Jonathan Rhys Meyers is the latest in a long line of esteemed actors to tackle the iconic role of Count Dracula, and he has quite the cape to fill. Gary Oldman’s portrayal of the notorious vampire in Bram Stoker’s Dracula is probably one of my favorite of all the Dracula movies and puts a lot of expectations not only on Meyers, but on the show itself. NBC is betting a lot on Dracula, and is competing against so many other supernatural type shows involving witches, vampires and zombies. Their spin on updating this gothic classic is definitely an interesting one: Meyers plays American entrepreneur and inventor Alexander Grayson, living in Victorian London society.
The network put in a lot of money into production, as the 10-episode show was shot on location in Budapest, but I felt that they could’ve spent more of that money on visual effects. The new series, which premieres on Friday alongside its veteran hit Grimm, draws you into the world of love, lust, money and power—without the cheesiness of capes, bats and stakes—but doesn’t really keep you wanting more.
All right, let’s get down to the details – here are the highlights. Dracula is besties with Van Helsing, who revived him from being all dried up and buried in a coffin somewhere. He also runs into a reincarnated version of his long-dead wife, played by Australian actress Jessica De Gouw. Now at first I thought it was going to go downhill from the moment she came onscreen as she was terrible to watch on the last season of the CW’s Arrow, but she’s actually quite good in this. Dracula tries to woo her character away from her fiancé, journalist Jonathan Harker, played by Oliver Jackson-Cohen. Finally! A possible love triangle! And the show gets better. Now of course we can’t forget about the Order of the Dragon, an evil conglomerate trying to gain political power that the might duo of Dracula and Van Helsing have to fight against.
The show is definitely no Twilight, but there’s something to it. Meyers’ accent is a bit distracting and I wish he would just be either American or English – PICK ONE! All in all, I’d definitely check it out because I’m really hoping that NBC can lock this in and have a hit on their hands. We’ll see.
Tune-in to the series premiere of Dracula on NBC. Friday, Oct. 25, 10pm and check-in on GetGlue!