Dark (season 3)

This show, which started as a story about a pattern of missing children in a downmarket German town, quickly morphed into a very unusual type of time travel story:  Back to the Future meets Twin Peaks.  Like many time travel stories, the relationships between the characters and the timing of events gets very complicated – this is not a show you can watch with half an eye and hope to follow what’s going on. And, while most time travel stories work overtime to avoid time travel paradoxes, this show embraces them – people are forever meeting with other versions of themselves.

I enjoyed the excursions into German cultural history, from the devastation of the immediate post war years, to the hopeful 1980s, to the apprehensive present. And although the ending came out of left field, I thought it tied up the storylines pretty well.

Three seasons, on Netflix.

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