When mystery reigns in a TV series, the plot manages to involve us so much, too much. In this type of products it is difficult to find Ariadne’s thread or easy ways out. But maybe that’s the beauty of some TV series, isn’t it? When there are no immediate solutions we have fun trying attempts, a bit like when the teacher entrusted us with the problems in elementary school. But a problem is more interesting when it makes us damn it, when the result is the result of a lot of work. In Dark, for example, I felt like I was faced with a big problem. I spent days wondering how some dynamics were possible and often needed pen and paper to write down certain steps. All of us have had a hard time remembering the various families and the space-time connections that bound them, haven’t we?
Series like this are the favorite pastime for a cheerful evening with friends. As in a three-dimensional game, the beauty comes when we challenge ourselves to guess the continuation of a story that has left us speechless for a while. On the other hand, the mystery keeps the level of tension of life high. Just imagine how flat life would be if everything were taken for granted. In romantic philosophy all this takes the name of Streben with which a conception of life as effort is expressed. And how hard have we tried to fully understand Dark? But Dark is not the only series that makes mystery its absolute protagonist. In recent years, the giants of streaming have produced products of the highest level and today we are ready to let you know all of them, if you missed them.
Not just Dark. Here are the most intriguing mystery TV series you will ever see:
Dark is one of the most successful series of recent years. Science, philosophy and mystery intertwine and seek each other as if they could only exist together. This German jewel is a reservoir of ideas and themes, paradoxes and emotions. Dark reads Nietzsche’s eternal return to explain the condition in which the protagonists live: a condition of deterministic prison in which every event repeats itself indefinitely. Jonas and his companions live every present moment as if it were the future one because in Winden the quantum correlation suggests that each universe is connected with the others. In Dark, therefore, through time travel and sudden disappearances, we are told the surreal journey of the protagonists. To look at it, a careful vision or focus on all the details is not enough, we really need notes and diagrams. We will have many different versions of the protagonists, people who are simultaneously mothers and daughters, travelers of the future and sudden deaths. If Dark were an object it would be the clock. A clock without hands in which time flows following its true nature: passing on the paths in an indifferent way. A time that does not challenge us and plays its games between one universe and another, in an endless circle. Ultimately ‘the beginning is the end’.
Welcome to Twin Peaks. A gloomy sign and a road that flows like a river through the bare mountains. This is the postcard of Twin Peaks, the cult series that broke into the hearts of all of us by generating a really important fanbase. Twin Peaks is considered one of the most influential TV series in the history of television drama and has influenced many subsequent series focusing on mystery and the supernatural. The disturbing atmosphere and the melodramatic portraits are the backdrop to a complicated and paradoxical story. The story begins with the discovery of the body of Laura Palmer, one of the most influential girls in the city and daughter of the lawyer Leland Palmer. Subsequent investigations and the intervention of the FBI will highlight the darkness that lives in the town. In Twin Peaks every man or woman hides secrets and doubts, lies and barbarism. Who killed Laura Palmer? This question has been on everyone’s lips for a long time showing how dispersed the traces left by history in the first season have been. Twin Peaks has confused the waters since the first image, overturning the category of gender, proclaiming itself queen without a single gender. The series, in fact, is a thriller, a drama, a thriller, a detective story and much more. Twin Peaks changed the history of TV series. But in all of this, who killed Laura Palmer?
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Souls have a particular power. They often manage to make us laugh and cry at the same time. They have this immense light that dazzles and can hurt, like looking at the sun for a couple of seconds. But we like them precisely because they know how to shed light. Sometimes they even shed light inside us thanks to the deep introspection of the characters. Neon Genesis Evangelion is a stream of consciousness. It’s the inner monologue we’ve been doing to ourselves for years. Awarded with numerous awards and considered one of the most acclaimed and influential anime of all time, the work is a real mystery. The story follows the adventures of Shinji Ikari, a boy who is recruited by the special agency Nerv to pilot a giant mecha known by the name of Eva and thus fight, together with other pilots, against mysterious beings called angels. The story seems like an instant illumination that uses symbols, allegories and parables to increase the tension. Neon has many Biblical and Hebrew references that impose complex reasoning on the viewer. It is a sort of ‘art of interpretation’, a story that must be interpreted and read between the lines. Precisely because of its ambiguous nature, the series has left many questions and mysteries to be solved. According to some critics, moreover, the plot and characters of Evangelion reflect four years of depression of the director who stressed the autobiographical intent of the work on numerous occasions.
