Dark (TV series)

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Dark
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Genre Drama
Created by Baran bo Odar
Jantje Friese
Starring Louis Hofmann
Oliver Masucci
Jördis Triebel
Maja Schöne
Sebastian Rudolph
Anatole Taubman
Mark Waschke
Karoline Eichhorn
Stephan Kampwirth
Anne Ratte-Polle
Andreas Pietschmann
Lisa Vicari
Angela Winkler
Michael Mendl
Antje Traue
Theme music composer Apparat
Opening theme "Goodbye"
Composer(s) Ben Frost
Country of origin Germany
Original language(s) German
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Baran bo Odar
Jantje Friese
Quirin Berg
Max Wiedemann
Justyna Müsch
Cinematography Nikolaus Summerer[1]
Running time 45–57 minutes
Production company(s) Wiedemann & Berg Television
Release
Original network Netflix
Picture format 4K (Ultra HD)
Original release December 1, 2017 (2017-12-01) – present
External links
Website www.netflix.com/au/title/80100172

Dark is a German supernatural science fiction thriller drama web series. It is the first German-language Netflix original series.

The series debuted on Netflix's streaming service on December 1, 2017. The series was co-created by Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese.[1][2][3]

The first season received mostly positive reviews from critics, with positive and negative comparisons being made to Stranger Things, a supernatural Netflix original which premiered in 2016.[4][5][6]

Premise[edit]

The disappearance of two young children in the German town of Winden brings light to the fractured relationships, double lives, and the dark past of four families living there, revealing a mystery that spans across three generations.

Cast and characters[edit]

Kahnwald family[edit]

Nielsen family[edit]

  • Oliver Masucci as Ulrich Nielsen, police officer and father of three[1]
    • Ludger Bökelmann as Ulrich (1986)[1]
  • Jördis Triebel as Katharina Nielsen, high school principal, Ulrich's wife and mother of three[1]
  • Moritz Jahn as Magnus, the Nielsens' teenaged son
  • Lisa Vicari as Martha, the Nielsens' teenaged daughter and girlfriend of Bartosz[1]
  • Daan Lennard Liebrenz as Mikkel, 11, the Nielsens' youngest child who disappears in 2019
  • Antje Traue as Agnes Nielsen (1953), Tronte's mother and Ulrich's grandmother
  • Walter Kreye as Tronte Nielsen, father of Ulrich and a second son named Mads, who disappeared in 9 October 1986, age 12
    • Felix Kramer as Tronte (1986)
    • Joshio Marlon as Tronte (1953)
  • Tatja Seibt as Jana Nielsen, Tronte's wife and mother of Ulrich and Mads
    • Anne Lebinsky as Jana (1986)
    • Rike Sindler as Jana (1950)

Doppler family[edit]

  • Stephan Kampwirth as Dr. Peter Doppler, Charlotte's husband and Jonas' psychologist[1]
  • Karoline Eichhorn as Charlotte Doppler, Winden police chief, wife of Peter[1]
    • Stephanie Amarell as Charlotte in 1986[1]
  • Gina Stiebitz as Franziska Doppler, teenaged daughter of Peter and Charlotte
  • Carlotta von Falkenhayn as Elisabeth Doppler, 8-year-old daughter of Peter and Charlotte, who is deaf
  • Hermann Beyer as Helge Doppler, 75, Peter's father and former power plant employee, now suffering from dementia
    • Peter Schneider as Helge (1986)
    • Tom Philip as Helge (1953)
  • Michael Mendl as Bernd Doppler (1986), Peter's grandfather, founder of the Winden Nuclear Power plant
  • Cordelia Wege as Greta Dopler (1953)

Tiedemann family[edit]

