Castlevania Season 1 On Netflix Is Just What The Video Game Series Needed
Like any popular video game franchise, each has a series of highs and lows. Castlevania is no exception. Some games are ridiculously good like Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and Castlevania: Dracula X. Others we wish we could forget about all together like Castlevania 64 and Castlevania Judgement. Ever since the disappointing Castlevania: Lords of Shadows 2 was released in 2014, we really haven't seen much from Dracula or the Belmont clan. Instead of pushing out another misstep in the series, Konami has focused on licensing out the property to create an animated series based on the exceptional classic game Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse which was released on the original Nintendo Entertainment System way back in 1990. The game is one of the most technically impressive games released on the NES and still holds up today.Released last week as a Netflix exclusive, Castlevania was released to much fanfare, marking a return to greatness. Releasing just four 23 minute episodes, this four part series gives us some backstory of both Dracula and the Belmont clan and immediately leaves the audience wanting more.
Dracula is done with mankind. He considers them to be worthless and is getting ready to conquer the world. A woman approaches his castle and does not fear him, but is intrigued by the knowledge he possesses. Instead of murdering her, Dracula falls in love with her and allows her to absorb his knowledge and resources to research ways that can benefit mankind as a whole. However, The Church does not believe in science and instead views her work as witchcraft. She is then burned at the stake while Dracula is away, sending Dracula into a rage. He gives the people of Wallachia one year to leave or else his curse will ravage the land. As you can predict, The Church does not listen and Dracula returns to Wallachia to unleash his wrath and his legions of demons.
We learn that the Belmont clan has been driven out of Wallachia due to their advanced set of combat skills which the church also considers to be witchcraft. The people of Wallachia believe just about anything The Church tells them without questioning what is right or wrong. Trevor Belmont is a washed up descendant of the Belmont clan, but eventually, learns of Dracula's return. Hindering his ability to drift from town to town and get a decent meal and some drink, he learns of the group of people known as the Speakers which travel from land to land with only an oral history of past events and try to bring truth and rationale to a population that is heavily influenced by the church. Trevor agrees to find the lost member of the clan who is being held hostage by the mighty cyclops. He befriends Sypha Belnades who turns out to be a magic user who is able to assist Trevor in exposing The Church for being the cause of Dracula's destruction of Wallachia. After defeating several of Dracula's monsters, Trevor and Sypha fall into a hole deep into the catacombs which is actually revealed to be part of Dracula's castle. Upon exploring the area, they stumble upon the tomb the famous soldier which happens to be Alucard, Dracula's son. After a brief fight against Sypha and Trevor, Alucard agrees to join them in their quest to stop Dracula and his minions from taking over the world.
The script is a breath of fresh air for the series, Richard Armitage does a wonderful job of bringing a sarcastic tone to Trevor Belmont which had me laugh out loud a few times. The soundtrack is missing some of the iconic tunes, but I have a feeling that will be corrected in the next season since everyone is complaining about the same thing. The original soundtrack by Trevor Morris is actually decent, and I have grown to like it. Castlevania is a violent series, and definitely, should not be watched around younger children. It's a great backstory to what could end up being another awesome Netflix exclusive series. Already, Netflix has ordered another 8 episodes for Season 2 to be released in 2018. Until then, I will be rewatching this several times to get my Castlevania fill. If you haven't checked Castlevania out yet, take a look at the trailer below: