Dracula: episode 8

Dracula is having sexy dreams about his former wife, and then the recollection of armored men breaking in and grabbing her away while he is beaten.

Currently Dracula is staring at Mina’s residence. “There is folly in this obsession.” Renfield tells him.

Mina is snooping around Van Helsing’s things again (last time she did this she created a potential vampire rat. This was never addressed, disappointingly). Her father comes to see what she is doing… and confronts her about the dance he caught between her and Grayson.

Lady Jayne and Davenport decide that there is indeed another elder vampire. (Not just the one she killed at her residence, Grayson’s friend). But the huntsman doesn’t find Grayson. She finds a female vampire (a black woman in fact, this show is beyond white and she doesn’t last long… unfortunately that’s a “thing” on this show) During the showdown, Lady Jayne easily beheads a man and the other woman confesses that dracula himself called her there.

Harker is in trouble. And he’s starting to put two and two together about Grayson, he thinks that Grayson killed the bookkeeper (he did).

Van Helsing can’t believe he killed a police magistrate (he did)

Grayson gets the sunlight serum. While Lady Jayne tells the Order of the Dragon that Dracula is in London. And tells the story of how the Order themselves changed Vlad the Impaler into Dracula. She vows to end it once and for all.

Harker tells Mina how violent and dangerous Grayson is. Mina doesn’t buy it when he tells her to stay away.

Grayson goes to see Lady Jayne. And she breaks up with him. She knows that his heart belongs to Mina, she’s known since she saw them dance at Mina and Jonathon’s engagement party. To his merit; he doesn’t deny it or make excuses… but he does say that he risked his life to protect her (he didn’t). She says that the whole time he was pretending she was Mina. He denies it (but he was).

Mina goes to see Grayson. She tells Grayson what Harker has come to her and said. “I would never lie to you, you have my word.” (but vague answers are us). She bizarrely tells him off, saying that her and Harker will not be used up by him.

Lucy is still inanely flirting with Harker. Harker turns her down flat. She begs for a kiss. He declines. So she tells Harker that Mina has been visiting Grayson. 

Grayson has a class A meltdown.

Harker confronts Mina about going to see Grayson against his wishes. Says that she invents reasons to see Grayson so that she can flirt with him (that’s not wrong… it’s pretty accurate, except that one last time)

A vampire lackey says that Dracula can walk in the day. “Dracula has bested God.” Lady Jayne feeds him some Holy Water he gurgles thick blood.

Van Helsing and Renfield talk business, discuss how they will go after High Council or the Dragon’s Head.

Mina steals Dracula’s blood sample from Van Helsing’s office (again) but as she is leaving 3 men break in. She kicks one in the shin and makes a run for it, but she is surrounded and one man shoves her down the stairs leaving her concussed. The men are primed to torture her (to destroy Grayson) …but Grayson shows up and starts ripping out throats. Then he impales them on the fence outside. Vlad the Impaler: Confirmed.

Harker and Grayson and her father are all at the hospital (if Harker thinks Grayson is a danger why does he let Grayson visit? At one point he even storms off leaving Grayson alone with Mina)

Hackett is Davenport’s man. Grayson tells Harker that the police will never believe him. Harker says that he will confront Davenport himself.

Davenport says Grayson is framing him. That Grayson sent Harker because one of them would be killed and either way he wins, either Davenport is dead or Harker is dead… then Grayson will have Mina. Harker falls to shambles under Davenports ranting and Harker shoots him… he sees the painting of someone looking mostly like Mina that Davenport stole from Grayson… and then heads over to Lucy’s. Lucy is not that into it, of course… but she’s satisfied that this will ruin Mina and Harker’s relationship and Mina will experience the pain that Mina inflicted on her. 

Great episode! Lot’s of vampire stuff happening. Beheadings, Grayson’s class A freak out, violence, lust, less fake science…

Bad stuff: it’s awful that a PoC character will walk on and I already know that they will be dead in 5 minutes. That’s ridiculous. Stop doing that. Also the fact that Lucy is so bitter and repressed and she’s the only LGBT character who is still alive? Not good. 

