Biohackers is a new web TV series from Germany that is aiming to reach the same highs as Dark did. The show premiered on Netflix on August 20, 2020 and we’re looking forward to the next season without enthusiasm, just some curiosity that’s ruling us and saying to watch it until the end. 

One-minute plot

The story is about the student Mia. She’s keen on studying in the biohacker stream at Freiburg University. Mia is neither a detective nor medical worker, but it seems that tough events forced her to dive into these spheres. As always happens to people in university, she makes new friends. Jasper is a talanted biology student who owns a rat and lives with Niklas, his queer roommate. 

Her interest in biohacking is based on the mysterious death of her brother. These different things get crossed over in time when Mia gets involved in the world of illegal genetic experimentation. By the end of the first season, Mia’s got to make the right choice, which I find pretty tough as she needs to choose whether to protect her friends or avenge her brother’s death. 

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A bit more detail 

The first episode of the show starts in a train where a young woman with a necklace with the name “Mia” on it looks out the window. 

In the train she sits with Niklas who is her friend, and they’re about to talk when suddenly something goes wrong. The next few minutes hit Mia like a truck because people start falling unconsciousness one by one. Then the scene goes to the events that occured that incident. 

Two weeks earlier, Mia was flying around the university like one of those students who’s got a spark in their eyes full of joy. The bunch of books in her hands signals that she’s absorbing knowledge with greed. When the camera zooms, all the articles and other material are published by the most important professor; Dr. Tanja Lorenz. Then we can see that some obscure events tie these two women together with a firm thread. The professor is the one who’s responsible for Mia’s brother’s death. 

In her first lecture, Mia notices one of the students and after making their acquaintance, she finds out that it’s Jasper who is Dr. Lorenz’s teaching assistant. After he tells Mia about his role, she manages to make friends with him so she can get access to Lorenz. 

Later, there was a party where Mia meets Jasper’s roommate, Niklas, and she also pukes on them after dropping some drugs. Following the mad party, Mia asks Jasper to go out for a drink. During their meeting, Jasper tells Mia – who he’s known less than two weeks – that Lorenz has got a secret lab in the woods. 

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Wrapping up 

To my mind, the first episode is the core part of all TV shows because it engages people to continue enjoying the show. The first episode of Biohackers is the thing I don’t like a lot, but it’s a real advantage of the show. You see, Chrisitan Ditter, the creator of the show, wants to serve all his dishes simultaneously, when the right thing is to separate them so they won’t become cold and inedible. But, Ditter manages to connect all the storylines into one by the end of the first episode.

The show delivers the mysterious atmosphere of the unknown. Yeah, we know that Mia wants to investigate the death of her brother, but it would have been an ordinary detective show if the things went straight without sudden turns. The incident in the train demonstrates to us that Mia is involved in something more sinister than she expected. 

What is Biohacking? 

There’s no clear definition, but in theory it’s the complex actions that lead to the control of your mind and body in order to boost performance. It looks more like a cult with a tablespoon of science. For example: Elon Musk has recently demonstrated his new start-up where he’s invented special brain chips that are supposed to help disabled people stand and walk and music addicted people listen to their favourite tracks inside their heads. 

That example is a complicated version of biohacking. You can boost your body by taking different supplements like stimulating pills, anti-aging supplements, and nootropics. Also, some enthusiasts do Vipassana meditation and intermittent fasting. 

Biohacking is about control which sometimes leads to some totalitarian and radical methods. Those are: cryotherapy, or making your freeze in a cryo camera; neurofeedback, which is manipulation of your brain waves; and near-infrared saunas, where people get rid of stress by electromagnetic transmissions). There’s a lot more of them, but you get the idea.

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