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Dial E for Extraterrestrial: Netflix's '3 Body Problem' (2024) Review

Set against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion. The result is a science fiction masterpiece of enormous scope and vision.

Hey there, fellow screen enthusiasts and seekers of the next binge-worthy saga! Today, let’s traverse the cosmic lanes and dive into Netflix's latest offering, "3 Body Problem." Now, this isn't your typical alien-invades-Earth storyline. Oh no, it’s got the spice of the Cultural Revolution, a dash of interstellar messaging, and a sprinkle of humanity’s existential crisis. So, grab your popcorn (or telescope), and let’s see what this galactic rodeo is all about.

Leading the charge in this interstellar adventure are Jovan Adepo, Liam Cunningham, and Eiza González. It’s refreshing to see a mix of familiar and new faces, kind of like when you find an unexpected nugget of wisdom in a fortune cookie that isn’t about your love life for once. These stars bring to life a story that's literally out of this world, set against the dramatic backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution. A secret military project decides it’s a good idea to slide into the DMs of the universe. Surprise, surprise, someone (or something) slides back.

Now, let’s talk turkey. Or should I say, space turkey?

The bravery of adding China into Hollywood's traditional roster of antagonists deserves a slow clap. It’s not every day you see such a bold narrative move. Plus, the fresh faces sprinkled among the cast are like the unexpected chocolate chips in a raisin cookie – a delightful surprise. The mystery woven through the series promises a treasure trove of secrets, making it as addictive as scrolling through memes at 2 AM.

The inclusion of subtle woke ideology felt like finding a pineapple on your pizza – not everyone’s taste, and certainly not what you expected. The back-and-forth through different eras had me feeling a bit like I was in a time-traveling Ping-Pong match. And subtitles. Oh, the subtitles. While they add authenticity, my lazy self would’ve appreciated a dubbed version, so my eyes could take a break from their gymnastics routine.

The cliffhanger left me hanging like that last French fry that falls out of the reach under your car seat. And with Netflix’s notorious cutthroat approach to series renewals, I'm clutching my seat a little tighter, hoping we won't be left adrift in the cosmic abyss without answers.

Our captains of the ship, Benioff and Weiss, decided to make us wait a little longer for this cosmic journey, insisting on a scene that made its debut post-Hollywood strike of 2023. Their determination to add just one more scene shows their commitment (or is it obsession?) with detail. And with plans to adapt Cixin Liu's epic into a maximum of four seasons, it looks like we're in for a long ride through the stars.

Having landed their spaceship on Netflix’s platform post-"Game of Thrones," Benioff and Weiss are cruising through the galaxy with a hefty budget and high expectations. Will this be their redemption arc or another space opera that fizzles out in the void?


Beam me up, Scotty, because I’m giving this cosmic journey a 7.0/10. It’s not quite a moon landing, but more of a successful orbit. Worth a watch? Absolutely. Will it redefine sci-fi on Netflix? Only time (and space) will tell.

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