Netflix's "Dark" season three review: an extraordinary end to an anything but ordinary series.
The trilogy that's like a Rubik's Cube's Rubik's Cube on steroids solves its biggest mystery.
Before I present my review and opinion, let's read the "Dark" season three synopsis:
The time-twisting madness reaches its conclusion in a strange new world, where some things are quite familiar — and others are disturbingly not.
By: Nick Runyeard
"Dark" season 3 review & opine, in short:
One of the best Original Series to come out of Netflix is the German-made Dark.
If you donate only a few moments of your time to reading reviews, then this is all you need to know: It's brilliant. Thank you. Goodbye.
Want to learn more? Read on.
Released in 2017 with little fanfare in North America (but quickly garnered a huge following in Deutschland), this brilliant series recently hit number one on IMDb's most popular pages.
Let me say that again. Number one on IMDb's most popular pages.
A German-language, supernatural, time-travel show with a complicated storyline, featuring little-known actors (on this side of the pond), trending on an an American US entertainment website.
That's pretty extraordinary.
Thousands of movies and television series have held this spot before - some for weeks at a time. But very few were made in a language other than English.
As I write this article, Dark is still the the most popular page on IMDb. Overall, it's the 72nd most popular TV show - ever.
Mystery Solved! But then again...
With the 3rd and final season now streaming on Netflix, Dark promises answers. And they do deliver. But not all of our questions are acknowledged.
For example, Officer Torben Wöller's left eye was bandaged throughout the first season. In the second season, Wöller was sporting an uber cool eyepatch - denoting that his injury was healing. But the third season? No bandage, no eyepatch, but now he's missing his left arm! No explanation for this sudden disappearance of a rather important appendage for a cop.
Things To Watch Out For
Dark, season 3, is violent. Oh, yes, there will be blood. So much blood. And a lot of literal head-smashing. Lots of killing, suicides, and some nudity and sex scenes. There's also an attempted rape scene. So, yeah, tuck the kiddos in because this is not Stranger Things.
But that final scene, tho
Throughout Dark's 26-episode series, you often hear the phrase, "The end is the beginning." That's a pretty big clue suggesting how it's going to end. With the "it" being both the endless cycle of time travel in Winden, and the series itself.
So although many of our questions are answered, especially during the final four episodes, there is this one thing that bothers me. Well, not really bothers me so much as it makes me think.
A major character, whom I shall not name, but is able to travel between time and space freely, is pregnant. It's subtle, and may have been overlooked by viewers. There is so much going on, and so many storylines to follow. I don't blame anyone if they missed it.
But, watch this particular character's scenes again. Closely. You'll notice that no matter the year - she is pregnant! Always. You'll learn whom the real father is if you follow her character right through to the end.
She appears in the final scene, of the final act, in the final episode. And once we get passed a minor, but important distraction, we notice that the woman is (still) pregnant.
Then director Baran bo Odar lets us have it. Our answer.
I believe I gasped something like, "Wait, what? WTF. OMG!"
(Originally posted June 29, 2020. Edited for aesthetics March 11, 2021)