Dark • Season 1 Review
“The Best Sci-Fi Show in Decades. Period"
All videos and photos courtesy Netflix.
It's a Cliche - But Netflix's "Dark" Really is MIND-BENDING
This is my original review for "Dark", season 1 - reposted and edited for aesthetics on June 29, 2020
Best Sci-Fi Show in Decades. Period.
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 children.
Birds are falling from the sky, almost at random, dead before they even hit the ground. Electrical disturbances, strange sightings, sheep falling dead in a pasture with blown-out eardrums…all of this seems eerily familiar. Déjà-vu perhaps, or caused by the nuclear power plant? Maybe something supernatural?
Winden wasn't built in a day - or was it?
To build something great, it takes time. Give this series at least two episodes to build the suspense, it will be well worth it. The first few episodes of "Dark", the new brilliant Netflix original series from Germany, build the characters up. A little bit of information is revealed about each as the story slowly moves along. The narrative will become clear to you soon enough.
Why compare to Stranger Things?
Some people compare "Dark" to "Stranger Things" (why do some people 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.
Unlike "Stranger Things‘" Hawkins, Indiana, Winden is a real town. However, according to series director Baran bo Odar and writer Jantje Friese, "Dark‘s" Winden is a mashup of the small German towns that they grew up in around the time of the "Chernobyl" nuclear disaster in 1986.
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 about "Dark".
1) The English dubbing is horrible (no offense meant to the voice actors). Watch the original German version with subtitles if you can. However, 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 the dubbed version.
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.
"Dark" is worth your time, over and over again.
It's seriously complicated. Watch it more than once.
If you can, watch the German language version with subtitles (many languages available).
There are two more seasons expected. 26 episodes were written. Season 1 has 10 episodes.
I'm not a critic, and I barely qualify as a journalist. In fact, I wouldn't even call myself a writer, lest I insult actual wordsmiths! So, if I take the time to binge a series and then write about it, I do it because I'm a fan.
Thanks for your support and love! ️ ~ Nick
Starring: 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.
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