One aspect of the show I dislike - and I guess its a soap thing- is characters regressing for the convenience of the plot. Liz is telling Maggie that David needs to learn there are no ssuch things as ghosts and witches etc.
We're less than 10 eps from when she emerged from a waking death after being cursed by a witch....does she just forget this stuff? Are we supposed to?
Like I say, it's no doubt a trope of the soap opera but it does jar.
Y'know: it had completely escaped me that not only is this year the 50th anniversary of DS, but the 25th of Revival DS! There's a rather wonderfully pleasing symmetry to that.
On my third run-through at the moment: currently stalled at episode 314. I'd forgotten how tiresome the whole 'David locked in the secret room of the Mausoleum' storyline was. The 100 episodes from 210 to 310 i covered in a couple of weeks - i galloped through them, but i've suddenly slowed down to 1 or 2 episodes a day. i think it's the sudden slowdown and the knowledge that Dr Woodard is soon going to regenerate into Not Very Good Dr Woodard. Ah, well: at least there's the satisfaction of knowing he won't be around for too long.
There must have been some serious time issues here - there's SIX MINUTES of the last episode in the recap. There's not even 15 minutes of episode here! I would have been TERRIFIED when Quentin, David and Amy laugh evily. Spooky stuff.
What went wrong for this episode? Everyone (except Alexandra Moltke) was flubbing lines over and over throughout, and half the time they were staring off camera as if they were reading cue cards or a teleprompter. I've accepted the occasional flub in the series, but for this episode. . . wow.
"Keeping an open mind is a virtue—but, as the space engineer James Oberg once said, not so open that your brains fall out."--Carl Sagan
The camera stays on Grayson who has clearly forgotten her line or even forgotten its her turn to speak. Cue Frid, offscreen muttering: "We should be...have...eexpected something..like..this".
She realises its her turn, looks directly at what I imagine are he cue cards and goes "Oh, we should have expected something like this". She seems really quite angry at herself for flubbing so badly. The "oh" she lets out seems to be a genuine "Oops, my bad" haha!
I love the symmetry of a Thayer David character AGAIN being the one to be involved with Barnabas' coffin. Nice symmetry with Ben in 1795. Also very reminiscent of Jason Maguire and Willie thinking that the coffin was where the Collins jewels were. In fact, there's also the fact that this is the second Grayson Hall flashback character to use tarot, after The Countess. Lots of nice callbacks here.
David Selby must have been bloody glad to get some lines after 2 months of "stand there, look eerie"
I believe she did say it was her favourite role on the show, although she's also great as "Hoffman" in Parallel Time.
Magda, however, is a glorious creation.
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Oh you've got some wonderful characters coming up. Nancy Barrett is brilliant in 1897...well, she's always brilliant.
I can believe it - Trask is here:) This must have been after Jerry had the Woody Allen play and made quite a name. I bet his fees went up!
I've actually found 1897 quite scary and spooky in a way I haven't done with the show since Nicholas Blair's days. Quentin's head superimposed with his own skull? Eek!
The pace right now is frenetic. It's a new major sub-plot very few episodes. Though I'm missing Edward shouting about "THE SECRET...YOU MUST TELL ME THE SECRET!" or "THE WILL, YOU MUST GIVE ME THE WILL!"
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