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  • When do you think Dark Shadows "jumped the shark" (i.e., was there a particular character, episode, or storyline when the quality of the show began to decline)?

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    • The final present day storyline. Far too many characters were sidelined in favor of hijinks with the kids. The 1995 lead-in is brilliant, as are the 1840's episodes. Not returning to the present day after 1840 was also a big mistake, although I do like those episodes.

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    • I'm about 1/2 way through the Leviathan storyline, so it sounds like I have a lot to look forward to (or, more likely, not)...

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    • Adam/Eve was one weak story line. Only Nicholas Blair  with his witty sense of humor kept things going along with Cassandra.

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    • The Lottery.

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    • Some will say it was the Leviathans, but after the scene where Barnabas tells Julia the plot line, I don't think that at all. It was so full of story angles...very ambitious. People who didn't watch every ep would find it hard to follow, which is why they had to write that episode...kinda like the one where Julia explains everything to Prof. Stokes after he arrives in 1840?

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    • The moment that Morgan Collins-PT 1840 appeared on the screen,

      what a bad hire. To retool the show with a leading man who is no more talented than an understudy's understudy. Unforgivable.

      I didn't particularly care that Jonathan Frid didn't want to play Barnabas anymore. But he needed a competent rival.

      Morgan killed the show.

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    • Personally, I preferred the Leviathan storyline over 1970 parallel time. Although it wasn't as good as some of the other storylines, at least it contained characters we cared about. With the exception of Barnabas and later Julia, I couldn't get myself to care about 1970 parallel time. Also, I didn't really believe that the Angelique and Quentin of parallel time were really the alter egos of their regular time counterparts, which made it even further disconnected. As stated earlier, the 1995 storyline was brilliant, and the lead-up to 1840 wasn't bad either. 1840 had a huge build-up and then a very anticlimatic rush at the end. The 1841 parallel time plot should never have happened, given how soon the show was going to be cancelled, but I suppose they didn't know that. It's really a shame that the show ended in the most disconnected plot from the original storyline.

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    • I can only think that after the HODS movie, parents wouldn't let kids watch the TV show anymore, and 1841PT was a last ditch effort to tone it down for those parents.

      But the scripts were too much like a regular soap.

      The costumes became the star, and kids didn't care.

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    • The last storyline with Frid playing another character didn't hit with the fans.  The plot was weak as well.  I think the writers just ran out of good storylines.

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    • I read that Dan Curtis was happy when DS was canceled for that very reason.

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    • Karlcollins wrote:

      I didn't particularly care that Jonathan Frid didn't want to play Barnabas anymore.

      Although I loved JF as Barnabas, I was thinking that Mitchell Ryan (Burke Devlin) would have made a great Barnabas Collins. 

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    • It started to get cheesy when Nicholas Blair came on the show, but didn't actually jump the shark until the Levithons.

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    • I think the beginning of the end came with the final 1841 story line. Through the entire series, until then, Lara Parker was always Angelique and Jonathan Frid was always Barnabas. These two characters provided a sense of continuity thru the various time travels and plot twists. Now, we are visiting the past, but no one from 1971 had traveled there. These actors are now completely different characters, and weak ones at that. This story was totally unecessary. The show should have ended when Barnabas and Julia returned to 1970. The final episode was completely lame. Of course, back in the day, TV shows were not usually given a good ending anyway. Things were usually left up in the air.  You have to wonder though, if the writers did this turn for the worse on purpose, so it would get terrible ratings and get cancelled, since by this time, everyone connected the show was burned out.

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    • Keith Prentice killed it, all by himself. He was unprepared and unconvincing, and a total distraction.

      A total "WHAT?"

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    • DanSaba wrote:
      Personally, I preferred the Leviathan storyline over 1970 parallel time. Although it wasn't as good as some of the other storylines, at least it contained characters we cared about. With the exception of Barnabas and later Julia, I couldn't get myself to care about 1970 parallel time. Also, I didn't really believe that the Angelique and Quentin of parallel time were really the alter egos of their regular time counterparts, which made it even further disconnected. As stated earlier, the 1995 storyline was brilliant, and the lead-up to 1840 wasn't bad either. 1840 had a huge build-up and then a very anticlimatic rush at the end. The 1841 parallel time plot should never have happened, given how soon the show was going to be cancelled, but I suppose they didn't know that. It's really a shame that the show ended in the most disconnected plot from the original storyline.

      I know your comment is old, but I had to respond. I thought I was the only one who preferred the Leviathan storyline over the 1970 PT one! I wouldn't say that 1970 PT was a "jump the shark" storyline, I just couldn't get myself invested in it. I didn't like the characters I was used to being portrayed so differently, and the Quentin/Angelique/Maggie triangle grated on my nerves. I remember wanting it to hurry up and be over right after it had gotten started! It did grow on me a bit later, when it became a "who done it" mystery and felt almost like an Agatha Christie novel, but I still consider it the weakest plotline.   

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    • Parallel time was a good way according to Kathryn at least, for characters to explore "other sides of themselves".  Many believe the series started going downhill with Leviathans, and tried to use 1840 to save it.  Sadly it didn't help as good as it (and the following PT storyline) were in their own right.

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    • The Leviathan sl went badly because the child was a supreme a-hole, then another a-hole, and finally Pennock, playing one of many holes on the show. It filled the Albert Hall. When he went awol, he was scared of a shadow, a bad shadow, and all he needed was to place paper on Nicholas' heart. How touching. Even Humbert didn't care to be faithful to the scene of his dead body and live ghost...a "so What?" moment.

      And 1970pt was awful only when Quentin was talking.

      Rebecca, as they say, well, eff you.

      The beginning of Selby's end.

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    • I wouldn't call it the beginning of Selby's end.  Remember he played 4 different Quentins on the series plus the one he played on the big screen in Night and each one was a totally different person.  He wasn't like Frid who basically had to play the same person in each timeline he was in (until 1841 PT when he played parallel Barnabas' son).

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    • 1897 Selby was IT.  Fun.



      What, they couldn't write some of that into other Quentins?



      Although, I totally enjoyed 1995 Quentin. 1840 Q is okay. 1970pt Q sucked.



      NODS was, well, different.



      And I'm a fan.



      They should have done a PT 1897 after 1840, to end the show.

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    • Roger Davis's OTT acting

      Killing off the Victoria Winters character

      Roxanne

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    • FYI, To the Fandom user of February 6, you miscounted, you only named 3. The one you named  Quentin 1995 is the same as Quentin 1897 who comes to the present.  You were right about 1840 and 1970 PT.  The one you missed was 1841 PT.

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