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Angelique risked all in gamble to outwit Nicholas.

SLIDE 15 (From Episode 618; Broadcast 11/6/1968)

With the setting of each day's sun Angelique became bolder and more rebellious against her domination by Nicholas. She would outwit him and make Barnabas hers forever. Then he, too, would sleep in coffins by day, and by night roam the world seeking . . .

Luring him to a secret cave by the sea, she bared her fangs and grasped him in her terrible embrace, draining his life essences almost to the last drop. When he recovered enough to speak he panted, "You've gone too far. I'm going to die - I hope I die. And Nicholas - Nicholas will wreak a fearful vengeance on you."

In reply she shrieked, "I defy him to do his worst. And you - You will not die. You will be mine forever!" And with that she fled back to her crypt, for day was near.



NOTES:

  • With the setting of each day's sun Angelique became bolder and more rebellious against her domination by Nicholas. -- Not that we know exactly what their relationship is. We established back in Slides 1 and 4 that they knew each other and that he had some kind of nominal authority over her, but that's about it.

  • Domination? Can you say that on TV? Sounds terribly risqué.

  • She would outwit him and make Barnabas hers forever. Then he, too, would sleep in coffins by day... -- Not that he ever has before, of course! Barnabas is a good guy, remember? Honest Injun. Cross my heart and hope to... uh...

  • Of course the danger to Barnabas is a bit minimized here by the fact that Barnabas is not supposed to be ABLE to become a vampire as long as Adam is alive, but since Viewmaster seems to have completely forgotten Adam's very existence at this point, I guess we're meant to do the same.

  • ...and by night roam the world seeking . . . -- What? WHAT?? An honest man? An all-night pizzeria? Honestly, Viewmaster picks the oddest times to cut things out.

  • ...she bared her fangs and grasped him in her terrible embrace, draining his life essences almost to the last drop. -- [Obligatory Maxwell House joke withheld here.]

  • In reply she shrieked, "I defy him to do his worst. And you - You will not die. You will be mine forever!" -- And away we go again. Like clockwork, whenever the story stops making sense, they pump up the intensity. Of course if she's going to turn Barnabas into a vampire (which she can't because of Adam, but we've forgotten that, remember?), he HAS to die first. That's how people become vampires on this show; by dying of blood loss after a vampire attack. So one minute we're told that she's going to kill him and turn him into a vampire. When she starts to actually do that he says she's gone too far, and now he's going to die, and become a vampire. (But that was the plan, right?) Then she disagrees, saying that she's going on with her plan, but also not going on with it. Does this remind anyone of Wheel of Fortune? Where she stops, NOBODY knows!

  • And with that she fled back to her crypt, for day was near. -- Embarrassment at having to read these lines may have had something to do with it too...



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