Dracula- Episode 2

We rejoin Alexander Grayson on his journey to eradicate the Order of the Dragon, fake invent things and woo Mina.

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Engaged in an underground battle with Van Helsing, Dracula, the man with many names gets pinned by a cross in his foot. Much credit to NBC and the awesome special effects. Van Helsing’s true love was burned at the stake by the order of the Dragon in the same way as Dracula’s true love. They team up and Dracula continues his feed.

Van Helsing and Dracula/Grayson, back in their timeline, Van Helsing is taking his vampire blood with needles and says that it is to cure his “aversion to sunlight”

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Lucy (played by the awesome Katie McGrath) flirts, and meets with Mina at a fencing match. Also attending is Lady Jayne and she’s discussing who to dispatch next against Grayson. Grayson meets with the owner of the British Imperial and says he is ending their business partnership. Not that Grayson is leaving, he strongly offers the man a chance to sell his own share.

Then he heads to the Inquisitor with Renfield. He’s nursing his crush on Mina, he says he won’t “take her” that he cannot and will not. But he still seeks to draw her in. He meets with Harker, Mina’s suitor. Grayson takes a trip with Harker where he thanks him for the tip that help secure his current share in British Imperial Coolant, but of course, he doesn’t have a controlling share yet.

He makes Harker vice president of public affairs. And gives him a mansion.

Mina is lamenting that she cannot keep up as Van Helsing’s protege, as a surgeon. After barely listening to her concern over academics, Harker tells her about the position Grayson offered him. Parker, ever the wide-eyed journalist did his research and found that Grayson did not exist more than seven years ago.

Back with the British Imperial Coolant/Order of the Dragon goons, they discuss how to thwart Grayson and his geo-thermal magnetism pitch.

Lady Jayne has dinner with Grayson, she asks him about how he did his “trick with the lightbulbs” which he insists is physics and science. Then they have a sexy romp, when he pretends she’s Mina (and the viewers see her in Mina’s form).

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Mina defies convention and takes a ride in Graysons carriage. Harker, faced with quitting the Inquisitor, insists Grayson has some fiendish agenda that Harker can’t put his finger on. Mina tells Grayson that she is studying to be a physician. She’s defying convention. She grew up with a doctor father and was always asked if she would be a nurse. She declined in favor of being a physician herself. She tells Grayson that she is worried about her exam. Grayson tells her that people may falter in their dreams, but the only way to fail is to abandon them. This was a much more charming response than that of her suitor. Not so charmingly, he follows her to her exam and hides in the shadows later. But she does fantastically.

The two Seers dispatched by Lady Jayne look in on Grayson, he senses them and breaks the focus in another one of those awesome effects involving wind and a bleeding mirror. Lady Jayne  surmises Grayson must be a very old vampire. Lady Jayne vows to track and kill him without seers… which since she’s sleeping with him is bizarre.

Harker, under duress of having his rent raised again accepts his job offer.

Grayson goes to a private “men’s club” and interrupts Lord Laurent, the man from British Imperial Coolant that he tried to buy out and Daniel Davenport sharing a moment. Grayson threatens to out the two of them and blackmails them with this knowledge, saying that the reputations of their whole families are at stake. (But he surely asserts that he’s no homophobe before hand. But he is willing to expose peoples sexual identity in order to publicly shame them… do I need to point out that second part voids the other?)

Harker is running his mouth to his friends from the Inquisitor about how he will make Mina a proper English wife and how marrying him will make her forget about being a physician. She walks in on his misogynist rant and runs out on him. He chases her and she dramatically tells him off. Awesome.

Elsewhere, Grayson gets hungry and takes a bite out of coat check girl Sinead, Lady Jayne nearly catches him in the act and seeing the punctured and bleeding girl… decapitates her.

Dracula edges closer to the source material this week with the enlistment of Harker to help Dracula be correct and presentable on the ways of society. I’m enjoying Mina being the doctor and student of Van Helsing’s, taking the premise from the book’s Jack Seward. It’s all very interesting and the effects are fantastic, the costumes are gorgeous.

There’s a ton going on. I’m not totally sure why Dracula is “bringing modern science” to victorian society and why the focus on destroying the Order of the Dragon is financial, and I’m not sure what’s up with Lady Jayne. But I’ll be watching, it’s certainly captivating. (that’s a little vampire hypnotism humor)

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