? :)

    I love it all, actually--the whole package of $1.98 budget, rapid-pace filming, the occasional scenery-chewing. I hope I don't come off as critical, because I'm actually kind of in awe of how much they accomplished with so little...and when it's all clicking, this is a totally can't miss show. It must have been so exciting to be part of that wave of popularity.

    The "establishing shots" used in the early months of the series were likely all the network would allow them in terms of budget.
     
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    i think i said this in the past, on how they made 3 trips to i forget where the hall or whatever the hell the outside of collinwood is the actual place i mean. the 1st trip was before the show even started production on the pilot. where they shot a slew of different stuff no doubt one trip was when Roger Crashed the Car. that i think was the 2nd trip but i'm just guessing on that. no doubt they spread them throughout the episodes and even reused a lot of them until they decided to scrap it for more story and when you watch that era of the show you like those shots and you miss them when they are gone but than at the same time they aren't needed either. as for the music it does sound 60's absolutely
    and no doubt it was to save money but i didn't say the music was bad.

    i just said i don't think any teenager in the 60's would dance to music like that but than i wasn't around in the 60's so i could be wrong on that too.
     
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    I liked the black & white shows better than the color. So the solution for me was to switch the set from color to B&W mode while watching from Episode 295 forward.
     
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    Oddly and without fully realising it I returned to watching Dark Shadows exactly a year after I began watching initially. Something about it just really lends itself to watching in the Autumn and Winter so again naturally I just popped in the disc where I left off. I binged last night and again this evening and so I am now on episode 75. It's a show that just cries out to be watched on the long cold dark nights, it gets dark around 6 now and that just feels right. The slow languid pacing and never ending story vibe just feels right when it's cold and dark and there's nothing better to do.

    After what felt like 14700 episodes ago when they hinted at the Josette Ghost character we have finally had our real first vision of her. Well sort off! We have learned about the old house in the woods, the old Collins house. There it lays abandoned, still weirdly filled with antiques and chandeliers and marble fire places and oil paintings. As if! But that just adds to the wonderfulness of it all. Little creepy bowl cut David has been telling Victoria Winters of "My name is Victoria Winters" fame that he hears voices and speaks to ghosts up at the old house and so off they go to find the ghosts only they don't... They leave and then later Josette Collins comes to life and in a special effects shot glides down right out of the painting and then walks around the deserted old mansion. All glowing white and looking exactly like a ghost from a gothic novel.
    God I love Dark Shadows!
     
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