Monday, July 14, 2014

Readers Poll: The 10 Best Episodes of DARK SHADOWS



By WALLACE McBRIDE

During the last few weeks, we've been asking you to name your 10 favorite episodes of DARK SHADOWS. It was no easy task. Selecting your favorite episode from more than 1,200 stories is not a job for casual fans. In fact, even the wording for this feature, "THE 10 BEST EPISODES," was loaded with possibilities ... would people select episodes based purely on historical importance? Would they follow specific characters? Major plot developments? Would this feature simply turn into "The Best of Barnabas?"

As it turns out, the results were many of those things simultaneously. In the end, almost 200 individual episodes received votes, with a handful rising to the top. There's a lot here to discuss.

In this episode of podcast, Patrick McCray and I get the ball rolling in this discussion, as we announce the winners of the readers poll. We also talk about about the unusual, occasionally surprising trends in voting, as well as the prominent absence of many of DARK SHADOWS' favorite characters from the list.

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9 comments:

Bill said...

Cheers, Wallace & Will! Was that fun. I cannot tell you what a great time I had listening to both of you.
Wallace you deserve an AWARD for the work that you do keeping the CHS site and Dark Shadows FRESH.
Keep it up! And THANKS!

BT said...

Correction: I should have said Patrick (not Will). Sorry.

Cousin Barnabas said...

Hey, a compliment is a compliment. We'll allow it :)

Denise Montgomery said...

I got your numbering system wrong! I thought number 10 was supposed to be the greatest one, and so I put my choice, which was episode #1, as the greatest one, at # 10, with the comment: "Without Dan's dream and this episode, none of the others would exist." So in that case, you have five people who chose it as #1. Darn! But it was interesting to see what everyone picked...and I hope you post the whole list, in order of votes.

maryh3 said...

Just a little comment - that many DS fans say Angelique fell a victim to her own curse. That would not be true because she had removed the curse at the time of her death. Yes, it would be a Shakespearian tragedy/irony and you can believe it if you wish, but the reason Barnabas is walking around in the daylight is because she removed the curse. I personally never agreed with the writers giving her the ability to remove it - which she was unable to do before. Nonetheless you cannot have it both ways - an non-Vampire Barnabas AND a curse where every woman he loves dies.

Cousin Barnabas said...

We don't mean that death; we're referring to the time Barnabas strangles her in 1795 as she's trying to put a stake into his heart.

cynthia curran said...

The cursed was weird it just took the lives of women in the 18th century. Josette, Sarah and Naomi, no one in the 20th century. It didn't effect Joshua since he was uncertain that he could love anyone. It didn't effect Ben Stokes maybe loved Barnabas as a friend. It didn't effect anyone in the 20 century like Barnabas cousins Most fans think that Julia Hoffman loved Barnabas and live. So, maybe the cursed only work in the 18 century was not forever as Angelique wanted.

maryh3 said...

OK - that one does make sense.

cynthia curran said...

Denise too bad.

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