Dark Season 3 Review

Samuel Edwards

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Dark Season 3 Review

Dark Season 3: It ran for three seasons from 2017 to 2020. In the aftermath of a child’s disappearance, Dark follows characters from the fictional German town of Winden because they pursue the truth. They follow connections between four estranged families to unravel a sinister time travel conspiracy that spans many centuries. The series explores the existential implications of time, and its impact on human character.

Dark surfaced 1 December 2017 on Netflix; it’s the agency’s first German-language first series. The second season was released on 21 June 2019, while the third and last season was released on 27 June 2020.

Dark Season 3 Review

The new season of the show picks up where the previous episode of season 2 left off: the apocalypse. In this world — Martha’s world — Martha wears the yellow coat, and it’s she who travels through time to solve the mysteries of the world.

Are our lives dictated by destiny or by our individual choices? In the first two seasons, the assumption was that the events in Winden were triggered by the disappearance of Mikkel; but what if that doesn’t occur? Around eight episodes, Dark invokes the familiar themes of retro-causality (i.e. the way the future affects the past), timing loops along with biblical symbolism, but the reigning theme of this season is the power of filial ties, and the lengths to which a parent could go to ensure the protection of their child.

Thinking about the challenges posed by the multiple versions of the same characters and the non-linear timelines, Dark was in a real danger of ending up in a tangle of plot lines that are senile. Creators Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese have, however, not just steered clear of the but elevated the groundwork they had done in the past 18 episodes. The writer-director couple, along with the unbelievable cast and crew, has made a masterpiece.

Conceptually, this season is a lot more complicated than the preceding two. And being a succession driven by theoretical science, quantum physics to be exact, it delves deep to the concept of cause and effect and even touches upon paradoxes like the Schrödinger’s cat experiment. The question, like the paradox, is to what extent can we influence the flow of time and events by celebrating or Dealing with a certain circumstance? That analogy here is Winden, where multiple people driven by myriad emotions travelling back and forth in time, affecting both the causes and consequences of the activities. In doing this, they create an infinite loop of dark events involving Winden and its residents.

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