[SPOILERS BELOW FOR THE MOST RECENT EPISODE OF DRACULA]
As usual, there was a lot going on in this episode of Dracula; I watched most of it twice because I got distracted by a work emergency the first time, and I’m still pretty sure I missed stuff. The jury is still out for me on this show in general: all of these various threads could conceivably tie together into something awesome, but I’m not yet confident that they will.
Grayson’s old friend/right-hand man Josef comes to town, and he is, understandably, suspicious/doubtful of what’s going on with both Jayne/the Order and with Mina, whom he recognizes as Ilona. (I do appreciate the way that people in Grayson’s life keep trying to point out that sleeping with a vampire hunter may not be the best thing for his health and safety, and he remains seemingly baffled by this concept.) Grayson cleverly kills two birds with one stone by sending Josef after Jayne and then “saving” Jayne by killing Josef, thus convincing her that the vampire she’s hunting is dead (and earning her gratitude). “Sometimes you have to sacrifice a knight to capture a queen.” Grayson then continues various complex relationship maneuvers with Jayne, though he insists, “Someday, madam, you’ll realize I was never playing.”
Elsewhere, and in a plotline that was really a lot more fun, Mina and Harker’s engagement party is coming up, and Grayson’s hosting it, because of course he is. Mina’s really pretty indifferent to the party stuff – she’d rather learn more about Grayson’s experiments (and of course there’s an explosion that means he has to hold her. For safety.) – and lets Lucy plan the party, but she does at least question why Grayson is so interested and involved in her relationship. Good girl. Harker explains that Grayson is the reason they’re back together, and she’s less than thrilled to discover that her fiance’s sudden enlightenment about her own needs and desires did not come from him after all.
That seems like a lot of plot already, but oh hey, did I mention we’ve got a sudden military subplot? The Order wants England to invade the Ottoman Empire to get oil. The general in charge, Ogilvy, is resistant, so they murder him and quickly get his underling, Shaw, who was more sympathetic from the start, to agree to invade on trumped up justifications. This means that Grayson’s alternative energy innovations are no longer just about his personal triumph or financial gain – they could affect the fate of nations.
Other stuff going on:
- Davenport is covering up his son’s death, of course, but he suspects Grayson’s involvement and sends a mysterious woman named Nora to figure out what matters most to Grayson so he can take it away. By the end of the episode, they’ve kidnapped Renfield. Uh-oh.
- Lucy is clearly unhappy about Mina’s engagement. And it’s been made clear in the past that she has feelings for Mina. But how aware is she of that? Can she articulate it, even to herself?
- Mina starts working as Van Helsing’s assistant and finds weird, “alive” blood samples. Presumably relatedly, Van Helsing and Grayson are continuing their attempts to let Grayson walk in the light.
- When Grayson sends Harker to find out General Shaw’s secrets, he’s led to a woman named Vera Markham, and . . . that’s all we know about her so far.