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.
In the Collins family history book, Victoria finds a picture of Josette wearing a familiar locket.
Laura stares into the flames and a fire begins at Sam and Maggie Evans’ cottage.
Roger sees that Sam’s second painting of Laura has been burned.
Burke asks Laura for help in clearing him of the manslaughter charge.
Victoria and Frank agree that Laura should not be left alone with David at any time.
The ghost of Josette finishes Sam’s painting, which becomes a portrait surrounded by flames.
Elizabeth orders Laura to stay away from David but Laura assures David she will take him away.
Roger encourages David to become closer to his mother.
The identity of the woman who died in a mysterious fire in Phoenix is revealed.
Victoria feels compelled to go with Frank to a building at the edge of a graveyard.
Victoria and Frank discover that Laura Murdock Stockbridge is buried in the crypt.
Elizabeth orders Laura to leave Collinwood. Laura stares into the flames and Elizabeth collapses.
Elizabeth cannot remember what happened to her. A shrouded figure appears in her room.
Victoria and Frank find graves of two Lauras who died by fire one hundred years apart.
At the hospital, the doctor is baffled by Elizabeth’s condition. A visit from Laura upsets Elizabeth.
Victoria tells Frank that Elizabeth is adament that David be kept away from Laura.
Dr. Peter Guthrie believes Elizabeth’s illness is the result of a traumatic experience.
Guthrie is convinced there must be some outside influence over Elizabeth’s condition.
David relates to Dr. Guthrie the legend of Josette. David sees Josette’s portrait make a transformation.
Laura questions David about Dr. Guthrie before the doctor closely interrogates her.
Sam describes to Dr. Guthrie how he felt when he was creating Laura’s painting.
David goes to spend the night with his mother and the ghost of Josette appears to them.
Victoria and Carolyn are concerned about David. Burke is suspicious of Dr. Guthrie.
Laura insists she must take David away soon, before Elizabeth returns from the hospital.