NBC’s Dracula – Pilot Review

jonathan-rhys-meyers-dracula-nbc-2013October is by far my favorite time of year.  The weather gets cooler, the leaves start falling and television makes a shift into Halloween themed shows.  While some of us here at MWTVG take Halloween specials for granted, I live for them.  In the past few years we have been getting more and more full-blown series out of the deal with varying degrees of success.

This year, NBC presents us with their take on the Dracula mythology with their show of the same name starring JONATHAN RHYS MEYERS as the main man Drac.  I was extremely worried with some of the initial marketing that it was going to be a pure disaster (like many of NBC’s other new Fall series so far), but I could’t have been more wrong with this one.  It’s actually quite good.  JONATHAN RHYS MEYERS plays a great Dracula as he arrives in early-20th century London posing as an American businessman.

The gang’s all here from the original novel, like Jonathan Harker, Lucy, Renfield and Van Helsing and the story starts off by closely following the standard formulaic Dracula story of finding his long lost love until it starts to strike off in its own direction with a society of vampire hunters tracking down Dracula and Van Helsing being in cahoots with Dracula himself.

While the pilot was especially heavy on developing the narrative, it was not shy with the blood and horror elements that I thought it would severely lack.  Even the fight scene between Dracula and one of the vampire hunters was done extremely well, something that is often difficult to pull off on these kind of shows.  As a period-piece, it looks and feels sharper than most.  The subject matter is extremely dark, but well presented.

It will be interesting to see where they take it from here, but judging from the abnormally high ratings, we might actually see the whole season.  With 5.3 million viewers, it handily won the night in the 18-49 demographic.

It’s an A- in my book and a surprisingly solid addition to my Friday night viewing.