I finished with? Confused by ? Why not drown your sorrows with Dark. For my money, this is the best show on Netflix.
From the creators of 1899, Dark is a mind-blowing show that skillfully combines domestic family drama with time travel, that rarest of things: a show without a single drop in quality. All three seasons rule in every possible way.
Dark is a mystery series at its core. Much like— the show it’s most often compared to — Dark’s first season focused almost exclusively on the search for a missing child. But in this performance, the child has not escaped to a parallel universe, but to another time 30 years in the past. Before long, Dark is a show that operates across multiple time zones and dimensions.
Dark has it all. He does complex, intertwining plot twists at the level he doesthey look like a pretend smart show for kids. Win these twists by too as a delicately written exploration of broken family relationships and small-town claustrophobia.
It’s a show that effortlessly juggles the risks that come with time travel narratives. Darhk’s plot is convoluted to the point where I’m sporting anticipation for it to completely fall apart. I spent three whole seasons waiting for Dark to drop the ball and collapse under his own weight, but he didn’t.
This TV show is a miracle.
Probably the worst thing you can say about Dark is that it’s pretentious. Unlike other time travel shows like, say, Outlander — which revels in camp and kind of begs you to watch ironically — Dark takes itself completely seriously. It’s almost ruthless.
Dark asks you to genuinely care about what’s happening on screen. He infuses his plot with numerous explicit references to Ariadne and the Bible. In most science fiction, that would be enough to make my eyes pop out of orbit and roll back into my brain, but The Darkness earns its delusions of grandeur by actually being good enough to sustain them.
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Perhaps the best part about Dark is that unlike other so-called “prestige shows”, there is no drop in quality. No “wasteland” seasons like Lost. Or skippable episodes like Stranger Things. Dark does not, or surrender years of character building to serve the plot. No, it calmly and precisely remains extremely good from start to finish. I can’t think of another show like it. At least not on Netflix.
So why the hell isn’t anyone talking about this? Why isn’t Dark’s enduring quality show trending on Twitter? Why don’t people get angry about spoilers or get into a friendship that ends debates on Facebook? Dark literally abandoned its stellar final season on Netflix, and it just feels like no one—not even Netflix itself—even noticed?
Is it because it’s “complicated”? Perhaps. Dark can be hard to follow and 100% expects the audience to remember intricate details from an extensive family tree that plays out in multiple different timelines.
Is Dark under-promoted compared to other shows on Netflix? Possibly. I I did start watching Dark. The show seems to be operating in the shadow of more popular shows in the recommendations.
Is it because it’s German? AlthoughI win , I think subtitles are still a huge barrier. I can absolutely see a major US network buying the Dark license and producing a (most likely worse) version of this show using English speaking actors.
Either way, more people should watch Dark.
I mean it’s right there. Three seasons of perfect TV available on a streaming service you’re most likely already subscribed to. Dark won’t disappoint you or turn into crap like Game of Thrones. It won’t end up unfinished like Deadwood or make no sense like Westworld.
The dark is right there. To talk, think. To be obsessed. Do yourself a favor and watch it.