“I’ve travelled too much to be from anywhere in particular.”
After the traumatic events of Bloodlust, Blue Whale proprieter Jessica Griffin (Marie Wallace) returns from a sojourn in hospital to rebuild her life in Collinsport. Keeping her company is a likeable passerby who appears to have taken a keen interest in the lady, claiming to have been her nurse throughout her coma.
But who is this amiable stranger? Why is he poking around town and digging up gossip about Jessica? And why does he keep disappearing at random intervals?
“Never trust a man who can’t whistle.”
Dark Shadows teleseries veteran Marie Wallace (Eve, Jenny, Megan Todd) offers a likeable if suitably flighty post-middle aged widow, lost in wistful reminiscence and approaching each day in an airily ethereal manner. Youthful Jacqueline Tate (Alexandra Donnachie) offers the equally believable sarcasm and mixture of naivete and cynicism of the teenager, while the seemingly friendly, yet actually rather creepy and eventually quite sinister Nate (Ryan Wichert) offers a third true-to-life, recognizable character type, showcasing both the nuanced performances of the players in question and the layered scripting of authoress Penelope Faith – all the more impressive given her status as an apparent first timer.
“All lives have bad and good in them. It’s okay to remember the bad.”
An introspective chamber piece delimited to a central trio of cast members (Walles Hamonde and Aaron Lamont offer additional cameo appearances) and meditation on death, aging and reconciliation with the past, In the Twinkling of an Eye feels quite Dark Shadows, tapping into and continuing plot threads from last year’s excellent Bloodlust miniseries and capturing the general feel and atmosphere of both that brief run and the original teleseries while still remaining quite tangenital to the series and its more recognizable characters per se.
“At your age, you want to understand everything…find meaning and purpose. You want to know a secret? Getting older doesn’t give you any answers. It’s just you don’t mind so much anymore.”
As such, it may equally appeal to, or crinkle the noses of, Dark Shadows purists. For my part, I certainly enjoyed this quiet, comparatively deep and meaningful offering appearing under the series banner, and recommend it to the more thoughtfully inclined and introspective of listeners.