Explaining the long wait for Episode 17. In this you can hear my laryngitis. In between rambles we have various details of events planned for Episode 17 and how channeling Beetlejuice affects me.
Studying with friends; Osheen and Lisa mentioned the most. Personal reflections and sad apologies to “Everyone”: fans, cast members, social network users. Possible reasons why the new technology is driving us all koo-koo. (Also some comparisons to Star Trek.)
Lots of fun insights about various characters and the deeper lesson Barnabas Collins teaches us from his own personal behaviour: Accountability.
Further updates with the marriage novel side-project, as well as the supernatural elements, including reincarnation.
Various interruptions were left in this update to allow a more human feeling.
Pink Floyd and The Bee Gees sing us into a major list of thank yous.
Lisa’s Interview: Her watching Dark Shadows since the age of five and beyond throughout the years. Kathleen Resch’s Concordances for Dark Shadows, and fanzines: “Inside The Old House”, “World of Dark Shadows”, “Wyndcliff Watch”, “The Music Box”, “Shadows of The Night” and how they were obtained.
When the fanwork shifted away from the original Dark Shadows program. Discussion of Lisa’s Dark Shadows fanwork, which is also relief for the characters. Reincarnation for Josette and fans of that romance with Barnabas being tongue-tied. Sharing our creation techniques. Important relevance for Kitty Soames. Reasons why Lisa’s work is *not* readily available online.
Other fandoms in The Pit and more. Personal reflections on the Harry Potter series, and the peer pressure to enjoy that entertainment as well as others. The fun of Lisa’s visit with us. Going through “Teen Screen” magazines. (Sorry, I keep calling it “Teen Scene”. The magazine is really called “Teen Screen”.)
All the things Lisa and I have in common in both creation and entertainment.
Summary of upcoming Episode 17 in The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows.
At the tail end of this podcast there is a lecture. It’s not a rant, it is a lecture. It’s not for the haters, it’s for “nice guys” who have actually done far more harm than good. For those of you who either hate me or love me, feel free to turn the podcast off when I say the word: “Farewell”.
And for all involved: understand that you have no obligation to listen to this or anything I’ve created. You have freedom of choice, and that is, and what has always been, precisely what the Internet is all about. Period.
A calm, fireside chat update for fans of The Pit. Delving into The Munsters, there is some discussion about type-casting, both for Fred Gwynne and Jonathan Frid especially. Reasons to celebrate the allure of Barnabas Collins rather than being offended by his romantic choices. How fans of the Barnabas/Maggie pairing are preferable to me and to each other. Touches on the mythos of The Vampire through Barnabas and Josette’s romance.
The general vibe seen from fans of The Addams Family as well as The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. A welcoming to more fans of Wadsworth and the film “Clue” due to how The Pit operates in lines and actions. Discussion of game play for the boardgame of “Clue” as well as classic games in “The Pit”.
More expression of exactly why file-sharing and buck-passing didn’t work and why we all thought it would for discussion. Welcoming fans of M*A*S*H and Beetlejuice as well as relieving any concern over the romantic pairings for this program.
Explanation of the human need to break-free from what social-media does to many people, and how to tap back into focus for more healthy interaction. Dismissal of the idea computers are no longer being made. Rekindling old face-to-face friendships, however few.
Most importantly: the joy in our own lives as a blessing in return for providing an atmosphere of love to characters on the screen who didn’t have it before.
As Milligan and Hecubus announce the introduction to this episode, they let us know who lives and who dies. Vampire-Angelique remains impolite to their sorrow. But carry on, they must! And they introduce us to a scene we’ve been awaiting with Doctor “Hawkeye” Pierce (however much I stink at performing an impression of Alan Alda).
As Doctor Hoffman comes to the unbearable realization of who is awaiting her in the autopsy room with Tom Jennings, Professor Stokes listens with complete intrigue. Tom is, of course, affronted to how he is being treated… until a familiar specter informs him of many things Tom is forced to take stock of in the afterlife.
