The past, present, and future, will all collide.
Dark, is one of Netflix’s newest additions to its never ending original content line up it continues to succeed with. An original German show, from the trailer it is already beyond interesting, eerie, and entertaining. This is a show that will scratch that Stranger Things itch for you until Season 3.
Dark is a very intriguing show from the get-go. We meet a lot of characters in a small town where everyone knows each other, and events begin to repeat themselves; just like it did 33 years ago. The most fascinating thing about this mystery is that you are begging for more information to uncover the truth of what is really going on. The most frustrating thing however, is that you will be left with more questions than answers.
Though it may seem as a complicated story (especially if you’re not paying attention), Dark manages to keep it contained visually and aesthetically all in the right places where you immediately want to hit the “play next episode” button. You will follow a few key characters like Jonas, Ulrich, Charlotte, and Hannah, who will begin to unravel the secrets in the town of Winden, but you will also be given many characters like Noah and the hooded man, who themselves, are secrets that you will be pondering about the entire series.
Though there is a bigger play at will in this story, the main thing you will notice from the promotional advertising and in the show itself, is that there is a cave in the woods that is doing some tricky things. This cave is extremely DARK as you can imagine, and with the scary noises coming from the inside, the chemical plant nearby, and dead birds falling out of the sky, nothing good seems to be coming from it. This cave will be your tent pole throughout the show and it will be very fun as you start to begin the exploration within it.
This is a time travel story, which is always fun but can be confusing as well. There are three time periods that you will be spread across in the show: 2019, 1986, and 1953. Each of these have significant moments that will reflect and intertwine with each other, as past, present, and future all happen simultaneously. Honestly, even after watching the entire first season, you still won’t find out some of the answers of the lingering moments you have been witnessing for all ten episodes, but it does clear up some very key things in both pleasant and disturbing ways.
To give a final praise about this show, overall it is a very smart and driven show that seems to know what it is doing. The story it is telling is complicated, but I believe we are only given a small scope of a much larger picture in this universe. The time traveling, supernatural, and personal horror stories within Winden are all enticing and horrifying to watch, but it leaves you wanting more and asking questions about each character in the show. The music is also a very consuming experience in the show; even through plain dialogue it will make every scene much more intense with an ambiance that truly sounds disturbing with what is going on. These shows tend to stick with the synth and dark vibes, and it works fully.
Mentioning this is a German show, it does come naturally in German language with English subtitles. However, for those who prefer English dubbed shows, there is an option with that and will provide subtitle translations for certain readings. The dubbed version is not very bad at all, in fact it stays fairly close to the original language and the voice actors all match their characters well. We only saw a few scenes that seemed a little off overall.
So without spoilers, if you’re looking for something weird, interesting, and memorable, you should give Dark a chance. It may take you a few minutes to get into the show, but stick around the ride and you won’t be disappointed…or maybe you will with all that is left unanswered. This show just proves that Netflix takes careful consideration on what they choose to have as their original content, even if it is from a foreign country. We will be looking forward to seeing what happens in Season 2 after the cliffhanger was left.
Final Review: 9/10
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