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Murder Mystery through time - Bodies (2023) Series review

A murder in Whitechapel. Four different detectives are trying to solve the murder in different time periods: 1890s overachiever Edmond Hillinghead, dashing 1940s adventurer Karl Whiteman, kickass female 2010s Detective Sergeant Shahara Hasan and Maplewood, an amnesiac from post-apocalyptic 2050, who brings a haunting perspective.


So, Netflix is at it again, dropping more international content on our binge-watching plates, and this time, it's "Bodies." Brace yourselves, folks, because this isn't your run-of-the-mill murder mystery. It's got time-travel, a murdered body that's central across different centuries, and a diverse ensemble trying to solve the riddle. You're in for a rollercoaster ride through history with a side of woke ideology – whether you like it or not.


First off, let's talk about the star-studded cast. Jacob Fortune-Lloyd, Shira Haas, and Amaka Okafor lead the charge, breathing life into characters from various time periods. You've got your 1890s overachiever, dashing 1940s adventurer, kickass female detective from the 2010s, and an amnesiac from the post-apocalyptic 2050. Quite the ensemble, right?


The trailer already hints at the pandemonium, teasing a murder in Whitechapel and a quartet of detectives hustling to crack the case in their respective eras. It's a brilliant concept, taking a graphic novel series from Vertigo/DC and weaving a mind-bending narrative across different timelines.


What I found delightful – the set design and costumes are top-notch. The period segments transport you seamlessly through time, capturing the essence of each era with commendable accuracy. If there's one thing "Bodies" nails, it's the aesthetic allure. You'll want to hit pause just to appreciate the attention to detail in every frame.


However, and here's the bone to pick, it's another case of woke ideology getting shoved into the mix. I get it; diversity matters, but there's a difference between naturally woven inclusivity and the feeling of it being forced down your throat. Sometimes, it feels like the storyline takes a backseat to meet diversity quotas. Can we just solve the mystery without feeling like we're ticking checkboxes?


And let's address the pacing. This show is not for the faint of heart, folks. It's a slow burn. If you're in it for quick resolutions and instant gratification, "Bodies" might test your patience. Strap in for the long haul, because this murder mystery unfolds at its own sweet time.


Sure, the idea of a Sci-Fi murder mystery hopping through time periods is a captivating one, and the set designs are breathtaking, but the forced ideology and the slow unraveling of the story might make some viewers glance at the clock a bit too often.


In a nutshell, "Bodies" on Netflix sits comfortably at a 6.8/10 on my watch list. It's intriguing, but the forced diversity and sluggish storytelling might deter some from fully enjoying the perplexing puzzle across the ages.


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