It’s dark it was one of Netflix’s most unique and entertaining series, a time-spanning puzzle epic about grief, loss, and regret. The creators of the show, Jantje Friz and Baran bo Odar, do not deviate from this winning pattern. 1899Another mind-bending multi-character story that throws mystery upon mystery.
Clarity is hard to come by in the German duo’s latest eight-part effort, and it can be more frustrating than gratifying at times. Still, there’s a lot to enjoy in this period romp that goes round and round until it’s hard to separate fact from fiction – if anything in this saga is actually true.
Perhaps the biggest drawback 1899 (premiering Nov. 17) seems intent on literally outdoing the darkness before it. There’s a difference between hideous obscurity and indefinable obscurity, and Freeze and Bo Odar’s series often succumb to the latter. He covers his suspense drama in such dark shades that it is difficult to make out anything.
It’s a case of atmospheric darkness overload, and given that the show’s aesthetic is otherwise effectively creepy, it proves all the more frustrating. There are brilliant contrasts and devices with shadowy purposes such as corridors and chambers lit by beamed lamps and lanterns, waves of fog that envelop and conceal, and passageways and portals through which his characters come to navigate.
Before everyone starts visiting the different areas, 1899 Makes its appearance aboard the Kerberos, a turn-of-the-century European ship bound for America, whose passengers are an international (and therefore multilingual) lot in search of new beginnings. Chief among them is Maura Franklin (Emily Beecham).
When his character was introduced, he was strapped to a medical chair, crying out to his father about his lost brother in a dream. When he wakes up, his brother’s letter says “Trust no one”. Maura is a brain-focused British doctor, but her repetition of her name, hometown and date suggests her personal noggin isn’t in perfect working order. The belt marks on her wrists indicate that her dream is less a fantasy than a recent memory.
Other Kerberos passengers also experience traumatic and often fatal flashbacks during their sleep, including the German ship’s captain, Eick (It’s darkAndreas Pietschmann), his family met a terrible fate. Why are these dreams filled with hallucinatory visions of a pyramid, a swirling vortex, and “Wake up!” It ends with a silent command. can’t be revealed at first, but thanks to a surprising turn of events, things become at least somewhat clear (relatively).
A few days out from their destination, Eik and his colleagues receive a signal from another company ship, the Prometheus, which disappeared four months ago. More shockingly, when they locate Prometheus and search inside, they find it a mess and completely empty, except for a young boy (Flynn Edwards) locked inside a bar cabinet, refusing to speak and carrying a small black pyramid with him. .
No one knows what happened to Prometheus and 1899 only slowly doling out clues – all of which are accompanied by three additional stun bombs that keep things constantly murky.
As Eik and Maura try to resolve their predicament, the series introduces characters whose fates intertwine: Spanish gambler Angel (Miguel Bernardo) and her pseudo-priest boyfriend Ramiro (Jose Pimenao); Chinese immigrant-Japanese geisha Ling Yi (Isabella Wei) and her mother Yuk Jae (Gabby Wong); Ling Yi’s American mistress Mrs. Wilson (Rosalie Craig); Polish furnace worker Olek (Maciej Musiał); French traveler Jerome (Jaan Gael) and newlyweds Lucien (Jonas Bloquet) and Clemence (Matilde Ollivier); Danish underclassmen Tove (Clara Rosager), her brother Krester (Lukas Lynggaard Tonnesen) and her religious parents Iben (Maria Erwalter) and Anker (Alexandre Villaume); and Eik’s grumpy right-hand man Franz (Isaac Dentler).
All of them harbor cursed and/or disturbing secrets, and their plights become hopelessly intertwined as strange events begin to mount, bringing the boy from Prometheus to Kerberos.
Following in the footsteps of Frieze and Bo Odar’s previous series, It’s dark, and aboard the Kerberos is a mysterious man named Daniel (Aneurin Barnard), who has an apparent connection to Maura and uses the tiny beetle to perform a miraculous feat. Moreover, Maura’s father (game of thronesAnton Lesser) is a very shady and stealthy big man who works in a fancy office with TV monitors. It’s dark, 1899The story spans many eras.
These factors somewhat undermined the novelty of the proceedings, as did the paucity of clear answers. Anyone looking for neat and tidy resolutions should look elsewhere, as the show works overtime to keep the moment-to-moment action fleet and moving while keeping the big picture out of sight.
It’s dark It will not be difficult for vets to adapt 1899wavelength. Newcomers, on the other hand, may find the deliberate, humorous pacing a bit off. Fortunately, any slack is offset by good performances — led by the charismatic Beecham and Pietschmann, who share a chemistry — as well as methodical build-up.
Triangular signs, mental wards, lemming-like zombies, mute children, scarred faces, hidden hatches leading to tiled ducts, and futuristic panels controlled by wondrous control boxes are all part of the madness, not to mention various other motifs. this memory forms the main part of this tale. Also, the series could be about perception, personality, or anything else, as Freeze and Bo Odar drop various hints, but always keep things close to the vest, creating the kind of interesting intrigue needed to keep their guessing game alive. to swim
“None of this makes any sense,” Eick shouts midway through 1899season one, during which so many inexplicable events took place that any theory about the nature of this insanity seems reasonable. Like Freeze and Beau Odar’s previous streaming gems, this supernatural thriller is so convoluted that trying to unravel its mysteries isn’t just difficult, it’s borderline headache-inducing — usually in the best way.