This post contains spoilers. He dresses like a priest but he’s actually a hermeticist. From ‘Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik’ to ‘Idlewild,’ from Bankhead to Mars, this is the best of the best by hip-hop’s most effortlessly cool duo of all time. Tannhaus, a Winden watch-repairer-turned-apocalypse-machine-maker-turned-writer (same) explains his theory of time to the Stranger, a hooded figure who later reveals himself to be the future version of Jonas. Still, though—regardless of what we know about how or why Claudia wields her soft power—I don’t really love the idea of any one changeable human person deciding the fate of the world. We saw so much of the “present day” plot play out in the first few episodes that each trip back in time seemed designed to show us how we got there. I was very concerned that I had sat through this entire series and in the end it was just going to throw all its carefully crafted rules out the window for an unsatisfying ending. | It seems impossible that there wouldn’t be, and yet, Winden is so insular—and has been for generations—that we have to at least entertain the idea that it’s largely been contained. At least I’m not. Dark is a Netflix series from Germany, and it’s impossible to talk about without discussing its central concept, which is revealed within the first few episodes: time travel. Peters: SO. The main protagonist's research finally unearths an object that allows the two to communicate in unexpected ways. Dark is an extremely plot-driven show best understood in flow charts and infographics, but to attempt a brief summary: There’s a blond kid named Jonas. Peters: Well I was gonna say that in the beginning, it seems as though there are a lot of people doing stuff for no other reason than because the plot says so. Anywhen. So if what happens at one point affects all the rest, then does anything that anyone does actually matter? I wasn’t—when Helge and Jonas switch places across a time rift between the year 1953 and the weird wallpaper room in 1986, respectively, right before Future Jonas sets off his time machine, doesn’t that mean he could’ve ended up anywhere? Dark is an extremely plot-driven show best understood in flow charts and infographics, but to attempt a brief summary: There’s a blond kid named Jonas. Claudia is a bit more of a mystery, though her motivations seem to be tied up in her former role within the power plant. In "Dark Light" we follow two men who inhabit the same space and who still cannot see or communicate with each other. Please say no. Who Is the Winner of ‘The Incredible Hulk’? Megan Schuster: Micah! Synopsis Yet every 30 years or so, birds fall from the sky and dead livestock dot the fields. Another interesting wrinkle to the future plot comes from the last line of Season 1. Peters: You’re right, I wouldn’t say there’s anything easy about understanding what’s happening in Dark. Starring: Jessica Madsen, Opal Littleton, Ed Brody Ulrich’s son Mikkel also goes missing, and over the course of 10 really gripping episodes, you come to realize that Mikkel was also Jonas’s dead father “Michael,” and that control—like the boundaries between past, present, and future—is only a stubbornly persistent illusion. Multiverse? In the show’s “present day,” H.G. Without interruption, the light should continue on its path indefinitely. In the era of self-help books and consumerism, we often look for outside influences (education, work, marriage, travel) to change, while Hüttner suggests that a small change in our perspective on the world can have a far bigger impact. She stares him down, and then, right before knocking him out with the butt of her gun, says, “Welcome to the future.” Micah. Like, right after this sentence. How “C.R.E.A.M.” Set Wu-Tang Clan’s Master Plan in Motion, When Audacity Overtook Hope: Movies in the Years of Obama and Trump. Pick up my sci-fi novels Herokiller and Herokiller 2, and read my first series, The Earthborn Trilogy, which is also on audiobook. My guess is this season we’ll see exactly what that event was, and whether reversing it, or ensuring that it happens, is the quote-unquote right thing to do. All Rights Reserved, This is a BETA experience. Why is Dark so exhausting? You may opt-out by. To mark the 20th anniversary of ‘Stankonia,’ we’re counting down the top songs in André 3000 and Big Boi’s shared catalog. Schuster: That first question—which Tannhaus asks in Episode 8—is especially interesting to me heading into the show’s second season, because in Season 1, the answer was largely no. Parents Guide. The story of Dark Light revolves mostly around the characters portrayed by Jessica Madsen and Opal Littleton. That part can get a bit repetitive. Dark returns to Netflix for its second season this week, so I’ve enlisted my colleague and fellow Dark fan Meg Schuster to help unspool some of the key events of the show, address lingering questions from the first season, and otherwise ramble about determinism.—Micah Peters. Also, Jonas’s mom is having an affair with Ulrich, the lead detective on the missing persons case, who’s married to the principal at Jonas’s school. You hear that so and so dropped off a child as a baby after time traveling who grew up to be this character. Through a discovery on the beach, one of the two men finds a … Future Jonas couldn’t let Present Jonas out of the bunker in the final episode because then Future Jonas couldn’t complete his mission. It also hops 33 years into the future in 2052.