Dracula Series Premiere Review: I Vant to Suck... Away Your Energy Costs!

Dracula S01E01: "Pilot"


NBC has arrived right on time for the vampire craze that's currently taking hold among our younger and older and—admit it—probably female generation with the period drama Dracula, and I don't want to waste any more of your precious seconds with a generic intro because you really need to read this next sentence: In the pilot episode, the famed bloodsucker pretended to be an American trying to bring wireless, clean, free energy to Victorian-era London. And now let's give that line another run, just to make sure you absorbed it all.

In the pilot episode, the famed bloodsucker pretended to be an American trying to bring wireless, clean, free energy to Victorian-era London. 

Okay, did you get that? It's the first thing you need to know about this version of Dracula, who by all rights is the king of all vampires (from a pop-culture standpoint; I do not know who is currently the actual King of All Vampires), and whose presence has been felt in everything from classic literature to breakfast cereal. Once one of folklore's most dangerous villains, the Dracula of NBC's Dracula is now a champion for eco-friendliness.

The second thing you need to know is the answer to, "Is this show serious?" And that answer is "NoYesIdunno." The pilot seemed to take this new version of the Dracula story very seriously, without a whiff of camp, so we'll have to take the episode's word—not to mention the lack of smiles on anyone's faces—and believe this is serious project. But it's not that easy to tell, especially because the famed bloodsucker pretended to be an American trying to bring wireless, clean, free energy to Victorian-era London. And while yes, duh, that premise is totally preposterous, Dracula has the potential to offer some low-key Friday-night fun.

In the opening of the pilot, Dracula was festering in raisin form in a dank pit somewhere, when all of a sudden an adventurer had his throat slit by a mystery man (to be solved later in the episode) and his blood splashed all over Raisin Dracula's face. The magic of vampirism lapped it up, and the wrinkly corpse was moisturized into Henry the VIII: Showtime Edition (The TudorsJonathan Rhys Meyers, for those of you who can't afford pay cable)! Then the episode immediately and inexplicably jumped forward in time and backward in shirtlessness, to when Dracula and his giant friend R.M. Renfield (Nonso Anozie, the guy who tried to scam Dany in Game of Thrones Season 2) were creating a fake identity for the Count. And that identity was American businessman Alexander Grayson. So Dracula—who is, I dunno, maybe British or Transylvanese in this version of the tale—is pretending to be an American human who's in England for business, and that business was trying to bring wireless, clean, free energy to Victoria-era London. 



Yes, once again, that is totally ridiculous, but it's these little differences and deviations from the plentitude of Dracula lore out there that made the first episode of Dracula an interesting—not good interesting, just interesting interesting—watch. Where else will you see Dracula—THE Dracula—handing out lightbulbs that are screwed into air to snooty, well-dressed party attendees while a team of subterranean DraculaCo employees work levers and boiling goop into magnetosphere-harnessing wireless, clean, free energy? Because that is what happened! Dracula came out like he was Steve Jobs presenting iLight, and he blew the minds off the frilly partygoers with a scientific magic trick. The Count on Sesame Street makes more sense than this, but that's part of Dracula's charm.

And in one major change that's sure to upset anyone who majored in Dracula in college, NBC's Dracula has re-imagined the vamp's normal arch rival, Abraham Van Helsing, as a partner for Dracula, with the odd couple teaming up to exact revenge on the Order of the Dragon. That's like pairing up Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi in a fight against the Jedi, if my Dracula knowledge is correct (I only minored in Dracula at Transylvania U). And yep, it was Van Helsing who brought Dracula bag from his jerky nap, because they both hold a grudge against the Order of the Dragon.

