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Season One is the first and only season of the tv series Dracula.

SynopsisEdit

The season kicks off with two unknown men climbing down into the tomb of Vlad III in Romania, and after a quick examination of the ornate coffin, one of the two men breaks it open using a hammer and examines the aged and apparently decaying body of Dracula while the other picks up blocks of gold off the floor and begins to examine it. 

The man who breaks open the coffin states how thirsty he must be, referring to the several hundred years that Vlad had been confined and impaled inside of the coffin. While the other man is still entranced by the bars of gold that he found, he moves around the coffin and draws a dagger from his belt, stabbing the man twice and draining his blood onto the coffin and then he hits a button that releases the mechanism which was used to keep Vlad impaled.

PlotEdit

Centuries ago, Vlad Tepes (Lord of Transylvania) was captured along with his beloved wife, Ilona, by the Order of Dragons. Vlad was a senior member himself, but committed an act considered unforgivable and the couple suffered a terrible fate; Ilona was burned to death to a stake and Vlad was turned into Dracula (Lord of Vampires) by the Order of Dragons to punish and torture him. Unfortunately, Dracula escaped and launched his own campaign against the order with his own sired legion of vampires, but he was ultimately captured and his army scattered; he was imprisoned and buried in a special-made coffin to prevent him from ever returning. However, Dracula wasn’t the only person that the order had scorned.

Around the 1800’s, Dr. Abraham Van Helsing, another victim that lost his entire family to the Order of Dragons was desperate for revenge. In order to exact his vengeance, he needed a person of great power and charisma to help him bring down the order; he would need Dracula. Learning of Dracula’s buried coffin, Van Helsing excavated and resurrected Dracula; he proposed an alliance and Dracula agreed to the deadly partnership.

Several years has passed now. Van Helsing and Dracula maintained their secret partnership, but temporarily parted ways to reach their goals. Van Helsing has established himself as a medical educator in London’s School of Medicine. Dracula, after getting acclimated in modern times, traveled to the frontiers of America to re-establish his wealth, resources, and created a new identity; he eventually returned to London with his newly established persona, Alexander Grayson (of Grayson Industries), a charming wealthy American inventor who wants to invest in London. With his trusted lawyer and confidant, R.M. Renfield, to help him carry out his tasks during the daylight, the stage was building to the men’s mutual goal of exacting vengeance upon the Order of Dragons.

Making a grandiose appearance upon London’s high society in a lavish party, Alexander Grayson (Dracula) displayed a brand new invention: wireless power. Wi-Fi power was still in its prototype stages, but Grayson believed if the technology can be perfected, along with acquiring resources into the order’s financial dependencies, they can financially break the Order of the Dragons and exact vengeance upon its powerless members. However, things would become complicated when Ilona walks back into his life during that very party.

Believing Ilona was dead, Dracula never imagined that his wife would be reborn into this century as Mina Murry (one of Van Helsing’s medical students). Against Van Helsing’s warnings, Grayson began drawing in Mina and her fiancé, Jonathan Harker (a lowly reporter, whom Grayson hired as his investigative agent), into his life. Although Grayson originally intended to watch over Mina and help Harker become successful, both Grayson and Mina are drawn towards each other and others can see it as well. Now determined to bring down the order and to be with Mina, Dracula had Van Helsing develop a serum to help him walk into the sunlight once more as a man. However, the serum only gave him merely four hours before suffering severe sun burn.

Meanwhile, the Order of Dragons are aware of Grayson’s threat to their financial stability; they have both considered recruiting Grayson as well as destroying him. With vampires gathering to London (due to Dracula's calling), the order correctly suspected he was a vampire (due to his nightly habits) and had their agent, Lady Jayne Wetherby (Vampire Hunter), investigate him; Dracula discovered Wetherby's true occupation during one of his nightly feedings and manipulated her to help him fool the order. Dracula played a dangerous romantic game with Wetherby by courting her and having a long term affair with her. Because he was able to prove he can walk in the sunlight (which no vampire should naturally do), the order dismissed their vampire suspicions, but still moved to contain Grayson’s threat to their financial holdings; the stakes were raised when the order discovered Grayson's affection for Mina.

