SIf you are a fan of television series that require a lot of effort, 1899 is for you. The new series, a word-of-mouth success produced in Germany presenting 11 Languages different, it is easily the most complex series out there right now. The plot follows migrants aboard an ocean liner who come across an alarming discovery on the high seas: another ship that disappeared days before. So far, very simple.
However, when some of these characters decide to explore the ship, things take an amazing turn. Let’s just say it’s recommended to view it with a pen and notepad handy. It’s a series designed to confuse, and for those with a penchant for uncovering layers of mystery, it will lure you in with hook, line, and sinker. Only there is a problem: the series is in Netflix.
To be fair, the service streaming he was very kind to Darkthe previous series launched by the creators of 1899, Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese. Sure, if being “nice” means letting a show run its natural course. the series in german Dark It ran for three seasons, premiered between 2017 and 2020, and fortunately for Odar and Friese, it became an international hit.
The series began as a simple family drama about a missing child and evolved into a sprawling, time-looping saga that earned the title of “TV’s most complex series.” In short: exactly my kind of show. Those who persevered were rewarded (there are solid reasons to consider this the best Netflix series to date) and if they had canceled it before reaching its conclusion, it would have been a tragedy of the age of the. streaming. I’m worried that 1899 I can’t avoid that fate.
1899 it’s not instantly cool as Dark, but he succeeds. The themes are similar and correct: a set of ordinary characters immersed in an extraordinary situation: confirmed! An enigmatic contraption with the ability to manipulate space and time – voila! Underground passages that lead to different dimensions: they cannot be missing! A creepy overlord (Anton Lesser) who seemingly controls events at his will, there he is! But he is less forthcoming with his reason for existing. Dark impressively engaged non-sci-fi viewers by presenting an (initially) easy-to-follow plot in a contemporary setting; while, as the title suggests, 1899 it’s a period piece filled with characters whose motives aren’t clearly defined, and it’s impenetrable for at least seven of its eight episodes. This is cause for concern. Viewers generally love to relax into the show and tend to tune out at the slightest hint of a challenge, but 1899 he actively puts people to the test, albeit with an exhilarating assurance.
when talking to indiewire, Odar and Friese admitted they don’t have plans to reveal many answers until a third and final season, but that is if enough people watch the series. Yes 1899 not considered a big enough success for the streameryou can bet Netflix is going to cancel it.
We have the example of The OAa cerebral series whose ambitious season two finale opened the scene wide, only for the canceled five months later. Even more recent, the vampire series First Kill was inexplicably canceled even though it topped the charts in several countries. Despite rumors that they would save her, mindhunterthe expensive crime drama produced by David Fincher, seems to be in limbo as well.
It doesn’t help the cause of 1899 the fact that it is the most expensive German series of all time; Netflix paid €48 million of its €60 million budget. In other words, it has to top Netflix top 10 charts worldwide. At the time of writing this article, 1899 is behind the most recent season of The Crown in both the UK and the US, and is number one in just 25 of 93 territories.
While many would be glad for a second season—just try to stay out of it after the captivating and bewildering finale—the status of 1899 as a “mystery box” series it will infuriate many (mystery box is a phrase applied to series that asks many questions with a gradual reveal of answers. For example: lost, Undone, Westworld – QDEP). And this could dismay the bosses at Netflix.
the era of streaming it can be glorious. Series are being created that would never have seen the light of day thanks to Netflix, Apple TV+, Disney+, and Prime Video. However, it is also a fickle business. With 1899, Odar and Friese presented a puzzle for the viewers to decipher. But if it doesn’t meet the commercial requirements, viewers will be left with an incomplete puzzle. Let us hope then that 1899 sail to victory.
Translation by Michelle Padilla