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1. Phantom Melodies - Last Orders at the Blue Whale

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Reviewed By: thisoldcanReview Date: 3/7/17 11:56 pm
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In the first story of the latest Dark Shadows release, Harry Johnson (Matthew Waterhouse), a petty criminal, has been thrown out of Collinwood by his mother, and is waiting in the Blue Whale for the next train. However, after running into Roger Collins and Elizabeth Stoddard, Harry meets a mysterious sailor with a purse full of coins and an evil mission; will Harry leave town or will he have to struggle to escape town. Matthew Waterhouse is in rare form in this story; all of his appearances in the Dark Shadows range have featured him in a more villainous role than the Doctor Who appearances he’s best known for, and this character is no exception. Waterhouse ably plays Harry as a conflicted thief who may or may not feel guilt over his actions. This kind of amoral character is surprisingly perfect for Waterhouse, and it’s easy to see why he keeps returning to the range. Rob Morris’ script for this story was quite good as well, though I did feel that the ending was a bit of a cop-out. I quite liked how Morris gave a bit more depth to Harry, describing his emotions while committing crimes, as it really made the main character pop, but I felt that the ending with Harry simply turning over a new leaf should’ve really featured some sort of ironic ending for Harry. But overall, the opening story of Phantom Melodies was an enjoyable affair, buoyed by a strong performance by Waterhouse and a lovely script by Rob Morris.
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