After many months of hand-wringing I finally broke down and made a commitment to watch a new Netflix show. I know this may seem like a small thing, but I take these matters very seriously. If I'm going to throw down 20+ hours on some prestige entertainment, I need to ensure I spend at least half that time reading reviews and hot takes on twitter before taking the plunge. I'm still scarred from the first season of The OA. Don't @ me.
The show in question is 'Dark', and I'm here to give it my solid endorsement. It's really super good. It's also all spoken in German, which I did not realise until at least 12 hours in, as everyone was speaking French until that point. I even got sent into a 30 minute google wormhole trying to figure out if there was some sort of French-Canadian-like situation in Germany where a small subset of Germans only spoke French and the fictional town of Winden had some sort of Québécois thing happening.
The real explanation was pretty simple though, as for some reason Netflix set the default language to French, but it was impossible to realise because in a subtitled show you're reading the dialogue and not looking at their lips.
From there, I spent at least one episode just trying on all the other available languages, like Spanish (weird), Italian (weirder), English (TOO WEIRD), then finally to the original German. It was so strange though. Like the show was always good, but after a whole season of getting to know these characters as French, it got better on a much more subtle level when the actual voices of the characters was being heard. At the same time it did get a bit less sexy though, because lets face it, French just sounds a bit hotter.
Anyway, this is just a long way of saying that if you decide to take up my always amazing recommendations - check your language settings.
Here's another thing to check - the great work our artists have done in the last week. Go go gadget fingers and scroll away.
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