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Dracula (series)

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Dracula is a 2019 series of three episodes made by Netflix. 

3 out of 10 stars.  This was certainly over-hyped and under-delivered. 

The series is three 90-minute episodes.

In the first episode, Count Dracula of Transylvania hires barrister Jonathan Harker from London to help him acquire property in London in preparation for moving there.  That’s about the only thing this series has in common with the original Dracula by Bram Stoker.  The rest is a complete departure and most of it was boring and made no sense.  Harker soon discovers that he is aging and having bizarre dreams.  That’s because Dracula is draining him of blood during the night and he’s dying.  He eventually goes to a convent where Sister Agatha Van Helsing interviews him.  The episode ends with a confrontation between Agatha and Dracula.  Dracula wins and kills all the nuns and Agatha, but Harker’s fiance Mina gets away.

In the second episode, some years have passed and Dracula is on a Russian ship bound for London when passengers begin to die of mysterious causes.  Agatha is on board, still alive but barely, and Dracula frames her for the murders, but she soon convinces the others that he is the murderer.  She and the captain help what is left of the crew to escape then she and the captain sink the ship with Dracula in it.

In the third episode, 123 years have passed and Dr. Zoe Van Helsing runs the company looking for Dracula.  Eventually they find him in a crate filled with Transylvanian dirt at the bottom of the ocean where his ship capsized.  They unwittingly open it and release him to begin yet another endless barrage of murders.  He immediately takes a liking to Lucy, the friend of Jonathan Harker’s descendant and namesake.  But he eventually kills Lucy and she is cremated, forever ruining her body.  It ends with Agatha entering the body of her great grand niece Zoe and talking Dracula into dying with her.  That’s it.

3 out of 10 stars.  There are plenty of funny moments, but the actual plot is stupid.  They shouldn’t have called this Dracula at all because it bears no resemblance to the original story.


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