"Dracula" has a number of things going for it, including actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers, a director from
What's missing is the
Since "Dracula" was published by Bram Stoker in 1897, it has been the source for many, many, many works of vampire fiction -- you might even say it is the source of all of them. The mythology of blood-sucking freaks was around before Stoker, but it has been his combination of quirks and foibles -- sleeping in a coffin, physical transformation, garlic avoidance, sucking blood from the neck of virginal maidens until they are depleted, eternal life until death is brought about by a stake in the heart -- that he rolled into one great story.
Some of these trappings are apparent in NBC's "Dracula" -- the setting in Victorian London, for instance. But the similarities quickly drain away: Our vampire is not from the mountains of Eastern Europe, he's from America, and he doesn't call himself Count Dracula. The vampire (Rhys Meyers) is apparently in some kind of battle with his own kind, a la Angel in "
What with "Twilight,"