Skip to main content

Episode 2 Dark Matter Starts Jonas on His Path in Netflix Dark Season 2

Image by de_drucker from Pixabay

Dark is one of the best Netflix original series to date. To see a description of the show and all of my episode recaps, go here.

Episode 2 Dark Matter

In 2053, Jonas desperately wants to enter the blue/black pulsing blob because it appears to be a time portal. However, he lacks the power to keep the blob stabilized enough that it won't kill him upon contact. In order to get more fuel to power the machinery, Jonas will need to enter the "dead zone," only it's forbidden by the the current presiding figure, who we assume to be Elizabeth because she is deaf and using sign language to communicate.

Although he's caught on the way back, he is able to get the fuel he needs, although he's not unscathed and gains new scars. Jonas enters the particle, and we are curious about where he ends up. The guard from the future (as she's credited in the show notes) was visibly moved by both Jonas' pain and his situation. I was curious as to what her connection to Jonas was. She's also confused why Elizabeth lets him live. I am curious about this, as well, and look forward to knowing more about Elizabeth's motivations.

In 2020, the new chief inspector is giving everyone the side eye and assuming the worst of everyone like chief inspectors do. He seems especially convinced that Aleksander Tiedemann is culpable just because he changed his name and arrived at about the same time. The other thing that happens is that future Jonas takes Hannah, his mother, through the time portal, so that she can see Mikkel in 1987. There's a great musical interlude while Hannah and Jonas hug outside the Kahnwald home and Charlotte and Peter share an embrace as she looks at her grandfather's belongings with new eyes.

In 1987, Mikkel goes to school, only to turn around and leave after he bumps into his mother, Katarina, on the way into school. She shoves him out of the way, and it's a poignant moment, because he's just told Ines that it's his mother's birthday today. It's sad to know that Mikkel would love to get a hug from his mom, only she's this teenager with attitude who just doesn't know how to care about anyone else yet. Afterwards, Ines cheers him up with some kind words and a recipe called Toast Hawaii.

Claudia becomes more interesting as a character, too, because we recognize now how essential she is to the movements of all the players in getting them where they are supposed to go. Last season, all we knew about Claudia was that she had a daughter, she was newly appointed as head of the power plant, and she was having an affair with Tronte Nielsen. There's also the fact that Claudia has the gene for heterochromia -- eyes of two different colors. If she had this feature last season, I didn't notice.

The last and perhaps most intriguing storyline in the 1980s is that Egon learns he has cancer. At the same time, he continues to dwell on the case of the disappearing boys. This is natural because it's a case he never solved. He asks about the "madmen" arrested in 1953 and learns that the man is still alive and in a psychiatric ward. Of course, we know it's Ulrich. The two men see each other again, and Egon asks, "Do you remember me?" Of course, he remembers you! I'm sure not a day has gone by without him thinking of the man who, no matter the year, seems determined to hate you. Seeing the Ulrich/Egon confrontation was quite something.

Burning questions: Why did Elizabeth decide not to kill Jonas? What's the guard's connection to Jonas? Does Elizabeth have heterochromia, too, or just a damaged eye?

Sic Mundus Creatus Est

Pop culture fun:
Toast Hawaii is a real recipe that was popularized on a 1950s German cooking show by a celebrity named Clemens Wilmenrod. Many sites feature a recipe online. It's basically toast with ham, cheese, pineapple, and a cherry on top.

The song that Ulrich and Egon keep referencing is called Pleasure to Kill by a German thrash metal band named Kreator. Pleasure to kill was the title track from the group's first album and was released in 1986, so Ulrich was very cutting edge in his music taste.


Popular posts from this blog

Riley Stearns' The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Movie Review: Do NOT Talk About Night Class

In 1999, David Fincher directed the book to movie Fight Club, a dark stylized comedy about a group of men who form a "support group" of sorts called Fight Club, where they pair up for no holds barred unarmed first fights with one another. Organized by the charismatic Tyler Durden, for a time, the meetings seem to be a good thing. Things start to spiral when the hero realizes Tyler is no good and must be stopped.

In many surface ways, The Art of Self-Defense is quite similar. Casey (Jesse Eisenberg) walks around like he is apologizing for taking up oxygen. He lives alone with his dog and works at a boring, thankless job as an accountant. One day, Jesse is attacked on the street by some unidentified motorcycle riders. He's hospitalized for his wounds and takes some times off work.

On a walk around town, he overhears a karate class and goes into observe. He feels intrigued and inspired by what he sees and decide to sign up for classes. He hopes that he can "become wha…

Ali Abassi's Border (2018): A Dark Swedish Fairy Tale

Have you ever felt like you are alone? Like you exist and move around in a community of people that you are nothing like?

Imagine how Tina feels. She works as a highly competent border guard for the sole reason that her sense of smell is extrasensory. She can smell fear, shame, and any negative emotion on people as they cross through her security area, and she is never wrong about her suspicions. Her work career, however, might be the only thing she has going for her.

She lives on the outskirts of town with a boyfriend that owns a pack of dogs, and from all counts, they live together in a loveless domestic arrangement that is hard to imagine either of them conceiving. Things become a little clearer later as we learn that Tina owns the home and the boyfriend is enjoying the luxury of living rent free. Tina appears to have no family except for the man she calls father, who claims to have adopted her.

Tina is unattractive by human standards and is most often seen staring attentively and …

Alfonso Cuarón's Roma (2018) A Window into the Life of a Working Class Woman

For every person who keeps their hands clean and smooth from doing heavy duty manual labor, there are people who work thanklessly in the background, making life comfortable for those few. This is the subject of Roma, a film set in Mexico City with original screenplay written in Spanish. Roma takes one of those hardworking people and brings her front and center.

Cleo is the housekeeper of a middle-class family in the 1970s. She cleans the house, cleans the dog poo off the house entrance, brings the family tea, and serves them at mealtime. Cleo comes across as diligent, hardworking, sweet, shy, non-demanding, and loving. The children seem to adore her. She is a constant in their lives, and they treat her as one would expect a person who demands or expects nothing in return. At times, she’s like wallpaper. Other times, they are affectionate with her and desire her attention.

There isn’t much plot to this movie. Cleo does have some romantic adventures and deals with an unexpected pregn…