I was hoping against hope that Moffat and Gatiss wouldn't mess up what starts out as a well-paced and entertaining series, but I SHOULD have learned from the way they bungled "Sherlock" that they just can't resist trying to impress with razzle-dazzle. It's a shame, because these two writers are certainly intelligent enough to maintain a story line from beginning to end. "Sherlock" gave us a first season that was genuinely inventive, but the show steadily degraded, and the final episode of the final season was, hands-down, THE most putrid television I've ever seen, as if Moffat/Gatiss were trying to impress an audience of five-year-olds. And so it is with "Dracula." Although its final episode doesn't come close to the wretchedness that was the final episode of "Sherlock," the smell is much the same. Maybe some day Maffat/Gatiss will learn to write consistently great TV, but I won't hold my breath. I'm tempted, though, to send them a copy of "Breaking Bad" (or a similar example of ADULT television) if they could get over their own egos long enough to view it and learn how successful drama works.
Despite critics panning this show, I really enjoyed it. I had no issues with the sub-plots; they flowed right along and were intriguing enough in their own right. The only complaint I have is that there is no explanation offered for how the Messiah character COULD have walked on water. I googled this as a magician's trick and found a plausible explanation, but I feel this should have been worked into the plot... after all, would the CIA woman just have accepted it as a "trick" without investigating and theorizing about how it was pulled off? Other than that, I was entertained enough by the series to binge it in one evening, not the least because of how charismatic the lead actor is. He is extraordinary in the role.
LOVE this show! It's visually bright and beautiful, and it skillfully walks the line between comedy and drama. It's also not pretentious in the least. I have no idea why critics would pan it and highly recommend any sci fi fan give it a chance.
Abominable season. Overblown writing aimed more at a Doctor who audience than a Sherlock audience. What a shame! In retrospect, I should have stopped watching the show after season one, when it still possessed some subtlety. It steadily went downhill after that.