While everyone was all excited and then yawning in tandem over HBO’s anticipated gay snoozefest “Looking”, NBC’s low rated prime-time television series Dracula has been featuring not one, but two gay plot-lines this season.
Set in repressed Victorian England the shows created by Cole Haddon and starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers has shown an impressive appetite for the dynamics of sex both straight and gay.
The show spends as much time in the plush and elaborate manses of London’s elite as it does in the city’s underworld. When Dracula, living under the assumed identity of an American businessman named Alexander Grayson discovers that his competitor Lord Laurent (Anthony Howell) is having a closeted gay love affair with Daniel Davenport (Lewis Rainer), a business partner’s son, he finds out the location of the private gay club they frequent and shows up to threaten them with blackmail. Before he utters a word, though, Dracula walks up to Daniel and kisses him. “The kiss wasn’t scripted. That was a decision Jonathan Rhys Meyers made as an actor.”
Another gay subplot (and I use “gay” as all encompassing of LGBT) is is the unrequited love Lucy Westenra (Katie McGrath) has for her best friend Mina. McGrath’s performance is both stunning and almost painful to watch because from the moment Lucy lovingly glances at Mina, it’s clear there’s no way she can win.
If you have a chance to catch “Dracula” on Hulu or Netflix give it a chance. There may not be any park setting handjobs (THANK GOD) but with Jonathan Rhys Meyers shirtless, hot Victorian era men gay sex and even some female wresting thrown in it just shows how badly Looking sucks.