  • Deborah Kaufmann as Regina Tiedemann, mother of Bartosz and hotel manager
  • Peter Benedict as Aleksander Tiedemann ( Boris Niewald), Regina's husband and director of the nuclear plant in 2019
  • Béla Gabor Lenz as Aleksander Köhler (1986)
  • Bartosz Tiedemann, Regina's teenage son, Jonas Kahnwald's best friend, boyfriend of Martha Nielsen
  • Lisa Kreuzer as Claudia Tiedemann, Regina's mother and Bartosz's grandmother
    • Julika Jenkins as Claudia (1986), first female director of the nuclear plant
    • Gwendolyn Göbel as Claudia (1953)
  • Christian Pätzold as Egon Tiedemann (1986), Claudia's father, police officer
  • Luise Heyer as Doris Tiedemann (1953), Claudia's mother

Dark: First Season.

Other characters[edit]

  • Erik Obendorf, teenager/drug dealer who disappears in 2019
  • Vico Mücke as Yasin Friese, 9-year-old deaf "boyfriend" of Elisabeth who disappears in 2019
  • Mark Waschke as Father Noah[1]
  • Arnd Klawitter as H.G. Tannhaus, watchmaker
    • Christian Steyer as Tannhaus (1986)
    • Arnd Klawitter as Tannhaus (1953)
  • Leopold Hornung as Torben Wöller, a junior police officer who works with Charlotte and Ulrich

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2017)[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original release date
1 "Secrets"
"Geheimnisse"
Baran bo Odar Jantje Friese & Baran bo Odar December 1, 2017 (2017-12-01)
In June 2019, in the small German town of Winden, married father Michael Kahnwald hangs himself. He leaves an envelope, with instructions that it is not to be opened until 4 November at 10:13 p.m., but an older woman, Ines, takes it before his family can find it. His anguished teenaged son, Jonas, returns to school on 4 November after several months of treatment at a psychiatric facility, where he was sent after experiencing hallucinations of his father. His friend, Bartosz, has told everyone he was studying abroad in France, but Bartosz is now dating Jonas' love interest, Martha Nielsen, while Jonas's mother, Hannah, is having an affair with married police officer Ulrich Nielsen, father of high schoolers Magnus and Martha and pre-teen Mikkel. Two weeks previous, Erik Obendorf, the main supplier of weed at the high school, disappeared without a trace on 23 October. Ulrich is assigned to investigate, but there are few clues, other than Ulrich's brother had similarly disappeared 33 years prior. Ulrich's now-aged parents never got over the disappearance; his mother sees strange people in the woods and his father mysteriously predicts "It's going to happen again". Jonas, Bartosz, and the three Nielsen kids go to the forest caves after dark in the hopes of finding Erik's stash of drugs while their parents hold a town meeting to discuss the disappearance. The group has a small altercation with fellow classmate Franziska Doppler in the woods before a loud and disturbing roaring from the cave sends them running. It is now after 10:13 and elsewhere, Ines opens the letter. Jonas trips running away and has a vision of his father, with blood running down his face. Mikkel, the youngest, disappears during the run through the woods. The next day, the body of a young boy is found in the forest, with a burn banded around his head, covering his eyes and ears. It is not Mikkel. Erik is seen being strapped to a chair in a room with brightly colored cartoon wallpaper, where the music video "You Spin Me Round" is playing at full blast and a hooded figure clamps a mechanism around Erik's head, covering his eyes in the same location as the mysterious black burns on the dead boy found in the forest.
2 "Lies"
"Lügen"
Baran bo Odar Jantje Friese & Ronny Schalk December 1, 2017 (2017-12-01)
Jonas continues to have disturbing visions and dreams. Mikkel's disappearance opens old wounds for his family. In 1986, when Ulrich was 15, his younger brother, Mads, vanished. Ulrich, who initially thought Eric was a runaway, now believes the disappearances of Eric, Mikkel and the body of the third boy are all related. Ulrich searches the cave and finds a locked door that leads to the nearby nuclear power plant. The coroner informs Ulrich's partner, Charlotte Doppler, that the dead boy's ears were destroyed by extreme pressure, as if by centrifuge, which would have destroyed his spatial awareness and orientation. The boy had been dead only 16 hours, but he had also been dressed in clothes from the 1980s, and he had a Walkman and 1986 pfennig on him, as well as red dirt not from the forest. A mysterious hooded figure, with a dirty face, checks into the hotel owned by Bartusz' mother, Regina. Hannah goes to the police station to talk to Ulrich, but he tells her he can't be with her right now. Erik, now gagged, is seen strapped into a chair in the same bright room. Jana Nielsen, Ulrich's mother, asks her husband, Tronte, where he was in the middle of the night (when Mikkel disappeared) and he claims he had to go to the store. She later lies to Ulrich and claims Tronte was there with her. Power plant boss Aleksander Tiedemann refuses to allow Ulrich to enter the property, citing security regulations. Ulrich is suspicious of Erik's father, Jürgen, a slow-witted man who works as a driver part-time for the plant. He breaks into Jürgen's shed and discovers a stash of drugs that Jürgen admits selling with his son, and Ulrich feels pity for him. An unseen figure drags the body of a young man, with bright red hair like Erik, out into the woods. Lights flicker on and off in Winden, and birds fall dead from the sky, disturbing Charlotte. A disorientated Mikkel, dirty and bloody, wakes up in the cave at dawn and runs home, where he finds a teenaged Ulrich, who tells Mikkel to get lost when he claims to live there. Ulrich then leaves for school with his future wife, Katharina, while Mikkel sees the newspaper outside the door with the date: 5 November 1986.
3 "Past and Present"
"Gestern und Heute"
Baran bo Odar Jantje Friese & Marc O. Seng December 1, 2017 (2017-12-01)
