If anything like this has ever happened to anyone that listening, then they know that this is exactly how it goes.
The plot is predictable until it convinces you it’s not. Then it’s predictable again, before it convinces you that it’s not again.
The occasionally shaky, unraveled storytelling is telling you just how the main character’s brain is working
The abuser targets someone that is already a victim
The abuser breaks down any trust the victim might have in someone else.
The story was very, very well done. The writing and the acting were brilliant, and I was hooked until the very end.
And I was so, so triggered. I’d fallen for it again, even when I knew from the beginning. I’d listened to it on a two hour trip back home, and when I got there, I walked in the door shaking.
Because the end of the podcast? That wasn’t a cliffhanger. That was the start of a different horror story entirely. If you want the ending, you’ll find it in the episodes about the girl with the gun. That’s where this new one’s going.
As a writer, I am so impressed by this. It was a story that needs to be told, and it was told in a way that will cause many to understand grooming in a way they probably couldn’t before.
As a person that knows what this is, it felt like a horrible flashback.
the one called “Be Warned” explains it best. this story happens in real life and it’s unspeakably awful. the victims’ stories deserve to be told. but to write about it in this way? with advertising money like that? I’ll generously give you enough benefit of the doubt to believe that this show was based on personal experience, not on an attempt to profit off of queer trauma for shock value.
Not much of a ‘plot twist’, everyone could see the grooming that was being done. When you are dealing with pedophilia, you really shouldn’t use it as the cliffhanger / plot twist…really cheapens the narrative and exploits the very thing that shouldn’t be exploited. When writers go out of their way to include such a graphic script you have the responsibility to treat that narrative accordingly. I think it’s a story that needs to be told, but not in such a cheap way.
Trigger Warning Insufficient: includes school shooting, sexual abuse, suicide, bullying, verbal and physical abuse, abuse by a person in power, eating disorders, etc.
Like other reviewers I thought dark was going to be slightly psychological thriller/mystery. Instead I’m about 120 min they throw every type of psychological trigger you can think of into 6 mini podcasts. This should NOT be listened to by anyone slightly triggered by violence or by anyone under 16. I’m not one to turn my nose up at things, be a prude, or even write reviews but this podcast goes too far. I think this frankly is psychologically damaging for teens and younger and I think a form of manipulation in itself. This isn’t entertainment, it’s harmful. The fact that it has good dialogue and sound and keeps you coming back for another episode make it more harmful for young. This needs a stronger trigger warning and a rating that it’s explicit.
Anyone who was shocked by the twist and therefore disliked the show… come on. I knew this was coming the moment the Dr. took Kelsey out for a celebratory dinner. These kinds of things happen IRL all the time. Especially in sports. We see headlines about Larry Nassar, or softball coaches doing this… the fact that so many listeners were shocked just further shows how needed a show like this is to bring awareness.
This show is triggering! It’s like a Lifetime drama. Surprised by the ending in episode 6. Was going to cancel my subscription to Realm, but I am curious how this will end. So, I plan to continue my subscription.
Quick listen. Feels heavy handed and salacious for the sake of being edgy. Actors are talented and perhaps if there was more depth to some of them we could understand the motivations. A lot of potential, but underdeveloped.
This is one of those shows where everyone has ulterior motives so you don’t know who to root for, but at the same time, the nuisance of the characters kinda makes you want to root for everyone, which feels really wrong cause there are some ~bad cats~ in this group… ya know?