Dark opinion and review

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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. – Albert 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 ‘s original series from Germany build the characters – 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 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.

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

 🍿 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:

€1.8M /episode (se.1)

worth noting

 AWARDS:

- 🏆 WON, Curt Jürgens 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!

About the Author

I used to be the guy who did that thing on the show you never heard of. Now I'm Head Nincompoop here, writing about binge-watching.

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