Wow, these are the best episodes yet. The creepy fun continues with Magda facing a ghostly gypsy jury for stealing the hand of Count Petofi. With a nod to the Portrait of Dorian Gray, a portrait of Quentin painted by Charles Delaware Tate seems to have *absorbed* the curse - but what does the devilishly evil Petofi want in return for granting such a boon? And what power does Tate have that he can draw a vase, a brooch or even a person and they come to life?
Edward is cured of the madness cast upon him by Petofi, but Charity Trask continues to think she's dancer/singer Pansy Fay (delightfully played by a scene stealing Nancy Barrett). Barnabas is captured and faces destruction, but he's able to *send* a letter to Julia Hoffman in the present and she uses the I-ching wands to come to the rescue - but she might be needing some rescuing herself.
Petofi continues his mad schemes to escape the gypsies and hopes to use the wands to escape to the future, but he needs to find the right door and he's happy to find other folks to experiment for him and suffer the consequences of using the wrong door. This set also brings Angelique back with a stronger storyline as she's blackmailed Quentin into marrying her, but she's in for a surprise as Kathryn Leigh Scott returns as one more reincarnation of Josette - Lady Hampshire - and she and Angelique take an instant dislike to each other. I hope there's more cat-fights coming in the next episodes :)
There's a delightful twist at the end between Petofi and Quentin that will have you on the edge of your seat waiting for the next installment, so I'd recommend you have it on hand and ready to pop in the DVD player. I've seen some comments on the other reviews about the quality of the packaging in these later editions and I have to agree it's not up to par with the earlier sets. I've been getting these through the library so they've received plenty of not-so-gentle handling and the sleeves are torn and the DVD's fall out and get banged about quite a bit.