Dark: A Netflix Original Series
If you’ve read my earlier posts, you will know how k-drama centric my topics are as I have recently been obsessing with my neighboring country’s arts and culture. Although of course I have not given up watching western movies and series. And one of my recent finds was Netflix’s Dark.
I’ve become extra picky about watching anything non Korean or Japanese, that I marvel at whatever I stumble upon that catches my interest. To be honest though, I was in a K/J-drama rut recently that’s why I decided to browse through Netflix again and saw this new release. Fortunately, my sci-fi loving geek of a husband was intrigued as well so I was happy since we get to watch together again. The effect is instantaneous. We started watching lazily, curious about the ominous title and poster but halfway through episode one, we were hooked.
I must say that Dark is best watched with a like minded companion. The fun in watching this series (yes I used fun although there is nothing fun about the show) is to have somebody to discuss it immediately. Every episode lingers in our minds and discussing it between us was not enough. My husband had to teach me again about what time travel theory they were using and we often debate while trying to guess what happened in the past or what will happen in the future. So geeky, I know!
It was a bit challenging at first because this is the first German series we’ve watched and it was difficult to track their names. Every time a character is shown, we needed to say their names out loud so we can follow the story line. And what a storyline this show has. If you will read the blurb before watching, you will realize how understated it was to describe it as mind-bending mystery. We were totally mind blown and frustrated every single episode.
So why all this fuss you may ask? If you are a follower of science fictions movies, this series is best described as “Back to the Future, Frequency and Predestination” combined. An exaggeration you might think, but please go ahead and watch then give me your opinion.
Dark started with an opening scene of a suicide in the year 2019. This suicide is the premise of the mind-blowing events and the labyrinthian stories that our characters will need to explore to get the answers to their questions. The story revolves around four families and their inter relationships spanning three generations. You will have to pay close attention while watching because of the intricate story lines that you will need to follow and not to mention the frequent timeline jump between three decades. There is a lot of character focus in the show that it’s sometimes difficult to track but for me, the focal characters are Jonas, the teenage son of the man who committed suicide and Ulrich the father of one of the missing children.
I am holding back on reviewing this series as I know I will not do it justice. What I can say is that Dark will give you a whole new viewing experience and a unique and creative use of the time travel theory. It’s story telling was superb and highly engaging. As this kind of multi plot lines need setting up, there will be scenes you might think as lull and dull but then the show will throw in bits and pieces of new information enough to catch your attention and then will quickly snatch it up again and divert your attention to another scenario. Yes like I said, engaging and frustrating. Even more frustrating is the very suspenseful cliffhanger final episode. But just think of it as a silver lining because we get to look forward to another season.