Matt’s (Streaming) Reviews: Bodies (Limited Series on Netflix)

 

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“Bodies” is a relatively new science fiction limited series on Netflix. It follows 4 different detectives who come across the exact same dead naked body in an alley in London in 1890, 1941, 2023 and 2053. This series starts out with a lot of promise. About the first half of the 8 episodes are intriguing and keep you wondering how this is all going to come together. The various detectives and their individual challenges are mostly believable and the swapping back and forth across timelines kept me interested.

Then they start to explain the story and it becomes less satisfying and less believable. It is not horrible, but plot holes begin to open and many of them are never closed. Explanations for some occurrences directly contradict other parts of the story line.  Many things that do not make sense, even some key to the overall story line, are never explained. The main explanation seems to be “this had to happen this way because this is the way that it happened”, there is no way to change things.  Then later on, they change things and ignore even that explanation for the ending cycles.   The way some things change and yet the overall timeline and other key things do not change does not make logical sense other than it is convenient for the screen play.

If you like weird time travel, time looping scenarios, go ahead and give this one a try. It is a fun story if you don’t think about it too much. If you are going to watch it, I’d recommend you binge watch the last four episodes so that you don’t have time to think about the details too much. You might be able to suspend your disbelief long enough to enjoy the ride. The first half of the series and the set up are almost enough to make it worth your time. If you are one of those people that really thinks about the story and how it might really play out, or if you are very annoyed with plot holes, then you can give this one a pass.

 

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For a Science Fiction story without all the plot holes, try Plastivore by Matt Truxaw

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