In 1991 Joe heads off to stake Barnabas while his shirt billows open. However the Angelique possessed Julia stabs him to death before he can achieve his aim. Meanwhile back in 1790 Peter defends Victoria on witchcraft charges. The dumb as a sack of hair Victoria tries to explain that she's a time traveller but her history book and a demonic take on her modern day clothes care label is enough to have her convicted. The intense Peter vows to save her as he's obviously in love with her.
Meanwhile Barnabas caked in white pancake makeup decides to make Josette a vampire. But before he can, Angelique drives Josette to suicide. Josette hurls herself off a cliff to drown either in the seawater or her own blood from multiple fractures. This was okay, I think I recognised some of the 1790 costumes as being from 'Dangerous Liaisons'.
The final ever episode of the show. In 1991 Maggie exorcises Angelique from Julia only to be possessed herself. In 1790 Victoria mopes in her very nice dress as Peter tries to save her from execution. Barnabas continues to act like every abusive boyfriend ever. Bellowing "Don't make me do this" and "Why do you never listen?" as he kills his aunt, drives his mother mad and terrifies his younger siblings Sarah and Daniel.
Sarah and Daniel hide outside in a storm to escape their blood sucking big brother as he chases them bellowing: "Don't run from me". The several decade age difference between Sarah/Daniel and Jeremiah/Barnabas is a bit much. Both children get fevers and Sarah dies. But Daniel is saved when Victoria tells Peter to use ice to break the fever.
Joshua Collins learns what his son has become and he, Barnabas and Ben work to save Victoria. They brick Trask up alive in the Collins house to start with. Meanwhile Victoria finally realises that Barnabas is a vampire cutting a bloody swathe through history from 1780 to 1991. Then Ben and Joshua chain Barnabas into the coffin Willy released him from back in Episode 1.
Victoria is taken to her place of execution. Peter tries to stop it only to be shot in the gut. But just seconds before her death Victoria is sent back to her own time. As she screams in hysterics, she sees Barnabas looming nearby and her hysterics turn into fear. And there the credits roll.
"I shall find you again. I know it. Someday, somehow, I shall find you."
This was a good episode. This was a nicely dramatic supernatural soap. But the whole Barnabas/Victoria thing didn't work. There was more chemistry with the Josette/Jeremiah pairing or the Victoria/Peter pairing. I really liked this show, it's just odd to think it was made to replace 'Twin Peaks'.
If 'Dark Shadows' had got a second season, there would have been so much to cover: Maggie is still possessed by Angelique. David's hellion behaviour. Victoria's knowledge of Barnabas' true nature. The missing Joe. Is Trask still bricked up in the Collins house? Did Peter die of the gunshot? Would Adrian Paul and Michael T Weiss have shown up to play new characters? What are the odds that Lysette Anthony who played Angelique would have shown up to play Laura, David's nutty witch mother? Why didn't Barnabas notice that the Collins family looked just like their 1790 selves or that Joe was the spitting image of his best friend Peter Bradford?