Episode 4 The Travelers Team Up in Netflix Dark Season 2

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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 4 The Travelers

Although I break the events down into the different time periods, during the episode, all the time periods are interwoven together in a way that juxtaposes the events together.

Most of this episode occurs in the "present," which is the year 2020. Whereas much of Dark revolves around characters feeling alone and doing things as an individual, in this episode, we see characters forming alliances and trying to work together. It's a coming together, where people share what they know with others. There are two groups that form in 2020 -- the teens and the adults.

In 2053 - The guard who helped Jonas escape from his prison cell walks outside the room where the dark matter blob is contained, only to be confronted by adult Elisabeth. The guard wants to know what is the blob? Elisabeth signs to her: It's the devil. I was really hoping we would identify the guard and find out who she is. 

In 2020 - Martha is having dreams of being intimate with Jonas, and we hear a line that will be repeated over and over: "I believe we're the perfect match. Never believe anything else." Lisa Vicari (Martha) does stellar acting work here as she wakes and she realizes it's just a dream. She misses her Jonas, and she still has no clue why he went cold so long ago. 

Magnus and Franziska make up from their fight, and are joined by Martha and Elisabeth. They are going to investigate the caves. Because why not? Everyone disappears in the caves. There must be some sort of clue as to what is going on. Inside the caves, they find Bartosz, who is carrying one of the time machines. He won't tell him what it is, so they tie him up, beat on him a little, and decide to leave him there. You have to feel for Bartosz. We are set up to dislike him in season 1 because of our allegiance to Jonas, but Bartosz fell in love with Martha, found out she likes Jonas, was dumped, and now is basically alone in the world. His Mom is dying from cancer. Now his ex girlfriend lets her brother beat on him. 

Adult Jonas finds the gun his mother is keeping and demands to know what she was going to do with it. Although Hannah doesn't share, she does decide to invite Charlotte over to meet adult Jonas and trade information. Charlotte invites Jonas and Hannah down to see the wall with all of the pictures she has kept -- in particular she Hannah lingers on the compelling photo of Ulrich announcing his arrest in the 1950s for the murder of the missing boys in that time. Katharina is also brought in to the adult Scooby gang and is told that Mikkel and Ulrich are alive, but in different time periods. She is also confronted with the adult Jonas, who she is told is her grandson now. Poor Katharina. She is another character that seems pitiful to me.  Although Katharina is hopping mad that she is being told stuff about her family from Hannah, she drives to the school and finds the proof that Mikkel attended school back in the 80s. 

The time hopping Claudia from the 80s shows up at the plant, planning to talk to her older self, only to find that Aleksander is in charge. This baffles her. Remember that she had no idea that Regina would marry Aleksander, and of course, it's somewhat confusing that he is going by the surname Tiedeman now. She then goes to the library to figure out what has happened in the last 33 years and finds an article with a story that she disappeared. 

Well Aleksander is in a meeting because he's being questioned by Clausen. It's becoming increasingly apparent that Clausen has some sort of agenda of his own. He is very invested in finding out about Aleksander -- a little too invested. 

In 1987 - No storylines are explored in this time period. 

In 1954 - No storylines are explored in this time period. 

In 1921 - Jonas appears after entering the dark matter blob in 2053. Remember he has appeared with a gunshot wound and an open wound around his neck from when he was almost hung for trespassing into the "dead zone." Everyone assumes he's been in battle so he blends right in just fine. He is offered a place to sleep in an upper room that looks oddly familiar. I believe it's supposed to be the original structure that his house became, but I could be wrong. 

After getting some sleep, despite the fact that the sun is shining brightly for Midsommar, young Jonas wakes up and sees a young version of Noah watching him. Later, he runs off to the caves. I can only assume he was going to try and leave and go to another time period. After all, he didn't plan to go to 1921. He wanted to go back to 2020. However, in this time period the portal has not been created yet, which means he's probably stuck in 1921. Although we don't know what will happen, it's likely that Jonas himself created the original portal as a means to get back -- so he may indeed be responsible for creating the thing he hopes to end. Jonas leaves the caves to find young Noah, who informs him that Sic Mundus is waiting to meet him. Jonas then meets older Noah and Adam.  

We discover how Jonas is connected to Adam. DANG.

I'm not crazy about this Adam guy. I don't find him particularly interesting. He keeps spouting off all of these important-sounding phrases and seems untouchable and unaffected. Overall in this epsidode, it feels like progress is being made because of all of the reveals. We hope Katharina will feel comforted knowing that Mikkel is alive yet she is just more upset. Jonas isn't any closer to achieving his goals, and he has to hang out with all of these jerks. 

The best part of this episode was Claudia going to the library and learning how to use a tablet. Love a good library scene. This wasn't my favorite episode, but they can't all be great. 

Burning questions: What will Jonas do now that there is no portal? 

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