The new Dracula series from Sherlock creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss dropped all 3 episodes on Netflix in the US today, having previously aired January 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the UK to mixed reviews.
Being the avid vampire addict that I am, this is something I have been waiting for since the original announcement, but as always my question was "could it live up to the hype"? Scroll down for my review of Episode 1 - with very limited spoilers!
The story of Dracula is so well known to vampire lovers, and has already seen so many incarnations, I was intrigued to see what approach Moffat and Gatiss would take. They had already confirmed that the series would not be a modern day piece (unlike their Sherlock adaptation), and they promised a show that focussed on Dracula being the main focus, rather than the normal casting of him as the antagonist with much of the story focussing on Mina's story.
As I start writing this, avoiding major spoilers is harder than I expected, but I can tell you that this is definitely a new take on the story. I haven't read or seen anything using this version of story, although you can tell they have pulled heavily from Coppola's version for their early introduction of Dracula scenes.
There is definitely an onlgoing thread of dark humor running through that you would expect from these creators, but the big surprise for me was Sister Agatha (Dolly Well)! She is definitely a welcome surprise addition and she steals the scenes with her dry commentary and no-nonsense attitude!
Dracula himself (Claes Bang) does an admirable job (for the most part) in this first episode of bringing the expected Dracula feel, although the English accent that develops (although being explained), does at certain times when mixed with the dry one liners, remind me of an episode of Downton Abbey. (Watch for the scene where he is sitting in the convent as a prime example).
Over all I give the first episode a solid 4 out of 5. I will definitely be watching the remaining parts, but it didn't quite have that immediate #MustWatch feeling that other shows have had for me. I wasn't disappointed - but I am not obsessing either.
Are you going to watch? Have you already watched? I'd love to hear your spoiler free thoughts. Check out the official trailer below - and then below that check out the 2 possible Easter Eggs I noticed on the first watch through! (There may be more - let me know if you see any).
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Possible Easter Eggs I Noticed In Episode 1
Not sure if these are officially counted as Easter Eggs but mention is made of the barmaid at the Rose and Crown (Clara Oswold from Doctor Who was a barmaid at the Rose and Crown.
Mention of consulting with a detective in London. Although Moffat and Gatiss have their Sherlock set in present day - I have to believe that was deliberate!