TV Show Review: In the Dark (2019-)

Quote from In the Dark by Murphy

“I don’t need the dumb antibiotics.  Since the beginning of time, women have healed themselves.”

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Creator: Corinne Kingsbury

Executive Producers: Brian Dannelly, Frank Kiracusa, John Weber, Jonathan Collier, Jackie Cohn, Corinne Kingsbury, Michael Showalter, Ben Stiller, Nicholas Weinstock, and Emily Fox

Directors: Brian Dannelly, Norman Buckley, Patricia Cardoso, David Grossman, Ingrid Jungermann, Corinne Kingsbury, Anna Mastro, Ryan McFaul, Krya Sedgwick, Michael Showwalter, Steven K. Tsuchida, and Randy Zisk

Writers: Corinne Kingsbury, Kara Brown, Lindsay Golder, Louisa Levy, Eric Randall, Yael Zinkow, David Babcock, Daegan Fryklind, Ryan Knighton, Sarah Link, Chelsea Taylor, Amy Turner, Flint Wainess, and Daniel Rogers

Major Cast: Keston John, Saycon Senbloh, Perry Mattfeld, Rich Sommer, Brooke Markham, Casey Deidrick, Morgan Krantz, Thamela Mpumlwana, Derek Webster, Kathleen York, Nicki Micheaux, and Levi (the dog)

TV Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 42 minutes per episode
 

*******

In the Dark premiered in January 2019 and was renewed for a second season in April 2019.  I watched it on Netflix as I gave it a shot based on the description.  A blind woman trying to find out who killed her best friend.  Why not?  I haven’t seen a main character be so unlikable in a while.  You could call Murphy a self entitled brat in some cases.  She wears a thick armor around her.  It had a tendency to bounce around which made it a little disjointed and at times appeared to be a patchwork quilt.  I wouldn’t label it a teeny bopper show like Beverly Hills 90210, but does have a certain feel to it that points to teenage angst.  As the show progressed, I got a little bit of compassion for Murphy and even more for her dog named Pretzel.  She’s the pseudo detective in a somewhat predictable plot.  Her self destructive tendencies often get in the way of forming meaningful relationships.  I hope they delve into the reason for her rebellion and stubbornness in the next season.  She might be like this just because, but there appears to be something deeper within her for why she is acting this way.  There’s nothing flashy about this show and yet, it offers enough tension to move it forward.  How the relationships play out between Murphy and Dean and Murphy and Nia will be interesting.  She might even work on her reckless nature and find someone who cares for her that has a 9 to 5 job.  Probably not but whatever happens, I’ll give it a try like I gave the first season.

I rate In the Dark GOOD with Three Fingers at 80%.

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