Updated: Jan 13, 2020
It’s been a long time since I’ve come out with a review, and today, after feeling as if the life was sucked out of me, I present to you the Non-Spoiler review of the Netflix’s original show: Dracula.
In general, I’m not the biggest fan of vampires and vampire lore, but I didn’t want that make me exclude any show, so I decided to give Dracula a chance. In case you didn’t already know, Dracula appeared on Netflix on January 1st, 2020. It consists of 3 episodes that are all around 1 hour and 30 minutes.
The first episode, The Rules of a Beast, both surprised and excited me for this new take on Dracula’s story. The lore added to Dracula’s character was intriguing, and Claes Bang does a fantastic job of bringing out Dracula’s witty dialogue and humor while remaining a threatening and mysterious villain. The side characters bring a refreshing sense of humor, whilst still having both the bravery and intelligence, to make them real heroes the audience can root for in the battle against Dracula.
However, in two episodes, the fantastic pilot was overshadowed by a mess of a story, and unresolved plot points. The second episode, though still very much entertaining, ended up feeling more like a filler episode for the bizarre leap the story took in the third episode. The bizarre leap the third episode took was not a favorable risky one for the show. Instead, it felt rushed and out of place compared to the other two episodes. It made the whole show feel as if it had jumped from season one to season four and was trying very hard to be like Lucifer.
If you do watch this show, I advise you to stop after the first episode. Why, am I telling you to stop then? Because, I loved the first episode and watched everything as soon as I could, but by the time I finished the last episode, I was extremely disappointed. Scenes previously set up, remain unexplained, prior set-up rules for Dracula are ignored, and character’s relationships became forced and feel as if they were created for plot convenience.
It saddened me the most to see a show with such potential, and a great cast, plummet entirely at the very end, to the point where it’s unwatchable.