Netflix 'Biohackers' Season 2 Review: German series returns with dangerous science
Season 2 of 'Biohackers' is better at creating tension and putting its main characters in situations that will make you gasp
Season 1 of ‘Biohackers’ was a sleeper hit for Netflix and kept viewers at the edge of their seats throughout the season. The previous edition ended on a massive cliffhanger and fans were eagerly waiting to get their questions answered. Fortunately, Season 2 of the German language show has made its way to the streaming platform and it is undoubtedly bigger and better than the last edition.
The latest season does not start in that van, nor in the abandoned medical center. Emma (Luna Wedler) wakes up in the middle of a science class in one of the labs and doesn’t remember what happened with her in the last 3 months. Everything she had before she was abducted is completely gone. She visits Niklas (Thomas Prenn) and finds out that he isn’t there. But, his ex-roommate Jasper (Adrian Julius Tillmann) is still living in that house and shockingly, Emma is dating him.
She tells him that 3 months back, he wanted to kill her. However, he reassures her that he was on her side and it took three months for her to forgive him for what he did. Apart from that, Lorenz (Jessica Schwarz) is finally facing the consequences of her dirty deeds and it was Emma who got her arrested, but she doesn’t remember that too. From the initial look, viewers will assume that she has accomplished what she wanted to.
Emma is experiencing major headaches, hallucinations, unsure of what’s real and what’s imagined. As the season progresses, we get to know more and more about what happened with her. Episode 2 introduces the man who kidnapped her and Baron Wolfgang von Fürstenberg (Thomas Kretschmann), Lotta’s father.
Fans will find it hard to not compare the show with ‘Dark’, another German sci-fi series based on young people trying to figure out what’s happening with their lives. However, ‘Dark’ is more mind-bending. But, the one thing that makes both shows similar is how they test the patience and determination of their main characters. The season also sees an unlikely alliance between Lorenz and Emma. They know it was necessary to come together and finish this off. As far as acting is concerned, Wedler knocks it out of the park once again. The show continues to paint her as an action heroine and she is not a student anymore. She is now a genius who always finds a way to live. The impeccable acting skills of Wedler will make you applaud her and it will be a travesty if fans don’t see her in other projects soon.
The best part of Season 2 is that it also gives proper weightage to the supporting characters as well. Caro Cult’s performance is magnificent while Jing Xiang as Chen-Lu is amazing as well. However, the introduction of Thomas Kretschmann takes the show to a whole new level. Without any guesses, he is riveting as Wolfgang. It was good to see him in a project where he was not just another side actor. He never got his due in Hollywood even when he is undoubtedly one of the best actors in the world right now. The show is filled with intense moments and actors do a perfect job in incorporating them into their performances.
Season 2 is all about asking big questions without having fixed answers. It talks about all the grey areas of science and the areas that we don’t know about, but exist. Science is all about making progress and making lives easier. However, at what cost? And how much people are willing to sacrifice to accomplish their personal research? ‘Biohackers’ gives you an idea that progress is everything and the characters will do anything to change their lives. It might not be the best sci-fi series on Netflix or any other streaming services, but it will keep you glued to your screens and you would want to know what will happen in the next episode. Christian Ditter, the creator of the series, has done a splendid job creating a world that is full of doubt and somewhat dangerous because if there are good scientists present in the world, then we have bad ones.
All in all, ‘Biohackers’ Season 2 is better than the first and fans won’t be complaining when it ends.
‘Biohackers’ Season 2 is currently streaming on Netflix.