New Netflix Original series, Biohackers, is a German-produced sci-fi thriller that follows Mia (Luna Welder), a mysterious and strikingly intelligent biology student. With a troubling loss at a young age and so many unanswered questions about her past, Mia begins her time at university on the hunt for answers.
Initially, Mia is like any other highly motivated pre-med student. She moves into a new flat, parties with her extraordinarily quirky flatmates, meets a charming teacher’s assistant, and even impresses her highly regarded biology professor, Dr. Lorenz (Jessica Schwarz). As Mia’s story develops, it becomes clear that she is very adamant to make a good impression with Lorenz, even going to such lengths as to cozy up with Lorenz’s teacher’s assistant, Jasper (Adrian J. Tilmann).
We learn of the more enigmatic facets of Mia’s traumatic backstory and her complicated present through a series of sepia-toned flashbacks and short snippets of what appears to be in the near future. There are flashes of trains, lost family members, and even a familiar face pops up from time to time. As the story progresses, Mia begins to seem less and less like a simple, high achieving biology student and more like a calculated anti-hero with an elaborate plan to find out the truth of her past.
Biohackers is entertaining, but I wouldn’t say it’s binge-worthy. Most characters are underdeveloped, each supporting character only appears at times convenient for the story, and the writing is unrealistic in all the wrong ways. When it comes to the development and complexity of science in this sci-fi thriller, many aspects fall short and are uninteresting. Viewers are met with confusing portrayals of university and lab environments, significant plot holes, and disorienting jumps in the storyline, all within the first few episodes. While there were a significant amount of women at the forefront of this series–which is rare to see in this genre of television–Biohackers completely lacks diversity in any other sense of the word.
The Bottom Line
While Biohackers draws viewers in with a unique premise, the writing is subpar, and the plot is underdeveloped.