This is it, the beginning is the end and the end is the beginning. The final season of one of the most eagerly awaited series of the year and also one of the best series offered on Netflix, Dark , premiered last month. Being its final season, the third season of Dark surprised me because of how well this series was able to close its very ambitious story because usually series with ambitions and stories as complex as this have a hard time finding the right ending, and that's one of the reasons why season three is also its best season.
And just as I wanted to watch the second season last year, I needed to watch some videos explaining what happened before I entered season three because of how complicated and convoluted the story was. Like one of her characters, Charlotte (Karoline Eichhorn), who realizes that her son, Elisabeth (Sandra Borgmann), is also her mother. Crazy, right? The timing of the story is as complex as a maze, so I've always wondered how the series creators, Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese, wrote and created this series.
The second season of Dark had more questions than answers, so the third season was much needed. Questions like how Jonas got to be Adam, who is someone who looks like Martha but has bangs at the end of the second season and why does he say that "Don't ask about the time, but ask about what world." really made me even more confused, and fortunately the third season was able to answer all of them (although still a little confused) cleverly and cleverly.
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The first episode, “Deja-vu”, opens with a stranger who has a wound on his upper left lip setting fire to a mysterious room. He was accompanied by a small child and the parents who pulled him also had the same wound on his lips. They were apparently the same person, only three different times and the same world. This is one of the advantages of Dark , where in the midst of the complexity of the story, this series can still quickly introduce a new character without damaging or worsening the story. Every new character that appears always offers something new.
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What makes Dark so interesting apart from the concept is the character. This series is able to manipulate not only every character, but also the audience, so I didn't know who to trust until the last episode. One character reveals something really crazy and makes me believe whatever he says, then the next character shows up and refutes all the previous character's words with an equally insane theory. That way, my curiosity is always there so I always watch the next episode to find out what is true and what is not.
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Not only did it succeed in keeping each character interesting, the third season of Dark also managed to deepen the story. Yes, now Dark is similar to Rick and Morty , which is playing around with different concepts of reality and worlds. Martha (Lisa Vicari) who we see at the end of the second season seems to come from a different world from Jonas (Louis Hofmann), the world for the last two seasons. I do have to say that I am amazed at how dare it is to pile up already very complicated concepts with new ones that are just getting more and more complicated.
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Overall it is very interesting, especially if every episode always has a surprise that either solves a mystery or even adds a new mystery, but it is not uncommon for me to be confused which ends up taking my concentration from watching to thinking too deep and complicated. Like the time when I have to be confused seeing two versions of Martha, the same age and look the same, where one is with Jonas while the other is working for Adam. Who is in what world and at what time? Usually if I find something confusing, I just force it to go on and hope to understand in the end.
The more I watched the third season, the more I realized that Jonas was not the main character. There is no main character here. Everything, no matter how small the role, always plays an important role in the course of the story. Maybe in the first season we used to follow Jonas throughout the season, but in the third season we were told about each of the other characters closely and what impact their lives had on the game of time and reality that had been happening in the small town of Winden.
It finally made me realize how deep the story of Katharina (Jördis Triebel), one of the characters who is also the best character in the third season of Dark . Here, she realizes that her husband, Ulrich (Oliver Masucci) is thrown into the past and lives in a mental hospital because he is considered very dangerous and also often delusions. Ulrich is old, and the year alone hasn't reached the year Ulrich should be, so Katharina also travels back in time to not only look for her lost son, Mikkel (Daan Lennard Liebrenz) but also her husband who had been thrown out years ago. Her perfectly touching story adds an emotional point to the whole story of the third season.
And speaking of characters, I also have to appreciate how flawless the casting is in Dark . Really, I realized how the story always runs so smoothly despite playing a variety of different times - more than five different times - is how each cast of the film looks very much like the younger version or the older version. The young Jonas, played by Louis Hofmann, looks very similar to when he was an adult, played by Andreas Pietschmann. Not only from the hairstyle that is similar, but also from the face. Likewise with the other characters, and it is something that is not easy but they work.
Come to think of it, all of this happened because of the death of his father Jonas, Michael Kahnwald (Sebastian Rudolph) who committed suicide. Her death is believed to have been the origin of all this, but apparently not. What makes season three so clever is how something that has been our grip over the years, something that we already believe to be true, doesn't seem to be true. This manipulation has always worked and continues to keep the story interesting to follow.
The three seasons of Dark are indeed very complicated, especially with the added theory that two worlds or two different universes collide with each other adding to the confusion, but this is also a story full of tragic stories, making this series also quite emotional. Not only that, the last episode, "Das Paradies", managed to combine all the branches of the story that Dark has and closed this German series by being not only touching, but also sweet, something I didn't expect. This is a perfect ending.
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