In 1986, a confused Mikkel walks through his house calling for his mother. Instead he finds his grandmother Jana Nielsen, who reacts hysterically, asking him who he is and if he knows what happened to Mads, who has been missing for a month. Still not understanding the time shift, Mikkel runs away and goes to the high school to find his mother, the school principal, and then the police station, to find his father. Police officer Egon Tiedemann laughs when Mikkel says Ulrich Nielsen is his father. Egon, who thinks Ulrich is a troublemaker, suspects Ulrich beat Mikkel up and forced him to go to the station as a prank. Alone, Mikkel looks through files on his desk and finds his uncle Mad's missing person's report, including a photo of him with the teenage boy he met at his house, identified as Ulrich. Ines, the nurse, takes him to the hospital, where he tells her he is from the future. Claudia Tiedemann, Egon's daughter and Regina's mother, is hired as the first female boss of the nuclear power plant but is shocked to find that the plant is mismanaged. Outgoing boss Bernd Doppler informs her that the public has lost faith in nuclear power since the Chernobyl disaster that spring, then later sends her to the cave nearby, which is packed with drums marked as nuclear waste. The power in the town randomly turns off and on. A teenaged Charlotte is curious about the dead birds she finds everywhere, and takes detailed notes, including odd white specks on their feathers. The shy young Hannah has an unrequited crush on Ulrich, while Regina is bullied, suffers from anxiety and cuts herself. Egon, investigating the mysterious deaths of 33 sheep, is told by the veterinarian that the sheep all died of cardiac arrest, likely caused by a panicked herd, but also with their eardrums ruptured. That night, Mikkel escapes from the hospital and runs back out to the caves. In 2019, Ulrich goes there with a crowbar to open the locked door; unsuccessful, he begins banging on it in frustration. Mikkel falls and injures himself, and hearing thuds, calls for help. Ulrich hears his faint calls, but they walk through the same place, separated by 33 years, unable to see each other. An older man in a white lab coat, surrounded by clocks, is seen tinkering with a very old brass machine.
4 "Double Lives"
"Doppelleben"
Baran bo Odar Martin Behnke & Jantje Friese December 1, 2017 (2017-12-01)
In 2019, Jonas studies maps of the caves hidden in their garage, covered in copious notes, including the question "Where is the crossing?" Charlotte is sure the death of the birds and the disappearances of the boys is related to what happened 33 years earlier. The coroner tells Charlotte the birds also had burst ear drums, but likely died after becoming disoriented. She also tells her that the white spots were genetic mutations first seen after Chernobyl, but that radiation levels were currently normal. While viewing traffic camera footage from the night of Mikkel's disappearance, she spots her husband Peter driving, although he told her he had been at the office until late that night. Charlotte then goes to visit a transvestite hooker, who mocks her but tells Peter had not been there in a year. Charlotte then goes to her father-in-law Helge's old cabin, where she finds the familiar red dirt. Magnus is suspicious of Franziska and follows her out to the forest, where she retrieves something from a canister buried under the railroad tracks. After her gymnastics practice, Magnus confronts her in the locker room where he has found the stash of money. She says she wants to leave Winden because of all the liars, including her parents, who haven't slept in the same room in a year since her mother discovered her father was gay, but yet they pretend everything is OK. Magnus kisses her and they have sex in the locker room. After Ulrich is busted breaking into the power plant, Charlotte goes to retrieve him, but first calls Peter to ask him to pick up their 8-year-old daughter Elisabeth, who attends a school for the deaf. Tired of waiting, the precocious Elisabeth decides to walk home herself, sparking a panic when she can't be found. Helge Doppler, now suffering from dementia, manages to walk out of the nursing home without being noticed. Later that night, Elisabeth returns home and signs that she walked home but met someone on the way named Noah. She signs that Noah gave her a gold watch, which he said used to belong to her mother. The police, looking for Elisabeth, find Helge walking around disoriented. He says over and over that he must stop him: Noah. The next morning, Yasin, Elisabeth's friend from the school for the deaf, walks through the forest on his way to school and comes across the hooded man. He tells the young boy, "You must be Yasin. Noah sent me."
5 "Truths"
"Wahrheiten"
Baran bo Odar Martin Behnke & Jantje Friese December 1, 2017 (2017-12-01)
The disappearance of 9-year-old Yasin causes panic in Winden, where reporters flock to cover the story of the missing boys. Charlotte confronts Peter over his lie about where he was when Mikkel disappeared. She begs him to tell her he had nothing to do with the boys' disappearance; he tells her she is crazy. Hannah takes her obsession with Ulrich too far when she brings food over to the house as an excuse to see him, making Katharina suspicious. Ulrich tells her to leave him alone and that their affair is over, but Hannah refuses. At the hotel, the Stranger tells Regina he is going away for a few days but will be back, and also asks Regina to deliver an important package addressed to Jonas. Martha is torn between Jonas and Bartosz and is avoiding Bartosz. Bartosz, however, receives a call from Noah. Bartosz later tells Jonas that he got in touch with Erik's dealer and is going to meet him that night, and Jonas agrees to come. Jonas