Dark is…amazing. One can’t help but try to rank the best episodes of Dark but seems like all of them have a place in this list.
The series starts when two children go missing in a small town in Germany town. From then on, its sinful past is exposed along with the double lives and relationships that exist among families as they search for the kids. The mystery series introduces a very complex puzzle filled with twists that include a web of curious characters. All of them have a connection to the town’s troubled history – whether they know it or not.
The story includes supernatural elements that tie back to the same town – but back in 1986.
The top 5 best episodes of Dark are:
- The Paradise (9.9)
- Between the Time (9.8)
- An Endless Cycle (9.6)
- Life and Death (9.6)
- Light and Shadow (9.6)
Warning – spoilers ahead!
The Paradise (9.9)
The writers left the ending to the viewer’s imagination. There is still a possibility of a new kind of cycle starting with the birth of Jonas also with the power plant still around and Deja Hannah is getting. OR It all really has ended and Knott is broken. The cycle will never start and Winden will have a normal life. They have answered all the questions and show us a sequence of events from 1888 to 2053 in a perfect way. Boris and Wohler still remained mysterious but maybe this is also a part of the open end. 7th episode being the best episode clearing all the answers.
I have a few questions related to the 6th episode but will clear it on re-watch. Claudia proving to be MVP with emotional ends for Jonas and Martha. Overall the series was the MASTERPIECE and once in the lifetime experience. We can watch it again and again and it will still never fail to surprise us.
Definitely deserves the first place in the best episodes of Dark.
Between the Time (9.8)
“Across three centuries, residents of Widen continue their desperate quest to alter their fates and save their loved ones.”
I respect the creators so much for this. How could anyone manage to write this? No wonder it’s one of the best episodes of Dark.
It takes the brain of Einstein and the heart of Shakespear to come up with this intelligent yet heart breaking-warming of a story. Amazingly pasted this episode tells us everything we have to know before season 1 even started! It studies the characters and their arcs and purposes like no other episode the show had!
Some major twists happen! Tragic events!
Seeing Ulrich’s life being destroyed all over again. Helge as a kid wounded. Hannah being killed by her own son or what is left of him. Silja dying giving birth to Agnes. Noah dying again and again. Martha dying again and again. Claudia dying again and again. Everything repeats itself until it doesn’t! Then comes Claudia with that perfect cliffhanger for the finale. And there I thought they had not done Claudia justice.
The exact moment I thought well she was the main protagonist of season 2 – why did she not have a bigger role in this season? That exact moment she reappears to claim the title for the wisest character most badass character and ofc the best time traveler!
Someone who actually figured it out! This episode will go down as one of the best episodes of all time and it literally deserves it!
Well played Dark. Well played!
An Endless Cycle (9.6)
The most focussed episode of the season. Every scene has meaning in this exploration of Jonas’s quest to stop his father committing suicide, as well as catching up on when so many of the characters in June 2019 were unaware of what was going to happen. It’s a masterclass in the slow building of tension. Seeing them when they’re so happy and innocent just drives home the cruel inevitability of everything that happens to them. Simple things like Younger Martha and Jonas smiling at each other are heartbreaking.
One of the unforgettable moments is Older Jonas turning up at the beach just after the younger one leaves, to tell Martha they’re a perfect match. It’s amazing how this ties all the way back to what Martha said in Season 1, about what Jonas said by the beach.
Of course, the huge moment comes about halfway through. It’s something we could have seen coming by now, but a gut punches all the same. It was kind of obvious Adam was tricking Jonas in some way by sending him to stop his father killing himself, because we know the course of time can’t be changed. But I had no idea that Claudia would want to prevent him from killing himself too. If she’s fighting Adam, wouldn’t she want Jonas to die? And when Claudia says she’s seen the world without Jonas… does that mean there are parallel worlds?
Life and Death (9.6)
Where do I even start? Oh, boy First of all the amount of answers we get in this episode is so much. So much information to process. So much information to process! This was so sad. It was tragic. It was amazingly pasted and crafted and there was not a single moment that shouldn’t have been there! From Elizabeth’s tragic origin and how she became who she is in the future To “The lady in the lake” and the sad story of Katharina and Ulrich to even a sadder one if possible the one moment where I could not even breath. I was so shocked. I wanted to cry but I couldn’t. When all the Marthas or should I say “Eves” came in one after another I had chills all over my body. I could not move and Jonas!!!!!! How the hell did that even happen?
This is by far my favorite Dark Episode so far and in my very humble opinion, it’s one of the best TV episodes of all time
One more thing I wanted to add: I am even more amazed at the writers after this episode because of Katharina and Hannah’s relationship! They did not have any scenes in this episode but what I mean is the effect that they have on each other’s lives!! Hannah’s life is always shadowed by the presence of Katharina. She’s always jealous of her. She wants everything that she has. And she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get them. I do believe she loved Ulrich but would she love him if Katharina didn’t love him? NO. She wants to be her so badly she uses her name when goes back in time. She becomes her. Only to realize she doesn’t need to. To understand and find her own strength! Season 3 gave Hannah a lot of development!!! And for Katharina: She doesn’t hate Hanna at first! She thinks she’s her friend. Only to find out she’s been sleeping with her husband. She always knew it somehow. the jealousy.
But what we didn’t know until this season was how Katharina’s life was also shadowed by Hannah pretty much from the start! Her name literally came from the made-up Hannah name! The whole conversation that Hannah and Katharina’s mom had was fantastic and it showed how Hannah indirectly affected pretty much so many aspects of Katharina’s life before she was even born!
Such care and detail. Beauty itself. Violent yet artistic. Tragic yet fruitful. Deserves a place among the best episodes of Dark.
Light and Shadow (9.6)
I can understand, that with the second part of seasons 3, viewers are now confronted with a new kind of complexity quality that might lead to confusion. With the introduction of a possible path separation, it looks like superdeterminism isn’t the major Dark rule any longer and there might be space left for free decisions with uncertain development. But please watch it carefully! This episode and the following one(s) try to explain, why this is a possible fallacy likely. Actually at least until this episode, superdeterminism is saved due to the fact, that the event cycle is not a simple circle any longer, it’s at least a (multi-) loop. There is no deus ex machina or writer’s magic daemon here. All events within the presented worlds also depend on the events of the opposite one(s). That’s a genius step of the authors, never seen before on television and in the SciFi genre before I’d say. This is brilliant consistency, brought to a new level of narration.
But, without having seen the finale yet, I think, the aspect of free will and decision will play a major role yet, but certainly, in a way, that is again consistent with what we’ve seen so far. Definitely one of the best episodes of Dark.