written & © 2004 by Don Glut 

            Solving the problematic time-line of Angelique, as she existed – on the old TV series Dark Shadows -- from the 16th through late 20th Centuries...


1. There is a definite “basic time-line” in the DS universe, one intended by the “powers that be,” starting before the building of Collinwood in 1795 and ending with the aftermath of Collinwood’s very real destruction in 1990. This time-line is how things were “meant to be,” before various characters started traveling through time.

2. Time travel on DS is not science fiction- (e.g., Wells’ Time Machine) but supernatural-based. Therefore, such standard SF concepts as altered past events affecting and even eliminating future events, time paradoxes (e.g., going back and killing one’s ancestor, thereby negating your own existence), etc. need not always and consistently apply, although they can (e.g., the aged Edith Collins, with her “family secret,” is part of 1897’s “basic time-line”… until Barnabas’ presence in 1840 starts a chain of events that includes her death at a younger age, thereby eliminating Edith from 1897 “basic” time.

Other examples: Barnabas has no knowledge of Victoria being in 1795 until after she has returned to the present. People do remember Quentin’s ghost after Barnabas’ 1897 time-trip has eliminated it, but don’t recall Gerard’s ghost (or Collinwood’s destruction) after his similar 1840 trip. When people travel through time, they can affect and often do change events in the “basic time-line,” but not always.

3. Angelique, a very powerful witch, cannot die by “ordinary” and even extraordinary means. She can and does return from the grave a number of times – either by her own power (e.g., following her “death” in 1795), by the power of someone schooled in the Black Arts (e.g., Quentin and Hanley in 1897) or by some Satanic power (e.g., Satan after her experience as a vampire in 1969). Angelique is also immortal and does not age (e.g., looking the same in 1795 and 1840 as she did during her time with Zachary).

4. DS, with all its myriad subplots and continuity guffaws, was basically a quite “straight-forward” show. What you saw was mostly what you got. Consequently, explaining Angelique’s time-line should also be simple and straightforward, without the need for wild speculations and plot inventions. Evidence exists to establish such a time-line.


            The “basic time-line”: Angelique (as Miranda) starts her witch career in the 17th Century via Judah Zachary. Subsequently, she (now Angelique) lives through the late 18th Century, when Barnabas strangles her and has her buried. Soon she returns – first only as a spirit – appearing at Phyllis Wickett’s witch trial. Later that same century, the physical Angelique – either by her own or Satan’s power – returns from the grave (mundane strangling could never permanently kill so powerful a witch). 

            This physical Angelique returns (significantly, with no knowledge of future events or (Victoria Winters, who hasn’t yet gone back through time) eventually (calling herself Valerie) turning up at Collinwood following decades of pilgrimages to Barnabas’ chained coffin in 1840.  This Angelique -- with Barnabas still coffin-bound during the “basic time-line” until freed by Willie in 1969 – is not shot by Trask, because Barnabas was not present to alter 1840 events. She (incognito as Casandra) lives on into 1969, until Satan as punishment sends her back to 1797. It is this Angelique (with knowledge of the future) whom Barnabas and Ben set on fire, believing that they’ve destroyed her forever.

            Later, Quentin and Hanley summon the body and spirit of Angelique to 1897, clearly bringing her out of Barnabas and Ben’s flames of 1797, first in skeletal and then reconstituted form. (This Angelique has knowledge of future she has not personally experienced and, therefore, must have learned about via her powers.). Very briefly, then, there are two Angeliques in 1897 – the one brought into 1870 by Quentin and Hanley, and the one proceeding from 1840 into her later “Casandra” period. The former, abandoned by Quentin at the railroad station, magically “time-skips” into the future, arriving after Satan has already returned the “other” Angelique back to the 18th Century. Back in the 20th Century, Angelique temporarily abandons her powers, marries Sky  and is involved with the Leviathans. (Note that when she encounters Quentin again, she speaks as if she had just recently seen him – which she did, but in the previous century.)

 So – in the intended “basic time-line,” Angelique – whose experiences basically temporally follow those of Barnabas as he moves about through time – concludes with her plotting to kill Nicholas Blair. Her fate beyond that is unknown. That, in a nutshell, is Angelique’s “basic time-line” -- how events were “meant” to transpire. However, once characters start going back in time and interfering with past people’s lives, selective events in the “basic time-line” start to change:

            Victoria Winters’ presence in the 18th Century prompts the spirit version of Angelique – the one that appears this time at Victoria’s trial -- to follow Victoria back to the 20th Century. As Angelique already has a body in the 20th Century – the one Barnabas had strangled, who came back from the grave and lived through the “basic time-line” – she simply possesses that body (as Barnabas possessed his own bodies when he time-traveled) and continues on as Casandra through the events leading once more to her banishment by Satan back to 1797 and her subsequent burning by Barnabas and Ben. Then, it’s the summoning by Quentin and Hanley in 1897, and the saga repeats.

            (Note: In 1940, Trask (as does Barnabas) knows of Victoria’s witch trial in 1797 is because, when he mentions Victoria, she has already time-traveled.)

End of “mystery.”


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