To most, I must seem like a pretty happy-go-lucky, bike riding mama who just happens to like drink wine, a lot.
But, there are some things that not even my closest friends know about me. Things that are locked up in the deepest, darkest places in my soul. Old wounds, broken hearts, painful losses, bad decisions, regrets – all difficult at the time and still sometimes today, but all of them have made me who I am today, flaws and all.
And not meaning to sound like a total Debbie downer here, but I think as humans we all have wounds from our past that we keep hidden. Some worse than others, but wounds nonetheless. Sometimes the wounds make us stronger, and sometimes they break us. And sometimes they make us do things we never thought was possible.
So, it is no surprise that I am drawn to shows on Netflix Canada that feature deep dark characters and deep dark storylines – here are some of my dark favorites right now:
- Bloodline – “We’re not bad people, but we did a bad thing”. I am only 4 episodes in, but as this series unfolds we see some very complex characters with a BOATLOAD of emotional baggage. I also like it because Coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler) stars as well.
- Daredevil – I am a sucker for flawed superheroes and the dark secrets that they carry. And this one in particular because the super hero is so, well, blind and real. I mean, he actually gets injured while fighting, imagine that!
- Law and Order SVU – This is the ONLY Law and Order series I have ever watched. Perhaps it’s because I have a slight girl crush on Mariska Hargkitay or because the storylines are so horrific that it’s almost like driving by a car accident, you don’t want to look, but you can’t resist either and think the entire time “I hope that never happens to me or anyone I know and love”
- Spartacus – Fair warning here people, there is extreme violence (Tarantino-esque) and ahem, “adult content” in this series. As well, sometimes it’s a little hard not to laugh at the attempts of the characters speaking in the “tongues” of that day and age, but it is good comedic relief between the gruesome fight scenes. And, a bit of a sad spoiler alert here but the actor who plays Spartacus in the first season passed away at the end of that first season IRL and the new actor that replaces him isn’t ever quite as good 🙁
What are some of your dark favorites? I’ll be sure to add them to my binge watch list this Spring!