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.