goes to his father's grave, where he meets the Stranger, who tells him that long ago his father saved his life. Charlotte tells Ulrich about the 33-year theory, that each year is not exactly 365 days and every 33 years time realigns and resets itself. She says her grandfather was obsessed with it. In 1986, Mikkel has returned to the hospital after breaking his leg in the cave. Ines invites a young priest to visit him: Father Noah, who challenges Mikkel on his belief in the Big Bang theory and evolution. Young Hannah, already hurt over Ulrich holding hands with Katharina, spies them having sex in the locker room at school. Hannah then lies and tells her father and the police that she saw Ulrich rape Katharina. Egon, who already believes Ulrich is a punk, has him arrested. Back in 2019, Jonas goes to watch Martha perform in a play that night, where he confesses that he wasn't really in France, and leaves Bartosz to meet the drug supplier on his own. When Noah arrives, it is the same priest who visited Mikkel 33 years earlier, and who matches the photofit from Elisabeth's description. Jonas arrives home to find the package waiting for him. It contains a mysterious light, a Geiger counter, and the suicide note from his father, Michael, except the paper and enveloped have faded as if decades have gone by rather than months. The letter explains that on 4 November 2019, he traveled back to 1986, where he stayed and grew up, changing his name to Michael, raised by Ines, eventually marrying Hannah and fathering Jonas. He signed the letter "Mikkel/Michael."
6 "Sic Mundus Creatus Est" Baran bo Odar Jantje Friese & Ronny Schalk December 1, 2017 (2017-12-01)
Jonas asks his mother questions about his father but can't bring himself to tell her about the letter. With three boys now missing, Charlotte instructs the police department to comb every corner of town and every case in the archives for clues. After listening to audio interviews from Mads' disappearance, Ulrich confronts his mother, who lied to the police when she said her husband had been home the night their son disappeared. She confessed it was because he was having an affair – with his boss, Claudia Tiedemann. Regina, she says, was the last one to see Mads. Ulrich confronts Regina, who he long believed to be the one who made the false rape accusation against him. Regina tells him it was Hannah, which he confirms in the original police report. Regina blames him for Mads' disappearance in 1986; he was walking her home through the woods because she was traumatized from the time Ulrich and Katharina tied her to a tree and left her as a prank. After studying the files and old photos of Mads, Ulrich goes to the morgue to take a closer look at the body of the unidentified boy, and is shocked to see the same scar on his chin as the one Mads got from a fight they once had. Armed with new tools, including the radiation detector and notes on the maps, Jonas probes the cave's murky depths. He finds a door with a Latin phrase Sic Mundus Creatus Est ("Thus the world was created"). When he crawls through to on the other side, he reaches a bus stop where to his astonishment, he sees missing flyers for Mads Nielsen. A van drives by and stops: it's 14-year-old Hannah and her father, offering him a ride in the rain, warning him about acid rain from Chernobyl.
7 "Crossroads"
"Kreuzwege"
Baran bo Odar Jantje Friese & Marc O. Seng December 1, 2017 (2017-12-01)
At an unknown time, a boy dressed in clothes from the 1950s awakes with a bloodied face in the room with the brightly colored wallpaper. In 1986, Egon goes to question Helge, who was working at the plant the night Mads disappeared, but Helge postpones the interview to two days later. Helge mentions that he took the state road home, which Egon finds odd, as the forest road was much faster. Helge claimed that he had to stop and buy something, but Egon jots down "Why not forest road?" in his notes. Jonas locates Mikkel at the hospital, but the Stranger stops him, warning him that he cannot take Mikkel back or interfere with his new life in the 1980s, or Jonas will be never be born. Katharina tries to convince Egon that Ulrich never raped her, but he does not believe her (especially as she has a black eye from her abusive mother). In 2019, Regina and Aleksandr react to her late-stage breast cancer diagnosis. The police finally get a search warrant for the nuclear plant. Charlotte explores the caves on the property, finding flecks of yellow paint as well as a locked metal door. Ulrich looks through Egon's notes from 1986 and sees that Helge never showed up for his interview with Egon, and he finds the question about forest road very suspicious. Ulrich questions a frail and frightened Helge in the nursing home. Helge says he can change the past and future before Ulrich is removed by the staff. Charlotte suspends Ulrich, who claims Helge may not be working alone, but she is perturbed when he mentions "Why not forest road?" Maps show that the cave system goes beneath the forest road to the location of Helge's old cabin. Charlotte questions Peter about the cabin, but Peter says he did not move to Winden until 1987 to be with his father after Helge's "accident" on 12 November 1986. Charlotte goes to the cabin and looks in the abandoned cellar, where she finds among