About the Order of the Dragon: As if we weren't going to be gaga enough over Dracula himself, he has an enemy we can all agree to hate with this new version of real-life society. The group was rich, old, and white. BLEH! The worst kind of people. And several centuries ago, they barbecued Dracula's girlfriend! But just to make sure there was no possible way these old prunes could be perceived as sympathetic in any way, Dracula rewrote them so they were also in charge of the oil industry. The oil industry! How perfect is that? Of course the show called it "petroleum," but we know better, these guys are Exxon and BP and everyone else who drenches pelicans in sludge and lights cigars with 100-pound bills. Dracula's plan to take them down is to bring wireless, clean, free energy to Victorian-era London, which will sap all their oil-industry profits, rendering them powerless. Go Dracula, go!


This battle led to Dracula uttering the best lines of the fall season to date when he described he Order of the Dragon. When you read the following bit of dialogue, keep in mind it's DRACULA who's saying it: 

Now [the Order of the Dragon does] their dirty work via private clubs and boardrooms, they employ business, politics, and oil. And that last thing, Renfield, will be their undoing. They believe they will fuel the next century, and if they control it, they control the future. But from the moment we demonstrate the viability of geomagnetic technology [elaborate hand gesture] *PFFFF* No more money. No more power. 

Dracula, an undead king of monsters who can turn himself into a bat, just said, "But from the moment we demonstrate the viability of geomagnetic technology..." I never in my life imagined I would hear Dracula say anything like that. In fact, here are some things I thought I would hear Dracula say before he ever said a word about geomagnetic technology.

– [On phone with Pizza Hut] "Yes, I'd like one large, cheesy crust pepperoni pizza. With extra garlic, please."

– "Yahtzee!" 

– "Oh God, that's a tough one. But if you had a stake to my heart, I'd have to say Team Edward."

This is cool, hip Dracula for the 99 percent. He wants to take down Big Petroleum with progressive technology. He's an undead man of the living, a Dracula who might stand outside Whole Foods with a clipboard, asking people whether they think corporate suits should be held accountable for damage they do to the environment. It's a worthy cause, but is it a Dracula cause? The quicker you answer in the affirmative, the sooner you can enjoy the looniness of this show.


But lest you start to think that NBC's Dracula is entirely unrecognizable compared to the vampire you thought you knew, fear not! Dracula is still as horny as ever, and just like with most other Draculas, his true love may've been reincarnated into some lass named Mina for him to love all over again. While other aspects of Dracula are malleable (his energy-wasting, his rivalry with Van Helsing, his facial scruff and hairstyle), Dracula knows full well that the matter of the character's sexiness is not. He can still turn women into puddles and he still has a soft spot for eternal romance—two important aspects to both Dracula's target audience and his reputation. 

And here's where the pilot got kind of fun. Dracula, working on just the suspicion and no proof that one of the old guys at his lightbulb party was a member of the Order of the Dragon, straight-up MURDERED the dude for no reason. And it came off as heroic! Meanwhile, even though we're supposed to root for his romance with Mina, Drac had no qualms whatsoever about motorboating Lady Jane, a sexy OotD member, at the opera! And it was great! And later, in an odd change of pace, a rooftop showdown between Drac and a vampire hunter showed off the series' fighting skills with a wire-aided, slow-mo, rotating-camera punch-em-up. Spoiler: Dracula put a beatdown on dude's butt. This is all amazing because it's Dracula, a retro-fitted Batman for today's vampire-obsessed audience. Dracula, the man women want, the man men want to be, and the show NBC is taking way too seriously.


Meyers brings a mild amount of spiciness to the role, and he's able to convincingly pull off seduction scenes because he's the positively enigmatic, undeniably sexy, and questionably attractive Meyers. But as a scientist ushering in the future of clean energy? Not so much. Though Dracula is from Eastern Europe, the Irish actor wobbles between an English accent and a hilariously awful American one that sounds like a battle between his brain and his esophagus that neither can win. It's totally distracting, but by the end of the pilot, it'd become another one of this ham-fest's charms.  

Everything about Dracula has overwritten its source material so many times that it exists in its own bizarro universe, leaving fan-fic writers to throw up their arms in exasperation because all the far-fetched ideas have already been taken. And the show smartly made all these changes to appease the modern vampire fan: the type of person who doesn't understand that undead people who murder the living and force their transmittable diseases on others are terrible monsters. Vampires aren't bad things anymore because modern media has defanged them into incredibly attractive and pasty loners. They're the new handsome strangers who roll into town (and now supply us with green energy). 