I hope Mina and Harker break up. I still hate Harker. How is it alright to tell your wife who not to see under the guise of “protecting her” but you leave her with this person while she is unconscious? Only one of those times required your interference and you picked the wrong one, Harker!

 

Dracula: Episode Seven

Alexander Grayson finally gets the recipe for the sunlight serum down. He has 4 hours. But he’s hungry, so hungry. He gets a taste of Lady Jayne. And nearly takes a bite out of the cleaning staff. Mina continues to act sweet and silly and sets up a dance at the hospital for which she needs to borrow Grayson’s phonograph. 

A heartbroken Lucy meets with Lady Jayne to tell her how her confession to Mina went.. “Monstrous.” Lady Jayne sent her out to profess her love and this exchange blew up in Lucy’s face. Lucy says Mina’s look was of revulsion and Lady Jayne says Mina’s just scared of her own sexual nature. What does Lady Jayne have to gain in this?!

Lucy busts in at his tailor and tells Harker that “Alastair wasn’t exactly her type” and after receiving some remarkably terrible and devious advice from Lady Jayne sets out to seduce him. That bad advice also involved a tease and a kiss.

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The treatment Lucy is receiving is unnecessarily cruel. 

And Renfield had bid a million dollars on a painting only to have it stolen by Davenport. It’s a painting of Drac’s wife who obviously looks identical to Mina Murray. Now Davenport knows who Drac loves and can seek his revenge!

Harker is summoned by the Order.

Grayson makes Mina’s party a proper affair by having real string players and is dancing joyously with one of the patients when she arrives. Then he has to leave abruptly because the sunlight is weakening him. Mina stops him. She is disappointed that Harker is missing from the dance and says she wants to dance with Graysons (…bad decisions all around) but he can’t resist, steadies himself and dances with her in the hall. They flirt, he leans in close, almost for a kiss but become preoccupied with her pulse in her throat. His hands start to tremble and she thinks she’s made him nervous. But it’s really that he is trying to keep himself from taking a bite of her.

Grayson runs late and arrives right around the same time as the Police tipped off by the Order and their new member Harker. They allege that the machinery is a health hazard. And shut him down. Grayson throws money that them and things get a little “fuck the police” at Grayson Electric Company.

Harker apologizes to Mina. Mina doesn’t apologize for the emotional and nearly physical affair that she’s having. To top off the evening, Grayson makes a snack out of the cop and then threatens Van Helsing for teasing him, giving him just a taste of the world he once had.

There was much to like about this episode. But unfortunately it wasn’t the same scenes that the show focussed on. The dance between Grayson and Mina was an obvious highlight. But of interest to me is the rift growing between Van Helsing and Grayson. 

I’m exceptionally displeased with the way Lady Jayne is teasing Lucy. What value is it? What does she have to gain by sending Lucy to embarrass herself and to sabotage Harker and Mina. Why? What good does it do her? It was well acted, well.. on Katie McGrath’s end for certain. But I just do not understand why the writers are toying with Lucy in this way (after having the tragic death and suicide of the show’s only other LGBT characters). Why would Lucy flirt with Harker? Seduce him to shake Mina’s relationship? That only serves to prove to Mina that Lucy’s intentions are impure. How would that make Mina want Lucy?! And why would Lady Jayne want her to break up Mina and Harker (since she has witnessed Grayson flirting with Mina… wouldn’t she want Mina attached? Perhaps?)

Baffled.

Dracula episode 4

Grayson is talking to Renfield about Lady Jayne, he knows if he kills her that they will send another. Lady Jayne is kicking ass and slicing throats in the moonlight.

Grayson has summoned a vampire (two of his cohorts killed by Lady Jayne that night) to help dismantle the Order of the Dragon.

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Mina is glowing with happiness about marrying Harker. (I still hate the misogynist lout) Lucy and Grayson look on, seemingly happy with this news. But Grayson quickly starts discussing business and sends Harker off while the girls go to discuss flowers and settings. Grayson says the he his testing his resonating machine (it’s fake). Lucy is bored by the idea and departs, Mina is entralled. The machine starts to blow and steam billows out as bolts fly past. Grayson grabs Mina “to protect her” (or maybe to protect her… nah). It gets intense, He’s clearly emotional and she herself gives in to the embrace.

