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Dracula

dracula03Network: NBC
Episodes: 10 (hour)
Seasons: One

TV show dates: October 25, 2013 — January 24, 2014
Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jessica De Gouw, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Katie McGrath, Nonso Anozie, Victoria Smurfit, Thomas Kretschmann, Matt Barber, and Michael Nardone.

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TV show description:
This horror/thriller series is a reimagining of the classic Dracula novel by Bram Stoker. It takes place in the late 19th century.

The mysterious Dracula (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) has arrived in London and is 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 — a useful concept for someone who must avoid sunlight. He is aided by his loyal confidant, R.M. Renfield (Nonso Anozie).

Dracula has another reason for his travels however. 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 Mina Murray (Jessica De Gouw), a woman who appears to be a reincarnation of his dead wife.
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Series Finale

Episode #10 — “Let There Be Light”
At long last, American entrepreneur Alexander Grayson executed a public demonstration of his miraculous electromagnetic resonator device, which promises to provide free, wireless electricity to all of London.

The demonstration was postponed after a previous attempt only a fortnight ago reportedly poisoned the surrounding neighborhood, causing children and elderly residents to become ill. Mr. Grayson insists that the poisoning was the result of sabotage, most likely by his rivals at the United Imperial Lubricant Company, although Scotland Yard has yet to find any evidence to support the claims.

This weekend’s demonstration, the second such attempt for Mr. Grayson, was to be his magnum opus, the result of years – possibly even decades – of research and construction that would revolutionize the world as we know it and put his oil industry rivals out of business entirely. What began as a day of triumph and victory ended as one of the most tragic and destructive days in London’s recent history.

At approximately 6:22 in the evening, moments after Grayson fired up his resonator to shed miraculous, wireless light on the entire district, the machine suffered a catastrophic malfunction. Grayson and his engineering team went to great lengths to evacuate the area as quickly as possible, and indeed the brave men spared many lives by doing so.

However, only five minutes after the machine was activated, a mechanical malfunction led to the largest manmade explosion in British history, centered directly in the heart of downtown London. The damage was catastrophic. At least a dozen people were killed in the explosion, and, while the numbers are still being tallied, estimates predict the number of injured persons to be in the hundreds, possibly even into the thousands.

Miraculously (and despite being in the belly of the beast itself during the explosion), Mr. Grayson managed to escape relatively unscathed, save for a few bumps and bruises. He is currently exiled in Carfax Manor and refusing to speak to the press, other than to briefly announce that he suspects foul play and sabotage to be the cause of the malfunction.

As London continues to recover from the horrific tragedy, hundreds remain missing. Most notably, Mr. Browning, a prominent member of British high society, has not been seen since the day of the explosion, despite the fact that Mr. Browning was not on site when the accident occurred. Miss Lady Jayne Wetherby is also unaccounted for, and she was last scene hailing a carriage toward the demonstration, only moments before the explosion. Also missing is Mr. Grayson’s right-hand man, Mr. Renfield, who was last seen returning to Carfax Manor on the day of the demonstration.
First aired: January 24, 2014. (Courtesy NBC)

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What do you think? Do you like the Dracula TV series? Do you think it should have been cancelled or renewed for a second season?

 

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Love this show, from Richmond, VA January 18, 2014 at 1:21 pm

I love, love, love this show! NBC, this is one of the great shows you should keep! Grimm has run its course. Thank you for bring great television back with this show. I look forward to watching Dracula every Friday night.

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Tracy January 18, 2014 at 10:32 am

Please Please Please renew the series, Love this show!

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Heidi January 18, 2014 at 1:19 am

I cannot imagine any TV network considering canceling this show. It will be picked up by a smaller network, never fear. If you relish viewing gothic, turn of the century dark British film, you’re in luck with this one. British costuming at it’s finest, check, excellent backdrops and building- check, OMG drop dead gorgeous sets and buildings out of Butapest and London, check. Not to mention the actors and their stories, kudos to col Haddon..

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Annushka January 18, 2014 at 12:07 am

Loving this beautiful series. Endless seasons please!!

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Liz January 17, 2014 at 11:08 pm

I love this show. I think jonathon rhys meyers is awesome.
Don’t cancel!!

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Michele Blevins January 17, 2014 at 11:00 pm

Please do not cancel this show!!!! We love it!!

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Denise January 17, 2014 at 7:56 pm

It should NOT be cancelled. The actor is as charismatic as the role he is playing. The plot is believable and the acting good. Certainly much better than Revolution.

