Set in the make believe area of Winden, Germany, Dark stresses the outcomes of a child's loss which subjects the methods of, as well as likewise hid web links among, 4 apart families as they progressively analyze a frightening time taking a trip conspiracy concept which covers 3 generations. Throughout the collection, Dark checks out the existential impacts of time as well as likewise its impacts upon humankind.
Dark is the really initial German-language Netflix preliminary collection; it debuted on Netflix's streaming option on 1 December 2017. The preliminary period was obtained with beneficial analyses from film doubters, that made very first contrasts to an extra Netflix collection, Stranger Things. The second duration of Dark was introduced on 21 June 2019, while the third as well as likewise last season was released on 27 June 2020.
Children start vanishing from the German town of Winden, bringing to light the fractured relationships, double lives, as well as dark past of four families living there and revealing a mystery that spans four generations.
The story begins in 2019 but spreads to include story-lines in 1986 and 1953 via time travel, as certain characters of the show's core families grow aware of the existence of a wormhole in the cave system beneath the local nuclear power plant, which is under the management of the influential Tiedemann family. During the first season, secrets begin to be revealed concerning the Kahnwald, Nielsen, Doppler, and Tiedemann families, and their lives start to crumble as the ties become evident between the missing children and the histories of the town and its citizens.
The second season continues the intertwining families' attempts to reunite with their missing loved ones, several months after the first-season finale, in 2020, 1987 and 1954, respectively. Additional story-lines set in 2053 and 1921 add new aspects to the mysteries, and the secret Sic Mundus fellowship, a major force in an underlying battle for the ultimate fate of the people of Winden, is explored, as the season counts down towards the apocalypse – supposed destruction of Winden and death of many of its citizens.
Cast and Characters
The first season primarily takes place in 2019 but expands to include stories set in 1986, 1953, and – in the final scene of the first season – 2052, with several characters being portrayed at various ages by multiple actors.
The second season takes place several months after the first, depicting the initial stories in 2020, 1987, and 1954, respectively, while continuing the future-set storyline into 2053, and adding a fifth storyline, set in 1921. The Third period introduces a storyline based in 1888 and several parallel realities featuring alternate versions of many main characters.
- Nils Brunkhorst (de) as the high school's science teacher in 2019 (season 1,3)
- Lena Dörrie (de) as Clara Schrage, a nurse attending to Helge Doppler in 2019 (season 1)
- Tara Fischer (de) as a friend of Katharina in 1986–1987 (season 1–2)
- Sylvester Groth as Clausen, a police investigator arriving in Winden to lead a missing person task force in 2020 (season 2)
- Leopold Hornung (de) as Torben Wöller, a junior police officer in 2019–2020, Benni/Bernadette's brother (season 1–3)
- Tom Jahn (de) as Jürgen Obendorf, Erik Obendorf's father in 2019–2020 (season 1–3)
- Anna König (de) as Edda Heimann, a pathologist in 2019 (season 1)
- Vico Mücke as Yasin Friese, Elisabeth Doppler's friend in 2019 (season 1)
- Henning Peker (de) as Udo Meier, a pathologist in 1953–1954 (season 1–2)
- Barbara Philipp (de) as Selma Ahrens, a caseworker in 1986 (season 1)
- Paul Radom as Erik Obendorf, a teenage drug dealer gone missing in 2019 (season 1)
- Anton Rubtsov (de) as Benni/Bernadette, a transgender prostitute in 2019–2020, Torben's sister (season 1–2)
- Anna Schönberg as Donata Kraus, a nurse and Ines Kahnwald's co-worker in 1986 (season 1)
- Andreas Schröders (de) as a power plant worker in 2020 (season 2)
- Mieke Schymura (de) as Justyna Jankowski, a junior police officer in 2019–2020 (season 1–2)
- Lea Willkowsky as Jasmin Trewen, Claudia Tiedemann's secretary in 1986–1987 (season 1–3)
- Roland Wolf (de) as a police officer and co-worker of Egon Tiedemann in 1953–1954 (season 1–2)
- Sammy Scheuritzel (de) as Kilian Obendorf, Erik Obendorf's brother and Martha and Bartosz's classmate in 2019's alternative world (season 1, 3)
The first season of the series was launched on 1 December 2017.
A second season was announced with a short teaser on the German Facebook pages of the series and also Netflix on 20 December 2017. On 26 April 2019, it was announced that the second season would premiere on 21 June 2019.
On 26 May 2020, the third and also last season had its release date announced to be on 27 June 2020.
The first season received mostly positive reviews from critics, with many noting its similarity to the 1990s TV series Twin Peaks and also the 2016 Netflix series Stranger Things. Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes gave the first season an approval rating of 89%, with an average rating of 7.14 out of 10 based on 44 critics, with the “Certified Fresh” status. The site's critical consensus is “Dark's central mystery unfolds slowly, both tense and terrifying, culminating in a creepy, cinematic triumph of sci-fi noir.”The series was praised for its tone, the complexity of its narrative, and its pacing. Metacritic reported a score of 67 out of 100 based on 14 reviews, indicating “generally favourable reviews”. Many claimed that it was darker and more in-depth than Stranger Things. However, there was some criticism of its heavy-handed approach to its message, the lack of sympathetic characters, and the unoriginality of specific aspects of the series.
The second season received critical acclaim. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews and ratings from mainstream publications, the season received an average score of 82, based on 4 reviews, indicating “universal acclaim”.On Rotten Tomatoes, season 2 of the series holds an approval rating of 100% based on 29 reviews, with an average rating of 8.07/10, with the “Certified Fresh” status. The site's critical consensus states, “Dark's sumptuous second season descends deeper into the show's meticulously-crafted mythos and cements the series as one of streaming's strongest and strangest science fiction stories.”Critics referred to season 2 as ominous and much more bizarre than the very first period, and also that the series managed to subvert a number of tropes concerning the ideas of time taking a trip.