Review: ‘3 Body Problem’ captivates viewers with deep themes

Airborne Infantry— 30 million soldiers float in the air due to chaotic era creating a gravitational pull toward the sky. Courtesy of Screen Rant

By Cameron Maldonado-Olea

Netflix’s “3 Body Problem” is an entertaining show that displays a fascinating story with deep themes and beautiful scenes.

Netflix’s new TV show is an adaption of the book series “3 Body Problem” by Liu Cixin.

Ye Wenjie, played by Zine Tseng, whose father was killed during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. 

She is conscripted into the military due to her scientific background. 

She is stationed in a secret base, a base that sends messages back to potential alien life. 

Now modern scientists are forced to confront this potential threat. 

The plot of “3 Body Problem” revolves around how scientists in current times can figure out both how to study and fight the alien threat. 

An entertaining element of the story is the use of virtual reality headsets. 

The protagonist of the show uses the virtual reality headset to further solve a science problem called the three body problem, which is a planet that orbits around three other suns, and one of the goals is to predict a chaos or stable era.

 A chaotic era is one where the aliens dehydrate and die out, while a stable era allows the aliens to live peacefully with out suffering. 

Each player’s starting world is different from one another. 

For example one of the characters, Jake, played by John Bradley, has a world where everything is medieval time. 

Each level is created by what the players relate to.

 As each level is solved, the players get to learn more about the aliens. 

The show overall depicts the alien as dangerous and controlling, but the audience gets to understand the reasoning of their behavior. 

The show adds elements to rationalize and humanize the aliens as “3 Body Problem” has several deep themes.

One example of the complexity of the alien is their disregard for humans, with their species believing humanity a pest. 

Detective Da Shi, played by Benedict Wong, takes Jin, played by Jess Hong, and Saul, played by Jovan Adepo, to come together to reflect.

He explains that, although humans are seen as bugs, they have thrived through harsh environmental changes.  

Even though humans have dictated the course of most living animals, bugs have thrived through harsh changes. 

The show creates beauty in scenes especially in virtual reality when Jin and Jake team up to tackle solving the three body problem. 

They spawn in 13th Century Shangdu. The group is surrounded by 30 million soldiers with a sign that is black and white. 

As Jin and Jack arrive at the center tower, they overlook the entire army. 

The amount of CGI work to gives the viewer a shock of the amount of people making it feel intimidating.

Two scientists await them and use the army to predict how the era is going to be. 

A chaotic event occurred causing a gravitational pull sucking up the massive army up to the sky. It displayed how amazing the animation was done to bring together a horrifying event but thrilling moment. 

The characters of “3 Body Problems” are interesting and have depth. 

Will, played by Alex Sharp, is a scientist who in the show discovers he has cancer.

Will decides to quit his job as other scientists around the world have begun to die and others decide to quit as well. 

What makes him have depth is the time he has is limited. 

His moments of selfishness and selfless acts are the embodiment of humanity. 

He selfishly doesn’t swear loyalty to the human race. 

Yet he signs his life away by freezing it so the alien may learn about humanity. 

Almost every character shows this duality of change in major or minor moments of the show. 

“3 Body Problem” is a fun watch for those into hard sci-fi and want a deep thematic story. 

There are eight episodes, roughly 55 minutes per episode.

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