ūüí¨ Dark ¬Ľ review & opinion

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Dark (2017)

review & opinion

season 1

Dark is a Netflix Original series, produced in Germany.  There are 10 episodes over 1 season (Netflix has ordered another season).  Each episode is around 60 minutes in length.

 

The spoken language is German, and Netflix offers dubbing and/or subtitles in several other languages including English. There may be more language options available in your area.

 

Dark is rated TV-MA.  This series contains scenes that viewers may find disturbing, including coarse language and violence.

 

Dark, in short, is a supernatural, time-travelling thriller, that takes place in small German town during three different epochs - 33 years apart.  The story is very complex and and paying close attention is a must.

Andreas Pietschmann & Louis Hofmann in season 1, episode 5 of Dark.

Andreas Pietschmann & Louis Hofmann in season 1, episode 5 of Dark. (Source: Stefan Erhard/Netflix)

The distinction between past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion. ‚ÄstAlbert Einstein

Based in the town of Winden, Germany (a real town, but fictional in this case…more on that in a minute), a child goes missing, then another, then another.  A dead boy suddenly appears, partially buried in the forest, but not one of the missing. Birds are falling from the sky, almost a.t random, dead before they hit the ground. Electrical disturbances, strange sightings, sheep falling dead in their pasture with blown-out eardrums…all of this seems eerily familiar. Déjà-vu perhaps, or caused by the nuclear power plant? Maybe something supernatural? Many are convinced the plant is responsible

The first few episodes of Netflix ‚Äės original series from Germany build the characters ‚Äď a little bit about each as the story moves along. The narrative will become clear soon enough. To build something great, it takes time. Give this series at least two episodes to build the suspense, it will be well worth it.

Some people compare Dark to Stranger Things (why do they compare nearly every supernatural Netflix series to Stranger Things?). I wouldn’t go too far with that opinion. Part of the story happens in 1986, but also in two other time periods. Comparing the two shows would do neither justice. If you need to compare, they are both great. That’s it.

Daan Lennard Liebrenz, Louis Hofmann, Lisa Vicari, Moritz Jahn & Paul Lux in season 1, episode 1 of Dark.

Daan Lennard Liebrenz, Louis Hofmann, Lisa Vicari, Moritz Jahn & Paul Lux in season 1, episode 1 of Dark. (Source: Julia Terjung/Netflix)

About half-way through the second episode, I became one of Dark’s many victims: I was trapped and couldn’t leave. But I liked it, and didn’t want it to end.

Unlike¬†Stranger Things‚Äė¬†Hawkins, Indiana, Winden is a real town. However, according to series director Baran bo Odar and writer Jantje Friese,¬†Dark‚Äės Winden is a mashup of the small German towns that they grew up in around the time of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

TWO things you’ll LIKE about Dark: 1) This is a complex show with a lot going on, pay attention because the characters are intricate, full of emotion, and every little thing they do affects everything and everyone else around them; 2) It’s binge-worthy and you can probably watch the whole first season over a weekend (10 episodes, roughly 50-minutes each).

TWO things you’ll DISLIKE: 1) The English dubbing is horrible. Watch the original German version with subtitles if you can. If you don’t care about poor English dubbing (voices that really don’t suit the actor or character, and poor inflection), then by all means watch it. With the subtitled version, you may need to watch it twice to catch the things you missed (visually) while reading the subtitles.  I watched the entire series twice, once with English dubbing and the second time in German with English subtitles.  It helped immensely with my understanding of the story, and who is who (like I said, the story jumps from period to period).  2) If you’re not used to foreign made productions, Dark may seem a little…off, if not unorthodox, and thus of no interest to you.  However, this is the exact reason why many enjoy foreign made movies and TV shows. It’s different.

When it’s over you may be left scratching your head. I sense a WTF? Not to worry, I may have answers for all your questions. After you’re finished the series, come back here and I can try to sort it all out for you. Check out my links above for all sorts of great intel and insights.

series & technical details

 CURRENT STATUS:

streaming on Netflix; renewed for season 2

 GENRES:

drama / crime / mystery / supernatural

 CONTENT RATING:

TV-MA

 SEASONS:

1

 EPISODES:

10

 RUNNING TIME:

approx. 50 to 60 mins /episode

¬†ūüćŅ¬†TOTAL BINGE TIME:

492 binge minutes

 ASPECT RATIO:

2.00 : 1

 SOUND MIX:

Dolby Digital / Dolby Atmos

 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE:

German (various subtitle & alternate language dubbing also available)

 CAMERA:

ARRI ALEXA 65, 35mm ANA/SPHERICAL Lenses / Arri Alexa Mini, Zeiss Ultra Prime Lenses (some shots)

 PROCESS:

ARRIRAW (4K) (source format) / Digital Intermediate (4K) (master format)

business details

 PRODUCTION:

Wiedemann & Berg Television / Netflix

 DISTRIBUTION:

Netflix

 RELEASE DATES:

1 Dec. 2017

 PRODUCTION BUDGET:

‚ā¨1.8M /episode (se.1)

worth noting

 AWARDS:

- ūüŹÜ WON, Curt J√ľrgens Memorial Camera
Best Young Actor
Louis Hofmann
- 12 nominations

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Dark stars Oliver Masucci; Karoline Eichhorn; Jördis Triebel; Louis Hofmann; Maja Schöne; Stephan Kampwirth; Daan Lennard Liebrenz; Andreas Pietschmann; Deborah Kaufmann; Tatja Seibt; Walter Kreye; Lisa Vicari; Paul Lux; Hermann Beyer; Moritz Jahn; Peter Benedict; Aleksander Tiedemann; Christian Steyer; Leopold Hornung, and more!

