‘In the Dark’ is a comedy–drama series that airs on The CW. The show first premiered on April 4, 2019. It has been created by Corinne Kingsbury and the story revolves around a blind woman who is the only witness to the murder of her friend with a shady background.
The attorneys and law enforcement refuse to accept her testament, and she sets out to find the murderer by herself with the help of her faithful dog, Pretzel. To make the plot lighter, the viewers also get to see how the blind woman manages her flamboyant life that includes her multiple dates and also her job in the guide dog school run by her parents.
Since its release, the series has quickly become popular with fans and has received praise from the critics for the performance of the cast members. However, some have pointed out that the show recycles the tropes of the mystery genre, which some viewers might find off-putting.
And yet, putting an end to all doubts, the series was greenlit for a second edition. Here’s when In the Dark Season 2 will premiere on The CW.
In the Dark Season 2 Release Date: When Will It Premiere?
‘In the Dark’ Season 1 premiered on April 4, 2019, on The CW. After spanning 13 episodes, it ended on June 27, 2019.
As far as the next season goes, we have good news for the fans. Variety reported in April 2019 that the CW had renewed the series for another season. Well, you would be happy to know that now we also have its release date. In the Dark season 2 will premiere on April 16, 2020, at 9 pm ET.
In the Dark Season 2 Cast: Who Can Be In It?
The cast of ‘In the Dark’ is led by Perry Mattfeld as Murphy Mason, who is an introverted, blind and generally disliked woman. Mason finds a purpose and emerges from her self destructive life to track her friend’s killer.
Rich Sommer appears as Dean Riley, a cop sympathetic to Murphy due to his own daughter’s blindness. Brooke Markham plays the role of Jess Damon, Murphy’s best friend, roommate and also the one who nurses her.
Derek Webster as Hank and Kathleen York as Joy Mason, Murphy’s parents, while Keston John is Darnell Parker, a local gang leader Murphy turns to for help. The main cast is bolstered by the presence of other recurring and supporting characters.
In the upcoming season, we expect the entire main cast to return. We might even see a few new faces that Murphy comes across in the course of her adventures.
In the Dark Season 2 Plot: What Can It Be About?
‘In the Dark’ is an interesting drama that narrates the story of Murphy (Perry Mattfeld), a visually challenged woman who happens to be the only witness to the murder of her friend. The motive behind the murder, and who the murderer is, seems unclear. The police department refuses to accept Murphy’s testament as she is blind and her deceased friend is a drug peddler with a dark background. Disheartened by the loss of her friend and attorney’s disapproval of her as a witness, Murphy sets out to find the murderer of her friend on her own. She is joined by her faithful and unflinchingly supportive dog, Pretzel.
Murphy has a lot of other things to deal with simultaneously that include the flamboyant and enviable dating life that she has and also her job in the guide dog school that is run by her parents. Murphy hates her job as she is forced to work under her parents who are highly bossy and intrusive. This makes her life even more miserable. Murphy becomes depressed with her life as she hates to live under the shadow of her overprotective parents and also the loss of her only close friend makes her feel lonely and vulnerable. Pretzel, her pet dog is her only companion and soul mate who helps in her expedition of finding the killer of her dear friend.
What stands out in the series is its willingness to be openly defiant and to show a heroine as more of an anti-heroine. There is no subtle attempt to cover up Murphy’s alcoholism or her desire for one night stands. However, we are supposed to look past all the lack of affection, and emotional immaturity, to realize how stung this woman really is. The show tries to get the adult dramedy bit down but does not succeed precisely because its defiance is so overt that the plot seems to be shaped just to portray Murphy in a certain way.
I have always maintained that the best stories are created by making great characters and putting them in situations and letting it play out. ‘In the Dark’ does the opposite. It creates situations to enforce Murphy’s characteristics. Once again, the audiences are left asking themselves questions about the pacing of the show, as it appears that the content could have been packaged into a feature film instead of a series.
I realize I have been sparing with my praise here, but to give credit where it is due, Perry plays her role wonderfully and almost carries the story forward singlehandedly. Moreover, the series does not shy away from pushing away the boundaries of the content CW is normally comfortable with. Women characters are given a lot of agency, and we even have a lesbian power couple on the show. All things said and done, the series only needs something else moving forward, that is, more motivation for Murphy. The character is interesting, but a murder mystery remains intriguing only for so long.
In the upcoming season, we hope to see more interesting events take place around Murphy, and we hope for better character development and pacing — because those are the keys to the success of the series and the viewers will respond positively to a tight paced tale with an intensely free character like Murphy.
In the Dark Trailer:
While we wait for season 2 to start airing, check out the season 1 trailer to refresh your memories. If you haven’t seen the show yet head over to The CW to catch all the episodes of the previous season.
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