Created by: Cole Haddon
Starring: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jessica De Gouw, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Victoria Smurfit, Thomas Kretschmann, Katie McGrath, Robert Bathurst, Miklós Bányai
Airs: Friday nights on NBC
Synopsis borrowed from IMDB: Series introduces Dracula as he arrives in London, posing as an American entrepreneur who maintains that he wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. In reality, he hopes to wreak revenge on the people who ruined his life centuries earlier. There’s only one circumstance that can potentially thwart his plan: Dracula falls hopelessly in love with a woman who seems to be a reincarnation of his dead wife.
I wasn’t interested in this show at first, as I’d caught part of episode 2 and it was too hard to figure out what was going on. Then episode 4 was airing after Grimm, and I got curious. So I went on Hulu and caught myself up from the first episode and…
This show is amazing.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers is a Dracula that was captured by the Order of Drago, locked in a coffin, and entombed. He is awakened centuries later and given the chance to enact his revenge against those that killed his wife, tortured and beat him, and have been hunting his kind with impunity.
Taking on the identity of Alexander Grayson, an American entrepreneur that’s come to London to introduce a science that will replace the need for oil and destroy the finances of his enemies, he is sexy, heartless, and cruel.
During his introduction to Society, he meets the reincarnation of his dead wife Ilona, who is known as Mina Murray and is a medical student desperate to prove that a woman can be a doctor. She is accompanied by her handsome beau, the journalist Jonathan Harker, and her friend Lucy Westenra.
Lucy, played by Katie McGrath, is a rich society girl with a secret love for her best friend. It’s heartbreaking to watch her moon after Mina, and have her affections ignored by the oblivious Mina.
Victoria Smurfit plays Lady Jayne Wetherby, a trendsetting woman with a secret. (Psst, it’s not the push up corsets. It’s the bad assery.)
There’s action, adventure, vampires sucking the blood out of their victims, and Dracula re-imaged. The costumes and settings are amazing, and if you’re a horror fan not watching this show, you should cry yourself to sleep at night because you’re missing out.
This is a great show.
Watch current episodes of Dracula online at Hulu.
Here’s a trailer for the show. The annotations are annoying, so I shut them off when I watched it. Otherwise, this is a cool trailer.