Dracula rules and in Dracula he's our hero and really, would we want it any other way? No one wants to watch a show on NBC called Van Helsing. Lots of people won't want to watch a show on NBC called Dracula, either. But if you're a vampire fan, you may want to check this one out. Otherwise? It's good for a few laughs, but that's about it.



NOTES

– If I were Dracula and I asked John Harker to come over for an interview, I would at least have the smarts to close the curtains to keep the sunlight out. This Dracula did not, and he had to sit uncomfortably in the dark, far side of the room and he got a boo-boo burn on his hand. 

– I also liked how Harker conducted his interview and just wrote down "Visionary, Delusional, and Egomaniac," as his only notes. That's going to be some story in the paper!

– How about some of those party dresses! Lucy's red-and-white number was a head turner!

– Did Renfield introduce Grayson as Master of Carfax Manor? Isn't the "Show me the Carfax" fox the Master of Carfax Manor? 

– Was anyone else overwhelmed when the pilot introduced 20 characters in the first five minutes? 

– Jack the Ripper was a vampire, according to this show. Well duh!

– What vampiress was in Lady Jane's cage at the end of the episode? And if Lady Jane slices open all of her training sandbags, how is she going to train tomorrow?


What'd you think of Dracula's series debut? Will you be back for Episode 2?


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Nov 04, 2013
I laughed at the Carfax thing too lol.
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Nov 01, 2013
Ok... so I admit I love JRM too and wanted to see what in the frick could possibly have been in the script to draw him into this show... as soon as he started monologuing about the conflict of power and the end of oil - hehe, I could see whay somebody thought this might fly but.... ugh!

Very poorly executed. I agree that the sets and all are quite lovely, and he has the chops to act his way around anything - but a script this bad and so full of wholes is not something he can salvage, regrettably.

About the best thing I can say is he gave his "am-urrrican" accent a good run :P
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TQB
Oct 30, 2013
oh and another thing: Tim, you harped on the American accent in your preview as well. You neglect to mention that it's SUPPOSED to be terrible and that the artifice is part of the plot. I've heard JRM do an American accent - he can do it.
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Oct 30, 2013
Instant irritation in the firs minute: Flaslight in 1881?
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Nov 01, 2013
Actually, they were only 10 years or so, out.

Have a look here;
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbide_lamp
You'll see the great similarity between the pictures to the right of the page to the lamps the two adventurers were using.
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TQB
Oct 29, 2013
The key to this one is Extremely Low Expectations. (Unfortunately, mine were set by the inexplicably terrible Grimm premier lead-in!) Yes, I hate the green energy bit. More than just being the third least-likely thing we ever expected to hear Dracula say, how do you get past the point that he eventually loses and the OotD folks get everything they want in the 20th century? I don't need this crappy subplot. Just let me watch JRM slut all over the place and kill olde English bad guys. On that note, is anyone sure that JRM himself is not, in fact, undead? He doesn't age! At all!

Verdict: something sexy and attractive that is better if I don't think about it too much? SIGN ME UP.
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Nov 01, 2013
LOL!!! 8D

good one, hehe
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Oct 28, 2013
Come on, people, watch this show! I love this show already! Hope it gets renewed! I love true love! Besides, Jonathan Rhys Meyer is so cute! :)
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Oct 28, 2013
The pilot had some potential, but the other vampire TV shows have set quite high standards, so Dracula will have to give more then the usual Dracula/Mina/Van Helsing story. By the way, people whom watch TV shows about vampires are usually on the side of the vampires, not the vampire hunters, that is why I hope they will not make Dracula the bad guy.
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Nov 01, 2013
Dracula is, by his very definition, the "bad guy".

