When Biohackers released last year it suffered a Dark hangover. This brilliantly twisty German thriller cemented the excellent work the country have done on the small screen. Naturally, many people were looking for a replacement when it finished – or at least something to fill the gap. Biohacker’s marketing didn’t help matters, in what ultimately turned out to be a tepid teen drama. The hook of a bio-attack on a train soon dissipated in favour of a mundane drama about a group of teens in uni. The ending however, teased big things to come.
Back for a second season, Biohackers ditches the viral plot for a more tried and tested trope – amnesia. This season picks up with Mia waking up with no knowledge of what happened or what preceded this lab nap. Following her kidnapping, the first 3 episodes see Mia trying to make sense of what’s happening to her. She’s now with Jasper, they’re no longer staying in the same uni room and Dr Lorenz is facing charges against her for the Homo Deus Project.
All seems well as Mia adjusts to her new life. Crippling headaches and nosebleeds though, soon pave way for a shocking discovery. What follows is a race against time as Mia tries to discover what’s wrong wit her and retrace her past steps. This ultimately leads to big secrets being revealed and the truth about what happened to her unveiled.
There’s a ringleader pulling the strings of course, and their motivations are arguably the best part of this season. I won’t go into details for spoiler purposes but suffice to say the changed ideologies and understandable motivations on both sides really help give the show a bit of depth.
Unfortunately the same can’t be said for the supporting cast. Much like the first season, everyone in Mia’s circle of friends are given absolutely nothing to work with. Sure, there are a few moments where they come out the blocks to help when the plot calls for it but they’re largely reduced to window dressing. Ole is still the wacky scientist he was before. Chen-Lu is still just there while Lotta’s motivations are laughable, to say the least. There’s also a really weak attempt at adding some contrived romantic drama in this but it completely falls flat.
Instead, the show builds up to a conclusion that leaves things wide open for a third season. It doesn’t just bungle the ending though, it does so by throwing out logic and reasoning in the process. I won’t go into details but it’s a rather disappointing way to finish things off.
Biohackers Season 2 continues to suffer the same issues the first had but its attempt to add some mystery and understandable character motivations to the plot this time are welcome. A marginal improvement to the first, Biohackers returns for an amnesia-stricken teen drama that completely forgets to write a compelling ending. It also forgets to write compelling characters outside of Mia and the main antagonist too, lading to a largely squandered and forgettable follow-up.
Verdict - 4/10