Dark Shadows: The Beginning
MPI presents the spooky series‘ rare, early episodes before the arrival of Barnabas. Victoria Winters’ mysterious journey begins as her train arrives in Collinsport, a small and stormy fishing village on the coast of Maine. An orphan in search of her identity, Victoria is befriended by a stranger named Burke Devlin. At the eerie Collinwood mansion, Victoria meets reclusive matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, her aloof brother Roger Collins, his troubled ten-year-old son David, and Elizabeth’s rebellious teenage daughter Carolyn.
Collins fishing fleet manager Bill Malloy informs Elizabeth that Burke wants to take everything the Collinses own as revenge for being sent to prison. Collinsport Inn waitress Maggie Evans tells her father Sam that she wants an end to the secret conflict between him, Roger and Burke. David warns Victoria that she will regret she came to live at Collinwood and be his governess.
After touring the Collins cannery with Roger, Victoria visits the sheriff and repeats her story to him.
Carolyn suggests to Elizabeth that Bill Malloy’s former housekeeper, Mrs. Johnson, works at Collinwood.
Sheriff Patterson informs Elizabeth that the coroner ruled Bill’s death an accidental drowning.
Roger is ecstatic over the coroner’s report, but Burke angrily insists that Bill was murdered.
On Lookout Point above the ocean, Victoria finds the missing fountain pen that Burke gave to Carolyn.
Elizabeth vows to fight Burke after he declares that he intends to take control of the Collins family holdings.
David finds he is unable to choose between Elizabeth and Burke. David and Carolyn argue about Burke.
Maggie and Joe enjoy each other’s company at the Blue Whale. Roger quarrels with Sam and with Joe.
As part of a scheme, Mrs. Johnson pretends to accuse Burke of being responsible for Bill’s death.
Roger is terrified when he learns Victoria found the fountain pen that he lost at Lookout Point.
Matthew expresses his hostility to Burke. Elizabeth offers Mrs. Johnson a job at Collinwood.
Burke realizes Roger lost the pen at Lookout Point. Roger takes the pen from David’s room.
Roger buries the pen, then defends David when Victoria accuses the boy of stealing it.
Luring her to a closed-off wing of Collinwood, David locks Victoria in an isolated room.
Sam and Burke get drunk and discuss ghosts at Collinwood. The ghost of Bill Malloy appears.
Burke and Carolyn enjoy a flirtatious date. Victoria attempts to escape from the locked room.
Victoria hysterically recounts how she saw the ghost of Bill Malloy after she is freed from the room.
In the locked room, Elizabeth and Roger discover seaweed on the floor where Victoria saw Bill’s ghost.
Collins Enterprise employees are offered better jobs by Burke if they come to work for him instead.
When David learns Victoria saw a ghost, he begs her to stay. Victoria finds a possible clue to her identity.
Burke drives Victoria to Bangor and again warns her that she should leave Collinwood for good.
In Bangor, Victoria questions Collins family lawyers Richard and Frank Garner, a father and son team.
Roger and Elizabeth argue over Burke’s offer to buy Collinwood. David draws a picture of Bill’s ghost.
Frank Garner promises Victoria to help her find information on her background.