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[Netflix Review] Biohackers Season 1 (2020) ★★★☆☆

Mia holding a glowing mouse in Biohackers season 1

Biohackers is a series that’s easy on the eyes, with a fun science fiction mystery. 


Biohackers is a German science fiction mystery series that aims at a young adult audience. It is very light on the science fiction and high on the mystery, with room for a lot of comic relief. It’s an entertaining series that doesn’t take itself too seriously and focuses on the main character and her search for the truth. 

It’s not a too difficult mystery to solve, and the path leading towards it is full with plot devices and too simplistic solutions to deal with difficult situations or circumstances. It’s therefore a series that is easy to watch and because it has only six episodes of approximately 35 minutes, it’s very easy to binge-watch. 

This first season consists of 6 episodes with each a duration of 40-45 minutes (with end credits that take 8 minutes). It has a continuous story arc unraveling the mystery, while flashbacks explain the mystery surrounding the main character. It’s highly recommended to watch this series with its original German audio and with subtitles in your own language if possible.


Plot

It starts with an incident on a train. On that train are Mia Akerlund and her friend Niklas when a mysterious viral outbreak takes place. Then we jump back in time. A couple weeks earlier Mia attends the university in Freiburg where she studies medicine and takes some classes with professor Tanja Lorenz a doctor in biology who works in the field of biohacking. 

It soon becomes clear that Mia wants a special internship with her and befriends the professor’s student assistant, Jasper and his roommate Niklas. She gets introduced into the world of biohacking, but she has a secret agenda of her own, solving a family mystery. She gets help from her roommates Ole, who experiments on himself, Chen-Lu who experiments on plants and Lotta who’s a rich girl.


Why you should watch it

Biohackers is a very light science fiction series that focuses more on the young adult aspects, the relationships between the six students and even romance, while the main focus is the mystery that surrounds Mia’s past. 

With flashbacks, every episode reveals more about Mia’s past, what happened to her and who she is and why she infiltrates professor  Lorenz’s life and studies. While it’s not that difficult to guess what is going on, both with Mia’s past and what will happen on the train, it still makes a very enjoyable watch. 

The friends are likable, although a bit stereotypical and over the top, the romance is a cliche and the science fiction biohacking is used for comic relief, when it’s not yet the evil practice that it can be used for. Even when it comes to that, the ethical questions are used as a plot device and not as a theme in the story. It’s not about the ethical and moral complications of science, although the mystery is revolving around it, but it makes for an exciting ride towards unraveling the mystery alongside Mia. 

It’s not a fast-paced series per se, but the short episodes are to the point, create some comic relief, unravel bits of the mystery, uncover more about Mia, while the storyline moves forward towards the train incident. From thereon the flashbacks have solved the big mystery surrounding Mia and then it’s a matter of defeating the villain of the story. 

Biohackers is an entertaining series that doesn’t bring anything new, or philosophical or ethical, but it is enjoyable due to the likable characters, the to the point storytelling and it feels fresh and light. It doesn’t stand out in any way, but, if you are into something that is an easy watch, then this is a nice suggestion.


My favorite part

I had a good time watching this series. Like I already said, nothing really stands out and the use of stereotypes and cliches is not sporadic, but it still is very entertaining and it is an addictive watch. It’s an easy watch and the quick and short episodes urge you to watch the next episode, till you’re suddenly at the end. Sometimes it’s just fun to watch a series that doesn’t address difficult themes handling them with a serious tone, but just sit back, relax and enjoy.


Ratings

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Thrill factor: ★★☆☆☆

Popcorn factor: ★★★★☆

Entertainment factor: ★★★★☆


Cast and crew

Biohackers is created by Cristian Ditter. It stars Luna Wedler (Mia Akerlund), Jessica Schwarz (Tanja Lorenz), Thomas Prenn (Niklas), Adrian Julius Tillman (Jasper), Jing Xiang (Chen-Lu), Sebastian Jakob Doppelbauer (Ole) and Caro Cult (Lotta).

Music: Fil Eisler. Cinematography: Jakob Wiessner. Production company: Claussen+Putz Filmproduktion. Original network: Netflix. 


Check the trailer below


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