The Shows I’m Watching and You Should Too: Dracula

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So as it stands I’m not actually watching Dracula right now. The show’s first season had a limited run of 10 episodes, and it ended right before the start of the Winter Olympics. That being said, the show is still online, so I recommend checking it out.

The titular role is played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers, but he is nothing like the Dracula you would be familiar with from Bram Stoker’s novel or many other popular film or TV adaptations. In this version of the story Dracula is something of an anti-hero. Cursed by a religious group called The Order of the Dragon, Dracula, or Vlad Tepes at the time, is changed into a vampire for some kind of horrible crime or blasphemy, though the show hasn’t gotten around to explaining exactly what that was yet. His wife, Ilona, is burned in front of him, and he is put into a prison from which he can’t escape.

A few hundred years later, The Order of the Dragon is still active. It is a powerful organization in the world, sort of like the Masons I guess, and is the shadowy Christian cult that runs everything behind the scenes. The Order has also destroyed the life of one Van Helsing (Thomas Kretschmann), who has found Dracula and awakened him with the plan of getting revenge against the group.

The story takes place primarily in Victorian England where Dracula is posing as an American businessman named Alexander Grayson. He is working with Van Helsing to create a machine that can generate wireless electricity in an attempt to hurt the Order financially, as they are tied up in the control of oil. He also strives to learn about the different weaknesses of the Order’s members so that he can blackmail them for shares of their companies or whatever else furthers his agenda. But, while all of this is going on, Dracula finds himself more and more distracted by a woman named Mina Murray (Jessica De Gouw) who seems to be the reincarnation of his wife.

The show is a very fun re-imagining of the traditional story with new spins on many of the famous characters. That being said (and a slight spoiler here upcoming), the first season seems to act as something of a prologue. By the end of the character arcs for the first 10 episodes, it does appear that some of the characters are starting to transition into the roles from the novel that we are more familiar with. I won’t go into anymore detail than that, but I am excited to see how things continue to take shape in the second season (assuming there is one, as it hasn’t yet been confirmed).

In the meantime, if this sounds like a fun show to you, take a look at some of the episodes and see how you like it.

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