German TV show Dark is worth the price of a subscription to Netflix all on its own. This complex sci fi story sinks its hooks into you, and follows so many threads you’d think you were working at a yarn factory. One of the challenges for a show like this is to wrap things up in a satisfying way, and Dark delivered with its third and final season earlier this year. The trailer is from season one, which will prevent spoilers for anyone who’s missed this series and needs to start at the beginning. The write-ups that follow are also spoiler-free.
In all my years of watching TV and movies, I really thought I had seen my share of dense, twisty, turny, complicated stories. Then Dark came along. A small town’s worth of characters, on multiple timelines, living in the shadow of a nuclear reactor. Whew, you may need note cards.
We started watching Dark a couple of years ago and the final season aired this year. Look, I’m not going to lie. Dark may not be for everyone, even if only because of the amount of attention it requires. But those who watch it will be rewarded with one of the more satisfying science fiction shows in recent memory.
Dark is a mind-bending German sci-fi/horror series that concluded with its third season earlier this year. It’s one of the most original programs I’ve seen in a long time, and held me spellbound from the start. The storylines touch on grief, desire, despair, revenge … there are a lot of moving parts and threads unraveling, which makes it both fascinating and unpredictable. No matter how good a show or book is, I applaud any work that sticks the landing, and Dark did that. There’s no way you can see the end from the beginning, and I found my loyalties shifting at times throughout the series, which just added to the brilliance, because it means the characters and their motives are compelling and relatable, even when they’re at odds. If I had a top 10 TV show list for things I’ve watched over the last decade, I’m sure this would be on it.