Netflix’s “Dark:” The Trilogy Continues with its Second Season

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Co-created by Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese, the second season of the crime drama mystery Dark was made available on Netflix Friday, 21 June 2019. Dark, the first German-language Netflix original series, premiered on the streaming service on Friday, 1 Dec. 2017.

The second season premiere, ‘Anfänge und Enden (Beginnings and Endings),’ opens with a quote from the  German philosopher Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche that reads: “Und wenn du lange in einen Abgrund blickst, blickt der Abrund auch in dich hinein (And if you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss also gazes into you).”

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In the Past…

It’s the Tuesday, 21 June 1921. While the image on the screen is indicative of a mineshaft, when the camera takes us into the tunnel, the truth is revealed. We find it is not a mineshaft. There are no miners digging for coal or precious metals. It is an archaeological dig which has yielded a significant find that speaks of witchcraft and possibly the occult.

Screen Capture: A Scene from Dark’s Second Season Premiere episode ‘Anfänge und Enden (Beginnings and Endings).’
Screen Capture: A Scene from Dark’s Second Season Premiere episode ‘Anfänge und Enden (Beginnings and Endings).’

A ‘triquetra,’ is clearly visible on what resembles a doorway of some description. The triquetra has been found on runestones in much of Northern Europe. Two men a busy excavating the site.

As the episode progresses, we jump between the past, present and future in what seems like a random sequence of events, but everything is connected in some fashion. Cause and effect is apparent.

Dark Season Two Promotional Poster
Dark Season Two Promotional Poster. Image Credit: IMDb.com

In the Open Air…

Screen Capture: A Scene from Dark Second Season Premiere episode ‘Anfänge und Enden (Beginnings and Endings).’
Screen Capture: A Scene from Dark’s Second Season Premiere episode ‘Anfänge und Enden (Beginnings and Endings).’

Outside the tunnel, after a brief conversation, the younger one of the two men picks up a pickaxe and kills the other digger. Even the first strike accomplishes the goal, the young archaeologist repeatedly plunges the pickaxe into the older man’s back. The scene transitions from the young man looking down at what he had done to an image of a priest with virtually the same facial expression.

99 Years later…

The priest is reading from a century-old journal. The symbol on the journal cover matched the one on the doorway seen in the archaeological dig. It is now Saturday, 27 June 2020, almost a century after the opening scene is set, and the beginning of the last cycle is nigh. Cue opening titles…

It was only a Dream and it’s a Post-Apocalyptic World…

Screen Capture: A Scene from Dark Second Season Premiere episode ‘Anfänge und Enden (Beginnings and Endings).’
Screen Capture: A Scene from Dark’s Second Season Premiere episode ‘Anfänge und Enden (Beginnings and Endings).’

The post opening titles scene, even for a German-language production, is significantly erotic. It quickly transitions to a man suddenly awakening as if from a dream in a dark attic-like space. After descending a flight of stairs, a calendar on the wall shows the date Saturday, 27 June 2020 marked with a red circle. Is this the current date or does the circle indicate something significantly more ominous? Is this the date the human world took a wrong turn?

Screen Capture: A Scene from Dark Second Season Premiere episode ‘Anfänge und Enden (Beginnings and Endings).’
Screen Capture: A Scene from Dark’s Second Season Premiere episode ‘Anfänge und Enden (Beginnings and Endings).’

As the individual exits the building, we find the woodlands have reclaimed the suburb. The house and other buildings in the area are derelict. While it looks like something catastrophic has occurred, possibly a war, it does not look like a recent event. It is a post-apocalyptic world where very few people have an interest in rebuilding society. They simply scavenge from the wreckage of the old world whatever they need to survive.

In another building, possibly a school, the paint has peeled from the walls. The floor is strewn with chips of plaster and paint from the walls and ceiling. Other than the backpacked individual, there is no sign of life. The further he explores the derelict school, the worse the conditions seem.

In the past, the present…

It is another sunny morning in Germany. It is Sunday, 21 June 2020 and there are six days to go before the apocalypse. The calendar we saw with the red circle shown drawn on Saturday, 27 June 2020 has yet to have that circle drawn on it. It is the same building as we saw in the future set scene.

There is a community meeting in the school gymnasium. Various people from around the community have gone missing and the authorities are stumped as to the reason for the disappearances. “Six people have been missing for months!” and it does not look like the local police know what is happening. They are struggling to keep order in the area.

The episode continues down a dark and winding path with little hope for anyone’s survival… If you want to know where it leads, one will have to begin watching the season from the beginning.