In the Dark stars Perry Mattfeld as Murphy; a beautiful, blind woman with an enormous appetite for alcohol and sex, who is searching for the murderer of her best friend. In the Dark is an astoundingly good series, originally shown on CW, but now on Netflix.
Murphy is a very flawed person, and not just because of her disability. She is selfish, lazy and not above using her disability to manipulate people to get what she wants. But we like her nevertheless, since she is completely loyal to her small group of close friends. Murphy’s best friend is Tyson Parker (Thamela Mpumlwana), a teenager who once saved Murphy from a vicious attacker.
Murphy and Tyson developed a close bond, sharing secrets and exploring the city of Chicago. Unfortunately we learn all this in flashbacks, since in the first episode Murphy discovers Tyson’s body in the alley behind her apartment building. Murphy returns to her apartment and calls the police, but when they arrive the body is gone.
Murphy tries to explain to the police that she is sure the body was Tyson’s and that he was definitely dead. She had felt Tyson’s face, but that does not convince the police. They are sure they are simply dealing with an hysterical blind woman who stumbled upon a homeless drunk in an alley.
Murphy decides that if the police are not going to do their jobs, then she and her friends will solve Tyson’s murder themselves. The plot of In the Dark is exciting and intricate, and the acting is superb.
Kathleen York and Derek Webster are Joy and Hank Mason, Murphy’s long-suffering parents. They love Murphy and want what is best for her, but at the same time Murphy finds them frustratingly overprotective.
Brooke Markham is Jess, Murphy’s roommate, who secretly watches over Murphy by installing a tracking device in Murphy’s iPhone. They share a close bond that overcomes any petty roommate arguments.
Rich Sommer is Detective Dean Riley who believes Murphy about the murder and who tries to help her whenever possible. Dean’s young daughter Chloe (Calle Walton) is blind, and Murphy becomes a much-needed mentor to the little girl
Casey Diedrick plays Murphy’s “boyfriend”, if she is actually capable of having any relationship with a man long enough to use that term.
In the Dark is one of those rare series that gets more and more interesting as it progresses and the characters become more complex. In the beginning, Murphy seems like nothing more than a semi-alcoholic sex-crazed narcissist. However, we slowly learn what makes her tick and see that she does indeed have wonderful redeeming qualities.
In the Dark is definitely a series worth binge-watching. East Cost Stories gives In the Dark its highest rating of Five Stars.