Synopsis: Jonathan Harker travels to Transylvania to meet a new client and finalise the sale of a stately house in London but finds himself trapped in a terrifying maze-like castle of undead brides with a vampire Count whose ambition is to conquer the world.
Honestly, I love a good Dracula tale, but this sadly is not it. Dracula (mini-series) was incredibly hard to get into, I fear, dwelling too much on tones of Bram Strokers, Dracula (a childhood favourite) bones, before an attempt to venture off into shadows of something new. It was not until Dracula (Claes Bang) met Sister Agatha Van Helsing (Dolly Wells) that the story began to become interesting. The banter between these two, to be continued on when Dracula awakens to meet Zoe Van Helsing, again portrayed by Dolly Wells, was what saved this for me, in relation to the bigger picture.
The episodes on ship, the Demeter as Dracula headed to London, I loved. The intrigue, the adventure, the excitement, reminding me fondly of ‘tales of old’. Here, amongst this series, talent and promise reigned supreme, only to lead to utter decay and disappointment as episodes continued, lingered, and what could have been in relation to potential, withers into nothing more but a forgetful, empty shell as the care factor fails, in dishonour, to Dracula’s story. It was like there was so much excitement in the beginning and then diminished, the writers just went ‘yep, there’s an ending’ just wanting any ending to be done with it.
Anyway, if you favour Dracula, then leave this one alone and save yourself from the bitterness and disappointment. It has been four weeks, since I watched it, and I still feel like slapping the writers, adding in some very un-lady like words. If they do, decide on a series two, which I hope they don’t, I will definitely be sitting this one out.
Trailer courtesy of Netflix
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