“In the Dark” Netflix Review


Lydia Isom, Writer

Are you looking for a new show to watch? Are you interested in crime dramas? Do want a show with different types of representation? Then “In the Dark” on Netflix is for you!

“In the Dark” tells the story of Murphy Mason, a blind woman in her twenties that finds her best friend’s body. Murphy is played by Perry Mattfeld, who is not actually visually impaired. Although, CW, the makers of the show, have stated that they did search for a blind actress to play Murphy, and there are actors in the show and staff members that are blind.

Story wise, the plot is not centered around Murphy overcoming her blindness. What the plot does center around is Murphy finding the body of her best friend Tyson Parker (Thamela Mpumlwana). Murphy, after the police declined to take her claim seriously, starts her own investigation. With the help of her roommate Jess(Brooke Markham), Murphy tries to find proof of Tyson’s death, and find his killer. 

The show did have mixed reviews; some people saying that the portrayal of a blind woman as rough around the edges as Murphy is wasn’t realistic, while others were praising the show for not having a perfect angel main character. Representation wise was an A+ for most people: a blind main protagonist, a not skinny(surprise!) lesbian, and multiple POC major characters. 

One of the best things about the story and characters is that nothing is sugar-coated. The characters show weakness, and they’re not perfect, not by a long shot. Luckily, “in the Dark” will be getting a second season, which is set to be airing in 2020. 

If you enjoy watching crime dramas that show the dark sides of life, then I highly recommend “In the Dark.” There are plenty of believable twists, likable characters, a healthy amount of humor, and emotional moments.