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Barry January 17, 2014 at 4:59 pm

Intrigued by the show. Was disappointed at first. Took a deeper look. Now totally captivated. A Friday night obsession. Bravo!

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ELD January 16, 2014 at 10:32 pm

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this show! Renew it for 10 additional episodes!

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Anonymous January 18, 2014 at 11:32 am

Love this show please renew

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Elaine Waldron January 18, 2014 at 2:46 pm

Have all your friends and their friends’ friends watch it next week. It is the ratings that will make or break it! I hope it stays. I love it too!!!!!

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Angie-Marie Caldwell January 15, 2014 at 8:46 pm

This is the best show I have seen in a very long time. The cast is amazing. The writing is well thought out and flows well. I look foreword to a new episode every week. Since I have only internet access I watch at NBC.com. I never miss an episode. In fact I have watched them more than once. It will be a sad day if this show is cut from the line up. Then what will we watch?

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Anonymous January 18, 2014 at 2:02 am

Could not of said it any better. It is one, or is the “best” show on tv…….. Hands down…..

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Pat January 15, 2014 at 4:16 am

I love this show. I cannot get enough of Jonathan Rhys Meyers. His Dracula is subtle and mesmerizing, and I love the new Renfield. The two actors have real chemistry. Jessica de Gouw is wonderful as Mina. I watch every episode over and over. Please do not cancel.

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Paul January 14, 2014 at 5:19 pm

Excellent series. Way better than Vampire Diaries, Walking Dead or Beauty and the Beast. Top acting and story line. Production values are great and really bring the victorian age and some steam punk aspects to life. Hope it gets renewed for many years…

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tracy mitchell January 16, 2014 at 3:14 pm

Awesome series! I agree with Paul. I would be ashamed to see this series end. A true work of art. Acting is fantastic. Love the characters. Hope it is renewed for many seasons.

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Johnnie January 13, 2014 at 12:12 pm

Was really uninterested in the show at first but now can’t miss it. Love Jonathan Rhys Meyers depiction of Dracula. He gives it a whole new twist. Renfield is wonderful but am a little disappointed in Dr. Van Helsing’s character the way he’d portrayed.

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Will January 12, 2014 at 11:18 pm

Perhaps the most popular of the movie monsters from the 1930’s the Universal-Studio’s DRACULA now airs weekly in a new NBC series.
Well-known characters made famous in Bram Stoker’s novel have been richly recreated in this lavish handsome production.
But initially I was skeptical such a well known story, already filmed in over a hundred renditions, along with many television series produced spanning decades, could ever possibly be resurrected once again.
I was wrong.
The producers and writers cleverly weave the characters in an entertaining story arch perfect for contemporary audiences.
In fact this program successfully layers modern social sensibilities with 19th century mores, while also subtly flavoring the series with enticing strong female characters, and certainly evoking memories of the controversial author D.H.-Lawrence novels—undeniably scandalous in the early 20th century.
And of course the ensemble of actor’s wonderful performances entice our thirst for the next weekly episode before the one we’re watching ends.
Each twist and turn surprises viewers with the actions and directions of the story’s protagonists and antagonists. So, can we really be sure who the good guy is?
In my personal viewer’s opinion, this is without question one of Fall 2013 NBC Friday night’s rare hidden gems.
How ironic is it that medieval knight’s fashioned crosses from BLOODSTONE–jasper, once believed to be a gemstone formed where the drop’s of Christ’s blood fell to the ground at the foot of His Cross.
These same knights possessed swords with bloodstone pommels they also believed imbued their steel weapons with the power to vanquish evil.
Bravo, NBC for taking the risk producing this show! Notwithstanding, the question remains unanswered.
Was the real Vlad-Tepisch simply the perpetrator of evil? Or was he the victim of evil instead?—something the show holds great potential to explore through the fiction of DRACULA!
If you loved Bram Stoker’s DRACULA in print, you’ll also love this new addition of a superbly novel show aired each week. It’s truly a 5-star gemstone of television viewing, when we consider modern digital cable TV and satellite television providers alike both air over a thousand channels competing for your viewership.

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Elaine Waldron January 12, 2014 at 5:17 pm

This is my second time to comment. I LOVE THIS SHOW! It is beyond awesome. I had never seen Jonathan Rhys Meyers before, but I find his acting outstanding! This is much more like a real Dracula would be like. Even though I am a faithful fan of the other vampire shows, this one is my absolute favorite! I watch every episode over and over. Please do not cancel!

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Ann January 18, 2014 at 11:29 pm

I agree with Elaine!! Great, great acting . This is a great story and it is just beginning. Please, please keep it going full steam!!

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