Episode 5 Mikkel Lost and Found (and Lost) in Netflix Dark Season 2

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Episode 5 Lost and Found

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.

Hot take: Most of the action in this episode takes place in our "current" time of 2020. In the 1980s, we follow Claudia and Ulrich as they try to stop the inevitable. Both of them have emotional arcs because their motivations are clearly narrow-sighted. Ulrich just wants Mikkel back and thinks if he can return his son, all will be right again. Claudia wants to stop the bad from happening to both her dad and daughter. In 1921, our gaze is firmly locked on Jonas as he tries to stop calamity from happening to him, those he lives, and the whole earthly realm. His gaze has transcended his own good to those around him. He is willing to accept he may no longer exist if results in a greater good.

In 2053 - No storylines are explored in this time period.

In 2020 - Grown up Jonas dreams of being with Martha, adding to the chain of dreams between the two of them. He awakes in a cold sweat. He leaves the house after glancing (tenderly? supiciously?) at his mother. He travels to the Nielsen's house and leaves a special gift on Martha's pillow. It appears his main goal is to talk with Charlotte. He admits he doesn't know who her parents are but gives her more info about Noah.

After her talk with Jonas, Charlotte returns to her family home and finds out just who her father is, and she's not too happy.

Meanwhile Katharina has decided to confess everything to her kids and let them know where Mikkel and Ulrich are. After being ignored for so long, the kids storm angrily out of the house, not giving Katharina the time of day.

Still reeling from that rejection, she knocks angrily on the door of the Kahnwald house. It seems like Katharina is always knocking angrily on that door. She manages to tell off Hannah again, now that she has additional reasons to despise her. 

Clausen interrupts to catfight as he has some questions for Hannah. 

At the Tiedemann home, Regina shares her concerns with Aleksander that Bartosz didn't come home last night. 

The teen team (Martha, Franziska, Magnus, and Elisabeth) go back to the caves where they left Bartosz tied up. He finally confesses the contraption is a time machine. Despite Bartosz's pleas, they use it themselves to travel back to the 1980s. And discover yes, indeed, it is a time machine. Although they don't see him, Ulrich spots his kids after he's been recaptured and cries out to them.

Upon returning from traveling, Martha returns to her room and finds the gift Jonas left her. The kids don't seem too excited that time travel exists. They are all still pissed off. 

In 1987 - Adult (not old) Claudia continues to research the future through newspaper clippings she procured from the 2020 library. Troubled that her father appears to have died tomorrow, she asks him to move in with her, hoping to stop the death from happening.

She also asks one of her employees to check out the liquid matter in the tube she brings. 

Ulrich, still reeling from the new that Mikkel is alive, manages to escape. He doesn't quite have it worked out, but he plans to see Mikkel and talk him into returning with him to the 2020 timeline, I suppose. In one of the most moving scenes of the series, Ulrich and Mikkel share a tentative but tender moment. He talks Mikkel into fleeing with him, only to be intercepted by local authorities. Both end up back where they started on this day. Both Mikkel and Ulrich are getting different forms of treatment to "help them" acclimate to society.

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

In 1921 - Teen Jonas wakes up to find Adam hovering nearby and asking him to get dressed and come with him. Although the man isn't pretty, he does know the importance of a great fitted suit.  Adam tries to impress Jonas with his psychological mind tricks but Jonas isn't having it. He's a man of action and wants to continue his quest to make things "right."

After a lengthy dialogue with Jonas, Adam confesses their might be a loophole. Go back through the portal back to 2019 -- the day Michael Kahnwald kills himself -- and stop the cycle from happening. He tells Jonas that he should stop his dad's suicide and martyr himself. Jonas decides to listen to him for once.

Burning Questions: Who is Charlotte's mom and what circumstances lead to her being with Noah, a man that is seeming less like the grandmaster and more like a pawn every episode. Why does Egon die and can Claudia really change that? How does Mikkel feel after seeing Ulrich again? Does the medication Ines gives him impact his memories?

Pop culture crossovers:

  • Martha's phone lock screen says Ariadne with a creepy image of a black and white scene. At first I thought it might be an album cover for a musician, but I couldn't find a match online. We do know Martha played Ariadne in the school play about the Minotaur and the Maze. 
  • Mikkel is playing with a Rubiks cube when Ulrich approaches him. 
  • A poster at the 1980s bus stop advertises a tour of a famous German 1980s pop duo called Modern Talking. The tour coincided with the 1986 release of an album In the Middle of Nowhere. 
  • The other poster advertised a campaign for German political leader Helmut Kohl.

Song track: May the Angels by Alev Lenz

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