Dark • Season 2 Review
“It Keeps Getting Better and Better"
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The REAL Question is: Why Aren't You Watching "Dark"?
This is my original review for "Dark", season 2 - reposted and edited for aesthetics on June 29, 2020
Things to know, before you begin your binge.
"Dark" is an 18-episode Netflix Original Series created by Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese.
Season 2 has 8 episodes. Season 1 has 10 episodes.
This series will have 3 seasons. The third and final season is (now showing).
Episodes vary in length - 48 minutes to about 61 minutes each.
The original spoken language in "Dark" is German, with alternate audio-dubbing and subtitle languages available in English, French, Spanish and Italian. It may be a good idea to check local listings for more available language options (there are many).
So where were we? Oh yes...
"Dark", season 2, picks up 6 months after the first season left off. While Mikkel (Daan Lennard Liebrenz) is settling in to his new surroundings, Jonas (Louis Hofmann) remains stuck in his.
A few new characters are introduced. Adam (Dietrich Hollinderbäumer) is one. He's the leader of a group of 'Travelers' trying to 'restart the world'. Adam has a seriously scarred face thanks to constant time travel.
Time travel is the main focus of season 2. A lot more attention is given to the different time periods (1921, 1953, 1954, 1986, 1987, 2019, 2020, 2053). Believe it or not, this helps the viewer understand more about what's happening in Winden.
And what else...
As more residents go missing, the police bring in a special investigator - a man called Clausen (played by the great Sylvester Groth) - to help solve the mystery. He has a very peculiar interest in the case. Rather, I should say connection.
Also, The Stranger's (German hottie, Andreas Pietschmann) motives for coming from the future take on a life of their own. We learn his true identity. And he ties up some loose ends and plot holes.
This season is a lot easier to follow than the first one. There's less confusion about who is who. And character backgrounds are explained in greater detail. It's to be expected, I guess. Likely because all three seasons of "Dark" have already been written. And, like any story, the closer we get to the end, the more we know.
Wöller (Leopold Hornung) still has an eye injury. But, why is what we want to know
Thing to look for in "Dark" season 2.
Pay close attention to 3 things in particular.
1) The dialogue, especially Adam's. He's sort of playing 'God' here. His words and actions are so important.
2) Subtle facial features (like, one blue eye one brown eye) and body features. This, too, will help you piece together this massive puzzle.
3) The names of the characters. Some are closely similar for a reason.
Moving the spotlight.
Most of the characters from last season are back. But, many of the main characters from season 1 have more supporting roles this season. And last season's mostly supporting characters are now in the spotlight.
Why aren't you watching this series?
I've said in the past that this series is the best thing to come out of Germany since BMW. I still feel that way. "Dark" is so underrated and so good.
Please, watch "Dark" despite the original language (German). There's no shame in reading subtitles, or using the numerous language-dubbed soundtracks. The English language dubbing is considerably better than it was for season 1.
"Dark" is one of the best binges you'll have this year.
I don't like putting numbers on shows, but if I had to I'd give Dark a 9 out of 10.
Did I mention that you should really watch this series?
Three seasons of "Dark" were written back-to-back. Expect all of your questions answered by the end of the series (expected in 2020).
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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