Netflix’s Biohackers takes the typically sunny college series and turns it on its head. While Mia Akerlund and her friends go to parties, get drunk, and go on lake trips, they also do self-surgery implants, smoke bioluminescent weed, and seek to rid the world of genetic diseases. It has the potential to be a great show, but it falls flat in an unexpected way.
Biohackers is a German sci-fi intrigue show following Mia Akerlund as she balances her own tragic backstory with her first year at a prestigious medical school in Freiberg. She gets caught up in a love triangle and has quirky roommates, but also tries to take down a medical conspiracy from the inside.
Usually, in science-based shows like this, the techniques used are beyond not only the average viewer’s scientific knowledge, but beyond technology as a whole. Take the Fox series Bones, where DNA tests can be run almost instantaneously and projected onto a hologram. In Biohackers, the science is very slow and methodical, usually showing biosynthesis as a multi-step process instead of a step in a larger scheme.