‘1899’ Fans Still Want Answers

1899, a science fiction collection from Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese, creators of the hit TV present Dark, premiered on Netflix in November 2022. TV producer Ruairi Carroll loved the present’s mysterious characters and storyline.

“Whatever way Netflix algorithms work, it was being pushed on my screen all the time,” Carroll says in Episode 562 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. “And I was seeing a lot of trailers on YouTube, because I follow the Netflix channel on YouTube. And I kind of burned through it to begin with, and had a great time, I’ve got to say.”

Despite the fanfare, 1899 was rapidly canceled, concluding the collection on a painful cliffhanger that left the present’s many mysteries fully unresolved. Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy host David Barr Kirtley was disillusioned that Netflix would finish the present in such a irritating manner. “It’s been more than a year since the show came out, and I’m still just constantly seeing people grousing on social media like, ‘How could Netflix fund this stupid show or this stupid show? Why don’t they give us more 1899? That’s what we really want,’” he says.

Fantasy writer Erin Lindsey loved 1899, however understands why the present was canceled, given the various indications that the story was spinning uncontrolled. “There was some serious storytelling entropy going on,” she says. “I think it was going pretty well for the first few episodes, and then each episode got exponentially weirder after that, to the point that I had lost patience by the end.”

So is there any hope that 1899 followers will ever discover out what all of it means? TV author Andrea Kail hopes the solutions shall be forthcoming in a single type or one other. “Here’s my proposal for Netflix, or at least the producers,” she says. “Could you please just tell me what happened? Explain it to me. I don’t care, write it out. I just want to know. I just want to know what happens next.”

Listen to the whole interview with Ruairi Carroll, Erin Lindsey, and Andrea Kail in Episode 562 of Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy (above). And take a look at some highlights from the dialogue beneath.

Andrea Kail on mysteries:

Does all of it must make sense? I’ve been having this dialog with my pal currently. She doesn’t like mysteries. She needs every part defined to her as you go, and I’m identical to, “Well, let it go in the moment. Eventually maybe you’ll get an explanation, and sometimes not getting an explanation is still satisfactory.” That’s in all probability simply me as a reader/viewer. It doesn’t trouble me … I like not having all of the questions answered. I’m very a lot a “let it wash over me” particular person, particularly if my first impression, once I’m doing that, is that it’s nice.

Ruairi Carroll on Mystery Box exhibits:

I don’t thoughts the Mystery Box factor. Well, I can take it to a sure extent. I sort of fell out of Lost. I loved The Leftovers from a few years in the past, and Dark. But then typically I do run out of highway with it. And I’ll be trustworthy with you, there are days the place I used to be fairly completely satisfied to skip over one thing that was a Mystery Box and simply placed on Reacher on Amazon, and simply watch a giant man hit individuals … Just go along with it, that’s the one factor I can say about these Mystery Box issues. Just go along with it. You’ll both bang your head off the wall for the remainder of the evening excited about it, otherwise you’ll be like, “OK, I’m firing up Jack Reacher.”

David Barr Kirtley on Dark vs. 1899:

What occurred to me with Dark is that on the finish of Season 1, I used to be like, “There’s no way they can possibly wrap this up. There’s no way this all makes sense.” And then on the finish of Season 2, I used to be like, “OK, they did a surprisingly good job—way better than I was expecting—of making this all make sense, so I’m hopeful that in Season 3 everything will actually make sense.” And then with Season 3, I used to be like, “Eh, I still have a list of like a hundred things that they never answered that were kind of important.” So if this had adopted the identical sample, I’m positive lots of issues would have been answered in a passable manner, however I’m nonetheless left with the overwhelming impression that on the finish of Season 3 there would have been a listing of 100 issues that no one can reply.”

Erin Lindsey on Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese:

I feel if anybody’s going to drag off [a Mystery Box show], it might properly be these guys. We’ve picked it aside. That’s our job, a little bit bit, on this present, however this was an pleasurable present. It was flawed, in my view, nevertheless it was pleasurable, and I feel that even when I most popular Dark to this, I proceed to be impressed by the eye to element and simply the pure ambition of what these guys are placing out, and so they might properly nail it at some point. I’d advocate this present as pleasurable if flawed, and I’ll watch the subsequent factor they put out, and the subsequent factor after that, as a result of I’ve a sense that certainly one of lately they’re going to hit it out of the park.

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