Dracula Recap: Four Roses
One thing that can be said, to this show’s detriment and in my opinion, is that it has never really had a WOW moment. One of those striking moments where the audience is was genuinely surprised and left jaws on the floor over what just happened. This can wholly be to the nature and somewhat tight writing of the continuous plot and while I appreciate this thread of commonality and fluidity sometimes, a good surprise is needed. For the first time the show seems to have pulled off an in interesting twist and out of nowhere punch that it was, in some regards, a wow moment. However, let us backtrack just a bit to where we can lead up to what has been rather spoiled in the title picture for this post.
Most of this episode was, as is the nature of this show, dealing with the fallout of what happened the previous or even two episodes ago. This was no different this time around. Much of the atmosphere of this show was one that had the feeling of chaos or the cusp of it. Many of the characters, even our stalwart Renfield, seem to be grasping to contain what feels like a spiraling situation. We can see this readily apparent in the interactions between Renfield and Grayson, Renfield and Van Helsing and Browning and Lady Jane. Each having someone in that group trying to convince the other that things need to get back on track. Most this hand holding and face slapping was done by Renfield and Lady Jane. Renfield spinned his cool and rational wheels trying to convince Grayson that Mina’s abduction at the behest of Davenport was a personal vendetta and not the work of the Dragons fell mostly on deaf ears. Even when he turned, out of desperation, to Van Helsing he was rebuffed as this inner circle had firmly
decided that its association and carefully laid out plan had come to an abrupt conclusion. There was some rallying in the end but it was a last, “what the hell” more than anything. There was also Lady Jane trying to reign in an increasing panicking Browning whose children are still missing. He blames Grayson, suspect he not only has his children but is Dracula, Jane refuses to believe, and come close to slapping back into “sanity”. This becomes relative as Browning restrainedly lasses out at Grayson by having his home search by the police and having Harker still the plans of the resonator so they can destroy it.
This brings up back to the others who are dealing, in their own ways, with fallouts of all kind. I still love, even though it was predictable, the well played out destruction of Harker. We knew his doe-eyed innocence could not last but in an odd way, I do not think it completely gone just highly misdirected. He, gave himself to Lucy, the episode before, and to the Dragons in this episode all out of the guided belief that Mina’s affection are betrayed and that Grayson is the cause of all his misfortune. While this is partially true instead of having a nice chat with Mina or fighting for her his devolves into a raging mess of a man. While fun to watch, no blame can be laid, yet again, on Mina for confronting Harker, after Lucy’s confession to Mina in the hospital and breaking off their engagement. Which bring us back to Lucy and her whack-a-doo plans. Sure, she followed a course and managed to breakup Mina and Harker but it came at a delicious cost, he own “life”. Another character whose love for Mina, because she is the most special women ever, made the ability to think rationally fly out the window. She took advice from Lady Jane, seduced Harker, naturally, then is somewhat found out by her
mother, as Harker makes a hastily retreat from her house, and then confesses her plan and love of Mina to her mother. This would all be a great, “whoops your obsession is showing” moment if not for the fact that when Lucy goes to visit Mina in hospital it is an amicable meeting. Mina does not seem to be upset to see her, until she tell drops the lovemaking bomb, so everything Lucy did was all about that one slight, which was understandable and could have been resolved with a simple conversation, and her obsessive love for Mina. If this is her stability level as a human, what kind of crap is going to hit the fan now that she is a vampire?
Speaking of which, what the hell logic was that by Grayson? Turning Lucy into a vampire was that needed wow that I so early referenced but the logic behind it seemed faulty at best. While Grayson and Mina were canoodling in the hospital taking about past loves, past lives and the spark between them. Which let’s take a half a second and think about the fact that Mina has been dreaming about Ilona, Drac’s wife, since she was a kid and this is taken as a “oh, hey isn’t that neat” kind of moment. Moreover, that he doesn’t know what’s going on between then, which seems like a lie, but he can’t do anything about it till things are in order and past undefined debts, to Alona, are made. In other words, lets drag this out till next season, if there one. Mina already has her suspicions, as she confronts Grayson about being there to rescue her from getting her face melted, and admitting to like having him around and feeling a connection. We can only hope that if/when the show returns the pursuit of this relationship will not take precedence over the story telling. This brings us back to the end of this episode and
Lucy. Even though Grayson and Mina admit feelings as noted, Grayson puts up a barrier and uses the excuse that she loves Harker. However, when she tells him what happened between Lucy and Harker he seems genuinely surprised, apparently, everyone knew Lucy was a lesbian but Mina, and somewhat rightfully blames Lucy. However, saying “if you want to act like a monster I shall make you one” does not seems like a viable reason for vampirism. Seeing, as the alternative would have been death, something I am not sure Mina would forgive, in Drac’s eyes it is a fitting punishment. Though placing all the blame on Lucy, even if she was the instigator, as Harker did as well and Mina called him a pig for it, seems one-sided at best. I can somewhat see the logic for not going after Harker was well but find it flimsy just to pin it on Grayson’s vampire irrationalism. Though it must be said it will be interesting to see how long Lucy will last and her other secret will stay under wraps to Mina this time.
– Grayson finally got the triptych over Davenport’s cold dead body
– Renfield working his damndest to keep the plan afloat in a pool of insanity.
– Van Helsing attempting to bash Browning’s kids heads in with his shinny.
– Can we stop seeing Ilona flashback in like puddles and awkward places.
– Harker sure can keep up some sustained dew eyes and crying. I feel bad for the actor’s tear ducts and the audiences weariness of “I’m so ‘effed I could cry, wait I shall”