Updated: August 21, 2020 17:51 IST
Rating : 4/5
The show is set in Freiburg, Germany. It hooks the audience from its very first cold opening with a mysterious spread of disease within a train compartment. From thereon the show only builts up in terms of suspense and keeps the audience on the edge of their seat. The German television show gives its audience an insight into the world of biohacking and illegal human experimentation. The plot is backed with tension, excitement and nervousness which leaves the audience guessing how the show will unfold at every step.
The show follows Mia Akerlund, a quick-witted medical student at the University of Freiburg. Within the first few days, she befriends Jasper a biology student and a close associate of renowned Professor Tanja Lorenz. She expresses her desire to achieve the same position as Jasper and displays her potential within the field of biology. Taking notice of Mia’s skills, Lorenz recruits her as one of her associates. Mia, though introduced as an ordinary college student is soon revealed to have her own set of secrets. Her’s is a secret mission to investigate the death of her twin brother for which Professor Lorenz is responsible. Determined to uncover the truth with the help of her roommates, Mia attempts to develop close ties with Jasper and his roommate Niklas to gain knowledge about Lorenz’s research. The climax of the show puts Mia at a difficult spot wherein she is faced with two choices: either to save her friend or to avenge her brother’s death.
The show houses a group of highly talented actors and actresses that bring on a whole new depth to their characters. The lead of the show Mia is played by Luna Wedler who demonstrates a compelling performance and does immense justice to Mia’s journey in the show. Although the show focuses primarily on Mia’s progression, it is enhanced by her roommates Lotta, Ole and Chen-Lu played by Caro Cult, Sebastian Jakob Doppelbauer and Jing Xiang respectively. Professor Tanja Lorenz’s authoritative and apathetic personality is also brought out well by Jessica Schwarz.
Biohackers simply does not rely on its plot to take the wheel, it is equally mindful of its visuals and takes away the heaviness of the storyline by providing the audience with aesthetically pleasing wide-angle shots of the city of Freiburg. The show is also peppered with peppy songs to compliment the casual or leisure scenes. The viewers are also introduced to quirky biochemical inventions by students which fall in parallel to Lorenz’s more organized biohacking lab.
Each episode is 45 minutes long due to which the plot seems to move rather slowly. There are a lot of needless pauses and lags in certain scenes. The show also exhibits certain gory or visually sensitive scenes which may act as triggers for few viewers especially as they are randomly specked in the story. In addition to that, the show provides sporadic flashbacks of Mia’s past without anything to tie it to in the present.
Biohackers is a good watch for those interested in the genre of suspense and thriller though it may appear peculiar in certain instances. The show has the trait of being quickly addictive due to the interest generated from genetic experimentation without the use of weighty jargon.