ūüí¨ The End of the F***ing World ¬Ľ review & opinion

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The End of the F***ing World (2017)

review & opinion

season 1

The End of the F***ing World is a Netflix Original series, produced by Clerkenwell Films.  There are 8 episodes over 1 season.  Each episode is around 25 minutes in length. There are no plans for another season.

 

The spoken language is English, and Netflix offers dubbing and/or subtitles in several other languages. There may be more language options available in your area.

 

The End of the F***ing World is rated TV-MA.  This series contains coarse language and situations that may be disturbing to some viewers.

 

The End of the F***ing World, in short, is based on the comic book of the same name and follows a disturbed teen who believes be may be a serial killer. While he makes plans to commit his first murder, his intended victim unknowingly befriends him.

Alex Lawther in season 1 of The End of the F***ing World.

Alex Lawther in season 1 of The End of the F***ing World. (Source: Netflix)

Bored with killing animals, 17-year-old James is busy plotting his first real murder when a brash new girl, Alyssa, catches him off guard at school.

One of the reasons why I subscribed to Netflix is so I can watch TV series not available anywhere else in North America. Shows like The Bridge and The End of the F***ing World only just begin to tap the wealth of great television coming out of Europe. It’s the Golden Age of TV in many countries around the world right now and I am glad to be a part of it as a viewer.

I binged¬†The¬†End of the F***ing World¬†after reading about it in a¬†Vice¬†Tweet last night. It was just after 1:00am Saturday when I pressed play for Season 1, episode 1. I didn‚Äôt stop until it was over ‚Äď it‚Äôs that good, and that short.

Wunmi Mosaku & Gemma Whelan in season 1 of The End of the F***ing World.

Wunmi Mosaku & Gemma Whelan in season 1 of The End of the F***ing World. (Source: Netflix)

Season 1 has 8 episodes at 23 minutes (including credits) each; played back to back it's a little more than 2h 40min - that's less than 1997's Titanic (3h 14min); 2013's The Wolf of Wall Street (an even 3h); 1999's Magnolia (3h 8min); 1972's The Godfather (2h 55min); and less than about 25 other great films you wouldn't have a problem sitting through to the end.

The End of the F***ing World tells the story of James, a soon to be 18 year old boy who’s pretty certain he’s a psychopath (uhm, yep you’ll confirm that within the first 20 minutes), and Alyssa, also 17, the cool new girl at school. James is tired of killing animals for fun so he starts planning to kill something bigger, more exciting: humans. One day, when Alyssa unexpectedly shows a little interest in James, he believes he’s found the first of what will be many victims.

As his first day with Alyssa progresses, James slowly builds up the confidence he needs to commit his first murder ‚Äď planning and fantasizing how, when and where he‚Äôll slice Alyssa‚Äôs throat with the hunting knife he was gifted when he was 13-years-old. Unforeseen circumstances force James to keep reformatting his plans until, surprisingly, the perfect moment arrives when he must do what he has to do.

The End of the F***ing World is like nothing you’ve ever seen before. This is original, darkly funny, and highly entertaining. This new show will be a hit. It is great f***king TV. - Nick Runyeard

series & technical details

 CURRENT STATUS:

streaming on Netflix; renewed for season 2

 GENRES:

adventure / comedy / drama

 CONTENT RATING:

TV-MA

 SEASONS:

1

 EPISODES:

8

 RUNNING TIME:

approx. 18 to 25 mins /episode

¬†ūüćŅ¬†TOTAL BINGE TIME:

166 binge minutes

 ASPECT RATIO:

1.33 : 1 (past scenes) / 1.78 : 1

 SOUND MIX:

Dolby Digital

 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE:

English (alternate subtitle languages also available)

 CAMERA:

RED Weapon 8K S35

 PROCESS:

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business details

 PRODUCTION:

Clerkenwell Films / Dominic Buchanan Productions

 DISTRIBUTION:

Channel 4 Television Corporation / Netflix

 RELEASE DATES:

24 Oct. 2017 / 5 Jan. 2018 (se.1)

 PRODUCTION BUDGET:

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worth noting

 AWARDS:

Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy Award. Another 3 nominations

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The End of the F***ing World stars Jessica Barden; Alex Lawther; Steve Oram; Wunmi Mosaku; Gemma Whelan; Christine Bottomley; Navin Chowdhr; Jack Veal; Jonathan Aris, and more!