Are you compelled to watch more of NBC’s ‘Dracula’? Read our review of the series premiere, then give us yours!
NBC’s Dracula premiered Oct. 25, introducing a new generation of viewers to one of the most iconic names in terror. In many ways, the peacock network’s take on the classic character is a welcome throwback; it’s a true period piece that, unlike many vampire shows today, doesn’t sacrifice story or scares for smolder. That’s not to say this Dracula isn’t attractive — it’s Jonathan Rhys Meyers for crying out loud — but there’s so much more to enjoy.
In some ways, NBC’s Dracula feels like a vampire version of Revenge — only with, pun intended, more bite. The color red is similarly employed, but rather than it being the ink from Emily Thorne’s infamous Sharpie pen, it’s the blood drawn from Dracula’s enemies.
Those enemies, known simply as the Order of the Dragon, are the whole reason the show’s titular vamp has come to Victorian England; and several of them already got their comeuppance in the first hour.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers is exactly how you’d expect him to be as Dracula — cold, calculating and smart. He also plays the role of panty-dropper to perfection, which Lady Jane (Victoria Smurfit) picked up on very quickly. Seriously, can we talk about that scene between Jane and “Alexander” at the opera? It was so hot, I felt like I got violated, and I didn’t mind one bit.
Though I feel like the pilot dragged its feet a bit — I thought I was going to die of boredom at that party — I can say the series progresses more quickly moving forward. As Dracula’s list of allies and enemies grow, so too does the series’ appeal.
HollywoodLifers, what did you think of the Dracula series premiere? Drop a comment with your review below!
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— Andy Swift