Season 1, Episode 6: “Of Monsters and Men”
Original air date: Dec. 6, 2013
- “Dracula” is so much better when it focuses on sexy rather than gory. The previous week’s “The Devil’s Waltz” trended toward torture cinema, with bits of romance sprinkled in around the edges.
- And while “Monsters and Men” had plenty of horror, including the violent infusion of Van Helsing’s (Thomas Kretschmann) “sun serum” into Dracula (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) and a good blood-sucking scene courtesy of Dracula himself, the most intense moments again fell to Dracula’s pining for Mina Murray (Jessica De Gouw) and vampire hunter Lady Jayne (Victoria Smurfit) sultry manipulations of Lucy (Katie McGrath), who has a lesbian longing for Mina.
- “Dracula” has other problems beyond the gore vs. sex. The lesbian subplot makes little sense. In fact most of the sex and romance seem odd and out of place. The alternative energy subplot is ridiculous. And the Order of the Dragon is not particularly intimidating.
- But Jonathan Rhys Meyers brings a coffin-load of charm and the show has moments of entertainment even if the plot is a mess.
- The viewership for this miniseries is anemic, less than that of a CW offering. But it is a Friday show and NBC-TV deserves positive notice for putting something on besides repeats of another damn “Law & Order” clone.