Dark: Everything is Now (Alles Ist Jetzt)
December 3, 2017 5:16 PM - Season 1, Episode 9 - Subscribe

Ulrich runs afoul of the law. Helge tries to dodge Egon Tiedemann, Claudia harnesses the cave’s powers, and Katharina lashes out at Hannah.

*We open with a headshot montage, and the suitcase device ticking away.

*1953: Bernd looks over the construction site, then goes home to discover Helge is missing, and leaves for the police station. Ulrich has sat through the night watching the shelter door. At the police station, Egon's boss tells him that Bernd is there to report Helge missing, and Egon remembers Ulrich had mentioned Helge.
*1953: Claudia and Tronte look for Gretchen in the woods (and flirt a little). Mrs. Egon tries on one of Agnes Nielsen's dresses. They also flirt (but Mrs. Egon loses her nerve). Helge's mother confesses to Noah (I think?) that she never wanted Helge, that he might have been the product of an affair, and the priest recites a super-creepy rendition of the Lord's Prayer.
*1953: Egon drives past Ulrich, then chases him through the woods and catches him by the cavern entrance. When Egon asks if he killed the boys, Ulrich insists that the boys can't be dead because he has changed the future by stopping Helge. Egon takes him into custody. Back in the shelter, Helge regains consciousness.

*1986: A masked man runs through the forest, with the sound of helicopters overhead. He stops to rest and examine his shoulder wound.
*1986: Hannah talks to Katharina outside the school, asking if she and Ulrich will stay together, and casting suspicion on Regina as the witness. In jail, Ulrich is released. Jana slaps Egon and says she'll get him removed from Mads' case. In the radioactive barrel cavern, Claudia checks the geiger counter readings, and is surprised by the sudden appearance of her lost 1953 poodle, Gretchen.
*1986: Ulrich and Katharina talk by the tower hut when Regina walks by; Katharina accuses her of being the false witness, and starts beating her up, when the formerly-masked teen comes out of the woods and tells Katharina to stop, brandishing his gun until she apologizes and she and Ulrich leave. He collapses, but doesn't want to go to the hospital, and Regina offers to patch him up herself. He introduces himself as Aleksander.
*1986: Claudia talks to Bernd Doppler, at his mansion, about the mysterious incident at the power plant and the cover-up. He says the danger was minimal and taken care of.
*1986: Middle-age Helge exits the shelter as old 2019 Helge watches from the woods. At the police station, Egon waits through Helge's appointed interview time, then drives out to the cabin to look for him. 1986 Helge hides in the cabin; Egon tries all the doors and the shelter door (padlocked), then drives away.
*1986: Aleksander buries a gun and one passport (for Boris Niewald) in the woods and keeps the Aleksander passport on him, as young Hannah watches from behind a tree. He goes to Claudia's office asking for a job.
*1986 Helge and Noah the priest work on the chair in wallpapered room. Helge has second thoughts, but Noah gives a super-creepy speech about the evil of man and nonexistence of God and how the time machine they're building will re-order everything.

*2019: Hannah opens a box in her kitchen which has the plastic bag with Aleksander's fake passport and gun from 1986. At the police station, Charlotte listens to Ulrich's last voicemail, when Katharina bursts in looking for him, then storms out again.
*2019: Franziska gets out of Magnus' bed after sex, and he gives her the necklace of hers he found in the woods. Downstairs, Martha leaves another message for Jonas, and is surprised to see Franziska leave.
*2019: Katharina goes to Hannah's looking for Ulrich. Hannah tells her it's over, in the most hurtful way possible -- saying that Hannah ended it, that Ulrich was the one who started it, that he had told her he wasn't in love with Katharina anymore and wanted to end the marriage and was in love with Hannah.
*2019: Bartosz is playing video games when old Claudia, his grandmother, arrives. Bartosz said he'd been told she was dead, and she says she wasn't a good mother to Regina.
*2019: Hannah gives Aleksander a massage at the plant, and shows him the plastic bag to show she has his gun and fake passport, and tells him she wants him to destroy Ulrich or else.
*2019: Jonas comes home to find Martha waiting outside, demanding to know why he's ignoring her. He tells her they're wrong together, and leaves her outside.
*2019: Aleksander calls eyepatch-cop, Wöllen, for dirt on Ulrich. Wöllen asks what about the truck, and Aleksander says it's fine where it is, and they'll move the barrels back when things quiet down.
*2019: Regina goes into the hooded man's room to vacuum, and sees the wall-o-crazy pin-ups everywhere. Somewhere/somewhen, the suitcase device whirs away.
*2019: Bartosz gets into Noah's car and says that everything Noah predicted has happened. Noah asks if he's reconsiders his offer, and Bartosz accepts.

