Dracula Thoughts & Open Thread: Come to Die


Things are amping up a bit on Dracula as we head toward the end of the season, but I still found this episode to be pretty uneven. I find the machinations of the Order and the way they tie in to finance and industry to be really interesting, but I feel like they don’t spend enough time on them to allow the audience to really understand what’s going on, so I’m left saying “Wait, what?” a lot of the time. And sometimes I can’t tell whether things are being left deliberately mysterious or whether I’m just not getting it. I did like that they finally started talking about Dracula, by name, this week, so that’s something, and the show managed to make both Harker’s confrontation with Davenport and the scene where the missing children are discovered to be genuinely tense, if not quite frightening.

I think my main issue is that the episode focused so much on Mina’s feelings, and at this point I kind of just don’t get them. Other than the show wanting to have yearning and pining and a love triangle, why is she still with Harker, exactly? We know what Grayson actually is, but Mina doesn’t, so why wouldn’t she go for the adoring rich guy who encourages her career and to whom she is clearly very attracted? Especially when she’s been having so much conflict with Harker, and been so disappointed by him? I’m just not buying it. I’m also not quite clear on why Grayson says he must stay away from her for her own safety: safety from his enemies, or safety from him? Because if it’s safety from his enemies, obviously she’s in danger anyway. If he’s afraid that he himself won’t be able to resist biting her, at least that’s a bit more coherent.

Other favorite lines and points of interest:

  • One of the best parts of historical scenes on many shows: flashback hair!
  • Mina’s father is awfully enlightened for his time and social position.
  • “Who do I kill?” “Perhaps may I suggest no one, sir. Maybe just this once.”
  • “You make me want more than I could possibly have. You make me want to walk in the sun. I belong to you and you belong to me.” I may not be quite buying this whole situation, but that’s a heck of a declaration, I’ll give him that.
  • “Mr. Harker worked out just as you planned.” Well, that’s exciting. I wonder exactly what Grayson’s plan was and when it started.