Take away all the joy from Stranger Things and add more thrills and you got Dark, the German sci-fi crime-thriller. Dark follows four families after the chilling disappearance of two children surfaces their dark secrets. At the core of the German Netflix original is the lesson that no secret remains buried for long. It doesn’t matter how much you change after, the past will always catch up to you.
Time is a big factor in Dark, as, throughout the series, we see the storyline shift from the 1950s to the mid-1980s. In the end, we’ll see that everything connects and ties together. This narrative could have easily not worked out, but creators Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese worked together to nicely stitch it all. From everything Dark has to offer, you’ll appreciate its storytelling the most.
As much familial drama as it dishes out, the sci-fi element lingers until it hits audiences unexpectedly. No spoilers here, but be prepared to stretch your imagination with Dark. By the end of it, Dark features a mind-blowing twist by the end of the first season and keeps you engage throughout.
The second season returned last year as intense as ever and works better as a show you can binge over the weekend. It introduces new players, but follows the same cast through different periods of time. Season 2 is, regrettably, the final chapter, but at least Dark went out knowing these would be its final episodes, so it was able to wrap up the story nicely.