Netflix series Dark

Netflix is Producing Buckets of Weird Sci-Fi and I Couldn’t Be Happier

I’m not sure there’s been a better time to be alive for fans of weird sci-fi television, with Netflix absolutely bringing it at the moment. Fresh off the Spielbergian ‘paranormal sci-fi’ of season 2 of Stranger Things,  they’re lining up show after show that I’m keen to tune into.

To start with, and available right now, is Dark, a German supernatural thriller series based around the sci-fi trope of time travel – but from the rave reviews it’s getting, it does it very well:

The disappearance of two kids in the German small-town of Winden opens abysses that turn the concept of time on its head. The question is not who has kidnapped the children…but when.

Once you’ve finished Dark, you can move on to season 4 of Charlie Brooker’s acclaimed ‘dark sci-fi’ series Black Mirror, which will be available on December 29th:

Then, when you’re done with Black Mirror, you can move on to Altered Carbon – coming on February 2nd, 2018 – which plays with the ‘download your consciousness’ sci-fi theme:

Based on the award-winning novel, Altered Carbon takes place in a future where the human mind can now be digitized and downloaded into a “cortical stack” and placed into new bodies, called sleeves. The series follows Envoy soldier Takeshi Kovacs (Joel Kinnaman), who is brought back to life centuries later to investigate the attempted murder of Laurens Bancroft (James Purefoy), the wealthiest man on Earth. As the investigation progresses, Kovacs comes to learn that his past isn’t nearly as buried as he thought.

Any other cool weird/paranormal sci-fi series that deserve our attention?

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  1. You’ve forgotten “Glitch”, an Australian series that started out paranormal, but season two seems to be taking it in a sci fi direction. Since the second season ended on a cliffhanger, I’m praying for a season three.

  2. I don’t have Netflix either and I ain’t gonna cry about it either. Not when I know there are plenty of free streaming sites out there. There’s a nice timetraveling show (not Netflix) called Travelers. It’s on it’s second season and I highly recommend it as I do with Outlander. Both shows show different ways if timereavel than the traditional. One of the directors of Travelers is Amanda tapping of Stargate SG-1 fame.

  3. Streaming and broadcasting options are different from country to country, and they’re sometimes different in different parts of the same country. For me, Netflix is the most economical way to stream TV, but for others around the country and around the world, it might not be the best option. If Outlander ever shows up on Netflix, I’ll watch it. But I’m not going to pay for cable TV and then an extra premium on top of that for the channel where it’s broadcast. I don’t care how good it is. The cost is just too damn high.

  4. I love DARK. My second language is German and I am happy that a show this good is exposing people around the world to the German language who might otherwise not hear it. Perhaps it will peak the interests of some people to learn the language!

  5. Okay. I’ve now watched four episodes of Dark and fell sound asleep during each one. I keep trying to re-watch them and still fall asleep during the episodes. I’ve lost the plot, if there is one.

    Usually, I have no problem with the slower pacing of non-US films and TV, and enjoy that more contemplative change of pace, but this is so slow it’s a cure for insomnia. I’m throwing in the towel on Dark. It’s just not doing anything for me.

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