Dark Shadows: Evil Eve

Since she apparently died after participating in the create-a-girlfriend-for-Adam project, Barnabas is astonished to find Carolyn Stoddard alive and well at Collinwood. Carolyn says that she fainted after the experiment and woke up in her own bed; she doesn’t remember anything after being in the basement lab and assumes that Barnabas or Julia Hoffman brought her home.

Barnabas, showing great belief in Julia’s diagnostic skills, is sure that there’s more behind Carolyn’s supposed death and resurrection than that, but doesn’t seem to realize that it’s Nicholas working behind the scenes again. Nicholas does tell Adam this once the bereft big guy shows up at his house and is assured that Carolyn is okay. He also tells Adam that, next time, he’ll provide a person of his own choosing to provide the spark to bring Eve to life.

The following night (I think; there isn’t time enough for this all to be happening the same night), Nicholas gets Carolyn over to his house to aid him in a little ritual to summon up a woman who died the 1790s. No, not Josette or Naomi Collins, nor even little Sarah. Someone evil.

Back before all this business with Angelique, Maggie, and Carolyn being offered up as candidates to provide the spark of life for Eve, Nicholas was discussing the matter with Angelique. He wanted to imbue Eve with the soul of the most evil woman who ever lived. Who would that be? When he first asked the question, I said Erzsebet Bathory–and that was precisely who Nicholas had in mind too. But now that he’s come to the point, he’s decided to go for a fictional person instead of a real and truly monstrous historical one. The woman whose ghost he and Carolyn summon up is someone named Danielle Roget, who used to live in his own house. According to Nicholas, she was a Frenchwoman prominent in the Reign of Terror and sent 7 people to the guillotine, including members of her own family. He tells Carolyn this with a note of gruesome relish. After the Revolution, she fled to America and settled in this obscure coastal town.

Danielle Danielle shows up in ghostly form, but her conversation with Nicholas immediately establishes that he’s called her up for chats before. So I’m not sure why he needed Carolyn with him this time. Nicholas arranges with Danielle’s ghost that she will return in corporeal form at 3 a.m.

At that hour, Adam returns to the old Collins house with a woman who says her name is Leona Eltridge. But you can see it’s Danielle in modern clothes.

Professor Stokes is there at the old house with Julia and Barnabas when Adam and his new friend arrive. After weeks of trying to get them to tell him about Adam’s creation, it seems that Julia finally did so off-screen; the professor seems all caught up on the details,  except for the vampire part.

All three are suspicious about Leona, how and where Adam could have met her and why she’s willing to participate in this experiment. But it’s Stokes to whom she tells her story about how she was in love with the late Dr. Lang and knew all about his work, and now that she’s terminally ill herself she feels she has nothing to lose by making this contribution to the creation of a new life. It sounds good, even though I know it’s all a lie. Stokes doesn’t entirely buy it either, but Leona insists on going through with the experiment.

We’re back in the lab for Round 3 of blinky lights and electric zaps. Leona dies on the one gurney, and Eve on the other one opens her eyes.

Everyone expects that this new woman will be like Adam was at the beginning–an overgrown infant unable to speak or care for herself but learning quickly and developing rapidly into maturity. By the way, I have to give Robert Rodan credit for convincingly portraying Adam’s intellectual growth through so many stages over the last few months of the show, but we aren’t going to go through that again with Eve.

Eve--newly created and ready for a night on the town!Once she’s out of her gauzy wraps and bandages, we see that Eve is already dressed. She has heavy eye makeup, teased-up poufy hair, and is wearing a slinky black negligee with stockings and heels. I have to wonder which one of the Mad Science team picked out her outfit. She looks like a grown-up woman, ready for the world.

And she speaks! More than that, she knows that she’s in a basement and she recognizes the cultural significance of the names Adam and Eve. But she says she doesn’t know how she knows these things. She claims not to remember anything before waking in the lab.

Stokes is still suspicious. After Eve is brought to life, he goes home and comes back again soon afterward to show Julia and Barnabas some important information with anagrams (colorful plastic letters of the alphabet on a magnetic board, which he says he used to teach Adam to read; I used to have one like it when I was little). He rearranges the name LEONA ELTRIDGE to spell DANIELLE ROGET.

That murderous lady must have come to Collinsport after Barnabas was shut up in his coffin, since he’s never heard of her. But Stokes knows who she was. When he tells Barnabas and Julia the story, he ups the number of deaths Danielle was responsible for from 7 to 12, which suggests that she continued to pursue her bloodthirsty lifestyle in Maine, and adds that she was eventually caught and hanged. Now it seems that Eve has her soul. Stokes is also certain that Nicholas is the one behind this, while the other two aren’t sure.

Meanwhile upstairs in Josette’s bedroom, Eve is using her feminine wiles on Adam. When a ghostly breeze wafts through the drawing-room and leads the trio downstairs back into the basement lab, where they discover that Leona’s body has disappeared, the couple upstairs takes the opportunity to do likewise, and leaves the house.

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Author: Kathryn L Ramage

Kathryn L. Ramage has a B.A. and M.A. in English lit and has been writing for as long as she can remember. She lives in Maryland with three calico cats named after the Brontë sisters. In addition to being the author of numerous short stories, reviews, essays, and period mystery novellas, she is also the author of a series of fantasy novels set in a dukedom called the Northlands on an alternate Earth whose history has diverged from ours somewhere during the medieval period.