|Run Vicki run while you can!|
And it finally happened. Alexandra Moltke Iles left Dark Shadows. Well, she kinda did it over 40 years ago but I've witnessed it only recently, so my wound is fresh. Episode 627 was her final appearance. I knew from very early on that she would eventually depart from the show (to my disappointment) and I've kept on hoping she'd go with a bang than a whimper. Well, if it was a bang it probably was on a smurf scale. Her character Vicki has been fading into the background for some time now. Once the tractive character of the show, she has eventually become a monotonous being that didn't have much going on for her.
And just when she was getting a new storyline, Miss Iles decided to leave the show. From what I gather from the interviews, her departure was due to some complications with her pregnancy at the time as well as the reluctance to keep playing this rather dull role. I can't really blame her but considering the place she left the show, it makes me wonder couldn't the writers tie up some loose ends if she agreed to do an extra week or two. But that's obviously not how things work and what's done is done.
|Alexandra's final moment before|
she disappears into Collinwood
Although the character of Vicki was getting a new spotlight again, Ms. Iles' last episode was rather.. how shall I say.. unceremonious. She had two scenes one of which was more about Eve's death and Jeff's feelings rather than her own and the second -the final- one was a very brief conversation with Julia before she ran deeper into Collinwood. It is as if the great house has her now. Forever.
The character of Vicki isn't gone yet but apparently neither one of her two replacements last long enough to gain acclaim from the audience, so the character was eventually written out. Well, trying to replace a pivotal character like Vicki is like trying to replace ice-cream with yogurt. It may be good but it ain't what you paid for. Same goes for other untouchable characters like Barnabas and Liz or Julia. Dan Curtis played that gamble with Vicki and lost. Twice. Yet, Dark Shadows moved on and I'm grateful for that. I'm actually excited to see what the other actresses' takes on Vicki were like. I also wonder, without actually knowing what the future will bring, what that future would have been like with Vicki. And I'm also curious what the actual future of the show is like.
I remember Alexandra Moltke joking in an interview that she was scared her pregnancy would be used in a Rosemary's Babiesque fashion because the film came out the same year. Or maybe she was serious. She was also contacted periodically whether she wanted to come back to the show or not, and once she agreed to do so if they let Vicki be possessed or something; she wanted to be evil for a change and they friggin' did not let that happen. It would have been the ultimate shocker of the series: To have a long lost character return with a big twist but Mr. Curtis said no and there was no deal. What a pity!
|Monsters always had|
a thing for her
When I conclude this entry devoted to Alexandra Moltke Iles aka Vicki #1, I can't help recall the very first scene where we met her. "My name is Victoria Winters; my journey is beginning" she said sitting on a moving train. That journey of self-discovery took her to very unexpected places: To the dark corners and corridors of a great house; to the tombs and crypts; to encounters with supernatural beings as ghosts, vampires, witches, warlocks, phoenixes; and even back in time.
Now let's watch and see how it will eventually come to an end. Ok, someone hand me a tissue.
|Aged 65, Ms. Isles has been directing documentaries|
on human rights since the mid 90's.