“The end is the beginning, and the beginning is the end.” We’ve been told this over and over through three seasons of Dark, the German time-travel show, season three of which is out today. The show had for the most part refrained from discussing parallel worlds. But the end of season two, Martha Neilson (Lisa Vicari) dies and another Martha, who calls herself alt Martha from a different world, is introduced. In season three, the depiction of parallel worlds answers a lot of questions.
War of worlds
Halfway through season three, it’s revealed that a parallel world exists. Things need to be changed in this world for unsavoury outcomes to be avoided in the present world.
As characters leap to past or future, we understand exactly what happened during the course of their lives. Things are different in the present world. For instance, in 2019’s Winden, Jonas is not born. Even with minor differences, the fates of characters from both realities are tied together and only Jonas and alt Martha can untangle these complex knots. However, as they try to break the endless cycle of events, they must confront opposition from both worlds.
Unsolved mysteries are resolved
The season delivers answers to a lot of questions about how the characters end up as they are in the present. Each character has several versions, and the counterparts of Martha, Jonas, Claudia and others are introduced. Much of the puzzle that remained unsolved in previous seasons is now in place, an incredibly satisfying feeling for watchers who’ve picked their brains for answers.
Hats off to the director for building a complex narrative that takes place across multiple time periods with multiples of the same character. Because of the slow pace, the show is never overwhelming. Instead you’re allowed to absorb and relish each episode. It all wraps up in a fabulous finale.
WATCH OR NOT
The show demands some amount of mental calculation, which is what makes it so exciting. It beautifully explores the idea of the cyclical nature of history: what happened before is bound to happen again at some point. And that everything is connected. It’s a must-watch for fans of thrillers and sci-fi dramas.
Director: Baran bo Odar
Writers: Baran bo Odar, Jantje Friese, Martin Behnke, Ronny Schalk, Marc O Seng, Daphne Ferraro
Cast: Karoline Eichhorn, Louis Hofmann, Jördis Triebel, Maja Schöne, Stephan Kampwirth, Tamar Pelzig, Oliver Masucci, Moritz Jahn, Deborah Kaufmann, Peter Benedict, Lisa Vicari, Paul Lux, Gina Stiebitz, Daan Lennard Liebrenz, Carlotta von Falkenhayn, Mark Waschke, Julika Jenkins, Anne Ratte-Polle, Lisa Kreuzer, Ludger Bökelmann, Antje Traue, Walter Kreye, Dietrich Hollinderbäumer
Streaming on: Netflix
Seasons: 3 (2017, 2019, 2020)