A review of Dark, a Netflix masterpiece

Dark, the first German-language Netflix original series; The first season streamed on December 2017 and its central mystery unfolds slowly in a genial and surprising way, culminating in a creepy, cinematic triumph of sci-fi noir. Photo Credit: German Netflix

Dark, the first German-language Netflix original series; The first season streamed on December 2017 and its central mystery unfolds slowly in a genial and surprising way, culminating in a creepy, cinematic triumph of sci-fi noir. Photo Credit: German Netflix

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   For those who like the concept of time travel and paradoxes, Dark is the perfect series to venture out. In times when all we see is repetitive stories, predictable endings and flat characters, Dark brings a complexity of subjects never seen before, at least not in this way. Many shows try to capture this series theme, but almost all of them fail to execute it as well as Dark does.

   I believe the key to this is because the characters are so emotionally grounded. The writer’s don’t overlook the shows characters and each one has its right place.

   Although the story only happens in a small city in Germany, its scenarios are revealed in a temporal matter. It is filled with time travelers, scientific explanations, dramas and characters of unimaginable complexity. In honor of its own name, the scenes take place in a dark cave, in a mysterious forest, in a nuclear power plant and also with strange phenomena such as dead birds falling to the sky and mysterious characters full of secrets, dishonesty and doubtful relationships.

   The way the show develops itself proves that the writer’s know exactly what they are doing. How Dark deals with the time-travel paradox is just perfect, it’s another level of any existing television series. Built on a difficult puzzle, the show answers viewers’ questions by giving them more twists, revelation after revelation, that in the end fit together in a perfect way.

   The course of the story engages viewers to reflect on how everything connects since the first episode, making them try to guess all the mysteries and yet be surprised at the end. It is a German production, what makes things much more interesting. When everything has such a similar plot and it doesn’t challenge us to figure out what is going to happen in the end, getting out of the comfort zone and watching new things beside the American films is essential; it makes us see a new point of view. 

   Dark is without a doubt a work of art, and if you are looking for a real series with a very well developed story in a way never told before, this show is the perfect choice.