No spoilers ahead

Dark is the first German-language TV series that Netflix raised up to international status. It debuted on the streaming service on December 1, 2017. Dark is a thriller with a typically gloomy atmosphere, but science fiction waters down the show into a satisfying mix of genres. The story takes place in the fictitious town of Winden, Germany, where all the action spins around a child’s disappearance. You’ll dispel your thoughts about the vanished boy involuntarily as Dark gets going. Dark creators Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese touched on the subject of a time travel conspiracy in which four estranged families are involved. The topic is seemingly twisted out of all the Terminator films, Time Machine by Walter F. Parkes and David Vlades, the famed Back to the Future trilogy, and many others good, and sone not very good, films and series. However, Dark creators breathed new life into the genre of time travel.


I want to make a short statement: If you’re not a TV series lover, you don’t like sci-fiction, or you don’t like to bother your brain while watching TV shows, Dark is not a good choice for you. Dark is very vulnerable to spoilers, so be sure to hide away in your pillow fort and limit your access to all possible harmful sites or forums. Be sure to think a lot; remember any small detail in characters’ phrases, their names, and relations between them. Don’t mess with time-traveling! Dark is a very complicated TV series, and it could become a challenge for an unprepared audience to stay engaged in what’s going on.

It’s perfect, no doubt

Since Dark has taken on the burden of telling us about time traveling, the crucial aim was to sprinkle a lot of references that will connect the 3 seasons. Directors and scriptwriters have done an A+ job. Nothing is missing at any point of Dark, and when rewatching the TV series again, you can omit things you remember so as to memorize new references. 

By the way, the amount of connecting hints doesn’t disturb your eyes, though sometimes it’s better to click on the “pause” button and rewind to the place where you might have missed a hint sometimes. Dark isn’t that kind of detective show where I always take the position of the couch potato to see the final. During this TV show, you’re interacting with it, making your gears work, and asking the same question over and over again — Why is that?

Colors and score

You’ll be very surprised at this one: Dark is dark. Just kidding. Audiences and critics used to compare dark with the other hugely successful sci-fi TV show “Stranger Things”. To compare the color pallet of Dark with Stranger Things, we see that the latter plays on high contrast, while the first one uses a more muted pallet, while maintaining a feeling of thriller. I like how WatchMojo.com compared Dark’s colors with a “German fairy tail” in their review. Indeed, while watching it feels like the Brothers Grimm wrote the stories. The cinematography uses your senses to engage you to stay in the world of the TV show. 

The other thing to note is the role of music in Dark. Since the action in the TV show happens over a time period spanning from the 1920s to the 2050s, it’s a difficult task to deliver each timeline separately. Dark composer Ben Frost told The Quietus: “when you’re watching a character as a child, as an adult, and as an old woman, in 3 separate scenes, sometimes cutting back and forth rapidly, the score is actually pretty crucial in holding you on course, and helping to glue that story together.” For my part, the score in Dark keeps this sci-fi thriller far away from being a horror TV show. 

Wrapping up

You’re not supposed to rush while watching Dark. Save some free space for your own thoughts; it’s interesting and exciting to think about. People in the show act like complicated living beings with questions, hard to explain motivations, and inner doubts. 

Our team has managed to watch the last season in an unstoppable 8 hours marathon. The TV show didn’t lose a drop of tension until the last episode. The final scenes were relief scenes, forcing you to feel every possible emotion. I don’t know whether my face has got enough muscles to depict how wonderful it was. It’s a pity to say goodbye, but the feeling is also good. 

Dark is a rare example of when a TV series becomes better with each season. According to Rotten Tomatoes, the first season garnered an approval rating of 89%, with an average rating of 7.36 out of 10 based on 45 critics, earning the “Certified Fresh” status. The second season improved the score and received 100% based on 29 reviews, with an average rating of 8.07/10. The third season holds an approval rating of 91% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 11 reviews, with an average rating of 8.75/10. Everything just worked as it should.