You might very well sympathise with his condition but he will ALWAYS be the "bad guy".
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Nov 08, 2013
I don't want to sympathize with Dracula. I want him to be interesting enough so I can cheer for him. If you don't like the character that is central to the story, what is the point of watching it. Comparison to The Vampire Diaries, Klaus is the bad guy, but he is interesting and he fits the roll. But this Dracula guy looks kind of stiff, who knows, perhaps he is on a diet.
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Oct 28, 2013
So, I must explain, I had every intention of recording a few of these and watching all at once, but I had this gap of time where my apartment was actually clean, and nothing was interesting me on tv, so I watched this. I was kind of bored. I will probably give it another chance or two, but I was not super impressed (and found myself distracted by waiting for Lucy to bespell the whole place or Mina to just randomly start killing people). I did appreciate that his accent is going to be a running joke on the show and that the whole geomagnetic thing or whatever is just an elaborate bs that he and Van Helsing came up with. Honestly, I have read this story several times (and actually, I have read the original and saw the original movie as well as the Gary Oldman one) and I did see that they might play Dracula correctly in that he technically is a caged animal and cannot be trusted.
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Oct 28, 2013
I love Jonathan Ryes Meyers and glad he's on tv. He was great in The Tudors and I think he was great in the first episode. I hope they give this show a chance and keep in on.
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Oct 28, 2013
OK, so when can I buy the collectables. Lady Jane with the kung fu grip!

Oh and look out Dracula it's Kruger! Oh, don't bother.... (why do we know him by name/reputation?)

Is it chauvinistic to say every incarnation of Lucy Westenra is a little trampy (not that there's anything wrong with that but she isn't gonna be joining any league of extraordinary gentlefolk any time soon)

Who's nephew wrote this and even worse who indulged this extravagant clusterbang? Can I have some of that obviously superfluous money? It'll be better spent.

Does Dracula kill because his enemy because he is
A. a modern member of the order of the dragon,
B. a business rival and likely to thwart the ascension of Geomagnetic technology,
C. because he got snubbed at his own swanky party or
D. all of the above?

Is Dracula and his manservant Renfield buddies in this incarnation? Not sure of the Master/Subordinate rank system, certainly he must be more charming as he receives treatment preferable to the guy who woke Dracula.

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Oct 28, 2013
This show is as b.s. crazy as 'Sleepy Hollow' and for whatever reason that is a good thing this year. This network is now in 7th place on the evening that it owned for a long time THURSDAY and this show should have gone to Thursday at 10pm. Jessica DeGouww, Katie McGrath, and Victoria Smurfit - is this the most gorgeous, intenational cast of actresses on television (a Canadian, a Brit, and a beauty from Ireland)? Funniest scene was when Mina was telling Harker - yeah he may be richer, smarter, and more handome than you, but you got me! Burn?!? Thumbs up for eco friendly Dracula! I'll be back.
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Oct 28, 2013
Dracula came across as a pompous period piece. The acting was terrible. The characters had no personality the way they do on shows like Grimm.

If you think of the character as Vlad III then it's not so bad to watch. He was known for taking very brutal vengeance on those who wronged him, even turning against entire communities. That's the approach they need to take with him.

