Dracula made his debut last night on NBC! Get all the bloody/sexy details from Dracula season 1, episode 1 “The Blood Is The Life” with our recap.

Here are the highlights from Dracula season 1, episode 1 “The Blood Is The Life”:

  • Two men break into an underground tomb where Dracula’s body is being kept. While one assumed they’re there to get gold. The other is actually there to wake Dracula up and stabs the other man to feed the hungry vampire back to life.
  • London 1896: Alan (a.k.a Dracula) and Renfield prepare for the big event that will introduce him to English society.
  • Mina, Jonathan, and Lucy arrive at the Alan’s party and marvel at the grandeur. Mina and Jonathan wonder what the purpose of the party really is with such a varying group of people. It seems most of the people there are curious to meet the american entrepreneur.
  • Alan makes his entrance and is instantly entranced by Mina who causes him to have flashbacks. He tells Renfield he wants to know everything about her.
  • Lady Jane makes sure to introduce herself to Alan but they only have a brief conversation.
  • Jonathan gives Alan advice on how to conduct business with the English and Alan gets to meet Mina formally. Renfield informs Alan that Jonathan is an ambitious journalist while Mina is a medical student.
  • Handing out lightbulbs to each member of the party – Alan makes a big show at introducing electricity to society.
  • Too bad the plant has an accident and they have to shut everything down. The guests are clearly disappointed. But they cheer for the demonstration all the same.
  • It looks like Alan is already making enemies who are threatened by his desire to introduce electricity to England.
  • Alan and Renfield start their work at trying to figure out who’s the leader of The Order of The Dragon. He tells Renfield of their wrong doing and how he intends to bring them down by introduces electricity and sending them into bankruptcy.
  • Some creep cuts the head off a dead body and deliveries to Lady Jane. Apparently they’re checking to see if it was killed by a vampire. And talk about how they covered up the last vampire by making up the story about Jack the Ripper.
  • Jonathan arrives at Alan’s place to conduct an interview. With daylight shining through the window, Alan has to be careful not to get burned without Jonathan noticing he’s avoiding the sub.
  • At first Jonathan is impressed by what Alan has to say about moving England forward. But then seems to decide that he’s actually just egomaniac.
  • Mina speaks with her professor about her troubles with surgery. Apparently it’s the only thing that made her nervous as a medical student.
  • It looks like Lady Jane got her wish as Alan gives his opera box to Jonathan and Mina to join her. But since Alan can’t keep his eyes off of Mina while he kisses Jane we’re guessing he’s just using her.
  • While hanging out on a roof Dracula gets attacked by the creepy guy from The Order of the Dragon. But Dracula easily slits hit throat and promises to kill the rest of the order.
  • Jane practices her sword skills and tries to talk in a random female vampire into admitting her sire. The vampire warns that soon there will be a legion of them.
  • Mina’s professor (a.k.a Abraham Van Helsing) tells off Alan for killing so carelessly. It’s revealed that he’s the one who woke up Dracula from his grave! They both want The Order of the Dragon gone. Helsing wants revenge for his families murder, and Dracula wants revenge for the murder of his wife Ilona.
  • The episode cuts off after Mina awakes from sleep where she seems to have seen the same flashback showing Ilona’s murder.

What did you think of the ‘Dracula’ season 1 premiere on NBC?

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 brings the L.M.D. storyline to a truly wild end. Here’s what to expect from “Self Control”!

You don’t know what’s coming

Yeah, there’s a synopsis for “Self Control” — “Suspicion turns to paranoia when the team doesn’t know who can be trusted as more LMDs infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D.” But that’s the equivalent of saying that Iron Man is about a goateed man who can fly.

Sure, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 answers a lot of questions about who is and who isn’t a robot. More profoundly though, the episode goes in for a final knead and punch of the ideas that have been floating around all season.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 brings the L.M.D. storyline to a truly wild end. Here’s what to expect from “Self Control”!

You don’t know what’s coming

Yeah, there’s a synopsis for “Self Control” — “Suspicion turns to paranoia when the team doesn’t know who can be trusted as more LMDs infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D.” But that’s the equivalent of saying that Iron Man is about a goateed man who can fly.

Sure, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 answers a lot of questions about who is and who isn’t a robot. More profoundly though, the episode goes in for a final knead and punch of the ideas that have been floating around all season.

Free will and humanity. Sacrifice and love. The nature of reality — and even of life itself. Beneath the plot, surprises, and pain, that’s what’s really going on in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spring finale.

That, and the characters who get caught in the middle.

Jed Whedon is Not. Playing. Around.

Executive producer and showrunner Jed Whedon is the man behind the pen and the camera in “Self Control,” and he’s there for a reason. Whedon’s first try at the director’s chair on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is operatic, incisive, and perpetually gut-clenching.

