Following the success of their masterful TV show Dark, Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese return to Netflix with another mind-bending creation.
1899 follows a set of passengers on board a ship set sail from Europe to America. These passengers are a mixture of nationalities each with their on backstories. It quickly becomes apparent that something mysteries and untoward is happening as the ship diverts from its course to investigate another ship that had been lost on sea on the same journey.
Unlike Dark, as the plot becomes more complex with different elements being introduced, the overall story begins to come clearer and the true nature of the events occurring slowly reveals itself.
When creating Dark, Odar and Friese envisioned the show as a three season show from the start, meaning that the story felt perfectly connected with all three seasons complimenting and building on each other perfectly.
Should 1899 be renewed, we'll be treated to two more seasons for this story to be completed. Until then it feels difficult to judge the show knowing that we're only a third of the way through. Season One manages to be enthralling, mysterious and exciting with the finale leaving me wanting more. This is a ship which I'm wanting to stay onboard.