Grayson’s vampire buddy agrees that Mina is really Grayson’s dead wife. Not a mere resemblance, but her reincarnated.

He threatens the vampire that he must never mention this again and then goes off to spy on Lady Jayne. Who he should be meeting but is standing up even though she looks like a whole bag of sexy.

Mina doesn’t understand why Grayson has offered to host their wedding. She thinks it’s weird how involved he is. She takes her concerns to her fiancee and Harker tells Mina that it was Grayson who told him he was being a fucking sexist jerk and that he should properly appreciate Mina for who she is.

Mina continues as Van Helsing’s assistant. Later Van Helsing heads over to Grayson’s for his “treatment” you know, so he isn’t allergic to the sun… he tries it out, feels the warmth of the sun- right before his hand burns. The main issues it that it is working right at the injection site, but without blood circulating, that’s the only place. Van Helsing sees it as a breakthrough, Grayson is furious.

Mina is snooping around her Professor’s things and finds his special project. She starts to examine the cells, saying that it makes no sense that the cells are still alive. She is so interested that she misses her own engagement party that Lucy is throwing for her. Lucy is worried that she is losing her friend to her husband. Lucy is most certainly pining away for Mina.

Grayson turns up at Lady Jaynes, apologizing for missing dinner. She says he is “relentlessly optimistic” that she would have time for him. He promises her an evening that she will never forget. I don’t get these two. Grayson banters cheesy pick up lines at her and then takes her to a fight club(?!). She gets so turned on by the girl on girl violence that they have an eager and passionate “lovemaking.”

From all sides, including Daniel’s father, everyone is vying for a way to get to Grayson.

Renfield is displeased with Grayson’s impetuous vampire guest. Renfield knows that he can’t be trusted and wonderfully illustrates this point to Grayson who says that the younger vampire saved his life on the battlefield many times and that he can stay as long as he wants, he’s like a brother.

Grayson heads back the Lady Jayne’s, where she dumps him (while nearly exposing her nipples from her corset). He tries to psychoanalyze her: she only wants what she can’t have.

Grayson’s guest followed him to Lady Jayne’s. He is insulted at the relationship between the huntress and Dracula. He begs Grayson to let him kill her, to make her scream… and Grayson sheds a tear.

Harker is off getting the scoop on the deaths piling up around those vying to get close to Grayson.

Grayson’s vampire has gone to sneak in to Lady Jayne. Grayson catches him and they fight. The young one gets the drop,throwing him through a table an Grayson is laid out. But in the noise Lady Jayne wakes up and vanquishes the intruder.

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Lady Jayne Grabs Grayson and says, “You saved my life” (not “how did you get into my house?”)

He tells her (while they share a bath) that he’s an insomniac and was out for a walk. Worst. Explanation. Ever.

She then tells her boss that she lured the creature into her home.

Grayson is sad about Yosef, his vampire, but says he would have understood. Renfield is all, “good thing we got rid of that guy.”

At the end of the episode, we see Renfield offering to help a woman with a baby carriage and then he is abducted by Daniel’s father. In the previews for next week we see him being tortured for info about Grayson.

This show is pretty on the level as far as feminism (as expressed by the ambitious Mina, the tough and sexual Lady Jayne and the savvy socialite Lucy). 

Other than that, this show is pretty teenage thus far. Mina’s the girl everyone wants who settles for some mediocre goon. Lady Jayne is the ice queen who always has an angle, freaking Dracula is stalking around playing games with everyone’s emotions; watching from afar, selflessly putting the girl of his dreams before himself (but trusting that she’ll find out). Yosef was a fuck up, but sometimes your friends are fuck ups, it doesn’t mean they aren’t your friends. Yosef is that friend who shows up drunk and ruins the party. Lucy’s in love with her best friend. It’s like Felicity but with blood drinking and killer fight scenes.

Until next week- what will become of Renfield? How long will Lady Jayne stay under Grayson’s spell?

It was recently announce that Layer Cake‘s Tamer Hassan has been added to the cast an will appear in episode 9 (6 episodes are being shown from season 1 before a hiatus) You can read slightly more about that than what I just typed here.

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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