'Dark' season 2: Sci-fi and religion co-exist in this murky, mind-boggling thriller

At the heart of it, 'Dark' is a family saga set across generations where, as it turns out, everything is connected. Everything has also happened exactly the way it is happening right now on the series.


                            'Dark' season 2: Sci-fi and religion co-exist in this murky, mind-boggling thriller

What is going on?

A question that we find ourselves asking one too many times when watching Netflix's mind-boggling series 'Dark'.  It is also the easiest question to ask about the first German series to be made by Netflix. 

At the heart of it, 'Dark' is a family saga set across generations where, as it turns out, everything is connected. Everything has also happened exactly the way it is happening right now on the series. The families in the German town of Winden are caught in a time loop. The story opens in the present day and age where the disappearance of two young children exposes the double lives and fractured relationships among four families.

At first, it looks like the ten hour-long episodes is taking a supernatural turn, but the show really takes its time to establish other themes – sci-fi, time travel, arcane societies attempting to establish dominance over time, and biblical prophecies.  We spent the first season engrossed in the complexities of the four families. But if you thought that was all, it was only just the beginning. In the second season, the family trees of Winden get more and more convoluted. Jonas (played by Louis Hofmann) finds himself trapped in the future, desperately trying to return to 2020. More and more people are drawn into the events orchestrated by an obscure figure who seemingly controls everything that is connected throughout different time zones.

'Dark' is headed towards a mashup of "contemporary story of cracking the time travel puzzle through research on a strange substance produced in a nuclear plant accident on the one hand, and the efforts of some kind of centuries-old shadow organization based on biblical prophecy and the arcane arts hell-bent on the destruction/re-creation of the world," points out Reddit user 'tincupII'. 

When the first season ended, there was no way we could have imagined the second season to take the direction that it did. Although it seems like an amalgamation of science fiction and religion, the show is about "destroying time versus being able to alter it", points out Reddit user 'mantidor'. It is about Adam (played by Dietrich Hollinderbäumer) versus Claudia (played by Lisa Kreuzer). "What happened in the plant is just another time machine. We have the chairs, the caves, Tannhaus Machine and the "God particle" machine."

You can watch the trailer here: 



 

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