Blissfully Binge Watching Our Lives Away to Continue with DARK

Remember a time before Netflix and Chill, when binge-watching wasn’t the thing it is today and we had to wait a whole week to see the next episode of our favorite show? Long gone are those days as we today—thanks to Netflix—are used to getting whole seasons of TV shows served to be devoured all at once. Even regular TV shows get picked up after their initial runs and added to the ever-growing library to be binged as soon as possible. And it's all conveniently available on apps on our smartphones, tablets and smart TVs with just a button-push away from us ready to be streamed on any of the aforementioned devices.

Even though this might be our first step into a WALL-E like existence, but I’d be lying if I said I don’t love it. It´s extremely comfortable and you always find something to watch -- without even having to leave the couch. And judging by the number of Netflix subscribers, I am most definitely not the only one who feels that way.

As of October this year, Netflix has 109.25 million subscribers worldwide! Even though nothing beats physical media (I do love my Blu-ray/DVD collection) or going to the theater to see a movie on the big screen, it´s pretty amazing to see how streaming services grow bigger and bigger every day and to see new niche ones pop up as well.

The most exciting thing about Netflix nowadays is that, thanks their huge amount of subscribers, they can afford to take risks on interesting and, at times, really weird projects. We have everything from shows like The OA and Sense8 to Stranger Things, and movies like Oz Perkins' beautiful ghost story I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House and Bong Joon-ho´s Okja (which is one of the best movies this year.). Sometimes they hit and sometimes they miss.

One of the more interesting looking projects from the streaming behemoth at the moment is the German supernatural drama Dark that had an intriguing teaser that was released a few months back. A teaser that definitely put the show on my radar.

Dark is described as a family saga with a supernatural twist, set in a German town where the disappearance of two young children exposes the relationships among four families.

With the missing children and the supernatural angle, the show has of course drawn comparisons to Netflix favorite Stranger Things. When Deadline sat down with Dark creators Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar as well as actor Louis Hofmann at the Toronto Film Festival recently, the creators insisted that their show was a very different animal, though they seemed to enjoy the comparisons.

“It’s really exciting because if all those people who watched Stranger Things will at least think about watching Dark, I think that’s a great opportunity for us,” Friese said. “So keep comparing it.”

“The story is about four families that are being sent on a frantic hunt after two children disappear. I am part of one family, of course,” Hofmann explained. “My character Jonas is very introverted and has recently lost his father that has, in a mysterious way, killed himself. Mikkel disappears, the little child. That’s where it all starts. Jonas is then trying to reveal a big family secret.”

It looks like we have another binge-worthy show on our hands and I highly recommend y´all check out the brand new official trailer that just dropped, which looks amazing by the way. So stock up on food, snacks and drinks and get your sweatpants ready for December 1, because that is when all 10 episodes hit Netflix.


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