the dirt a piece of wallpaper that matches the room Erik was seen in. Katharina forces Ulrich to admit to the affair with Hannah. He visits his mother, who tells him that she now remembers that one week before Mads disappeared, she saw a man with a deformed ear arguing with a priest in front of their house. She never thought of it again until that morning, when she saw the same man who was arguing with the priest, but he had not aged a day. Ulrich realizes it is Helge and leaves a voicemail for Charlotte, saying the question is not how he is abducting the boys, but when. Late at night, Ulrich sneaks into the nursing home but finds Helge missing. He takes a copy of the book "A Journey Through Time" by H.C. Tannhaus. He notices and open door and sees Helge wandering into the woods. Ulrich follows him. Helge, looking as he did in 1986, emerges from his well-lit cellar and looks sorrowfully at the dead body of Yasin, with burned out eyes. In the cellar, a heavily tattooed Noah scrubs the concrete floor.
8 "As You Sow, So You Shall Reap"
"Was man sät, das wird man ernten"
Baran bo Odar Martin Behnke & Jantje Friese December 1, 2017 (2017-12-01)
In 1953, the disfigured bodies (Erik and Yasin) are exhumed at a construction site, the future location of Winden's nuclear power plant. The police, including a young Egon, are mystified by the boys injuries and "costumes," especially as the clothes all sport "Made in China" labels. The scene is observed by 9-year-old Helge Doppler. He arrives at his family's mansion (the future hotel), where he is berated and humiliated by his cruel mother for getting dirty. In 2019, Ulrich Nielsen goes back into the cave and discovers the Sic Mundus Creatus Est door and passes to the other side. In 1953, he exits the cave and encounters the young Helge Doppler in the forest who is just being bullied by two youths, whom Ulrich chases away. Unaware that the boy he has just helped is Helge Doppler, Ulrich walks into town but a car stops, and a beautiful and elegant woman asks Ulrich for directions, which he recognizes as his address in 2019. She introduces herself as Agnes Nielsen, and also her son, Tronte, to Ulrich, who realizes he is meeting his grandmother and father. Ulrich asks Agnes for the present year, and she responds "1953". Astonished, Ulrich leaves and wanders into the town, where he finds a watchmaker named H.G. Tannhaus. He asks Tannhaus if he is the same author of the book and Tannhaus says no. Two young girls come in (one of whom Ulrich recognizes as his own mother) and tell Tannhaus about the discovery of the two bodies. An hysterical Ulrich runs to the police station, saying his son is missing; however, their description does not match Mikkel, but Yasin and Erik. Ulrich later happens upon Helge again and realizes who he is, and that in the future he is going to become a murderer. After chasing him down through the woods and initially hesitating, he bludgeons Helge to death with a rock and drags his body into the empty cellar. At the Tiedemanns, Agnes Nielsen and Tronte rent a room from Egon and his wife. Agnes says she is a widow, but Tronte has cigar burns up and down his arm. Claudia (who tutors Helge) takes Helge and Tronte on a walk in the woods with her dog Gretchen; the dog goes missing after Helge throws a stick into the cave for it to chase. Egon's wife is romantically attracted to the beautiful Agnes. In 1986, the Stranger meets with H.G. Tannhaus, who shares his 33-year-cycle theory, including the existence of time travel through a wormhole. The Stranger then informs him that it is true, and that he traveled there through such a wormhole that allows people to travel 33 years into the past or into the future. He brings out the old brass device, now broken, and asks if Tannhaus can fix it. Tannhaus, incredulous, asks if he wants to use it to create another wormhole. The Stranger says no, he wants to use it destroy the current one. Tannhaus forces him to leave, but then brings out the still new version he has in flawless working order and studies them side by side. In 1953, Tannhaus is closing up his shop when he realizes Ulrich has left behind his jacket with the book and a strange device.
9 "Everything is Now"
"Alles ist Jetzt"
Baran bo Odar Jantje Friese & Marc O. Seng December 1, 2017 (2017-12-01)
In 1953, Helge's mother talks to Father Noah and confides that she never wanted her son Helge and tried to abort him, insinuating he was the result of rape. Egon spies a blood-covered Ulrich walking down the street and arrests him for the murder of the two boys as he also confesses to murdering Helge; Ulrich insists that he murdered Helge and thus the boys could not still be dead. In 1986, Claudia learns from Bernd that the barrels are stored with the byproduct of a small meltdown. Helge tries to dodge Egon Tiedemann. Claudia, while inspecting the caves, is shocked to find Gretchen run up to her, still wearing her tags. Ulrich is released from jail; Hannah suggests to Katharina that it was Regina who made up the story of the rape to her grandfather. Katharina attacks Regina in the woods but is stopped by a teenaged boy, who pulls a gun on Katharina and Ulrich to chase them off. Regina offers to help the boy; he says his name is Aleksandr, but he later returns to the forest to bury a bag with the