NBC joined the network ranks of those with a fantasy-themed series by premiering “Dracula” starring the handsome and now somewhat toothy Jonathon Rhys Meyers. In its Oct. 25 report, PopWatch talked about the reaction to the show.
As the show opened, Dracula was wakened from a state of suspended animation. He is freed by a mysterious figure and a henchman. Next we flash forward as Dracula adopts his new persona, American industrialist, Alexander Grayson. Aided by R.M. Renfield, Drac puts his game plan in motion at his London digs, Carfax Manor.
Many of the original book characters inhabit this world but the series has taken a few liberties. Renfield for instance, is not the spazzy Englishman you may recall but a cool, calm African-American. Mina Murray is a med student instead of teacher. Lucy Westenra continues to be the upper class flirty friend of Mina but this incarnation has a sinister touch.
Grayson throws a party during which he demonstrates his ability light dozens of wireless light bulbs using power from the magnetosphere. What he needs are investors to finance coolant systems. However impressing the right Brits from British Imperial Company who hold the coolant patents proves challenging.
Seems the BIC is actually a front for the Order of the Dragon, an ancient group that trades influence for access to private clubs and oil interests. Drac seeks to destroy them by halting their revenue stream. Why? It seems darling Mina looks just like Dracula’s lost love whom the Order of the Dragon burned at the stake. Naturally Mina and Drac share a compelling attraction to one another.
In an interesting twist, Van Helsing is Dracula’s partner in crime. He too wants to see the Order destroyed as they are responsible for killing his loved ones as well.
If you are up for a well-blended mix of sex, intrigue, action and pizzazz, “Dracula” just might satisfy your appetite.
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