The setup and the comprehensive structure cementing the narrative that can take risks even at the last moments, make this show one of a kind.
What I am going to reveal is a drop, what I am not going to reveal is an ocean. This is a spoiler-free review of the fantabulous Netflix show Dark.
Reaching a satisfying end before extending a show to more than 6,8 or rather more than 10 seasons is a rare thing. Only a few shows like AMC’s Breaking Bad, USA’s Mr. Robot and HBO’s The Leftovers have managed to reach a perfect end in less than six seasons. Dark’s final season continues to build convoluted timelines to connect characters with a mind-bending complexity and in this season the creators Baran Bo Odar and Jantje Friese create a new dimension with such brilliant detailing that everything might seem to be real confusing at first but in the end, every damn thing looks logical and appetizing.
The show continues from the end of season 2, as expected we land in a parallel dimension. A completely different world from the one we used to know in the first two seasons. Quite effectively, the makers transition from one world to another and unravel the actual game and all its players. Casting by Simone Bar is praiseworthy, at times it’s horrifying to see the resemblance between different actors playing the same characters in different timelines and worlds. The costume design by Anette Guther and makeup by Astrid Stebich and Chris Rossa is fascinating, they give a unique touch to help us distinguish between the characters from different timelines or different worlds.
What really makes the show much better than most of the Sci-Fi shows ever made is its ability to shift from one world to another. The intricate details like if the traffic signal of one world is red, the traffic signal of another world is green. If the sofa of one world is on the right, it’s on left in a different world. The setup and the comprehensive structure cementing the narrative that can take risks even at the last moments, make this show one of a kind. The cinematography, the aerial view, the color palettes even helps to distinguish one timeline or world from the other. The music score by Ben Frost is highly gratifying, the amazing selection of songs at different moments is efficacious.
Louis Hoffman as Jonas, at times, reflects the state of the audience. He is exhausted to follow others, too frustrated to understand who is telling the truth and too desperate to know his future. Performances by the whole set of actors are amazingly impressive. At times, it gets a bit frustrating to listen to similar dialogues containing words like “beginnings”, “ endings”,” free will” and “ wants” but in the end, everything comes into the perfect place and everything works as a hint to understand the bigger picture. Lisa Vicari’s character as Martha Nielsen beautifully portrays the traumatic journey of her character in the alternate world.
The end leaves a set of things for us to figure out and form our ends in different ways but it is satisfying and poetic in its own way. It becomes philosophical and involves more theories of science in the middle, only to form apparatus that helps in giving logical explanations. Even if you skip right directly to season 3’s end, you will understand the full plot, it is so meticulously crafted. The affairs of Hannah and Ulrich are mind-bending enough to keep you hooked until the end. All in all, Dark is definitely one of the best sci-fi shows ever made explaining time travel like none and is certainly one of the best shows to come from Netflix.
FINAL VERDICT- Spectacular, A Must Watch.