I tried to watch Season 3. I realized immediately I had forgotten *everything* and was completely lost, so went back and watched the first two seasons all over again and then tried again. Viewed all together, I got frustrated with the ever-increasing complexity of the storylines and timelines. I was actually taking notes! But after a while I gave up trying to keep it all straight and just soldiered on to the end.
Superb acting throughout, fantastic direction, wonderful cinematography. I love stories that include woods and forests. If you like that too, you might want to check out Black Spot, a French show that features a very creepy forest.
I thought we had it bad when we had to keep track of two versions of each character in two timelines. THEN we added more timelines, more versions, then Season 3 threw in the parallel universe thing. I can barely remember where I put my glasses, for Gott's sake.
I agree with the poster above who said it's a cheap trick to introduce this flashy new twist in the last 2 episodes that neatly explains everything. It made sense and held together, I guess, but it is a sloppy storytelling technique, imho.
Also very much loved the music throughout.
This show could do with a drinking game where everybody takes a shot when you hear that descending violin glissando, which signals to the viewer something creepy just happened or is happening. Or every time someone gives a sonorous monologue about the end is the beginning and the beginning is the end..... Or every time someone tells someone else not to trust (x) and that (x) is lying to you. You'd be roaring drunk.
Though I am generally thumbs up on this show, I am still brimming over with unanswered questions. Can someone please explain to me the Hairlip Trio? Who were they and why were they running around randomly killing people? Why did it take three of them? Why did the admin at the power plant have to die? Did anybody ever help the French delegation? It became evident by the end that a bunch of the storylines were just for fun and had nothing to do with the actual plot. Such as Claussen. Nothing about Alexander's past or Hannah's attempts to blackmail him had anything to do with the time travel plot, no? Other than emphasizing to us what a dick Hannah was. Why did young Noah have to kill the guy who was digging the tunnel with him? What was the deal with that guy's tattoo? And what was the point of the tunnel anyhow?
Why did we need to see Agnes Nielsen and Tronte come to live with the Tiedemanns? And Tronte's affair with Claudia, and Agnes' affair with Egon's wife... and why was Helge's mother such a bitch, and who the hell had a child (Peter) with Helge? We learn at the end that Charlotte actually was the clock man's granddaughter, but earlier he told her he was not. He said two women appeared with a baby (Charlotte): who were they? I raised my eyebrows when we were told that Claudia's whole motivation was to "save Regina." How did she do that and was she not motivated to try to save the world from nuclear holocaust? (For that matter, we never got a coherent explanation of how exactly this nuclear "event" worked together with the clock man's device to cause Armageddon. Or if we did, it went right over my head.) What was going on with the dead children who were kidnapped and held in the bunker and why were their eyes burned? and why was the bunker fitted out to look like 1986? Why did Noah give Charlotte's watch to Elizabeth? I could go on and on.
I do think this show tried to do too much and got too clever for itself. I think it would have been a tighter, better story with about 1/3 of the storylines cut. I don't think you should have to read a bunch of blog posts and recaps to follow the basic plot of a show. On the other hand, it's refreshing to see a show that doesn't spoon-feed explanations to you.
Whatever its sins, I am willing to forgive them for one reason: the examination of "Paradise" in the final episodes. When we see Martha and Jonas realize they can't exist in the origin world, of course it's sad -- but then they evaporate and it's so beautiful and natural, along with the others who don't exist in the origin world. And then Hannah's explanation when she says nonexistence isn't so bad -- that it felt like a relief, to be at peace. That worked beautifully against expectations. Everybody was trying to save someone they love, trying to find someone who was lost, to hang onto someone, and it seemed to be asking us to consider that letting go, allowing someone or something to pass away -- it doesn't have to be a tragedy. I really love that.
Oh, and count me along with the others who think in the closing dinner party, Peter's date was with Benni.