In a world where everyone seems to be running out of good shows to watch, more people should be talking about Dark.
But they’re not. And that’s weird.
A mind-bending show that deftly combines internal family drama with time travel, Dark’s third and final season was recently released on Netflix and, much like its previous two seasons, it rules on every possible level imaginable.
Dark, at its core, is a mystery series. Much like Stranger Things — the show it’s most frequently compared to — Dark’s first season focuses almost exclusively on the search for a missing child. But in this show the child hasn’t escaped to a parallel universe, but a different time 30 years in the past. Before long Dark is a show that operates across multiple different time zones and dimensions.
Dark has everything. It does complex, interweaving plot twists on a level that makes Westworld look like a pretend-clever show for children. It earns these twists by also being a delicately written study of broken familial inter-relationships and small-town claustrophobia.
It’s a show that juggles the risks that come with time travel narratives with ease. Dark’s plot is complex to the point where I make a sport of waiting for it to completely fall apart. I’ve spent three whole seasons waiting for Dark to drop the ball and collapse beneath its own weight, but it hasn’t.
Uh-oh. Here comes that hyperbole: This TV show is a goddamn miracle.
Probably the worst thing you could say about Dark is that it’s pretentious. Unlike other time travel shows like, say, Outlander — which revels in camp and sort of begs you to watch ironically — Dark takes itself completely seriously. It’s unrelenting.
Dark asks you to sincerely care about what’s happening on-screen. It infuses its plot with multiple explicit references to Ariadne and the bible. In most science fiction this would be enough to make my eyes detach from their socket and roll all the way backwards into my brain, but Dark earns its delusions of grandeur by actually being good enough to sustain them…Read more>>