Biohackers (Season 1 || Eps.03) — ‘FULL EPS’

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Certainty

Getting The Files Back

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Episode 4 of Biohackers begins with Mia awakening after a bad dream and immediately finding a text from Niklas. He has the files and managed to snatch them up before Lorenz could find them. However, he wants answers.

Mia ignores this for now and messages Jasper, asking how he is. After answering, Lorenz arrives at the lab and tells Jasper to be careful from now on. After a brief pause, she turns the attention toward the disconnected wi-fi router.

She immediately suspects Mia… but Jasper takes the blame for it himself with a wonky excuse that probably won’t fly with her. And it doesn’t.

Understandably suspicious, Lorenz instead tasks Monique with bringing up Mia’s CV and finding out just what this girl may be hiding.

For now though, Mia’s mission comes first as she desperately tries to get the files back from Niklas. Getting nowhere fast with him, she instead heads to the library to look up Project Homo Deus on the computer. Mid-research she bumps into Jasper.

He’s doing more research on his pet project involving the virus and this time looking into the possibility of it being transmitted to mosquitoes. Before he gets much further with this, he questions her over the wi-fi router from that evening. In her usual flustered, suspicious way, Mia immediately flies off the handle and tells him she had no choice as the wi-fi wasn’t working.

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Does Jasper believe her? It’s hard to tell but for now he takes her excuse at face value and leaves.

Plan B – The Truth

Mia instead heads back to see Niklas again and tries a different tactic. She apologises for her behaviour earlier in the day and admits that Emma Engels is her real name. Now we hear more of her past. Lorenz was involved in the death of her twin brother and also may well have been involved in the car crash and taking the research.

With her home, brother and parents gone, these files may just hold the clues she needs to uncover what really happened in the past. She has a contact in Berlin too – a journalist- whom she’s been liaising with all this time.

As she looks through the files at Niklas’ house (given he smartly won’t let her leave with them), she uncovers the name AKS. Or Arnold K. Schumann. This man is a former lab technician and lives in as nursing home up in Basel. Deciding to track the man down, she invites Niklas along for a train ride to figure out what’s going on.

Back at the lab, Monique shows Lorenz the security footage from the Archive lab. Seeing her typing on the computer is enough for Lorenz to pull up the DNA samples again and really dive deep into what’s going on.

The Curse Of The Freckles

The freckle incident comes back to haunt Mia as Lorenz brings Jasper into her office. She suspects that Mia is a spy and switched the samples but Jasper isn’t so sure. He scoffs at the notion of Mia lying and tells Lorenz that he’ll see her tomorrow.

Jasper immediately heads over to Mia’s apartment for answers but she’s obviously nowhere to be found. Instead, he phones her while she’s on the train. Mia reveals that she’s in the library studying but clearly isn’t happy about lying though but suspects that the truth is too risky to tell him right now.

Thinking back over all the combined shifty moments in the past is enough for Jasper to start suspecting Mia may not be wholly truthful. The big tell here comes from the sample switching and he decides to get to the bottom of this. He sneaks into Mia’s room to mull things over. When he turns on the radio, he hears the speaker completely muffled and begins to suspect all is not what it seems.

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Eventually Mia and Niklas make it to Basel and head into the Nursing Home looking for Arnold. Unfortunately he’s clearly not all there. Mia wastes little time though and immediately cuts to the chase and asks what Project Homo Deus is.

It turns out Lorenz was purposefully making her subjects sick to test cures on them. The test subjects and the therapy that followed unfortunately didn’t work. Almost every patient seems to have died. Only… if Emma has survived does that mean she’s been cured?

Blinded by rage, Mia decides to make Lorenz pay for what she’s done. Before she does that though, she takes a detour and meet Jasper. He’s not there for happy reunions though and immediately cuts to the chase. He asks who she is and who she’s working for. After admitting to changing the samples in the lab, he giggles bitterly and walks away.

He knows everything that’s going on and saw the newspaper clippings for Lorenz in the speaker. He also managed to obtain a hair sample too. On the back of this, Jasper phones Lorenz and tells her the truth. Mia is spying on her and isn’t who she says she is. Speak of the devil, Mia arrives at Lorenz’s door following this phone call and admits her name isn’t Mia.

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The Episode Review

With more of the past slowly starting to be revealed, the cliffhanger ending leaves things wide open for the future. The idea of making subjects sick to cure them is plausible from a cold and sadistic perspective. It’s certainly motivation enough for Mia to get her own back on Lorenz who plays this icy antagonist relatively well.

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Jasper meanwhile is now angry and annoyed but I can’t help but wonder whether he’s more annoyed at himself than Mia. Blinded by his infatuation for this girl, he’s brushed aside all those shady instances in the past 2 weeks and only now figured out she’s lying. Given he’s supposed to be a brilliant logical scientist, this does seem a bit far-fetched.

Then again, they do say love is blinding so I guess we can give him the benefit of the doubt.

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The supporting characters are just starting to get their own sub-plots now, including Chen-Lu and Ole’s cute romance, but ultimately this is Mia’s story and she’s the one who’s front and center here.

With lots of questions left unanswered in this one, all eyes now turn to the final two episodes to see exactly how this one is likely to wrap things up.

