Anyone who’s followed my blog must realize I was a big fan of Buffy, the Vampire Slayer. The show got so many things right, but even the diehard fans have to concede that Whedon missed the mark sometimes. I’m not sure how many will agree with me on this, but I think one of his biggest misses had to be the show’s take on Dracula.
Dracula appeared in the first episode of season five, which was simply titled Buffy vs. Dracula. My biggest nitpick has more to do with the way they made Dracula look, because even by that time’s standards, they made him look pretty fake. The biggest sin must have been that hair. As a guy who’s going bald, I have a low tolerance for bad hair on a guy who can actually grow it.
Most of all, the show just went over the top in a way that Buffy, the Vampire Slayer usually made work… only it didn’t. You could argue this was where the show really jumped the shark, because this entire season just reached for some pretty ludicrous stuff. This season gave us Buffy’s younger sister Dawn and made the big bad an actual god. With all the “big bads” the show had thrown our way up to that point, you got the feeling that they were running out of ways to raise the stakes for Buffy and her friends.
Interesting bit of trivia: Dracula was played by Rudolf Martin, and this wasn’t his only time playing Dracula. He also played Dracula in the USA film Dark Prince: The True Story of Dracula, but this was based on the real-life Vlad the Impaler who inspired Bram Stoker’s vampire. And if some of you are wondering why the actor looks familiar and can’t quite place him, odds favor you saw him on N.C.I.S. when he played Mossad assassin Ari Haswari who killed off one of the show’s main characters, Kate Todd, in the season two finale (he had better hair for that show).
By the way, starting next week, I’ll be bringing something different to my Fangs God It’s Friday. Since October is the month with Halloween with people dressing in costume, I’ve decide to focus on cosplayers and models who’ve dressed as vampires. Next month is going to be a lot of fun.