Netflix users might struggle to understand a new series unless they change a particular setting.
Earlier this month, a new series titled 1899 was released on the streaming sevice, a thrillingly baffling series that you should probably be wary of getting too attached to.
The show follows an international cast of characters forced to work out a hellish riddle after discovering a missing ship while on the open sea.
Created by Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar, the duo behind the acclaimed German series Dark, the show is notable for featuring several different languages, ranging from Spanish and French to Cantonese.
Due to the subtitles, some viewers might have decided to watch with the audio dubbed into English – however, be warned: this might make the already complex series far more confusing.
Thsoe who have enjoyed 1899’s twist and turns with the subtitles are warning people against watching with the dub function, as it will alter the nuances of what Friese, who wrote the series, intended with the script.
This is due to the inclusion of numerous langauges, which creates a barrier for the characters on the ship who might not understand what others are saying.
At one stage, when the subtitle is held back from viewers, Emily Beecham’s lead character Maura says: “I don’t understand what you’re saying.” But the dub includes the translation of the line that the script wanted to keep secret from viewers.
The dub is also translating certain lines incorrectly.
Viewers have also pointed out that it dubs English over characters who are already speaking English.
A couple of things to remember when watching 1899: 1) make sure your English dub over is off but your CC is on. It’s important that you know everyone speaks a different language. 2) get used to being ok with not knowing what the faakkk is going on. #1899Netflix
— DEAFinately SONYA 🏻 (@Voiceoverlady1) November 23, 2022
If I could make a humble suggestion: Check out 1899 on Netflix and when you do, listen to it in the original dub so you can hear all the languages spoken and feel the disconnect between all the characters. What a phenomenal and spooky story!
— Mendacii is Completely Okay, Just Peachy (@OnlyMendacii) November 19, 2022
Head's up to any of my fellow horror/mystery fans watching 1899. Watch it subbed. The dub cuts out the context of what language folks are originally speaking in this cast of international travelers, which is important to some of the characters' backstories and misunderstandings. pic.twitter.com/IA0HRntGGC
— Angela R. Sasser (@AngelaSasserArt) November 19, 2022
If you have been watching subtitled shows with the audio dub overlay, you can switch it off byclicking the speech bubble icon and selecting “English [CC]”.
In a feature about the show’s possible renewal, The Independent’s Jacob Stolworthy praised the show for its twists and turns, but warned that Netflix’s bad treatment of great shows could affect its future.