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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.