*1986: Claudia hires Aleksander, has him weld shut the door in the radioactive barrel cavern.
*2019: The sex worker with the RV sees the hooded figure in the rain, then he breaks into the truck and opens up one of the radioactive material barrels.
*1953: Tannhaus tinkers in the shop, then old Claudia arrives with schematics of the suitcase device and asks him to build it for her.
posted by oh yeah! (12 comments total)
I was so happy to see Gretchen the poodle survived, was not expecting her to survive the tunnels after all the other dead animals in the show, so, yay. Hopefully she'll survive the finale too.

Was Noah the priest Helge's mother was talking to? Is it the same actor in all 3 timelines? I think it is, but I wasn't sure.

Hannah is terrifyingly devious in every timeline.

One more to go! Sure hope it wraps up with an explanation and not a cliffhanger.
posted by oh yeah! at 5:24 PM on December 3

Yes, I believe Noah was the priest she was talking to, and yes, I think it is the same actor.
posted by triggerfinger at 9:27 PM on December 3

Why did the eyepatch cop have an eyepatch? Do we ever know?
posted by triggerfinger at 9:29 PM on December 3 [2 favorites]

How does Aleksander get to be Aleksander Tiedemann (which he is in the credits)? The passport he uses says Aleksander Köhler. Does Claudia end up adopting him, giving him her name, and then marrying him to her daughter?
posted by neroli at 8:19 PM on December 4

Is Noah Agnes Nielsen's supposedly dead husband? What's up with the scars on 1953 Tronte's arms? The guy with the tattooed back we saw earlier was Noah, right? Who built the "Sic Mundus.." doors to the portal?
posted by neroli at 8:28 PM on December 4

More people should watch this show.
posted by neroli at 8:29 PM on December 4

Does 1986 Egon know that Ulrich, who he has in a cell for supposedly raping Katharina, is the same person he had in his cell in 1953, when Ulrich was 33 years older than he was in 1986?
posted by neroli at 8:35 PM on December 4

I was also kind of thinking he was her husband. But, they were in the same (small) town at the same time, so you think he'd have discovered her if she ran away. The scars on Tronte's arms looked like cigar burns, and his mom was smoking in one scene, but it was a cigarette, which was much to small to have left those marks. I kind of took her at her word that her husband was probably abusive, but I'm sure there's more to come on that.
posted by triggerfinger at 8:38 PM on December 4

OH! And my theory is that the reason Egon hates teenager Ulrich so much (he hated him well before the rape charge) is because he somehow remembers him from when they met in the 50s (even if it is subconsciously).

It seems unlikely, but I don't know if Ulrich ever gave the police his name in the 1950s, so maybe teenage Ulrich reminds Egon of a very bad dude he arrested once, years before.
posted by triggerfinger at 8:43 PM on December 4

OH! And my theory is that the reason Egon hates teenager Ulrich so much (he hated him well before the rape charge) is because he somehow remembers him from when they met in the 50s (even if it is subconsciously).

Yes, I think it's the moebius strip/ouroboros paradox effect -- Egon's hatred and suspicion of 1986 teen Ulrich was created by his interaction with 2019 Ulrich in 1953, but 2019 Ulrich wouldn't have been so insulting to 1953 Egon if he didn't have such a grudge against him for the false rape charge arrest and the apparent bungling of the Mads investigation. The one grudge creates the other, but neither one was first.

More people should watch this show.

I think they will -- I don't expect it to gain some huge 'Stranger Things'-sized following, but I do think people will check it out on a whim or recommendation and get sucked into a binge over the year.
posted by oh yeah! at 9:16 PM on December 4 [1 favorite]

I can't figure why modern Aleksander even cares that Hannah has a gun and a 33 year old passport of some random teenage boy named Boris.
posted by los pantalones del muerte at 10:05 PM on December 5 [1 favorite]

Yeah that whole subplot was incoherent and unnecessary. Waste of time toward the end, and an obvious setup, along with the "DESTROY ULRICH" nonsense, for more drama in season 2. A shame, really.
posted by mediareport at 8:51 PM on December 6

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