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Fate

Escaping The Train

After 5 episodes of shaky character motivations, lots of middling angst and scientific talk, it all boils down to this. The season 1 finale of Biohackers.

The train has come to a stand-still and inside is a very shaky and confused Mia. (She’s now openly admitting that her name is Emma. For consistency purposes, we’ll continue to call her Mia). The doctor infront of her is Petra Eller and she’s from the University Clinic in Freiburg.

It’s here Mia finally realizes what’s happened regarding the mosquitoes holding the virus. The Coxsackie virus to be precise.

She urges the doctor to take everyone to the hospital as only then can they find a cure. Mia pleads with them desperately to help, throwing herself at this doctor.

Believing she’s having a psychotic episode, she locks the door to the carriage and keeps her quarantined in the carriage. Instead, Mia decides to break open the window and sneak out.

Jasper’s Lab

Meanwhile, Lorenz smashes up a fridge of her own but calls it in to the police as an act of vandalism. As police cars wail past on the road, Mia urges Chen-Lu to meet her at the lab and reveals that Lorenz attacked them all on the train.

That same train ends up as big news, as media reports claim that this was a terrorist attack. Back home, Chen-Lu rallies the troops (Lotta and Ole) to help her.

With nowhere else to turn, Mia heads to Jasper’s lab to try and find an antidote. Only, Jasper shows up and snatches it from her. There, he reveals that he’s working with Lorenz and believes in her project for healing sick people.

Given his jealousy toward Niklas and Mia hooking up, he smashes the vial and quickly phones the police, revealing the location of the “terrorist.”

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Time is certainly of the essence though and as armed guards race up to the lab, Mia’s friends arrive to help try and create an antidote. As police surround the area, the three teens sacrifice themselves while Mia sneaks away.

Jasper’s Betrayal

Mia heads straight up to the hospital and sneaks inside. There, she finds that same familiar doctor who realizes she was from the train. Mia shows her the vial and explains it’s an antidote to the virus. Handing it over, the doctor encourages Mia to write down her number and promises to phone if anything changes.

Outside, Mia phones her contact and reveals that she has the DNA samples. Asking to meet, she awaits a reply as night draws in.

Jasper meanwhile looks through Lorenz’s computer and starts studying the Homo Deus project. Looking through a list of different names, Lorenz eventually finds him in the basement. There, Jasper realizes that Lorenz hasn’t been wholly truthful and never did produce antibodies. Once again Jasper has been duped.

Even worse, Lorenz uses this against him as police arrive at her door. She tells them Jasper is the one who vandalized the place as he’s forced to flee.

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One Final Push For Salvation

In the morning, Mia learns that the antidote isn’t working. Instead, Lorenz used a mutated virus that won’t allow antibodies to work. Silently, she heads straight into Lorenz’s house and hands over the DNA samples, asking for the antibodies.

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Lorenz hasn’t produced any though. Instead she wants to provide better immune systems to her patients by using the Homo Deus research on the train passengers, essentially turning them into glorified guinea pigs.

As she continues on, Lorenz has one more ace up her sleeve. She asks Mia to hand over the DNA samples in exchange for the research blood that could cure the patients at the hospital. Without much of a choice, Mia begrudgingly agrees to this.

Back at the hospital, Mia manages to sneak in and inject the blood into the IVs of the different patients. When Niklas awakens, Mia gives him a kiss and watches as the other patients seem to have miraculously cured. As the doctors look on dumbfounded, Mia slips away.

The End…Until Season 2

Back home, Chen-Lu and Ole start kissing (I guess their off-screen romance really took off) while Mia returns to her room to mull over what’s happened. However, she receives an email with an attached zip file for the Homo Deus Study.

“Mia. You were right.” The email states. As she opens it up, she realizes this was from Jasper and the research has not been completely destroyed after all.

Mia phones her contact and asks to meet at the park by 6pm. There, she meets a shifty guy called Andreas Winter. He’s glad she’s continuing the work her Father started and promises she can trust him.

After handing over the files, two masked goons snatch her up and bundle the girl in the back of the van. Tied up, she also finds Lorenz there too, whose also being kept captive which is where the episode ends.

The Episode Review

As Biohackers draws to a close, this German series stumbles and limps over the finish line despite a relatively promising opener. The entire action-packed drama here leaves little room for logic or plot continuity.

Unless I missed something, how did the kids manage to get free from police custody after being captured? Even worse, the whole Chen-Lu and Ole romance has been completely under-developed and it would have been nice to see more screen-time for that.

Instead, we get this stone cold romance between Niklas and Mia which feels like it came out of nowhere. That’s before even mentioning all the plot inconsistencies that rear their ugly head in this episode.

Why didn’t anyone go to check on Mia in the train carriage? How has Mia managed to sneak into all these places and avoid detection? And how did Jasper get free from the train?

Surely there would have been security footage the police would be checking so they could probably detect Jasper opening the jar and rushing away. Then again these questions may be answered if Netflix renew this for a second season.

And that really is the kicker here. Whether people will get invested enough for that to manifest itself remains to be seen. There’s certainly enough to whet the appetite for a follow-up – namely with the big bad Andreas Winter – but not enough to be devastated if this isn’t renewed.

Whether Netflix will green-light this or not remains to be seen but one thing’s for sure – this show is most certainly not the next German sci-fi sensation.

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