A new supernatural drama series starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Dracula.It's 1896, and the mysterious Dracula has arrived in London, posing as an American entrepreneur who wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. He's especially interested in the new technology of electricity, which promises to brighten the night - useful for someone who avoids the sun. But he has another reason for his travels: he hopes to take revenge on those who cursed him with immortality centuries earlier. Everything seems to be going according to plan... until he becomes infatuated with a woman who appears to be a reincarnation of his dead wife.Also starring Oliver Jackson-Cohen as Jonathan Harker, Jessica De Gouw as Mina Murray, Katie McGrath as Lucy Westenra and Thomas Kretschmann as Abraham Van Helsing.The first trailer can be watched here and the second one here. A short animated prequel can be watched here.Not to be confused with the syndicated 90's show, Dracula The Series.
Aluminum Christmas Trees: Viewers didn't waste any time in complaining about the historical inaccuracy of a black man in Victorian London. Simple research into the era will demonstrate that there were plenty.
Anachronism Stew: Lady Jayne (Victoria Smurfit) and Lucy (Katie McGrath), in the first episode, are dressed in strapless gowns, which first appeared in the early 1930's.
In addition, Mina and Lucy constantly wear their hair loose and hanging about their shoulders, in a distinctly 1940's-esque style. Keep in mind that the series is set in a time when any respectable - and indeed fashionable - woman over the age of about thirteen would almost always have worn her hair up in a bun out of doors.
Ancient Conspiracy: The Order of the Dragon, a group of aristocrats that has been pulling the strings of Western civilization since at least the Dark Ages.
Casting Gag: Casting Thomas Kretschmann, who played Nosferatu-esque Big Bad Damaskinos in Blade 2, as well as Dracula himself in Dario Argento's recent film adaptation, as Van Helsing? It had to be intentional.
Cherry Blossoms: There is/was a cherry blossom tree outside Vlad Dracul's castle home. As per the trope, it's a symbol of life and death given that Vlad dies in front of it.
Dance of Romance: Grayson is given the first dance with Mina at her engagement party. It gets intense.
Dramatic Irony: Lady Jane says that the Order should be focusing on London's vampire infestation, rather than Grayson... oblivious to the fact that he's the master vampire whose presence is attracting the others.
Driven to Suicide: Young Davenport, after his lover is executed at the hands of the Order.
Enemy Mine: Seems Dracula and Van Helsing have teamed up to take down the Order of the Dragon.
Erotic Dream: Mina has one about Grayson that leaves her rather disturbed.
Evil Versus Evil: Depending on how evil you interpret Dracula as really being. Or how evil the Order of the Dragon is.
Dracula is a monster who feeds on innocent people… who also wants to give the world free clean energy, is accepting of homosexuality, and believes that women are just as good as men.
The Order of the Dragon turned Vlad into a vampire in the first place; they want to keep the world hooked on fossil fuels and they burned Van Helsing’s family alive. They’re also the ones keeping London safe from vampires.
Fake American: In-Universe: Dracula poses as an American called Alexander Grayson. He adopts a fake-sounding American accent, justified since his character lives in the nineteenth century and is from Europe.
First Episode Spoiler: It's revealed at the end of the pilot that Dracula and Van Helsing are working together against the Order of the Dragon.
Funny Background Event: In the second episode, when Jonathan and Mina kiss in the cafe, a mother sitting at a table behind them shields the eyes of her child and glares at them.
The Gambling Addict: Sir Clyde had massive gambling debts and Grayson bought out all the markers. After Clyde's death his widow sold Grayson the stocks he wanted in exchange for him cancelling the debts and not causing a scandal for the family.
Genre Savvy: Harker notes that something's off with the deal with Grayson and even notices that the latter never appeared in any records before 7 years ago. Later, Mina becomes suspicious of the fact that Grayson has so quickly made himself such an integral part of her and Johnathan's relationship, almost "as if he were a part of it."
Gorn: In episode 5, the Devil's Waltz, we see two displays of Dracula's strength and bloodlust, both times protecting Renfield. In a flashback, we have POV shots of Renfield watching as Dracula kills men who had just attacked him, at one point Dracula goes walking past him holding a severed head. In the main plot of the episode, Dracula tears a man's arm off, and this time its in full view of the camera.
The Informant: Grayson uses Harker as one. Harker knows the dirty secrets of the London elite and Grayson offers him a lucrative position in his company in exchange for sharing that knowledge.
In Love with the Mark: It would appear that Jayne falls for Dracula, unaware that he is the vampire she has sworn to kill.
In Name Only: As an adaptation of Dracula, many of the characters have only the loosest of similarities to the original canon. Van Helsing and Renfield are the biggest examples.
Jack the Ripper: As it turns out, he's a myth. The Order of the Dragon created him to cover up the murders committed by a vampire who'd been stalking the streets of London. They were the ones who sent the letters to the press and even mutilated the corpses so that no one could tell they'd been fed on.
Just a Stupid Accent: The hissing speech Dracula uses when not playing Grayson. It doesn't sound Romanian, doesn't sound English, doesn't sound definably from anywhere.
Knight Templar: The Order justify their self-interested actions as being in God's name.
Nouveau Riche: The various British lords consider Grayson to be an American upstart who made his fortune recently and is now showing off to his British betters. In actuality, Dracula is royalty and his family have been princes since the 14th century.
Of Corsets Sexy: Worn by Victoria Smurfit in episode 2, and the actresses all wear corsets to fit their period gowns better. Smurfit discusses the show's corsetry in this interview.
Opera Gloves: Worn by all three lead actresses in the first episode.
War for Fun and Profit: The Order of the Dragon, via its agents, is trying to start a war with the Ottoman Empire for control of their oil fields.
You Are What You Hate/He Who Fights Monsters: Dracula and Van Helsing are out to punish the Order of the Dragon, the sect that are responsible for killing their innocent families. In their quest for vengeance, they're wracking up quite a high body count of totally innocent people.