I"m still somewhat interested in what direction the show will go. If it's a tragic vendetta story then it could work. But if they make the mistake of introducing any sort of romance with Dracula it will fall apart. He has to be a character with only one goal in mind and can't show any emotions for anyone else.
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Oct 28, 2013
OK. This review had me rolling on the floor with laughter from the first sentence. My boyfriend came out of his studio to check I was allright. I don't care whether it's harsh or not. It's just so bloddy funny. I'm glad I watched the episode first. I think that's what tv critics are for, to pinpoint things we might not notice just watching, specially a "watch and burn" show like this, you might watch while doing something else. I am not into vampires at all, but if the next episodes are going to be this fun, I'm in!! It's a different kind of fun compared to, say, Sleepy Hollow, which is much more tongue-in-cheek in my opinion (and fo that, a better product I'd say), but just this sentence,
But from the moment we demonstrate the viability of geomagnetic technology, coming out of Dracula's mouth -no less-, is priceless!
Or Lady Jane:
Drac: And you would be....?
LJ: I would be in a nice hot bath right now but I had to come and see what all the fuss was about (more or less)
It's crazy, it's not clever like SH, but is not idiotic like Revolution either, it's just so camp and over the top, that I'll definitely be coming out again, at least a couple more episodes. Tim, you are always inspired even when I don't totally agree with you, but this was just pure delight.
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Oct 28, 2013
OT- Did anyone else ever see the movie
'Dracula: Dead & Loving It' ? Since then, when I think of Renfield, all I can hear is Leslie Nielsen saying, "Renfield you idiot!" ツ
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Oct 28, 2013
Network Tv shows are just making me sad (except Hannibal)
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Oct 28, 2013
I could not get past the first few minutes, I mean who makes a contraption to keep Dracula dead in his grave with a reverse switch???
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Oct 28, 2013
Must be a kind of "break glass in an Order of the Dragon environmental emergency" type deal. Yeah I kinda had my head tilted, brow furrowed watching that scene. Indiana Jones "meets" Underworld/Blade 3 or any vampire overlord resurrection scene in any flash and no substance vampire movie of the last decade.
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Oct 28, 2013
To be honest, I didn't have a clue what to expect from Dracula. The trailers they sent out didn't say much at all. But I like it! It's a different spin on the story and I like it! I've always been on Dracula's side, and now he's all about taking down Big Business and stuff for the betterment of mankind, so how can I not be on his side? Plus did you see him take down that hunter with his cool Katana sword? Awesome! Yeah, I'll be back. Most definitely.
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Oct 28, 2013
Can I buy into Dracula being a "champion for eco-friendliness?" Why the heck not, my favorite supernatual tone shows are Sleepy Hollow, Supernatural, True Blood. So, I can overlook somethings that might not come together smoothly.....and make you go "huh". Plus Jonathan Rhys Meyers' portrayal of anyone is quite entertaining....as well as them having Morgana Pendragon from Merlin, Ms. McGrath whom I hope will have the material needed to be just as entertaining.
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Oct 28, 2013
Your review makes me wants to watch the show so you can write more hilarious reviews!
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Oct 28, 2013
I like the new uptake. Why make a show, based on a book which has been exploited to undeath! I have no issue with an American Drac, nor with his green stance- a modern twist for a modern audience. What is missing, and has been missing for a long time in TV land is simple entertaiment. It's not a Cop, Dr, lawyer, reality show, nor is it Buffy or Vamp Diaries. I'm going to watch it because I've read the book, seen the movies and now finally a new version of a great story made it to TV, and TV to me is 40 mins of escapism.
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Oct 28, 2013
I looooved this review, couldn't have said it better.... that show is not Dracula at all.
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Oct 28, 2013
I was leery of this show but ended up being totally glued to the screen and enjoying it.

For Tim:

The curtains or shutters were closed for the interview. Harker, as most un-light sensitive people might opened them.

Dracula did more than motorboat Lady Jane. I thought he brought her to climax, since the camera showed us his hand between her legs, twice, she moaned and then relaxed into him.

I didn't find Meyer's accent throughout to be that distracting, though Nonso (who is British) did his American accent and character flawlessly. More distracting to me was all of the anachronistic costuming the main character ladies were wearing.

The colors and styles of their dresses at the soiree where Grayson was introduced, for example were just not too Victorian (notice everyone else is wearing a more appropriate period dress). Also Mina and Jonathan's public Frenching was also annoyingly out of place.

I found the whole Dracula as eco-warrior and atheist avenger (because the Order of the Dragon - which was a real organization - existed to exert the Church's will in Eastern Europe) strange but intriguing. I don't really understand the re-writing of Van Helsing as an ally, but...I loved the Lady Jane character a lot, even though we know that she is evil.
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Oct 27, 2013
I liked it especially for it's seriousness and besides its obvious flaws.
It was a pilot for christ sake and I've seen MUCH worse than this. It has potential in both directions and I hope it's going into the right one(s).
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Oct 27, 2013
this is terrible
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Oct 27, 2013
When will Stan Helsing make a cameo?
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Oct 27, 2013
In the pilot episode, the famed bloodsucker pretended to be an American trying to bring wireless, clean, free energy to Victorian-era London.

