So why the hell is no-one talking about it? Why isn’t a show of Dark’s sustained quality trending on Twitter? Why aren’t people getting angry about spoilers or getting into friendship ending debates on Facebook? Dark literally just dropped its stellar concluding season on Netflix and it just feels like no-one — not even Netflix itself — has even noticed?
Is it because it’s German? Despite Parasite’s win at the Oscars, I reckon subtitles are still a massive barrier. I can absolutely see a big US network buying the license for Dark and producing a (most likely inferior) version of this show using English-speaking actors.
Dark is right there. To be talked about, thought about. To be obsessed over. Do yourself a favour and watch it.
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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.
Is Dark under-promoted compared to other shows on Netflix? Possibly. I did start watching Dark after the first season of Stranger Things. The show does seem to operate in the shadow of more popular shows in the recommendations.
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But they’re not. That’s a bit weird.
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.
Uh-oh. Here comes that hyperbole: This TV show is a goddamn miracle.
Is it because it’s “complicated”? Maybe. Dark can be hard to follow and 100% expects its audience to remember intricate details of a sprawling family tree that plays out across multiple different timelines.
Perhaps the best part of Dark is that, unlike other so-called “prestige shows”, there’s no dip in quality. No “wilderness” seasons like Lost. Or skippable episodes like Stranger Things. Dark doesn’t rush towards its conclusion like Game of Thrones, or betray years of character building to service plot. No, it calmly and precisely remains extremely good from start to finish. I can’t think of another show like it. At least not on Netflix.
I mean it’s right there. Three seasons of perfect television, available on a streaming service you most likely already subscribe to. Dark won’t disappoint you, or turn to shit like Game of Thrones. It won’t end unfinished like Deadwood, or make zero sense like Westworld.
In a universe where we’re all running out of good TV shows to watch, more people should be talking about Dark.
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.