October 16, 2019

October Staff Pick: Shawnna Dodd Director of Development

I’ve been really into time travel lately. Not doing it, of course, just watching shows about it.

Dark has two seasons so far on Netflix, with a third in production. It defaults to dubbed, but I highly recommend watching it in original German. The subtitles are a little jumpy on streaming but the dialogue doesn’t seem to matter anyway. What is it about? I have no idea. Atmospheric, circular, moving and surprising, Dark sucks you in – but it isn’t one of those shows that makes you stay up too late binge-watching. After a few episodes, you’ll want to take a break to process it.

Travelers is a Canadian take on saving the world through time travel. It is a bit more palatable since the way traveling works in this universe hand-waves away many of the time loop problems inherent in these types of stories. It is essentially a fish-out-of-water drama as the travelers adapt to existence in the past. Travelers has a somewhat sudden but still fairly satisfying conclusion after being cancelled at the end three seasons.

Finally, if you really want to have your mind bent, track down Primer. This independent film was made with $7,000 by Shane Carruth, who wrote, directed, produced, edited, scored and starred, and won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 2004. Primer follows two guys who accidentally build a time machine in the garage. Then decide to take it for a spin. Chaos ensues. Fans have been trying to unravel it on the internet ever since.