There’s something about Dark that reminds me of Lost. The show isn’t set on an island or anything, but it’s got a sprawling cast and an ambitious narrative that aims really, really high. Does it succeed? You bet it does!
Confusion is thy name
While Dark kicks off when kids starts disappearing from a fictional German village, this is a show that juggles a million mysteries at once. Quite impressively, it keeps them all afloat with stunning efficiency. In fact, the show even zips through time quite a bit while never seeing a dip in quality (time travel certainly ruined Lost back in its heyday). Be warned, Dark can be a very confusing show if you’re not paying attention. Although I quite enjoyed the show’s pilot, I had no idea Dark would become so increasingly complicated. There are a ton of characters and they’re all related to one another in unpredictable ways (that I won’t spoil here). You simply can’t watch the show passively ; this show requires your full attention through and through, but it’s very rewarding as a result.
The greatest thing about Dark is its sense of atmosphere. The top-notch cinematography, the unsettling musical score, and the first-rate performances work tremendously well together to create a creepy sense of place throughout the entire season. And the editing… oh boy the editing! Dark triumphantly proves why editing is an art, seamlessly weaving together timelines and characters across decades to enhance its storytelling. While Big Little Lies and Sharp Objects both feature memorable editing flourishes, Netflix’s German thriller is on a whole other level. There’s no telling how long the show will last (Netflix has already ordered a second season), but for an opening year, this is pretty impressive.
A highly ambitious and mesmerizing debut that tackles some powerful themes through sharp performances and bold storytelling.