In between events, Mina begins to experience dreams of her past life as Ilona with Vlad, as well as inappropriate fantasies about Grayson while being engaged to Harker; it only makes herself draw closer to Grayson and drive a wedge against Harker. Although Harker’s social and financial status dramatically improved under Grayson’s care, he senses there's something between Mina and Grayson, making him uncomfortable. After Grayson used Harker to bring down a “pawn” in the secret battles between the order and Grayson (which Harker was upset about), the order introduced themselves before Harker in attempt to convince him that Grayson is an extraordinary threat to the country; Browning (leader of the order) wants Harker to help ruin Grayson, but his allegiances remain confused. In addition, Lady Jayne Wetherby, senses Lucy Westenra (best friend to Mina) carries a deep romantic desire for Mina and manipulates and teaches her to seduce and destroy Harker so she could be with Mina; through Lucy's manipulation (Wetherby's influence), Harker believed that Mina and Grayson are secretly romantically involved. It caused Harker to see Grayson as his enemy and drove him resort to underhanded measures; the declaration of war would begin with Mina's assault.

Eager to gain leverage against Grayson, Davenport (member of the Order of Dragons) had secretly stolen a prized painting that Grayson longed for: a portrait of Ilona. When Davenport realized Grayson loved Mina, he dispatched his men to assault and disfigure her face with acid; Dracula appeared and ruthlessly killed her attackers. While visiting Mina at the local hospital, Harker wrongly thought that this was retaliation against him (due to him whistle-blowing against an agent of the order) and thought about reporting this to the authorities; Grayson manipulated Harker's rage by telling him that Davenport is too powerful to be so easily arrested under circumstantial evidence; Harker shot-dead Davenport and he later slept with Lucy to ease his troubles.

At the hospital, Lucy appeared to visit Mina and broke the news to her that she slept with Harker. Devastated, she later confronted Harker over the matter and demanded an explanation; Harker said it was due to her feelings for Grayson and Lucy's advances towards him. Feeling betrayed by the people most close to her, Grayson's daily visits with roses was a welcomed sight. Mina would tell Grayson how Lucy slept with Harker and it resulted their breakup; she also was curious about Grayson's feelings. Mina asked Grayson's feelings for her, but he couldn't bring himself to admit his love for her, but he did admit Mina deeply resembles his beloved Ilona, someone that Mina is aware of and has seen around growing up. Focused on the task of vengeance though, Grayson put his personal feelings aside for the debut of his completed resonator.

In between, Browning successfully recruited Harker into The Order of Dragons because of their mutual hatred of Grayson. Playing the role of Judas, Harker continues to work for Grayson while secretly working under the order to take down Grayson. Harker stole the schematics of the resonator to find a means to sabotage Grayson's resonator to ruin his company. On Van Helsing's side, Van Helsing had lost faith in Dracula as he often deviates from their plans and Van Helsing decided to act on his own; he kidnapped Browning's children for an apparent ransome, but it was really to lure Browning into a trap. Enraged that Lucy would do something so monstrous as betraying Mina's love and trust, Dracula decided to turn her into a vampire to make her into a real monster.

Nearing the big exhibition of Grayson's Wi-Fi power to the public, the order is also aware of the great gathering of vampires due to Dracula (although they haven't identify Grayson yet); the order intends to wipe out the vampires as well as Grayson. Utilizing a powerful seer, along with a holy relic that contains the blood of Christ, the order's huntsmen performed a major search & destroy mission to wipe out the vampires before nightfall.

