In The Dark: 5 reasons why you should be excited to watch the CW drama
The series follows Murphy, a hard-living, hard-drinking, disaffected twenty-something with a penchant for cigarettes and casual hookups. She also happens to be blind
The CW, known for its superhero content is venturing into something of an uncharted territory with its new summer offering, 'In The Dark'. The show is a drama that is laced with some strikingly witty and funny writing and some seriously great characters with a lot of depth. It does have a relatively new set of faces, but the story looks promising.
Here are five reasons why you should definitely watch the show:
1. The story itself is pretty badass
The series follows protagonist Murphy, a hard-living, hard-drinking, disaffected twenty-something with a penchant for cigarettes and casual hookups. She also happens to be blind and lives in downtown Chicago with her guide dog, Pretzel. She's probably the most foul-mouthed person you'd meet with an even worse temper - leaving her almost friendless. So imagine the situation when one of those very few friends, a teen named Tyson (who's also a drug dealer), ends up being the cold dead thing she stumbles on while on a walk with her dog.
She goes to the police, but they don't find a body and with her being drunk almost all the time, she isn't the most reliable witness. This is where it gets pretty damn daring - she sets off with Pretzel to find out what happened to Tyson.
2. A blind character who isn't stereotyped? Yes.
'In The Dark' makes it a point to normalize blindness - it isn't a defining trait here. Murphy is so many other things, apart from having a disability. She may be an anti-hero, but she's definitely not someone you would think of as just...blind. She lives her normal day to day life without any exaggerated references to being blind, doesn't feel sorry for herself (and neither does anyone else) and goes out and does whatever any normal person in their 20s would do. While some may find it slightly problematic that Perry Mattfeld, who plays Murphy isn't actually blind, the show definitely portrays people living with the condition in a very different light than what we have seen so far.
3. A very cute dog, enough said
Who doesn't love a great dog and human emotional bond? In the show, Murphy totally depends on her Golden Retriever Pretzel to take her to the right places, so expect a lot of "omg, that dog is smarter than me" moments. The four-legged talent's off-screen name is Levi. If you love dogs, the fact that there's an actual guide dog in the show should be enough reason to be very excited. Levi is the star of the show, period.
4. It's coming of age with a twist
By now, you know this isn't a regular show. Its protagonist is an anti-hero, there's a drug dealer BFF involved and there's an amazing little dog in its storyline - the show sounds like it's contrasting itself and it is. Expect multiple heartbreaking, heartwarming and self-realization moments with Murphy and Pretzel in each episode as you witness a powerful story of emotional growth.
5. There's a potential killer on the loose
A murder mystery alongside an alcoholic, acid tongue heroine is something you don't see every day. While the murder plot's strength remains to be seen but with such an exciting premise, 'In The Dark' definitely sounds promising.
Catch the series premiere 'In The Dark' on Thursday, April 4 at 9/8c on The CW.