There are minor spoilers in this article.

Netflix has been branching out beyond stories set in the U.S., and has even distributed some excellent foreign shows that have found popularity in America. For example, “3%” is a Brazilian show, but was recommended to me by many of my friends. Netflix has released its first season of the German show “Dark,” a mystery, thriller and sci-fi all crafted into one (produced by Wiedemann & Berg Television). It’s the type of show that has your mind twisting and turning all the way through, and will undoubtedly make for an excellent second watch-through.

Television shows and movies have a way of speaking to me, as you’ve probably noticed if you’ve read many of my articles. A good show will resonate with me in various ways, and “Dark” did exactly that, questioning the nature of time, free will and concepts like destiny and fate, all in a compelling, thrilling and sometimes creepy way. Why and how do these themes resonate with us? We are generally not so concerned with time bending or time travel or anything like that.

With that said, we very easily get consumed with living in the future or living in the past. The military instilled that in me, and it’s a useful tool as long as it doesn’t get abused. You look forward to your next objective, and you look back to recognize and never repeat your mistakes. Live and learn, as they say. As someone who exited the military, these things are equally important — especially looking forward. Without something to look forward to it’s easy to drown in the past. It’s easy to get lost in the glory days when you could be making new glory days in the civilian world.