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Fantastic series. Season 2 is out now. It's like Stranger Thins, but for grown ups (despite many characters being teenagers). I re-watched season 1 before I watched season 2, and I'm glad I did. It is a little confusing at first sorting out all of the characters because you have 4 main families, 3 generations, but the adult characters also are followed in the 1980s and 1950s. And several are having affairs with each other. I found this family tree to be very helpful to follow along:

http://davidklein.de/dark/Netflix_Dark_Families.png

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I recommend listening to the dubbed English and the English subtitles at the same time. Sometimes they are slightly different.
 

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Alright, so I finished S3.

There was an explanation, but it felt too easy and wasn't an option they were building to. Sort of like a deus ex machina but for plot more than character. I did like, though, how the two antagonists became three and recursively went back to something earlier

Overall, I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

But...

That finale was waaaaaay too reliant on the exposition. Exposition everywhere. It felt like I was reading and while I don't mind reading, it was too much.

And it sort of encapsulated my primary dilemma with S3.

They became overly enamored with the parallels as they built S3. It felt long and tedious and drawn out - conceptually, inventive and interesting. But when executed, too much. THey got too cute, too much. And it felt like they were too absorbed with the proverbial trees, they lost sight of the forest.

And then someone realized, "Hey, we only have a couple episodes left." And then they had to cram everything into it - and the only way they could do it was by telling rather than showing.

But it's a show, not a tell.

I thought that took a ton away from what could've been in S3. It was good detail-editing but overall story-editing was poor.
 

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Alright, so I finished S3.

There was an explanation, but it felt too easy and wasn't an option they were building to. Sort of like a deus ex machina but for plot more than character. I did like, though, how the two antagonists became three and recursively went back to something earlier

Overall, I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

But...

That finale was waaaaaay too reliant on the exposition. Exposition everywhere. It felt like I was reading and while I don't mind reading, it was too much.

And it sort of encapsulated my primary dilemma with S3.

They became overly enamored with the parallels as they built S3. It felt long and tedious and drawn out - conceptually, inventive and interesting. But when executed, too much. THey got too cute, too much. And it felt like they were too absorbed with the proverbial trees, they lost sight of the forest.

And then someone realized, "Hey, we only have a couple episodes left." And then they had to cram everything into it - and the only way they could do it was by telling rather than showing.

But it's a show, not a tell.

I thought that took a ton away from what could've been in S3. It was good detail-editing but overall story-editing was poor.
I don’t disagree, but im
Not sure how you do time travel without the exposition

Like on Lost, they were fine which leaving in huge chunks of mystery or even personifying the island, but once they introduced time travel they needed Faraday

But I will say that in reading what you wrote, I realized that I felt no attachment to the post-apocalyptic world - did not care about it one way or the other
So the race to correct everything to avoid the apocalypse did not matter to me so much
 

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I don’t disagree, but im
Not sure how you do time travel without the exposition

Like on Lost, they were fine which leaving in huge chunks of mystery or even personifying the island, but once they introduced time travel they needed Faraday

But I will say that in reading what you wrote, I realized that I felt no attachment to the post-apocalyptic world - did not care about it one way or the other
So the race to correct everything to avoid the apocalypse did not matter to me so much
I thought Lost was a total wreck. So the comparison isnt a favorable one. In fact I thought Lost became a disillusioned wreck. So it’s more of an indictment imo

and you could easily have shown more in two episodes than just telling in one I think. Even if it was narrative Voice over. Anything but just one character reading a script to the reader for 10 minutes.
 

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