For those that have never heard of it, DARK is a German Netlifx original show thats ostensibly a murder mystery in a small town where everyone knows everyone, but in reality is infinitely more complicated. If you haven't watched it and enjoyed LOST (at least the first few seasons) then I encourage you to check it out and give it a chance. It's a bit of a slow start but once things get going it's a really fascinating bit of fiction.
With that said I wanted to maybe talk a little about the final season FULL SPOILER discussion and all.
The show up until season 3 concerned itself with the intricate patchwork of relationships across the different time periods of our local Winden residents. The way they are able to weave these people through the timelines is really something else. So when Season 3 starts introducing multiple worlds in addition to the timelines it started to somewhat lose me a little. Not only in the literal sense of losing the thread of where the story is going, or in fact where/when anything is happening, but also the grand scheme of it all. So far the show had dictated a certain logic to the events at hand. Like any decent time travel flick you are introduced to the rules of the world and it's rewarding when you see those rules exercised within the script. Season 3 while still good, seems to have undermined a lot of that logic by introducing overly complicated subplot of doppelgangers and alternative dimensions. There is still a lot of genius at work here especially pertaining to the relationships of the all the characters such as Bartosz ending up being Noah father while the mother is actually Hannah's daughter from 1953..and so on and so forth. A movie like Inception works so well because they spend time setting up the rules of the games and although they bend them here and there, the film stuck to it from beginning to end.
So ultimately I was kind of disappointed that the final solution to all these insane machinations was to just go one step backwards and undo all of it from the start in a dimension conveniently created to not have any strings attached to anything else. All this careful planning and prophecy, years of work on the loop, just so we can pull a fast one over on the audience with a big ol' "oh oops none of this mattered"...This isn't all that shocking because most time travel stories with multiple realities will eventually settle on the classic ending of going backwards just far enough to sidestep all the nonsense, but after this crazy setup I was hoping for an equally satisfying montage of this-leading-to-that which would blow my mind. Still it's a fascinating and refreshingly original show - if only for all the clever side stories that weave in and out of the various timelines. Out of all the original Netflix programming definitely a highlight.
Anyone else watch this?