All within The Old House may be cozy, but Vampire-Angelique waltzes in to wreak more havoc. Little does V’Angelique understand that her prey, Barnabas, has many arms about him and all are ready to oppose her intentions.
Bill Malloy’s memory, having been mentioned by Wadsworth, introduce Sam and Maggie to the scene. Sam shows appreciation for Bill. Maggie, as Josette, considers pity for her old friend, Angelique. It is at this point Josette’s loyalty to her old friend is questioned. (If anyone remembers from an early intro?) This is where Josette, finally, expresses her utter distaste in her marriage to Jeremiah. I’m sure many may understand what Maggie, as Josette, explains, even if none of us like to admit it!
Cousins Lily and Elizabeth are packing for their trip, and discuss the terms of what may be disclosed on their journey to England and Leslie’s whereabouts.
In order to combat V’Angelique in the future, Maggie ventures a meeting with The Ghost of Caleb Collins. The two have a great deal to discuss and both understand one another with their knowledge of the afterlife, as well as their shared love in the “kooks” of Collinwood. A resolution is reached here, and one many listeners may grin at.
Doctor Hoffman feels downcast and expresses why as Professor Stokes lends a sympathetic ear, that is, until he notices Doctor Hoffman hasn’t paid attention to how he feels about her. (Prepare for our celebratory tune in the middle of the episode instead of at the end and enjoy!)
As Barnabas bemoans the downfall of so much achievement, a small, familiar, and grizzled voice acquaints him with how to solve the situation. (Psst– Nobody says “The B-Word…”)
Our hosts are stunned at this outcome and then present the final scene, in which Vampire-Angelique comes to the terrifying understanding of what is laying in wait for her, and it isn’t Barnabas’ proposal of marriage.
In between Victoria Winters and Caleb Collins studies we have a somewhat studious ramble to keep you company until the release of Episode 16. Also, why Episode 16 hasn’t been released yet. (Plenty of spooky background music is in this podcast...)
Finding where Dark Shadows characters Chris and Amy Jennings are coming into this radio drama and how they might be blended in via how they are from the original Dark Shadows.
Bits of what’s already been assessed and written in scenes for future episodes. Comparisons of working on original material versus fanfiction material.
Going over old and new studies for Victoria Winters and Caleb Collins back history according to Dark Shadows canon and a few irritations involving those studies when it comes to bad variables in communication about it. Still, the studies are revealing and well worth a listen if one is concerned with those particular characters.
Some meandering discussion about what The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows is and also touching upon Mary Sue characters and Marilyn Ross novels. Knowledge in variables that are important for creating more audio drama episodes depending on all the television shows and characters involved so far and who might be involved in the future.
Pointers of why profit can never be made from this series and how great that is. Encouragement to letter-writing and correspondence of enjoyment whether it’s to this series or for the betterment of ourselves. Why online drama is truly of little relevance to our community.
Just me, no music. Discussion about things, hopefully, getting better, and how to keep that going. The importance of correspondence especially.
Clear reasons why I, and many others, lose their tempers. (Gets a bit loud while this is explained. Not really a rant, more an exclamation of disbelief in contradictory behaviour.) Deep appreciation for the nice people and tools for how to avoid the bummer types, too!
"Spoilers" over scenes one through five, in Episode 16, that are being worked on, as well as the intricate technical aspects that make the idea of critiquing them severely unwanted and unwarranted. (Audio Dramatists? Listen up. You'll probably enjoy this bit.) Plenty of talk about "Hawkeye" finally being included and what's happening in scene four with him. I'm not concerned about spoilers when it comes to this radio drama. People can barely remember what they enjoyed in all the other episodes, so why worry?
My old internet days, Sailor Moon, chat rooms, etc. Why fans identify with Angelique and some may not even know it.
A reading from me of Osheen's review for Episode 7 about one year before this podcast, and my hearty enjoyment of that!
Understanding of the idea of "independence" and how much of an illusion that is.
Not included in this podcast is my suggestion here: If you are wealthy and dissatisfied with your life? Please enjoy the film "The Amazing Adventure" with Cary Grant. Thanks. You're welcome.