So basically Dracula is Nikola Tesla.
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Oct 27, 2013
Really wasnt as bad as people make it out to be...an interesting concept

will continue to watch..
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Oct 27, 2013
Watch Hannibal..and then watch this -.- Get a page or 2 from that series Dracula ruiners
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Oct 28, 2013
Can't I watch (and like) both?
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Oct 27, 2013
I really tried to see past the hilarious presetting – which I think was mentioned in the review, but I'm not sure – about Dracula posing as an American bringing clean energy etc., and tried to see it as a different angle on the Dracula-story. But adding to that all those other changes plus some more ridiculous details and dialogues happening in total seriousness, I really couldn't help but thinking "how on earth could you come up with such an idea?!" throughout the entire episode.

But okay, maybe I should've seen that coming.
The bad thing (for NBC at least ;-) ) is that I had far more fun reading that review than watching the show – not that there weren't enough chances for involuntary fun, but I guess it was just too much... Maybe I'll give it a try for more luck next episode.
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Oct 28, 2013
Agree. The review was far better. Like Revolution last year :)
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Oct 27, 2013
One word: Nope.
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Oct 27, 2013
Honestly, the rating of tv14 is way to low. If I had a 14yr old daughter, I'd let her watch it based on the rating, but then I sure as hell wouldn't want to explain motorboating or flicking the bean to her.
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Oct 27, 2013
Oh boy, this is a trainwreck! Absolutely ridiculous (but NOT funny!) premises, a steadily blubbering soundtrack that could stem from "Esoteric Trance XXIII", pretentios or pompous dialogue, everything astonishingly dull with a strange seriousness about all this nonsense...
This DRACULA had better been left dried out as an ancient raisin in his vault.
Sorry, Jonathan!
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Oct 27, 2013
Im always willing to give a new show a good season at least before i decide. I love the actor, i love Dracula or anything vampyr, so im all in. I hope it sticks around and becomes great!
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Oct 27, 2013
watched bout 20min of it and it was dull and boring.
hit the delete button on dvr and not touching this show.
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Oct 27, 2013
You just saved me writing exactly the same thing.
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Oct 27, 2013
I was really looking forward to this, because I like the original Bram Stoker story. Than I read Tim's "Should I watch..." and got prepared for the worst. So it was worse than my earlier expectations but better what I prepared for later. All together: Not that bad for now.
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Oct 27, 2013
WTF was that...I laughed so hard my sides hurt. I couldn't believe this is what NBC came up with. Man this Dracula is so wrong. I thought it was so silly and God awful...and the sad thing was, NBC wasn't even trying to be funny with this vat of smoked nuts. Sorry but I only have so many laughs in me for such a ignorant show..Nope count me out on this one. Oh btw Tim, your recap was funnier than shit as usual. I probably will tune into you recap of this stinker so I can have my good laugh of the day.
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Oct 27, 2013
Oh I forgot Jack the Ripper was a vampire....Holy crap that was funny.....
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Oct 28, 2013
exposition much?
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Oct 27, 2013
I think my problem with the show is that Jonathan Rhys-Meyers is using an American accent. His voice sounds the same mostly but it is not as sexy. I would have preferred it was set in the US and he was English and everyone else American. I'll probably watch at least a few more thought to see if it gets interesting.
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Oct 28, 2013
I think you're right about reversing the setting maybe making things more exciting since the primary audience for this show is American.

I thought the first time he spoke when Renfield corrected him on his pronunciation of "schedule" that his "American" voice was too high-pitched and nasally but then it seemed to return to a regular timbre over time.

