Dark Shadows Similarities
- Recently, someone posted a message detailing how much SP came to
resemble DS when Bob Costello took over as producer and the action
shifted from Maljardin to Desmondton (Collinsport). Desmond Hall
actually was a mirror image of Collinwood - entrance, foyer with
stairs and drawing room. I guess the secret door under the stairs
took the place of that door at Collinwood under the stairs that led
to Mrs. Johnson's room or wherever. Also, the Laslo character -
wasn't he SP's version of Jason McGuire? He came to get his hands on
the Desmond wealth by marrying Ada, just like Jason intended to do
with Liz Stoddard. His exit was simmilar as well, with Julien
frightening him away. His expressions in his last episodes remind me
of the look on Jason's face as he realized he had been beat and
eventually met his fate at the hands of Barnabas.
Did Dark Shadows ever borrow ideas from SP? SP went off in 1970.
Shortly thereafter DS embarked on its 1840 flashback with one story
involving the "Mask of Baal" which was needed to reunite Judah's head
to his body. Could this idea have come from Orendo's mask?
> Did Dark Shadows ever borrow ideas from SP? SP went off in 1970.I think that the final arc for Dark Shadows- the 1841 Parallel Time
story seemed to be ripping off both "Wuthering Heights" and "Strange
Paradise". The whole story seemed to be a rehash of the early days of
Maljardin. The family curse and being married to your true love's
sibling. A lot of Raoua, Huaco and Jacques could be seen. Maybe
that's why I love the final days of "Dark Shadows" so much.
I still think that early Desmond Hall was a cheap imitation of "Dark
Shadows", but the Desmond Hall story seemed to be picking up steam
with the introduction of Agatha Pruitt and Helena Raleigh.