NBC’s new hit series, Dracula, which debuted Oct. 25 2013, is a steamy revamp of the classic Bram Stoker tale. Created by Cole Haddon, who is known for HBO’s Carnivale, it is a story of love, longing and lustful vengeance.
Haddon’s take on the classic tale is set in 19th century London, where Dracula arrives under the guise of Alexander Grayson (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), an American scientist and entrepreneur. His mission is to bring modern science, in the form of light, into the dark corners of Victorian society.
The idea leads to an obsession of his own, the obsession to be human again. He hires Abraham Van Helsing (Thomas Kretschmann) to work on solar energy injections which can enable him to be out during broad daylight, which until now is his only enemy.
Joining Dracula/Grayson is his amanuesis, Renfield (Nonso Anozie), who helps him devise a vengeful plot against the very vampires responsible for his immortal curse. All seems to go according to plan until he meets Mina Murray (Jessica De Gouw), who resembles Dracula’s eternal flame and wife Ilona and was brutally murdered by the men who are responsible for Dracula’s transformation into an immortal being.
Despite the intellectually engaging content, vivid scenery, timeless and captivating character, Dracula seems to have lost its essence. The viewership of the show from the 3 week old pilot episode until last night has almost halved. Loyal viewers, however, have managed to grip on to their bite even now. The issue may be the slow classic Shakespearean setting which much of the audience no longer accustomed to or the bloody mess much similar to that of Hannibal. Whatever the reason may be, Dracula loyalists continue to enjoy the classic tale. The question of a second season still remains.
Author: Diana Lydia