gun and a passport with his photo issued in Giessen (showing his name Boris Niewman), while he keeps another passport issued in Marburg in the name of Aleksandr Köhler, age 21, with a photo of a different young man. Hannah secretly watches him bury it. Regina sends him to the power plant to see if her mother can hire him. Claudia at first declines, then offers him a top-secret job in the cave. In the cellar, Helge and Father Noah work on repairing the chair, and Helge says he doesn't want to keep trying. Noah claims the chair is the Ark and he is Noah, and they can change everything with it. In 2019, Hannah takes out the bag with the gun and passport that she had hidden in her house. Katharina, who thinks Ulrich must be there, shows up and lashes out at Hannah. Hannah claims she ended things with Ulrich, who had wanted to leave Katharina because he really loved Hannah. Hannah brings the distinctive bag to her massage appointment with Aleksandr, telling him the contents are safely somewhere else. She tells him she doesn't want money, but she will keep quiet as long as he destroys Ulrich's life. Aleksandr calls his confidante, police officer Torben Wöller, and tells him dig up what he can on Ulrich and that they would soon be able to return the barrels, which are stored in a large truck. However, the Stranger gets to the truck first, while Regina is shocked as she enters his room at the hotel to see the walls plastered with papers of his copious notes on time travel, including newspaper articles on Mikkel. Jonas pushes Martha away without explanation, as he now knows she is his aunt. To Bartosz' surprise, an elderly Claudia shows up at his house, introducing herself as his grandmother he thought was dead. Bartosz meets again with Noah and tells him that everything Noah predicted since they first met had come true, and he agrees to do what Noah wants. In 1986, Tannhaus works to repair his machine while in 1953, the elderly Claudia enters his with the detailed blueprint for the machine and asks him to build it for her.
10 "Alpha and Omega"
"Alpha und Omega"
Baran bo Odar Jantje Friese & Ronny Schalk December 1, 2017 (2017-12-01)
A flashback to the night of Mikkel's disappearance shows Peter tempted to visit the male prostitute, but instead going to the cellar and saying the Serenity Prayer. He is shocked when there is a flash of light and a young boy's body falls through the ceiling. After attempting CPR, Peter realizes the boy is dead and finds his school ID, identifying him as Mads Nielsen. He calls Tronte, who sobs in disbelief over his son's body. Claudia then walks in, telling them they must hurry and move Mads' body to where he will be found. In 1953, Ulrich insists Helge is not dead as the two boys were still killed. Egon and others think he is insane, but take his photograph and interrogate him over Helge's whereabouts. On 12 November 2019, Jonas confronts Ines about his father and what she knew. She gives him the suicide letter, which he is shocked to see as he burned it. Charlotte confirms out from Peter that his father, Helge, was kidnapped as a child in 1953, which relates to her 33-year-cycle theory. While looking through old newspapers, she finds an article on the kidnapping with a photo of the suspect: Ulrich. Helge goes back to 1986 to confront himself, telling his younger self to stop listening to Noah, who is not of God but of the Devil. Helge doesn't listen to his older self and returns to Noah, who looks through a book for their next target: Jonas. Jonas goes back to 1986, determined to bring Mikkel back even if it erases his own existence, but he is kidnapped by Noah and Helge. Helge's accident, which prevented him from being interviewed by Egon, involved the elder Helge driving at him at full speed. The elder Helge is killed; the younger Helge, with blood running down his face, is the man Jonas saw in the woods the night Mikkel disappeared. Jonas awakes in the cellar with its repaired chair. The Stranger talks to him through a hole in the door and tells him that the chair is a prototype for a time machine, and informs him of his real identity: He is Jonas. He tells him that Jonas must stay there while he destroys the timehole using the brass machine, which he has equipped with caesium from the barrels he stole from the truck in 2019. In 2019, Noah meets with Bartusz and tells him that adult Jonas is wrong, that while he thinks he is going to destroy the wormhole with the machine, he is in fact going to be creating it. As adult Jonas ignites the machine in the caves, Helge wakes up in 1953, bloodied and alone, in the cellar. A wormhole opens through which he sees Jonas locked in the cellar in 1986, and they reach out to each other. As they touch hands, Jonas instantly wakes up, as if it were all a dream. He wakes up in a room with the photos of all the interconnected people from Winden, including photos of himself as a teen and adult. But as he exits, Winden has changed. It is now a post-apocalyptic world, with burned out cars and warning signs in multiple languages. A truck pulls up full of armed individuals who pull their guns on Jonas. He begs to know what year it is, while a futuristic aircraft flies slowly overhead. A teenaged girl tells him, "Welcome to the future" and knocks him out with the butt of her rifle.

