Must Serial For Time Travel Stories Fans

Must Serial For Time Travel Stories Fans

Dark is the original German Netflix series that began when Erik, a high school kid in a small town called Winden in Germany, mysteriously disappeared. Then, Jonas, one of our main characters, went with his friends to look for a package of drugs that Erik might have left in a cave. After they managed to get the package, a strange thing happened and they lost one of their smallest members, Mikkel, who also mysteriously disappeared. Feeling responsible, Jonas tried to find Mikkel’s whereabouts which led him to the shocking facts about the city of Winden.

Stories like this have often been seen in various serials. Call it Stranger Things and Twin Peaks which also tells about mysterious events such as people who were lost or killed in a small town. If in Twin Peaks and Stranger Things there is a wood factory and Hawkins lab that is the source of the problem, then Dark displays a nuclear reactor that is the source of the problem.

Indeed the pattern is almost the same, but Dark presents the story and all its mysteries differently. Like the title, “Dark”, this series has a place setting that is described as always cloudy. It matches the mood of all the players who are almost always sullen. Then this serial score is also gripping. This makes this series interesting and different.

Plus, this series carries the sci-fi genre that features a time-traveling story that is confusing and also intriguing. Because there are several characters that are the same but are displayed with different characters in different time settings, then you are forced to remember these characters so you don’t get lost in the middle of the story. This makes the audience never “separated” from the story.

Dark also provides a spice of drama in the style of a small town during the revelation of the mystery. Ranging from infidelity, betrayal, household problems, to the love of high school triangles. Although there are some dramas that are not related to the plot, the slick acting and “pleasing to the eye” appearance of the cast make the drama interesting to watch.

This series is also good at telling and hiding mysteries. Such a mysterious natural phenomenon that occurs where a flock of birds and sheep die instantly without apparent cause. The mystery that was served cleverly revealed in a long time so that the audience likes to wait for how the mystery is solved.

The plus point of this series is that it makes a wormhole that looks real because it doesn’t use CGI. Almost all of the season we are not presented with CGI which for some TV series actually makes the story less biting because, yes, the quality of CGI is poor.

Dark also has a very interesting “villain”. Noah, the antagonist in this series is reminiscent of the figure of Johan Liebert in the Monster manga. Mysterious, reserved, charismatic, and dangerous. Wrapped in a time-travel story, this mysterious character manages to make us guess who and what he really is.

Maybe this series is not for you who are “not wanting to think much” or prefer light stories. But if you really like mystery stories, especially time travel stories, then Dark is a highly recommended series.

The Humanist side of Pete Davidson

The Humanist side of Pete Davidson

Focusing on Scott Carlin, a 24-year-old young man who still lives with his mother and sister. The father who works as a firefighter died when the tragedy of 9/11. Not finishing school, Scott just played around and smoked marijuana every day. But he aspires to open a restaurant as well as a tattoo place.

Everything changed when his mother was approached by another firefighter, Ray. Scott looked for ways to separate his mother from Ray, including digging his ugliness from his ex-wife Ray. When the relationship between Mom and Ray snag deteriorated, he was eventually kicked out of the house so he had to stay at the fire station with Ray. And all that changed his life.

Comedy Films

The King of Staten Island is a personal project from Pete Davidson, better known as a stand-up comedian (and ex-girlfriend Ariana Grande). Most of the stories are inspired by his personal life. Even about the figure of a father who worked as a firefighter and his youth life.

The plot is centered on Scott, ranging from family, friends, to Kelsey which he considers only ‘friend-with-benefits”. The story becomes more touching when entering the middle of the story. Where Scott began to learn about the responsibilities and undergo the figure of a firefighter when living with Ray.

It’s just that Apatow seems confused bringing the tone of the story: into the realm of comedy or showing the dramatic side of a 24-year-old youth who wants to find his true identity. Though the first scene opens with Scott driving with his eyes closed. But the tension and seriousness are not seen again throughout the story.

A linear plot like other semi-autobiographical films is still a mainstay. Most of the stories and emotional developments in the film feel superficial. Some scenes and changes in Scott’s character are not so obvious. Is it because Pete doesn’t really want to show more in the true ‘Pete Davidson‘ character?

An honest semi-biography?

Pete Davidson is known as a stand-up comedian and starred in the Saturday Night Live comedy show “co-authored the script and acted as a producer. Likewise with Judd Apatow, a reliable filmmaker who has directed dozens of comedy genre films such as Trainwreck.

So don’t be surprised if many people think that this film will be filled with comedy elements. But all that is wrong. Although there are some comedy parts, the film The King of Staten Island focuses on Scott’s journey which is a representation of Pete Davidson’s life story.

Pete looks more personal, though still in a proud style in the story. Even in his stand-up comedies, Pete often mentioned how he lost his father figure at a young age, precisely in the September 2001 attacks in New York. The bad thing is, Pete looks like it’s no different from the original character.

Many characters come and go like complements in Scott’s life and are wasted. Though other characters have their respective strengths. Like Marisa Tomei who had to struggle to raise her children or Bel Powley who lived his own dream.

The King of Staten Island is an honest film that shows the other side of Pete Davidson with a more serious role. But inequality and confusing tone make this film fail to reach its greatest potential. Just being honest without a lot of effort doesn’t always seem satisfying.