Discussion in 'Cult TV' started by Alexis, Oct 5, 2016.
Julia has just discovered Barnabas' secret!
When DS introduced Barnabas, it was meant to be a thirteen-week story arc, with Barnabas written as a full-tilt villain since he was scheduled to be killed off at the end of the arc. It was a last-ditch effort to give the show a ratings spike since it was suffering ratings-wise (as well as creatively). It was only after he caught on that the writers realized they now had to keep him on--and to keep him on, they had to make him more palatable and/or sympathetic. I'm sure if they had known Barnabas would be a hit, they would not have written themselves that far into the corner. The trip back to 1795 was the culmination of this reformation of the character, explaining his villainy was thrust upon him by an even worse villain(ess), and that he honestly wishes he weren't such a blood-thirsty killer. Soaps have this dubious tendency to reform their villains in this way simply because the fans seem to have this love/hate relationship with villains. Note that during the course of the series, Barn would occasionally lapse into heroic territory, only to be dragged back into being bad as fans continued to have this love/hate relationship with his being a vampire with a conscience. They didn't want him to be too bad, but not too good, either. So rather than framing this as an effort on the part of the writers of DS to change the way we looked at the vampire legend, I think this new approach was just a product of trying to write a vampire into a soap opera, to fit a totally irredeemable character into what is an extended morality play. A "soap vampire" would need to be defanged (for lack of a better word) in order to be viable in the long-term, since soaps are obviously "all about the long-term".
Victoria is sitting in the blue whale waiting for Maggie and Sam Evans and Earl Holliman's husband while the theme to "A Man and a Woman" plays on the jukebox and then they all discuss that mysterious little girl named "Sarah" they've spotted around Collinsport.
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