The show starts off with a bloody start, always good for a vampire show! There is no Hungarian accents here since Dracula is pretending to be an American Industrialist that travels to England. Like the story, Mina is his long lost love and not like the story, Jonathan Harker is a journalist. The show itself is quite lavishing and having Dracula as somewhat of an 'Edison' type is quite an interesting concept.
While "Dracula" is a story that is told over and over again, the show does do some changes that could make it feel refreshing. They give the characters more back story and they are different for that matter like Mina or Reinfield, their stories are more enhanced. Mina is in medical school and Reinfield is far from a crazy loon. Then though they feel like the same old same old too in some ways. Everyone got a reboot.
"Dracula" is sexy and won't be giving you any nightmares from this first episode. The show doesn't skip out on the blood though. It's one of those shows that you have to really pay attention too not a bad thing because there is a lot going on and it's not boring.
The cast isn't bad, some likable more than others. It's not your usual "Dracula" story and Bram Stoker might not agree. When they said the tagline, "It's Not Your Grandfather's Dracula," well NBC wasn't lying. Not sure if it would be everyone's cup of tea. If you want classic "Dracula," don't look at this show. Overall this premiere is 4 stars out of 5. Will be watching more episodes to see what happens!