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‘3 Body Problem’ Review – A Mind-Bending Invasion

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This review was made possible by screeners for all episodes of 3 Body Problem3 Body Problem premieres on Netflix on Thursday, March 21st.

The creators of Game Of Thrones, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss return with their first project as show runners since that controversial final trek through Westeros in 2019. After a failed HBO series, a failed Star Wars trilogy, a $200 million deal with Netflix in 2019 and a murder (seriously) plaguing its production, 3 Body Problem is finally here.

Based on the acclaimed sci-fi novel Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu that was later translated into English by Ken Liu. The Three-Body Universe is made up of three novels, the adaptation has been mapped out to run for four seasons. Benioff and Weiss are joined by Alexander Woo (True Blood) as co-creators, executive producers and writers of the series.

UNEXPLAINABLE PHENOMENA

The series follows a close knit group of five scientists who all studied at Oxford together, known as the Oxford Five. The group consists of Jin Cheng (Jess Hong), Jack Rooney (John Bradley), Auggie Salazar (Eiza González), Will Downing (Alex Sharp) and Saul Durand (Jovan Adepo). This group all play their parts to perfection, they are the heart and soul of the series. A string of mysterious deaths have been plaguing the scientific community, all connected by an anonymous countdown. A countdown that has now appeared before Auggie’s eyes.

3 Body Problem. (L to R) Eiza González as Auggie Salazar, Jess Hong as Jin Cheng, Saamer Usmani as Raj Varma, Jovan Adepo as Saul Durand, Alex Sharp as Will Downing in 3 Body Problem. Cr. Ed Miller/Netflix © 2024

While Detective Da Shi (Benedict Wong) is looking into these almost inexplainable deaths, he crosses paths with the Oxford Five on his search for answers. Fate has seemingly brought all of these people together. Coincidences that seem far too convenient at the surface, but in reality have a connection that goes back further than anyone could imagine. Someone has a target on the world’s brightest minds. But why? And whom? Or maybe even, what?

AN INCOMING INVASION

The marketing for the series is somehow more illusive than the series itself, which I think is all for the better. I want to keep my review that way as well so you can experience the absolute roller coaster ride this series brings you on. But something is coming for earth. Possibly the biggest threat mankind has ever faced.

These series of events are somehow all linked to one decision made in 1977 in China. A decision that has ramifications felt throughout all space and time. While the series is absolutely bonkers, what makes it great is the exploration of human purpose. The stamp you leave behind in this life. There’s always something worth fighting for, this time it’s for humanity itself.

3 Body Problem. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2024

Benioff and Weiss have made a victorious return to the small screen with 3 Body Problem with the help of Alexander Woo. A mind-bending sci-fi thriller that will leave you guessing one moment, then have your jaw on the floor the next. Utterly captivating and exceptionally inventive. An absolute must watch series that will likely be on many top ten lists by the end of the year. The series premieres on Netflix Thursday, March 21st.

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