“Dracula” Television Series

While Desirée Lee and I were writing articles for “Nuclear Winter Entertainment” mentally planning review articles became a habit. One piece we were planning to write was for the new TV series, “Dracula”. With “Nuclear Winter Entertainment” dead and gone, obviously, that won’t be happening. Maybe that’s a good thing. I dislike writing negative review articles. After the pilot episode of “Dracula”, I’m afraid that’s what my contribution to such an article would’ve been. Desirée had also been unsure of the show at that point.

Now, though, three episodes into the series, our opinion of it is turning around. While still not our favorite television show by any stretch of the imagination, we are getting interested. In spite of the slow-moving pace of things, several diverse elements have been introduced. Those are slowly being woven together, making us want to know what’s coming next.

Still, both of us are having some issues with the show. This is a very, very loose interpretation of the classic Bram Stoker novel “Dracula”. Jonathan Rhys Meyers is portraying a very unusual Dracula. Under the guise of “Alexander Grayson”, he’s working with Thomas Kretschmann’s Abraham Van Helsing. Their goal is to take down a secret society of big business tycoons—founders of some of the same industries that basically rule our lives in the modern world. They are doing this while “Mr. Grayson” constantly dodges “huntsmen”—vampire hunters who seek to destroy him. This incarnation of Renfield, played by actor Nonso Anozie, is a large black man—a radical departure from the descriptions given of the character in the original novel.

After three episodes, Desirée and I still aren’t 100% sure about the series. But, we plan to give it a bit more time. We want to see how some of the plot elements play out. Episode #3—”Goblin Merchant Men”—also sets the stage for the appearance of more vampires into the show. Amid everything else that is now going on, that could bring some fascinating twists to the plot. We look forward to the next episode.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

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