In a world where everyone seems to be running, more people should be talking about Dark.
But they are not. And that’s weird.
A mind-blowing show that cleverly blends internal family drama with time travel, Dark’s third and final season recently launched on Netflix and, like its previous two seasons, rules on every possible level imaginable.
Dark, in essence, is a mystery series. Very similar– the show it is most often compared to – The first season of Dark focuses almost exclusively on the search for a missing child. But in this program the child has not escaped to a parallel universe, but to a weather 30 years in the past. In no time, Dark is a program that operates in multiple different time zones and dimensions.
Dark has it all. Makes complex, interlocking plot twists to a level that makesIt seems like a smart show for kids. Win these spins for so being a delicately written study of the broken family interrelationships and claustrophobia of a small town.
It’s a show that juggles the risks that time travel narratives bring with ease. Dark’s plot is complex to the point where I make a sport of waiting for it to completely fall apart. I spent three entire seasons waiting for Dark to drop the ball and collapse under its own weight, but it hasn’t.
Uh oh. Here comes that hyperbole: This TV show is a goddamn miracle.
Probably the worst that could be said about Dark is that he is pretentious. Unlike other time travel shows like Outlander, which revels in camp and begs you to watch it ironically, Dark takes himself completely seriously. It is relentless.
Dark asks you to sincerely care about what happens on the screen. He infuses his plot with multiple explicit references to Ariadne and the Bible. In most science fiction, this would be enough to make my eyes pop out of their orbit and roll backward in my brain, but Dark earns his delusions of grandeur by being good enough to sustain them.
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Want to bring your hard-hitting plot to life, brought to life through dazzling performances and stellar writing with allusions to Greek mythology and classical literature? Who am I to say no? Go for your life.
Perhaps the best part of Dark is that, unlike other “prestige programs”, the quality is not reduced. There are no “wild” seasons like Lost. Or skippable episodes like Stranger Things. The dark no, or betraying years of character building to the web of service. No, calmly and precisely is still extremely good from start to finish. I can’t think of another show like this. At least not on Netflix.
So why the hell is no one talking about it? Why isn’t Dark’s sustained quality trend showing on Twitter? Why don’t people get mad about spoilers or getting into discussions about the end of friendship on Facebook? Dark literally just dropped its stellar final season on Netflix and it seems that no one, not even Netflix, has noticed.
Is it because it is “complicated”? Maybe. The obscurity can be difficult to follow and 100% expect their audience to remember intricate details from a sprawling family tree that unfolds across multiple different timelines.
Is Dark under-hyped compared to other Netflix shows? Possibly. I. made start to see Dark. The program seems to operate in the shadow of more popular programs in the recommendations.
Is it because he is German? Despitevictory I think subtitles are still a huge barrier. I can absolutely see a large American network buying the Dark license and producing a (probably inferior) version of this show using English speaking actors.
Either way, more people should watch Dark.
I want to say that it is correct there. Three seasons of perfect TV, available on a streaming service you probably already subscribe to. Dark won’t let you down, nor will it turn into shit like Game of Thrones. It won’t end unfinished like Deadwood, nor will it make any sense like Westworld.
Dark is there. To be spoken, thought. To be obsessed. Do yourself a favor and check it out.