Netflix’s ‘Dark’ Review: This Twisty German TV Tale is a Workmanlike Answer to ‘The Oa’ and ‘Stranger Things’

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Netflix’s ‘Dark’ Review: This Twisty German TV Tale is a Workmanlike Answer to ‘The Oa’ and ‘Stranger Things’
One of the quixotic elements of the entertainment industry is that it’s nearly impossible to manufacture success. Certain shows or movies can fashion a well-tread formula and use it to find favor with a grateful audience, but it’s hard to replicate lightning in a bottle. Nevertheless, Netflix seems intent on trying to continue its recent success in the genre arena, this time looking outside of North America for the next big TV mystery. It may very well have found it in “Dark,” the latest TV effort from “Who Am I — No System is Safe” team of Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese and Netflix’s first German-language original series.

Wrestling with themes of time, family, grief, guilt, and the metaphysical, “Dark” hits all of the finer points that helped propel series like “The Oa” and “Stranger Things” to atmospheric success in a surprise string of 2016 hits. While not merely a rehash,
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