Most people will be talking about the new season of Stranger Things in a couple days, and that’s fine. I’m going to be enjoying the hell out of it too, I’m sure. But if you like what the Duffers have created then you owe it to yourself to see how creators in Europe are treating similar themes. Enter my new favorite Netflix series, Dark. It’s Stranger Things but, well, darker. The second season just dropped last week, so if you are going to jump in you’ve got some catching up to do, but at 8 shows a season that isn’t a big ask.
(Side note: This is one of the best things about the rise of streaming services, short run, serial television. We really don’t need season 10 of the X Files, or probably seasons 6-9 if we’re being honest. Creators need to tell a story, and when it’s done, just be done. OK off my soap box.)
Dark is a German-language sci-fi series co-created by Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese and revolves around time-travel paradoxes, murders, affairs, and surprise ancestors- to say more would be to spoil the show. Just trust me that this esoteric study on the nature of time and reality is worth a weekend binge even if you do have to read some subtitles to completely follow the intricately in-folding narrative.
I’m not the only one singing this shows praises either “ Netflix’s best supernatural series returns this Friday—no, not Stranger Things (that’s out July 4) but Dark, the German-language thriller that blends time travel, philosophy, and demonic evil with a deftness that its streaming-service counterpart only dreams of delivering. “- Nick Schager
I’d love to hear what other people think of this show so if you watch it, hit me up on Twitter and let me know what you think. It’s a show worth discussing.