I think a big issue I had with Netflix Castlevania-- I had several, but I will save y’all the rant about Trevor’s character design and general disrespect towards Trevor and god someone restrain me before I start ranting about their mishandling of Trevor--
Sorry, okay, a big issue I had with it was how... sympathetic they went with Dracula.
TL;DR: The writers made Dracula the main character of Castlevania and it frustrates me to no end. Oh, and I just fuckin’ tear this show apart with my teeth, fair warning. Do not read this if you loved the show and found no glaring issues with it.
Okay listen, I simp for this man, but that doesn’t mean that I necessarily want to like him as a person or the things he does. I love Walter Bernhard, that’s a good diagnostic of my attitude towards delightfully malicious characters.
But this Dracula isn’t that. And he should have been.
He’s so fucking downtrodden and this is the FIRST BELMONT TO FIGHT HIM (in this universe, Sonia doesn’t exist, and Alucard is Trevor’s age, maybe younger, and it makes less sense the more you think about it). So what the fuck are they even gonna do with the sequel series? How the fuck are you going to have Richter when this Dracula is CERTAINLY NOT THE SAME DRACULA THAT PLACES A CURSE OF DARKNESS ON THE WORLD AND POSSESSES ISAAC LAFOREZE (ain’t even the Isaac Laforeze anymore, they completely threw CoD out the window). He’s also not the Dracula that kidnaps a fifteen-year-old boy and forces him to battle his own father.
I could go on, right? Just list more shitty things Dracula did in the games bc he is Dracula?
Dracula’s genocide in the show is played up as something inherently sympathetic, something Hector was supposed to feel ashamed for trying to stop (another example of them making chad Hector into a fucking wuss with no personality outside of being submissive and breedable).
NO! WE SHOULD NOT WANT TO SEE DRACULA WIN!!
The angst of Alucard killing his father was heart-wrenching, but you know what it did? It invalidated Trevor and Sypha’s whole role in the first two seasons. Trevor Belmont should have been given main character status, but he’s outshined by fucking Dracula. HOW? Because Dracula’s death isn’t a triumph against evil in the show. It’s a sad man forcing his son to put him down.
AND DON’T GET ME STARTED ON GRANT DANASTY!
I’m gonna get started on Grant Danasty, you can’t actually stop me.
Grant’s backstory? Entire family murdered by Dracula and he was turned into a goon. Does this fit with the show? I FEEL LIKE IF THEY CARED AT ALL ABOUT WRITING COMPLEX CHARACTERS THEY WOULD HAVE TRIED TO MAKE IT FIT.
Dracula killed 50 merchants for “offending” him and had their bodies displayed as a warning. This is a caustic man. They could have acknowledged him having a direct role in the numerous tragic events that happen as like background-filler-angst (cough cough, the Belmonts being destroyed and us just fucking glossing over that, cough cough), but they were cowards and either had people traumatized by Dracula killed or made characters that could’ve reasonably had a grudge have no personal reason to hate the guy.
His rampage against humanity for a few people killing his wife should not be considered a GOOD DEED! IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ADDRESSED AS DRACULA BEING A FUCKING DUMBASS WHO BELIEVES HIMSELF TO BE JUDGE, JURY, AND EXECUTIONER BECAUSE THAT IS CANON.
When Vlad was Mathias, he pulled THE SAME FUCKING SHIT. HE HASN’T LEARNED! HE HASN’T GROWN BEYOND THE MAN HE WAS IN THE 11TH CENTURY!! HE’S BECOME WORSE!!
I don’t care that he loved his wife. LEON LOVED SARA. Leon rejected Mathias’ offer to live in defiance of God because Leon had fucking self-respect. Leon honoured Sara’s wishes and her decision to sacrifice herself for the good of humanity. Mathias didn’t respect Elisabetha’s wishes and Vlad didn’t heed Lisa’s.
Dracula shouldn’t have been the main character of Netflix Castlevania.
What? You say he wasn’t?
Then why did the show begin and close on him? Why didn’t it start by showing us Trevor’s tragedy or end on the Belmont line continuing (I’m not counting pregnancy being mentioned as closure btw)?
Even when DRACULA IS FUCKING DEAD with apparently NO INTENTION OF COMING BACK, the only thing that matters in the series is Dracula and his baggage. I’m being hyperbolic, but seriously, the more I dig at this show, the more I get frustrated with the decisions they made.
But I don’t have to love EVERYTHING about this show to love it. This is my cop-out: I still adore the show despite all the choices I didn’t like. When viewed it from an uncritical lens, it’s amazing as like... something completely divorced from the games it’s supposed to be an adaptation of.