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21. The Crimson Pearl

Synopsis
"It's as if Lucifer plucked out one of his own eyes..."

The year is 1690. Isaac Collins is sailing to America to establish a new life for his family. Suddenly, during a strange and unnatural blizzard, he discovers a single blood-red pearl. A pearl that seems to sing to himÂ…

The pearl will be going on a journey. Passed down through generations bringing luck both good and bad. But what does it want? Why is its journey so linked to the Collins family? And who will ultimately take ownership of the crimson pearl?

A special audio drama featuring over thirty characters, written to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Dark Shadows.
Starring
David Ames, Nancy Barrett, Nicola Bryant, Ursula Burton, Roger Davis, Nigel Fairs, James Goss, Lizzie Hopley, Jerry Lacy, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Alex Mallinson, Lara Parker, Christopher Pennock, David Selby, Alisdair Sladen, Rebecca Staab, Roy Thinnes, James Unsworth and Matthew Waterhouse
Written By
Directed By
Joseph Baker, James Goss, Darren Gross, Joseph Lidster

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Review By thevodkarose
Rated 10/10 on 8/21/11 2:31 pm
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It should go without saying, but spoilers ahead.

Not only do we get every era of the show at least touched upon, we get new histories added and even the trip to PT. It adds a new richness of colour not only to the Big Finish range but the classic series as a whole gets a fresh infusion of mythology. As if that wasn't enough already, by the end of the play we're not celebrating just the past, but the future of Dark Shadows. Superb.
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Review By chris606
Rated 9/10 on 1/19/13 2:42 pm
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A very good introduction to the Dark Shadows world as the story follows a Crimson Pearl through its history of owners, offering glimpses of their lives and loves.
8 Rated 8/10 on 4/1/12 4:32 am
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It's only natural that a release celebrating 45 years of Dark Shadows should revel in the show's past and alienate newer listeners/viewers. As a newbie myself, I wouldn't have it any other way.
The skill in this release though, is that it features so many cast members old and new (with the unfortunate absence of Willie Loomis actor John Karlen), touches upon so many storylines and embraces so much of the mystery that makes the show great even now - and still provides an entertaining audio that reveals more intricacies on every listening. Tremendous.