Trouble with the accent is strange since often Irish and Scottish actors handle speaking "American" even better than English ones do. But then again, maybe Rhys-Meyers has spent too much on-screen time now doing an English accent.
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Oct 27, 2013
It was awful, I thought it had so much potential. I'll wait.
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Oct 27, 2013
if NBC is just jumping on the vampwagon, they're a couple years behind.. the pilot was alright but I came away from it with a big "whaaaaaa" expression on my face.
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Oct 27, 2013
Okay, it's not Hannibal, but then it doesn't have to be.
The immediate introduction of an industrial revolutionized Dracula was a bit odd, to say the least.

However, I have one line that I want you to absorb, Tim.
Fingering a beautiful woman in the balcony of an opera house.
Just in case you missed it:
Fingering a beautiful woman in the balcony of an opera house.

Not only was that one of the hottest, rawest scenes to be shown on network TV in perhaps ever, but it was so what Dracula and vampires are about, at least before they became brooding teenagers.

Louis de Pointe du Lac was a plantation owner in the deep south. When you live for hundreds or thousands of years, you have to roll with the times.

And the truth is, this cover story seems odd, but the end of the episode wrapped it up very well and I suddenly had no problem with it at all. After all, Dracula was born out of... well, I don't what to spoil anything for those not as familiar but his motive completely justifies the setup storyline.

I think it would not have felt as odd if they had provided some medieval Vlad backstory before jumping into his industrialist's new shoes but this series looks like it could be the boldest presentation of Dracula's story every made.

I think the trailers and previews actually made the episode look worse than it was. If NBC can show some restraint, they may have another quiet hit among adult viewers.


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Oct 28, 2013
Yep, surprised Tim missed it. The camera showed Dracula's hand between her legs twice.
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Oct 28, 2013
kind of pre-empted with the "... so what else did you have to look up?" [cue funky bass music]
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Oct 27, 2013
This show is bonkers! JRM is sexy and all, but I'm not sure he can pull off action-hero-rooftop-samurai-sword-fighter-Dracula? Regardless, I will definitely be watching for better or worse, because it's just going to be the best either way. And to be fair, we're watching JRM playing a Dracula who is putting on a fake American accent, all that layering is bound to be a little wobbly.
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Oct 27, 2013
I've been waiting for another great show and I've found it! Dracula with Jonathan Rhys Meyers is Intriguing, gripping and filled with twists on an old story. I really enjoyed this pilot episode. Jonathan was as always fantastic or Fang-tastic this time. I've missed him n his acting skills since the Tudors, he really knows how to throw his entire soul into a role he's playing. All of the actors we're playing their parts excellently...I give this show a "No signs of cheese" so happy to see that this show Isn't dripping Velveta cheese from my tv screen..but instead warm n delicious bloody goodness!! I hope this show continues to surprise me.
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Oct 28, 2013
I see what you did there, you put the word fang (because Dracula has fangs) together with the word fantastic to make "Fang-tastic" keep up the good work.
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Oct 26, 2013
I made it 3 paragraphs before ending this. Okay so what cover should Dracula use? Now keep in mind this was the time of trying to make electricity the next big thing so what would've been better for them to go with? Harping on Draculas cover as opposed to the conspiracy to destory the order of Dracule is simply childish fail Tim.
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Oct 28, 2013
Dracula-cop
Dracula-doctor
Dracula-maoist leader
Dracula-diamond vendor
Dracula-importer/exporter
Dracula-archbishop
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Oct 29, 2013
Okay other options but still doesn't invalidate the one the show went with. Which I find more interesting than any of the one's you posted. Tim's review was on the frat boy level totally one note.
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Oct 26, 2013
Not as bad as the previews made it out to be
6.5/10
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Oct 26, 2013
Not bad for a show rated tv14. Everything seemed well played, the fighting could be a little better but I liked the training scene. I really liked the resurrection. Meyers' portrayal is elegant in its simplicity, even without the accent. I wonder if Renfield will become a homicidal lunatic, or perhaps even a werewolf? I get the feeling there'll be lots of decapitations in this series.
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Oct 27, 2013
The camera play during the fight scene was a bit annoying
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Oct 27, 2013
you can always tell when they decide to use an intern. I know movie production is astronomical with the cost of film alone, but in tv production you'd they'd re-shoot or edit out all the bad stuff.
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Oct 28, 2013
Did like the Lady Jane training outfit of all white with black cummerbund, hope in the field she wears something that will contrast less severly with blood spatter.
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Oct 27, 2013
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Oct 26, 2013
Well... though it wasn't the best pilot I've ever seen, it wasn't the worst either, not by far.

