I’ve recently watched it and although I was pleasantly surprised to find it kind of entertaining, I’ve got some things on it I wanna talk about.First and arguably minor point is the soundtrack.
The castlevania games mostly had incredibly good and rocking soundtracks and it’s just disappointing to see nothing of that in the show.But my actual problems lie with the narrative itself.
The whole idea of Dracula summoning an army from hell, which is kind of confusing to me,
since the few insights I got into the worldbuilding of those games makes it look more like that world is just full of monsters who just happen to follow Dracula or are subjuggated by him.
It doesn’t doesn’t damage the thing too much, since it’s only four episodes anyway, which isn’t enough for some kind of monster of the week thing,
but it’s still disappointing to have a bunch of batlike demons replace the pletora of different monsters the games are known for.Then there is the whole Vlad Tepez-thing.
I don’t really care for whatever kind of canon the games have established.
I played almost none of them, except for a few on the gba, so I’ve no idea about whatever was established by the los-games and how the show diverts from it.
What I do find kind of displeasing is using the name of Vlad Tepez as an identity for Dracula in general.
At this point he is well known as (or at least commonly accepted to be) a huge inspiration for the original character of Dracula,
but I’m very wary of rewriting historical figures into fictional characters. It just hits the wrong chord with me.I also highly dislike the way the christian church is portrayed here.
I’m not a christian myself and I have no intent of arguing against depictions of violence done by their institutions in any media.
What I’m concerned about are the specific connotations of those depictions.
The way those (probably nameless, I don’t remember?) priest characters act depicts a very crude and reductive worldview that is in opposition to what boils down to modern science.
I am not specifically well versed in the history of medieval Wallachia, and this is a fantasy-version of it anyway,
but comparable acts of violence commited by the church were not just arbitrary acts of cruelty.
They were a deliberate stratety attempting to gain and maintain interpretational sovereignity and I don’t like seeing them framed as primitive acts of stupid people,
instead of the heinous acts commited by cruel and vindictive authoritarian power structures.
It also doesn’t help that the way religion and science are put into relation with one another here is eerily reminiscent of outdated socio-evolutionary theories