Yes, there are lovely and disturbing vistas, an artistry that comes from a deliberate and careful eye. But more important is the unshakable Whedon impulse that animates Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15, that builds through the episode like a cresting tide.

You know that unmistakable sense that someone is laughing behind the scenes? Yeah. That’s why Jed Whedon is here.

What’s next?

Well, that’s a very good question. “Self Control” leaves us with a few razor-like possibilities, all of which lead down spiky corridors of questions. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 is here to leave us thirsty for the season’s final seven episodes, and that’s exactly what it does.

Oh, and to answer your next question…

Cliffhanger?

Uh, yes. Cliffhanger.

Oh boy, cliffhanger.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15, “Self Control,” airs Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 10:00 p.m. on ABC.

What are your top theories for ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ 4×15?

Have President’s Day off? Here are some movies, TV shows, and soundtracks with which to celebrate President’s Day.

‘Hamilton’


Even if you were somehow lucky enough to have already seen the musical, you might as well celebrate today with another listen to the soundtrack. In case you have been living under a rock, Hamilton is a hip-hop, rap, musical about Alexander Hamilton. Yes, Hamilton never became president, but the musical does include multiple would-be presidents. Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and even birthday boy himself George Washington are heavily featured in Hamilton. Based on the biography by Ron Chernow, you can get a history lesson while you listen to great music.

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Have President’s Day off? Here are some movies, TV shows, and soundtracks with which to celebrate President’s Day.

‘Hamilton’


Even if you were somehow lucky enough to have already seen the musical, you might as well celebrate today with another listen to the soundtrack. In case you have been living under a rock, Hamilton is a hip-hop, rap, musical about Alexander Hamilton. Yes, Hamilton never became president, but the musical does include multiple would-be presidents. Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and even birthday boy himself George Washington are heavily featured in Hamilton. Based on the biography by Ron Chernow, you can get a history lesson while you listen to great music.

‘Liberty’s Kids’


Liberty’s Kids aired in the early 2000s on PBS. Liberty’s Kids follows three teenagers from varying backgrounds throughout the American Revolution, mentored by Benjamin Franklin. It is geared for children but is still pretty enjoyable for adults. In each episode, the teenagers encounter a significant person or event from the revolution, giving a concise and entertaining history lesson. The show features many important figures throughout the revolution, showing even more presidents than in Hamilton. As one can imagine, Washington is among these.

‘Lincoln’


Lincoln is a 2012, Oscar nominated movie, directed by Steven Spielberg based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s biography of Abraham Lincoln, Team of Rivals. Instead of a biopic of Lincoln’s entire life, Lincoln is specifically about his passing of the 13th amendment. Essentially directed between each of his science fiction blockbusters, Spielberg also made many significant historical movies, Lincoln among them. Lincoln not only shows his power as a president, but also humanizes him through an Oscar winning performance by Daniel Day-Lewis.

‘1776’


Hamilton is not the first musical about American history. Thankfully, though, because this way there are other options, one of which is 1776. Even more conveniently, the musical 1776 was adapted into a movie in the early 1970s. Heavily implied by its name, 1776 is about the signing of the Declaration of Independence. 1776 definitely has a more classical musical theater vibe than Hamilton. The strange combination of American history and musical theater allows for a humorous yet educational experience. However, as reflective of the history of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Washington is not a character in the musical; yet, it obviously includes many other significant historical figures.

‘The West Wing’ or ‘The American President’


Unlike the other items on this list, these two are about fictional presidents. But it would be nice if they were real. Of the many politically charged movies and television shows by Aaron Sorkin, these two are specifically about presidents. If you have the day off and want to attempt to binge watch seven seasons, then you may want to check out The West Wing. The West Wing follows President Bartlet and his staff and advisors during their time in the White House. If you want a movie to help you transition between Valentine’s Day and President’s Day then The American President is worth watching. It is a romantic comedy about President Shepherd, who falls in love with a lobbyist.

How else will you celebrate President’s Day?

The first two cast members for Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Lion King have been announced by director Jon Favreau.

James Earl Jones, who voiced Mufasa in the animated movie in the ’90s, is returning as the character in the live-action adaptation. Interesting!

Meanwhile, Donald Glover — who will co-star in this summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming for Disney and Marvel — will play Adult Simba.

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The first two cast members for Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Lion King have been announced by director Jon Favreau.

James Earl Jones, who voiced Mufasa in the animated movie in the ’90s, is returning as the character in the live-action adaptation. Interesting!

Meanwhile, Donald Glover — who will co-star in this summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming for Disney and Marvel — will play Adult Simba.

Favreau tweeted the news Friday evening:

According to a statement from Disney, The Lion King “will build on the groundbreaking technology used in The Jungle Book to bring the story of Simba to photorealistic life.”

A release date for the film hasn’t been set. Favreau also helmed the live-action Jungle Book for the studio.

So far casting is off to a great start!