Castlevania: Season 2/ Episode 2 “Old Homes” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)

Things ever so slightly pick up, but with every word said, the more you question if someone did a cheap Google translate with the dialog. Network Netflix Director(s) Sam Deats, Spencer Wan Writer(s) Warren Ellis Air Date 10/26/2018 Images and text in this post may contain affiliate links which, if a purchase is made from…


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Things ever so slightly pick up, but with every word said, the more you question if someone did a cheap Google translate with the dialog.


Network
Netflix
Director(s) Sam Deats, Spencer Wan
Writer(s) Warren Ellis
Air Date 10/26/2018

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Childish Bickering & A Few Beaten Demons: Alucard, Trevor, Sypha

I think it has long been established that neither Alucard, Trevor, or Sypha are the most mature people we’ve ever met. Alucard, despite his age, will get as childish as Trevor in a snap and Sypha, while she isn’t childish, she does come off as a teenager who is ready to roll her eyes at a moments notice. But, luckily for them, when one of their lives are threatened, the childish bickering ends and they get to the action. Giving us a fight which was okay, but continued to make it seem this show is still warming up.

Commentary

Alucard and Trevor ruining a potentially deep and touching moment.
Trevor: You hear that? | Alucard: Animals humping in the undergrowth?

I don’t like the dialog of this show. At first, I found it kind of funny how they talk to one another. Mostly because it conflicts with how they are living in a world in which demons and vampires are ripping people apart. So Trevor and Alucard going back and forth like 12-year-olds has this comical appeal to it. Problem is, it gets old quick and makes it so when Alucard has a deep moment talking about his family’s past and his father ending the world, and that gets followed up with him talking about animals having sex in the woods – it makes you wonder how serious am I really supposed to take this show? If the show is supposed to be taken seriously at all?

Then, when it comes to the battle? Maybe my memory of season 1 has become foggy but I at least remembered the battle scenes being EPIC. What the hell was that we saw? It wasn’t a terrible fight scene but the only thing cool about it was the art on the fire-breathing demon. That’s about it. Making me wonder if maybe this might not get good, if it does at all, until episode 4 or 5.

Is This Really Your War Council?: Carmilla, Dracula, Isaac, Hector, Godbrand

Is Carmilla supposed to be speaking for not just her fellow vampires but us? She basically asks the kind of questions you’d want to. Such as, why didn’t Lisa get made into a vampire for her protection? Also, considering all the bickering and losses Dracula is taken, are we really supposed to see these beings as formidable? Your two great humans who are supposed to lead this have issues with humanity because their love was rejected as either children or teenagers. So, they ended up killing who they formerly loved the most.

Commentary

Carmilla questioning Dracula on his war council.
Carmilla: This is your War Council, my lord?

While I will admit I was a bit shocked when we got introduced to Isaac’s backstory, especially when the bishop decided to beat him to show his love, then I had to take a step back. For I found myself wondering, is this something which actually should be seen as impactful or just for shock value? Is this something to be emotional over, or is this just to a quick way to try to make Isaac complex in some way?

Unfortunately, I feel that the whole thing is just shallow. The imagery itself is powerful but this show, as slow as it is, also seems like it rushes through any and all moments which could give it depth. Thus making any attempt to humanize the characters, attempt to compensate for dialog which sounds like it is from a YouTube spoof, moot.

Miscellaneous Commentary

To The Belmont Hold

With how Trevor and Carmilla try to hype up what could be in this hold, I’m hoping there will be some awe-inspiring fights or magic to make up for what we’ve gotten thus far. Though, at this point, I feel I’m holding onto hope for something that won’t come or, if it does, it won’t be good enough to compensate for the waiting or what’ll follow that golden moment.

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. Considering the effort put into wiping out the Belmont family, are you telling me Dracula and his generals, with all their power and knowledge, for centuries, never found the Belmont Hold which contains their most powerful weapons? They were never able to get one spy or traitor into that family?

Highlights

  1. Carmilla was a bit of silver lining. I like her attitude.

Criticism

  1. The dialog sometimes leads you to question if you’re supposed to see this as an action comedy with dramatic moments.

 


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A vampire hunter fights to save a besieged city from an army of otherworldly beasts controlled by Dracula himself. Inspired by the classic video games.

 


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  1. I was definitely wondering how seriously I was supposed to be taking the vampires after listening to their war council. They just don’t seem all that formidable. And the rush jobs on both Isaac and Hector’s backstories over these two episodes did nothing to make me care about them, what they were doing, or what is going to happen to them in the slightest so most they are just eating screen time for very little impact.

    1. I’m honestly wondering if the games are like this or if it is just the show? Granted, season 1 wasn’t something to put on a pedestal but this is really something which will be a struggle to finish.

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