Tim, usually I like your comments a lot, but in this case I believe you have abundantly beaten this dead horse (regarding the green energy experiment), making sure it was really dead enough. I've missed the name Tesla in your review as well - in American history books Tesla's sort of tragic figure is rarely to be found at all, much to the benefit of his competitor Edison. But as you surely know, he is a historical character and his demonstration of wireless energy transmission took place on different occasions in exactly the same timeframe as "Dracula".

I have to admit, the connection between Dracula and Tesla is somewhat far fetched, but we are on supernatural territory anyway, so it did not irritate me as much as it did irritate you.

For an "European ear" the American accent versus Irish accent was merely noticeable, I just observed that Rhys-Myers' typically very sexy British accent wasn't as strong as usual. Unfortunately, though.

I could not relate on your criticism on his intermezzo with Dragon Lady Jane, while being hopelessly in love with Mina, either. On the contrary: I understood Jane as a mere substitute for Mina; Dracula could not have her, so he made out with Jane instead, watching Mina and certainly imagining it was her. Weird, I give you that, but quite understandable from a psychological point of view.

Speaking of the curtain: As many pointed out already, it wasn't him, who opened it, but Harker.

I am totally with you that "Dracula" shouldn't take itself too seriously - a more humorous approach couldn't hurt - but luckily we have "Sleepy Hollow" for that!

All things considered, it was not a strong opener for a new show, but for Jonathan Rhys-Myers' sake, I will give it a shot.
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Oct 28, 2013
Dracula himself drops Edison and Tesla's name at his party, suggesting he has exceeded their achievements.
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Oct 26, 2013
The accent is not that bad, Jonathan Rhys Meyers is a pleasure to watch in whatever accent & him in cahoots with Van Helsing to get the Order of the Dragon, very interesting twist to the classic tale
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Oct 26, 2013

"Yahtzee!"
LOL! Gesundheit to that!

I felt thoroughly entertained by the pilot episode of Dracula. I've avoided reading about its background story, so I just could enjoy the ride. And I did.
Bram Stoker meets Jules Verne meets Alan Moore (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen).

I like that Van Helsing and Dracula teamed up against a common enemy of theirs. I hope, the show will tell more about what happened to them both.
As the characters of the Bram Stoker universe are so well known, I didn't feel overwhelmed by bringing in some others. The only ones unknown where the Order guys, so it was quite easy to keep track. I'd say it was a brilliant move to give most of the characters a twist.
What is it with Renfield? Is he part vampire or just a noble servant?

I want to see more of Dracula as I have stopped watching TB and TVD long time ago. I'll definitely keep watching this take on King of all vampires.

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Oct 28, 2013
LOL, it seems high ranking germans in uniform who salute by clicking heels are more intimidating and sinister than vampires who feed on human blood.
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Oct 26, 2013
Dracula's plan to bring clean energy to England is weirdly topical as the UK government just this week agreed to let some French-Chinese conglomerate build a nuclear power station... And even weirder, Dracula's premiere had pretty decent ratings for a Friday night at 10pm slot... Just for that facial hair, I'd never watch this show
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Oct 26, 2013
It's happening bro. The vampires are coming
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Oct 26, 2013
This show seems to be a little "late" to me: it's been over 5 years since True Blood and Twilight revived the vampire craze so why have another version of Dracula now? That ship has sailed, guys, no matter how many other contemporary issues (clean energy!) you want to squeeze in. For me, a pass, definitely.
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Oct 26, 2013
Carfax was the name of the manor that Dracula bought in the original book. (It has nothing to do with the commercial) I liked that little easter egg.
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