Meanwhile, Harker returned to Grayson's side, telling him that he killed Davenport and his anxiety is due to murder, not the fact he's about the destroy Grayson. Still believing Harker is on his side, Grayson allowed him complete access to the facilities and he welcomed fake reporters (order members) to gain access to the resonator and sabotaged its wiring. When Harker realized the order intends to destroy Grayson with the resonator, the resulting explosion would destroy an entire street. Fearing for Mina's life, Harker runs to find Mina and warned her about the impending explosion. Unfortunately, the resonator was already turned on.

As the resonator builds up energy, Mina warns Grayson and he realized Harker had betrayed him. No time to deal with his treachery, Grayson entrusted Harker to take Mina to safety as he tries to repair the damage. Unfortunately, the wires had already fused and beyond his control; Grayson's factory and the entire street suffered a catastrophic explosion. After the explosion, Mina is shocked and saddened to find Grayson's factory is decimated. Mina wanted to look for Grayson, but Harker believed Grayson is dead. Angered that Harker would resort to such destructive tactics, she called him a monster and left him on his own to find Grayson.

At the site of the explosion, Lady Jayne Wetherby appeared to face Dracula. She was tipped off by the seer that Dracula was at the exhibition; she finally made the connect that Grayson is Dracula. Finding him alive at the center of the explosion, Dracula told Wetherby to leave and appreciate life; Wetherby preferred mortal combat. Dracula had the upper-hand and disarmed Wetherby most of her weapons and had her pinned down when she used a sacred holy dagger to stab him. Appearing severely injured, Wetherby was going to decapitate Dracula, but he recovered just in time to evade and impaled her on a metal beam. Critically injured, Wetherby asked Dracula not to turn her into a vampire; Dracula obliged and killed her by sucking out her blood.

During the events of the resonator, Van Helsing decided to part ways with Dracula; he destroyed the machine, notes, and serum that helps Dracula walk in the sunlight. While destroying his work, Renfield appears and Van Helsing stabs him, leaving him to die on the floor as he prepares his revenge against Browning. Van Helsing lured Browning to booby trapped abandoned cabin, where Van Helsing finally revealed himself. Killing and hurting far too many people to even remember, Browning doesn't recognize Van Helsing. However, Van Helsing dropped Browning down to a cellar, where his children are waiting for him. To Browning's horror, Van Helsing used Dracula's blood to turn them into vampires and his own kids attacked Browning to feast upon him. Van Helsing then set the cabin to flames to poetically destroy Browning, just as he did to Van Helsing's family.

At the Grayson's home, Mina happily finds Grayson alive. After seeing a picture of his beloved Ilona, Mina realizes she is Ilona and that Grayson loves her. The two lovingly embrace each other and made love to celebrate their return, back together again after so many life times. Elsewhere, Van Helsing no longer holds a grudge against The Order of the Dragon with Browning dead; he now sets his sights upon Dracula. In order to defeat Dracula, he called for Harker to tell him the truth about Grayson and Dracula.

