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Posted on 11.06.2013

“Dracula” has been on the screen and on the stage numerous times since Bram Stroker created the night fiend, and the latest adaptation on NBC paints a new picture of everyone’s favorite vampire. Played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Dracula arrives in London in 1896 under the alias of Alexander Grayson, an American entrepreneur. While seeking revenge against the people who have ruined his life, Dracula unexpectedly begins to fall in love with the human Mina, played by Jessica De Gouw, who may be the reincarnation of his lost love.

“Dracula” does a lot of things right. It has the most notable characters in the book such as Jonathan, Mina, Lucy and Professor Van Helsing. Even though the show has made changes to the characters, such as making Jonathan a journalist instead of a lawyer, the changes are not too cringe-worthy. Unfortunately, Dracula is not all he is described as in the book. While his sensual and charismatic nature is there, he burns in the sunlight, and as far as we know, he cannot change into a bat or mist or anything else cool. There are also some clever references to Vlad the Impaler, who is said to be the inspiration behind Dracula, which a lot of vampire buffs will appreciate.  The Gothic atmosphere meshed with the Victorian culture is appropriate, even though the attempts at horror fizzle out so far.

“Dracula” gets a solid three-star rating because even though the pilot was a bit slow, it didn’t suck me dry. But I’ll just have to keep watching to know if it is a show I can sink my teeth into.

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