Production[edit]

In February 2016, Netflix greenlit the series for a first season consisting of 10 episodes.[7] It was revealed that each episode would be an hour long.[1] Principal photography started on October 18, 2016, in and around Berlin and ended in March 2017.[1] The series was filmed in 4K (Ultra HD) resolution.[8]

It is the first (and to date only) German-language Netflix original series and follows an increasing trend of internationally-produced Netflix originals, including the Spanish-language series Club de Cuervos in 2015 and Portuguese-language series 3% in 2016.

Release[edit]

The first season of the series was released on December 1, 2017.

Reception[edit]

The first season received mostly positive reviews from critics, with many critics noting the series' similarity to the 1990s TV series Twin Peaks and the 2016 Netflix series Stranger Things. Praise was given to the series' tone, the complexity of its narrative and its pacing.[9] Many critics claimed that the series was darker and more in depth than Stranger Things, and far more evocative of the tone of Twin Peaks.[10]

However, some criticism was directed towards the series' heavy-handed approach towards its message, the lack of sympathetic characters and the unoriginality of certain aspects of the series.[11]

The first season has a score of 88% on Rotten Tomatoes, with an average rating of 7.1/10 out of 10.[12]

Background and Influences[edit]

The story line takes up various themes related to time travel. The possibility of time travel leads to problems with the causal order of events and the factuality of history, as is often illustrated by the Grandfather paradox. A variant is sometimes called the "unproven proof paradox": A time traveller journeys into the past, taking a book on mathematics of his time with him. He leaves this book with a mathematician in the past. The mathematician finds in this book the solution to a problem he was working on for a long time. The mathematician publishes the result and it appears in future mathematics textbooks. The time traveller takes such a book into the past, and the mathematician copies the proof from the book. Therefore, it is unclear if, or how, the solution to the mathematical problem came into existence. Instead of a mathematical proof, one could use the design plan for a machine, or the authorship of any sort of book. This kind of time travel paradox appears twice in the series. Ulrich Nielsen takes H.G. Tannhaus' book on time travel back into the past and leaves it with the young Tannhaus. The time machine device was built by Tannhaus based on a plan brought to him from the future.

The 33-year lunar cycle arises from the difference of the lunar calendar from the solar calendar. The solar year has approximately 365 days, the lunar year has approximately 354 days. After 33 solar years (and a few days), there is a difference of one solar year between the lunar calendar and the solar calendar. Hence, with a period of 33 years, lunar and solar calendar get back in phase - their years start at the same day - but with a one year difference.

The initials "H.G." of Tannhaus apparently allude to H. G. Wells.

References[edit]

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