The Brady Bunch sings us into a major list of thank yous.
From Dark Shadows to The Addams Family to fandom politics to real friendship to who this series was put online for, and the people who listen damn well ought to figure that out!
Bits of thanks yous to cast members and bare shred mentions about The 50th DS Festival... Social Network warnings, etc. Adventures from tumblr... New friends, Old friends...
Osheen's interview comes and a whole lot from that! (Of course!)Bill, Gerard, Dark Shadows and then? The WORLD!
How we dined after the interview.
Upcoming scenes in Episode 16 of The Pit.
Messages for listeners of what to do to get back in touch with their entertainers, but more importantly how to get back in touch with ourselves again after the horrid addiction to this new technology.
Most of this was created Monday 6 June 2016. I felt the need to address a lot of the high stress going on. As well as some healing, personally.
There is also a short rant or two for those who enjoy my rants. (I know there are some who do!) Discussion of why sharing files everywhere and buck-passing didn’t work.
More in-depth explanations of how the attention-spans have diminished over the years in so many people, as well as the problems with social media and how I am combating those and have done.
Updates on Pit construction as well as the marriage novel, including some past observations. Solid addressing of why the output for both have diminished, which may not be for the reasons one would think.
Fun stuff about how I and others create more authentic fanwork by dismissing poor advice and following our intuition about it. I go into a little of what I did with the Sailor Moon fanfiction that I wrote in the late 1990’s.
*Most Important*: How my audience can develop a healthy relationship with me for the good of us both. Too much that has happened promotes paranoia on either side and it would be much better if you follow the advice I give in this podcast about it. (i.e. If you listen to this podcast and write to me please address that you listened. I don’t have time for anymore random and inane babbling from listening and trying to address these issues while denying you listened. Thank you!)
And, of course, some consideration for two 50th Anniversaries coming up: Dark Shadows and… The Monkees! Enjoy. ^_^
After Sir Simon Milligan & Manservant Hecubus meander through their standard rigmarole of lusting after Angelique (and the usual drooling about Hecubus…) They explain what we are about to explore, as they usually do. *Guest Star: The Collinsport Fly…*
Now that we’ve made it obvious our hosts are rooting for Angelique, we are allowed to see her kickin’ bootie in a game of gin-rummy with the sticky Nicholas Blair. (Do yourself a favour: drink no beverage and have an empty bladder while you listen to this scene. Thanks. You’re welcome.)
Roger and Lily are faced with Vampire Angelique… and… well? Enjoy!
As Victoria Winters, Morticia and Grandmama Addams come to an understanding, strange truths are revealed.
Wistful moments of compassion are explored between Barnabas and Maggie in Josette’s room. Later on we find Willie and Sarah developing their own friendship. As all events come into place there is a question to Maggie about who Kitty Soames is. As she explains this, Wadsworth announces a special gathering taking place according to Elizabeth Stoddard’s request.
During the gathering at The Great House, Barnabas is guided toward his self-introduction to Cousin Lily. After various surprises about her, Lily describes how to deal with “Uncle Caleb”.
Wadsworth and Willie discuss arrangements in The Old House kitchen, as well as delving into Willie’s interactions with calligraphy and why it became so important. Of course, new troubles abound and Wadsworth must make inquiries Willie may not be able to handle.
As Barnabas comes into contact with the ghost of Caleb Collins, he begins to realize the crux of his existence, his love-life and what he needs to do next. (Yep! This is where Caleb names who Maggie is in our side-project, “Margaret Josette Dupres”.)
Sadly, as Hecubus expresses, we find Tom Jennings stumbling upon a beautiful, but very thirsty, young vampire along the wharf.
[This episode is dedicated to the memory of Heather O'Rourke.]
For the people out there who want to talk, who want more, who love The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows: This is for you.
Don’t listen thinking, “This will get people moving.” No. It’s for you the listener, the fan, the one who wants to be engaged and interactive. I hope it helps. Good luck.