A Couple of Points -- Double Darkness

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"Double Darkness" would be an entirely forgettable episode, if it didn't introduce one of the characters everyone loves to hate: Nosferatu. Why do people hate him so much? He transforms into other characters.

The vampire of folklore has only a few general characteristics in common with the vampire of film, television and popular novels. One point where they do intersect is that vampires only look like themselves. But why is it so hard to believe that Nosferatu can alter his identity this way?

Anything that Nosferatu can do, Lucard can do better. We want to believe it. We like Lucard.

Everything that we like about Lucard is absent in Nosferatu. He's not especially eye-catching. He's got raw power (or hidden funds of some kind) but he's using it to blow up Pompeii. Like that hasn't been done already.

Nosferatu isn't charming. He doesn't like the finer points of civilization. You can't appeal to his sense of grace or beauty. You couldn't discuss philosophy or Shakespeare with him. He has the fashion sense of a hyena.

"They dilute your true essence." We don't like him, but he may be right. Any other portrayal of Dracula would not be taking this long to eliminate his enemies.

Lucard enjoys playing with people—especially Gustav et al. How many times does he spare any one of the protagonists? He calls the vampires he makes "family," except for the ones who displease him. He's a charming, ruthless bloodsucker. But he manages to fool almost everyone into thinking he's a warmhearted, charming, ruthless bloodsucker.

Nosferatu's really the only character, human or not, who stand up to him and says, "This persona you show is just a façade. I'm going to prove it by leaving you with nothing." Buddhists forgive me, but Nosferatu has the character potential to become the Buddha of vampires.

Nosferatu is also one of the chances that the writers passed on the idea of developing different lines or types of vampires. Since the only accepted vehicle for 'vampire powers' to develop on this show is time, either Nosferatu is older, or Lucard doesn't use his ability to appear as other people. Even though I don't like it as a power, my vote's on the latter in light of his cat-and-mouse mentality.

"You were a third-rate bungler when you forgot to wake up Hitler on D-Day..." To go off on a historical tangent for a bit, the real Dracula hated Germans. Vlad III Basarab, Prince of Wallachia—if he survived to the twentieth century—would be as likely to help Germany take over the world as Winston Churchill.

The gruesome stories that circulated about Dracula in his own lifetime were mostly German. The lovely woodcuts picturing him dining with corpses: German. Think Al Qaeda and the American cartoonists. It was that kind of loathing, and for a lot of the same reasons. In Search of Dracula by McNally and Florescu is an interesting read.

And there are nearly as many Russian stories about him. This man was a feudal tyrant with the best of them, too. So the notion of helping Stalin's equally unlikely. Who does that leave?

Lucard must have helped the Allies. It just occurred to me that it makes perfect sense. Bear with me.

Nosferatu's fangs give him a look strikingly like the title character from the first screen adaptation of the Dracula story, "Nosferatu." Could the film have been a subtle revenge against Lucard? Was Nosferatu deliberately trying to upstage him?

Obviously "all those movies" didn't make Lucard happy. Goodbye art nouveau and along comes World War II. Lucard somehow learns that Nosferatu is an intimate of Hitler's. Here's the chance to pay him back for all the scary movies using the name of Dracula! And he can even rescue Europe before Prague gets bombed and the last of the good architecture is destroyed!

Yes, Lucard is the savior of capitalism. Five hundred years does nothing to convince him that the common rabble is capable of freely electing proper leadership, much less building a proletarian utopia. But in knowing the greed to which even the lowliest peasant is capable of sinking, he predicts which way the wind will blow. And if he plays his cards right—he might just take over the world.

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