Dracula Thoughts & Open Thread: Four Roses

[SPOILERS BELOW FOR LAST FRIDAY’S EPISODE OF DRACULA]

I just . . . I don’t know, you guys. The penultimate episode of the season seems as good a time as any to take stock and admit that this show just hasn’t quite grabbed me – or at least produced discussion fodder – the way I’d hoped and expected. I’m not sure exactly why, as it certainly has a ton going on, and almost all of it is elements I like conceptually, but somehow it has never quite gelled for me. Maybe I needed it to be either really genuinely good or so bad I could just snark about it, and it’s somewhere in between. And I think the show sounds crazier on paper than it actually feels while watching, which is a weird place to be. Sometimes there’s just too much going on to eke all the amazing insanity out of any one element – for example, “Dracula tries to take over the world via alternative energy” is a concept I loved but the show never had enough time to spend with that to really give me much to say about it most weeks. (And then there’s the love triangle, but I talked about that last week, so I’ll just revisit it after the finale, in case anything is resolved.)

If the show comes back for a second season – no decision has been announced either way as yet – I’m sure I’ll watch, as I do like it that much, but I’m not sure I’ll try to write about it every week again. Or I’ll do something else with it, like “5 Ridiculous Things That Dracula Somehow Made Work This Week.” Hmm. Thoughts/ideas? Has anyone else stuck with this all season?

Anyway, some things that jumped out at me this episode:

  • “Surely you can’t still believe that Grayson is a vampire!” Oh, honey.
  • When Lucy’s talking to her mother, she seems awfully convinced that her mother will have enlightened views on sexuality, especially for, you know, Victorian England.
  • “You must forget about Jonathan.” “What?” “Please don’t ask me any questions.” Sure, sounds legit.
  • Okay, this is the sort of thing I do love about this show: someone actually, seriously pasted together a ransom note from letters cut from the newspaper.
  • “I hate hospitals.” “You know that’s going to be a problem when you become a doctor.” Heh.
  • Mina has dreamed about Ilona since she was a little girl?? Well, that’s fascinating, and I’m sad we only have one more episode to unravel that.
  • As I wrote in my notes at the end, “Oh my God, Lucy!” And oh, Dracula, I’m not sure the punishment quite fits the crime here.