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[Netflix Review] Dark Season 3 (2020) ★★★★★

Alternate Martha on her bike in Dark season 3

Dark gets more complex and complicated but offers a satisfying conclusion.


The third season of Dark gets even more complicated and complex. After we had to deal with time travel, paradoxes, time loops and a 33 year cycle, we now have to deal with alternate realities/timelines, alternate worlds and alternate versions of characters.

It’s getting harder and harder to keep up with all the characters, what they are doing, why and most importantly when and which version. While the season starts out slow to unravel and explain alternate wolds and timelines, it picks up the pace in the final episodes to come to a great conclusion that has a twist nobody saw coming. 

The third season consists of 8 episodes with each a duration of 56-73 minutes. The mystery unravels as the characters try to untangle the knot they are caught in. It is highly recommended to watch the series with its original German audio and with subtitles in your own language if possible. 


Plot

After the end of the second season we saw that older Jonas/The Stranger took Magnus, Bartosz and Franziska with him with the suitcase time machine to escape the Apocalypse. Hannah used her time machine to travel back to 1954 and Katharina traveled through the tunnel to 1987. Charlotte touched Elisabeth from the future through the portal and ended up in 2052. And Jonas was saved by alternate Martha who saved him from the Apocalypse after Adam had shot Jonas’ Martha. 

We follow each character in different times and different worlds while we explore the alternate world with slightly altered relationships. 

We also follow Jonas after the Apocalypse and up till the point where became The Stranger and finally took Franziska, Bartosz and Magnus with him to 1888. There he has to invent the portal to travel to the future again. But for now they are stuck there. But we also follow old Adam and his actions. 

But more importantly we follow Jonas in this other world, an alternate world parallel to his own world. A world in which he doesn’t exist, because Mikkel never went missing. A world where Martha becomes Eva the counterpart of Adam and who wants to keep the loop going for her own reasons, while old Adam wants to destroy it. 

And finally we get answers to how to close loop, how the cycle began and how it ends. But that’s not the whole story. There’s a big twist waiting for Adam and Eva that will change everything. 


Why you should watch it

Although this third season is probably the most complicated one and very hard to follow, it explains the main story arc very well in the end. But you’ll have to work to keep up with everything that is happening. Especially the last episodes when everything goes into full throttle showing all the little bits and pieces to conclude the final solution and put the whole big puzzle together.

Not only we get to deal with another world, but also with alternate timelines. So there are two versions of everyone, except for Jonas, in two different worlds. But in each world there are also other versions of the same person every time a new path is chosen. So characters show up in different times, as different versions, ever wanting to achieve their ultimate goals, either to destroy the worlds or keeping the loop intact. 

A lot is happening all at once at different times. It’s also hard to keep up with which character-version knows what when. That makes it very complex to watch and you may want to write stuff down while watching. 

If you just want to watch, I wrote it all down. You can read everything about the third season of Dark right here:

Dark season 3 explained.

But even if you lose track of which version is doing what and where and when, the big story arc remains the main focus and is coming together in the end. 

It is beautifully shot, with great visuals creating a fantasy science fiction vibe that is somewhat less dark than the two previous seasons. It’s all really well-build, even with the premiere date that is the same as the Apocalypse June, 27, 2020. It’s all well-thought and greatly put together in an enthralling and gripping way that was also emotionally gripping and mind-blowing in a science fiction way. 

It’s a complex series that is a character and plot driven story. It handles with human behavior and philosophy and psychology. With theoretical and philosophical science fiction, while it’s also a mystery that has to be solved. Meanwhile the complex characters are at the core of the series, inseparable from the plot and what is happening. It’s all about choices and why they make them. 

Although not every question is answered and there are some loose ends, the end itself is a big twist and is well-crafted resulting in an amazing satisfying science fiction solution. They can feel farfetched and out of the blue but also clever and well-thought at the same time. It’s a series that is slow paced, very dark and gloomy, but really delivers in the end turning into a mind-baffling science fiction series. 


My favorite part

The end was great. It wasn’t at all what I was expecting. I can’t say anything about it, without spoiling it, but I thought it was a great conclusion. 


Ratings

Rating: ★★★★★

Drama factor:★★★★★

Originality factor: ★★★★☆


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Cast and crew

Dark is created by Baron bo Odar and Jantje Friese. It stars Louis Hofmann (Jonas Kahnwald), Mark Waschke (Noah), Daan Lennard Liebrenz (Mikkel Nielsen), Karoline Eichhorn (Charlotte Doppler), Jördis Triebel (Katharina Nielsen), Maja Schöne (Hannah Kahnwald), Stephan Kampwirth (Peter Doppler), Oliver Masucci (Ulrich Nielsen), Andreas Pietschmann (The Stranger), Moritz Jahn (Magnus Nielsen), Peter Benedict (Aleksander Tiedemann), Deborah Kaufmann (Regina Tiedemann), Lisa Vicari (Martha Nielsen), Paul Lux (Bartosz Tiedemann) and Gina Stiebitz (Franziska Doppler), Dietrich Hollinderbäumer (Adam) and Barbara Nüsse (Eva).

Music: Ben Frost. Cinematography: Nikolaus Summerer. Production companies: Netflix, W&B Television. Original network: Netflix. 


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