A Look to the future in Netflix’s “3 Body Problem”

Released last month on March 21, “3 Body Problem” brings an interesting plot that is out of this world – literally. This is the first season of the show, and it is eight episodes in total that range from 45-minutes to an hour. It is a show that you could definitely binge watch, and honestly, I wouldn’t blame you because you’ll feel the need to keep watching until the end.


Filmed in the U.K., the U.S. and Spain, this show uses a global cast and crew to produce their final product, and it is very well done, to say the least. The complex scenes, special effects and interstellar plot are surreal to create an experience while watching that takes you elsewhere. It makes you think constantly, and isn’t a show that you can half-watch while scrolling through your phone, because every detail is important.


This Netflix series is based off of the book “The Three-Body Problem” by Liu Cixin, a Chinese science fiction author. It is the first novel of the “Remembrance of Earth’s Past” trilogy. The minds behind this show are anticipating at least three or four seasons after this one. Something that makes this show even more unique is how it follows three different timelines that all interrelate: 1960s China, present-day and 400 years into the future. It’s extremely fascinating to  watch and be able to piece all the timelines together.


The series’ creators David Benioff, D.B. Weiss and Alexander Woo all have strong backgrounds, considering Benioff and Weiss’ experience as executive producers in “Game of Thrones.” While the cast is drawn from people with smaller acting careers, it still includes relatively known actors, like Eiza Gonzalez (who played roles in “Baby Driver” and “Godzilla vs. Kong”) and Benedict Wong (who was in “The Martian” and “Avengers: Infinity War”). 


The cast and crew draw together all of their experience to bring the book to life. There are some critics out there, especially the fans of the book series, who claim that it’s been poorly adapted. Majority of the reviews have been positive, though, and state that this show is underrated…and I would have to agree!


On the tomatometer from Rotten Tomatoes, “3 Body Problem” scores an 80 percent, which is truly deserving. IMDb rates this show 7.7/10, which isn’t a bad score compared to the many scores we have seen throughout this semester in my past reviews. It was an awesome watch, but there were definitely some scenes that were more confusing than they needed to be. This is understandable, though, because of the scientific nature of the show. Nonetheless, “3 Body Problem” is a show that needs to be added to your next watch list, and is one that will make you rethink life on earth.

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