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Dark: A marvellous mystery
‘Dark’ is dark in the literal sense of the word. Full of mystery, suspense and thrills, the show is going to take you on a nerve-racking, mind-boggling ride. But before I rant on and go gaga over the series, let me tell you that it is the first German-language Netflix original that debuted on Netflix on December 1, 2017. Pretty recent, huh?
Co-created by Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese, the first season has received positive reviews from critics and us viewers alike. Its current IMDb rating is an 8.8/10 with an 86% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It has been only a month or so and such high ratings already? You know what I mean! The show’s pretty good!
Set in the backdrop of a German town named Winden, Dark doesn’t fail to scare, surprise and mesmerize. With a series of events happening simultaneously on the go, the viewers are seen constantly racking their brains, going on a wild goose chase, trying to figure out the plot’s solution that is otherwise unattainable till the end. The artistry with which the entire plot has been crafted is a true mark of excellent craftsmanship. I, myself couldn’t figure things out till the end. Yep! It’s all coming from direct experience.
The first episode, Secrets, begins with the onset of two children going missing in Winden that sets off a search between the families and the local police while unearthing secrets that entwine four families, namely, the Kahnwalds, Nielsens, the Dopplers and the Tiedemanns. As riddles unfold over a span of 10 episodes, new mysteries reveal themselves with everything spiraling in a twisted motion, somewhat looking like a DNA. Although, the ending partially resolves the plot, much of it is left to the viewer’s imagination which I personally loved as I could entertain innumerable theories that kept on popping up in my head.
No Spoilers though, but the show is an epitome of Time travel in the word’s dual sense. If you are curious about the diverse conjectures on the mystery of time travel, I would recommend watching this, since, it helps shed light on many issues regarding this mind-boggling phenomena.
The show has received its comparisons as well, the most common one being compared with Stranger Things. Although, it is entirely personal, Dark, to me seemed nothing like Stranger Things since, the portrayal of the show is on a wholly different level and concerns an entirely different topic. When a friend recommended me the Trailer, and I watched it for the first time, I, too, felt that both the shows were quite similar, since, I have been following Stranger Things right from the beginning. But as I began watching Dark, I began to realize how worlds apart these two shows are. With a second season to begin production in 2018, I can’t wait for the chills and thrills! Let me know if you found it as amazing as I did!
© 2018 Shejuti Pasha