I can't believe you actually have all those episodes on tape I never got a chance to tape them all even after they came out in reruns. Everything I had taped was taped over by the kids (they were young then) so I was so glad when they came out on DVD I could not wait to get all three seasons.
It is definitely one of my favourite shows of all time even to this day. I know what you mean regarding season three it was not the same. The producers did what they had to do under the circumstances.
The scene that you mentioned regarding the baby naming ceremony, even on the DVD that scene occurs twice. They were juggling with the last episode and I think it was one of those scenes they used to fill in time. There is an interview on one of the BATB fan sights with George R.R. Martin and he talks about how they were really battling to get the last episode wrapped up.
And I know what you mean about Gabriel he did get on one's nerves but he did play a cold hearted villain and Steve Mchatie did a great job.
On the last episode there is a scene where I believe it was Father ( I may be wrong) but they refer to Laura as one of the helpers above. It was mentioned that a lot of the helpers above had once lived below for a while.
It was really nice to see some of the characters that came back to be at Catherine's funeral. I think that one of the things that I thought they did really well was stay true to Catherine. Usually when an actor decides to leave they kill them off and you seldom here the name again. Every episode she is mentioned with a lot of emotion not just by Vincent but almost every character in the show.
When Diana goes to Catherine's apartment for the first time to investigate I though it was so nice to see some of the props that she had used. One thing that really upset me was you never got to see the portrait that Kristopher Gentian painted of Vincent and Catherine. I know it would not be kept in her apartment for the obvious reasons but why was it not in Vincent's chamber?
And to answer your question about the blown out entrance to the tunnels, didn't really give it much thought but I am sure Colin and Mouse got that fixed right away (I'm guessing). Well those are my thoughts hope it helped feel free to disscuss....til next time.