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Twisty Teutonic Time-Travel Tale is a Treat

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Mysterious disappearances. Obsessions. Secrets. Time travel. Such are the essential elements of DARK, the Netflix Originals Series sci-fi/supernatural mashup set in a small town in the middle of the heavily-forested German countryside.  
Although there will be the inevitable comparisons between it and STRANGER THINGS, the fact that both shows feature several adolescent characters, take place (at least, partly) in the mid-1980s, and involve strange phenomena is the extent of the similarities.
STRANGER—with its cast of imminently-likable characters (juvenile and adult) and coulda-been-shot-in-the-early-‘80s filmmaking style—seems like a lighthearted, feel-good romp when compared with DARK, which never once delivers any warm fuzzies. 
DARK is, as the name implies, just the opposite: a brooding, tense, atmospheric drama, with nary a moment of levity. The forest is vast, dense, and all-encompassing. The rain—which seems to pour every day—isn’t just a polite little shower; it’s a soaking delug…