Episode ListEdit

Image Title Writer(s) Director(s) Airdate #
The Blood Is the Life The Blood Is the Life Writer: Cole Haddon Director: Steve Shill 10/25/13 #01
New to England, Alexander Grayson hosts a lavish party. He becomes fixated on Mina, a beautiful young woman who looks like his dead former love. Newly engaged to Mina, Harker grapples with worries over providing Mina the life she deserves.
A Whiff of Sulfur A Whiff of Sulfur Writer: Cole Haddon and Daniel Knauf Director: Steve Shill 11/01/13 #02
Grayson takes Lady Jayne as a lover even as he investigates her lethal connections to The Order of the Dragon. Grayson helps Mina face a critical challenge at medical school. Van Helsing continues his quest to develop a solar vaccine to enable Grayson to conquer sunlight. Jonathan Harker strikes a devil's bargain with Grayson which has unexpected consequences.
Goblin Merchant Men Goblin Merchant Men Writer: Cole Haddon and Haley Peyton Director: Andy Goddard 11/08/13 #03
Grayson seeks to determine whether Lady Jayne is a vampire hunter for the Order of the Dragon. Lucy mends Mina's broken heart with absinthe, romance and a whirlwind tour of Bohemian London. Grayson's machinations claim the life of Lord Laurent and earn him a powerful new enemy.
From Darkness to Light 2 From Darkness to Light Writer: Cole Haddon and Tom Grieves Director: Andy Goddard 11/15/13 #04
Grayson ruthlessly sets out to compromise Lady Jayne, by winning her heart. Lucy's enthusiastic plans for Mina and Harker's engagement party conceals a broken heart. Grayson's unexpected reunion with a very old friend proves a growing complication to his and Van Helsing's mission of vengeance. Van Helsing achieves a breakthrough in his efforts to enable Grayson to conquer sunlight, only to suffer an unanticipated setback.
The Devil's Waltz The Devil's Waltz Writer: Cole Haddon & Nicole Taylor Director: Nick Murphy 11/29/13 #05
Mina Murray and Jonathan Harker's engagement ceremony takes place. Something pushes Mina to have second thoughts. Van Helsing continues his studies to make Alexander walk in daylight. Jane Wetherby is becoming suspicious about Mr. Grayson.
Of Monsters and Men Of Monsters and Men Writer: Cole Haddon and Katie Lovejoy Director: Nick Murphy 12/06/13 #06
Browning decides to host a board meeting in the sunlight in an effort to expose Grayson. Grayson and Van Helsing acquire a vital component for the wireless electricity technology and his sunlight drug. Mina and Harker have sex.
Servant to Two Masters Servant to Two Masters Writer: Cole Haddon and Rebecca Kirsch Director: Brian Kelly 01/03/14 #07
Intoxicated by his newfound invulnerability to the daylight, Grayson dares to deny his curse and regain his humanity. Renfield is dispatched to Budapest to acquire a mysterious and long sought after relic on his employer's behalf. Harker discovers Grayson manipulated him into slandering General Shaw and strategizes on how to seek his revenge, eventually aiding The Order of The Dragon in compromising Grayson's demonstration of his technology.
Come to Die Come to Die Writer: Cole Haddon Director: Brian Kelly 01/10/14 #08
Grayson and Van Helsing have a falling out following the cancellation of their public demonstration. This leads Van Helsing to quickly seek revenge against Mr. Browning and his family. Harker discovers that Grayson has been playing him for a fool and forbids Mina from seeing him. With this new information, Mina focuses her attention on her schooling only to be attacked by Lord Davenport's men. Once Harker realizes it's Davenport who orchestrated the attack, he responds with murder. Meanwhile, Lady Jane learns that the legendary Dracula is back in London.
Four Roses Four Roses Writer: Cole Haddon Director: Tim Fywell 01/17/14 #09
Grayson goes to war with the Order of the Dragon just as Harker becomes a member of the group. Lucy reveals a secret that damages her friendship with Mina, as she recovers from her attack. Mr. Browning desperately searches for his children. Lady Jayne prepares to hunt the ultimate vampire, Dracula. Grayson turns Lucy into the monster he believes she is.
Let There Be Light Let There Be Light Writer: Cole Haddon Director: Tim Fywell 01/24/14 #10
Though initiating his war with the Order of the Dragon, Grayson swears to re-setup the wireless light demonstration so he can bankrupt the oil connected members. Lady Jane organizes the incoming Huntsmen for the eradication of all of the vampires in London. Now a member, unquestioning Harker assists a plan to derail the wireless light demo for a second time, not realizing the danger he's bringing about. Van Helsing prepares to cut all ties to Dracula while he follows his own plan to get his revenge on Browning for killing his family. Mina comes to some new revelations about her life.


VideosEdit

Dracula Season One Trailer02:33

Dracula Season One Trailer


ReferencesEdit

  1. http://www.thefutoncritic.com/showatch/dracula/listings/

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