In the Dark Season 1
Imagine having someone save your life and then become one of your closest friends. This is a person you can be honest with, and you trust immensely. Then, imagine coming to find his lifeless body outside your apartment. What do you do when the police are skeptical about his death? What if trying to find his killer puts you in danger? And what if it introduces you to new people who change your life forever?
Wait. One more thing: let’s add one more scenario: what if including all of the above, you’re also blind?
This is Murphy’s life. Her best friend Tyson’s was murdered, and the police are less than helpful. In the Dark is on the CW Network (and recently available on Netflix for your binging pleasure) and is the show you’re not going to be able to stop talking about.
Before we get to the season recap, let’s first talk about the best part of this show. That is the characters and their relationships.
Murphy Mason (played by Perry Mattfeld)
Murphy is our sarcastic, overdrinking, underperforming heroine of the show. She is also a blind woman who doesn’t take shit, from anyone. Her sarcasm is sometimes more than those around her can take, and her apathy to the world can make her seem cruel and bored to those of which she surrounds herself. This includes all of her co-workers at Guiding Hope, a seeing-eye dog company set up by her parents, and where she works.
Using casual sex with just about anyone as a way to fulfill herself, but not get close to anyone, she truly only trusts her best friend and roommate, Jess for assistance. The only other person who comes close is a teenager named Tyson. She forms relationships with various characters over the season, including Dean, Chloe, and Max. While she may seem brass and hard to warm up to, as the season goes on, you will grow to root for her.
Jess is Murphy’s best friend and roommate. She is a veterinarian at Guiding Hope and is shown to be a bit of a nervous character, but with a heart of gold. Jess takes care of everyone else first and herself second, but also is the only person who Murphy of which sometimes will listen.
While she helps Murphy, she is also fiercely in love with Vanessa and is probably Felix’s only true friend who can stand him for more than a few minutes at a time. As the season goes on, you will love her growth. She is someone we all have in our lives and we don’t thank enough.
Felix is the person you know that you want to punch in the face most of the time, but can also sometimes be a sweetheart. He works for Guiding Hope and is always’s on Murphy’s case about being late and not doing her job. He’s also filthy rich and doesn’t have a great relationship with his family. Throughout the show, we learn that Guiding Hope is all he has.
Max owns a food truck with an underlying business we’ll talk more about soon. He is head over heels for Murphy who tries her hardest to push him away, but he seems to melt some of those walls. He’s sweet but sometimes clueless and is also definitely in over his head in more ways than one. Max cares deeply for Murphy but keeps secrets from her during the season.
Darnell is Tyson’s drug-dealing cousin who is in Murphy’s mind a suspect in his murder. He is involved with someone from his childhood of which puts their relationship in an interesting power imbalance.
Detective Dean Riley and Chloe Riley
Dean is one of the detectives who comes to Murphy’s house when she reports Tyson as murdered. He is the one who believes her and can talk to her because his daughter too is blind. She begins to ask him for help and trusts him more as the season goes on. He is a widow and has a young daughter named Chloe, who lost her vision from being sick. Dean grows to have a thing for Murphy as time goes on.
Chloe is Dean’s daughter and little miss matchmaker early on. She doesn’t want her father lonely. She also struggles to find people who understand her, and Murphy takes her underneath her wing.
Jules is the second detective that visits Murphy at her house. She is less helpful than Dean and also doesn’t understand blind etiquette. The detective is involved in a relationship that puts her at risk during her job.
Tyson is Murphy’s friend who was murdered at the start of episode one. He previously rescued her from a mugging and saved her life. He is a sweet teenage boy who is wrapped up with his drug pushing cousin Darnell and in turn, helps him. Murphy thinks this might be what got him killed.