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  1. I think that while 1897 was popular with fans, ratings really dropped with the tedious Leviathan storyline followed by 1970 Parallel Time. 1840 was probably designed as an attempt to return to the costume drama with Gerard and Daphne repeating Quentin and Beth. But everything just got too convoluted.
  2. It served as a bridge between 1970 Parallel Time story and the big 1840 introduction: Episode 1061 – 1109, July 20, 1970 – September 24, 1970 After escaping 1970 Parallel Time, Barnabas and Julia find Collinwood in shambles, eventually learning that they’ve been sent to the future, the year 1995, after a calamity destroyed the great house, leaving the Collins family scattered and few. It is revealed that a group of ghosts from the early 19th century, led by Gerard Stiles (James Storm), instigated the destruction back in 1970. Armed with future knowledge from an aged Carolyn, Barnabas and Julia use a mysterious staircase into time, returning to 1970. Once back, the duo investigate the circumstances that led to Gerard Stiles becoming a malevolent real-estate-wrecking spirit. However, Gerard eventually manifests, along with ghostly children Tad Collins (David Henesy) and Carrie Stokes (Kathy Cody), along with ghostly governess Daphne (a pre-Charlie's Angels Kate Jackson), who beguiles Quentin. Eventually, everyone is forced to stand by helplessly while the prophecies come true as Gerard’s ghost summons a horde of zombies straight from their graves that overrun and destroy the great house, also kidnapping Barnabas. Fortunately, Julia uses the stairway into time to escape. Julia’s staircase escape takes her back in time to 1840.
  3. Actually Lorna, I think that we discussed that Joan recipie for days here!
  4. Sounds like something that Joan Crawford would serve her guests. Very high tone.
  5. 1897 was a terrific storyline. I think one of the best. 1840 was good, particularly the beginning with the ghost of Daphne, but for me at the time it got complicated. As for the Parallel Time plots, I don't get the purpose but for giving the roster of actors the opportunity to play new characters. And remember when they briefly went into the future, I believe 1995?!!!
  6. Yes, sorry I didn't make it clear that these are the current rules. The rules also make it impossible to be nominated in both categories for the same role (after the Barry Fitzgerald situation) and to be nominated in the same category for two different performances.
  7. Here are the rules from the Academy about acting nominations: A performance by an actor or actress in any role shall be eligible for nomination either for the leading role or supporting role categories. If, however, all the dialogue has been dubbed by another actor, the performance shall not be eligible for award consideration. Singing that is dubbed will not affect the performer’s eligibility unless it constitutes the entire performance. The determination as to whether a role is a leading or supporting role shall be made individually by members of the branch at the time of balloting.
  8. Well, if you really want to know, the 1897 Quentin was the great nephew of the 1840 Quentin. I saw the last episode too. I read that they learned about the cancellation only a few weeks prior and had to scramble to write some kind of wrap-up ending. Kind of unsatisfying.
  9. The primary Quentin story line was in 1897. David Selby appears as an earlier Quentin in the 1840 story line but he's not around for much of 1841 Parallel Time. I think fans disliked this story line with all new characters. Jonathan Frid played Bramwell Collins, who was not a vampire. Lara Parker was Catherine Harridge, not a witch, but Bramwell's lover.
  10. Yes, her last appearance was in March 1971 during that story line but she wasn't in the final episode. Incidentally, Joan Bennett and Louis Edmonds were, making them the only actors to appear in both the first and final episodes of the series.
  11. Among other Dark Shadows characters played by John, he was Kendrick Young who appeared in the final episode of the series in April 1971. This was during the 1841 Parallel Time story line which finally killed off the show.
  12. I nominate Miranda Richardson, nominated twice, (for Damage and Tom & Viv) but overlooked for Dance With a Stranger, a truly devastating performance.
  13. “You might want to rethink your jewelry”
  14. Speedy: I love your comment about Batman Returns. It reminded me of the scene in Working Girl where Joan Cusack's Cyn could have a whole new career as a hairdresser, taking a pair of scissors to Melanie Griffith's hair with this miraculous before and after:
  15. Was the similarity in terms of the poster to Kramer vs Kramer deliberate? ?
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