Westworld has a subtitle: Where everything is allowed. This would be enough to make you understand how intriguing the HBO series is. Westworld has been described as “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin”. Each odyssey tells a journey. A journey of hope and perdition, but also redemption and necessity. In Westworld there are all these ingredients. In short the plot: Westworld is a technologically advanced amusement park populated by androids. Park guests can indulge their wildest fantasies within the park without fear of retaliation. Androids can also satisfy every guest wish. So imagine a world where every will becomes power and in which there are no moral and legal repercussions. But what if some of these androids rebel? How strong can the taste of revenge be? The series continually opens new scenarios and subplots to deflect our assumptions. We felt like we were on a roller coaster during the episodes also thanks to the breathtaking images proposed by the directors. Westworld is a gem for graphics, storytelling and acting.
One of the best television series of all time. Lost was voted the 27th best-written series in television history. The series is very similar to a matryoshka in which every element, even the smallest, we need to understand its size. The mystery of Lost is linked to a mythological component that is difficult to understand and inspired by the novel The Invention of Morel by Casares. Mythology in the service of science fiction and science fiction in the service of mythology make each episode thrilling and adrenaline-pumping. The creators of Lost have read Shakespeare’s The Tempest in which the magician Prospero causes the sinking of a ship and “brings” the castaways to an unspecified island, like Jacob. In Lost, the missing find themselves on a mysterious island in the Pacific Ocean. How to survive? The only help is given to us by flashbacks and past memories through which we delve into the characters and their characters. Even in Lost the supernatural takes up space and slips into the folds of a paradoxical story. The story will see friendships and tensions arise among the survivors as secrets and dark presences attempt to sabotage all plans. Does the island hide other men? Ask yourself this question without expecting an answer and Lost will seem like a labyrinth with no way out.
The miniseries have one flaw: they end too soon. Requiem is one of those miniseries where we never wanted to see the end. If you are looking for an even darker product than the previous ones, Requiem is for you. With horror tinges and some Thriller veils, the British series takes us between cursed villas and melancholy landscapes. If you are looking for a glimmer of hope to get out of Requiem unscathed, arm yourself with lots of courage and ghost catcher. Requiem is a ghost story in which the protagonist, Matilda, goes to the town of Penllynith. The city is like a safe where the most disturbing secrets are hidden. Just in Penllynith, in 1995, a child had disappeared and in the present one still wonders under what circumstances. The disappearance of the child and the arrival of Matilda: are the events connected? Requiem masterfully uses close-up shots to scare the viewer, but above all he tells us that waiting is the only element from which we cannot escape. The wait makes us swing from one pendulum to another leaving us disoriented. And Requiem leaves us bewildered.
The Night Of
What happened that night? Why does Naz, the protagonist, find the girl he gave a lift to the night before dead on the bed in a bloodbath? The eight episodes of the miniseries leave us with bated breath until the end without curbing the state of uncertainty of the plot. Suspended between lights and shadows, The Night Of, has a documentary slant impregnated with sociocultural sub-texts: is Naz really the culprit or is he considered such because of the color of his skin? On the other hand, the boy has Pakistani origins and the American judicial system seems to want to accuse him at all costs. Locked together with the protagonist in a cage of tension, the only glimmer of hope is given to us by John Stone, Naz’s lawyer. Light scratches the dark even when the outline is all black. The Light is John and we are ready to brave the darkness together and with him to save Naz.
The mystery has to do with the unknown. The mystery dismisses rational logics by admitting only paradoxes. The paradox brings questions and contradictions. The Prisoner is until the last act a story of questions and interpretations. The British political fiction series features a former secret agent who is imprisoned in a small village immediately after his resignation. Here, the village leaders will do everything to understand the agent’s resignation. ‘By hook or by crook’ the bosses try to extrapolate every data from the agent’s mind and all the secrets he hides. The Prisoner is a story of rebellion. The agent, even deprived of his name, rebels against the attempts of his kidnappers and tries to escape. Why does everyone follow Number 1’s orders? Who is behind his identity and why did they kidnap the former agent? This series came out in 1967 and seemed like a godsend for all lovers of the genre.