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Warning: Netflix’s 3 Body Problem has a Red Wedding episode – BGR

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In hindsight, I’m glad I never finished reading Liu Cixin’s sci-fi masterpiece The Three-Body Problem, the critically acclaimed novel on which Netflix’s similarly named 3 Body Problem alien invasion series is based. Coming at the show with basically no clue of where it’s going helped me especially appreciate so many of the surprises and big wow moments, like the “twinkle in the sky” and the long-distance contact between humans and aliens. The same goes for the jaw-dropping VR game sequences that become crucial to humanity learning about the aliens and their motivation.

At the same, given that the Game of Thrones showrunners are the TV hitmakers who brought 3 Body Problem to life, I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised that one particular episode in the show is basically tantamount to its Red Wedding episode. If you’re still scarred by memories of that bloody, gore-filled episode of Thrones, be warned: 3 Body Problem has something similar in store for you, and I’ll try to talk about it below without revealing any major spoilers.

(That said, skip everything below entirely if you want to enjoy 3 Body Problem completely on your own.)

The episode of the show in question is Episode 5, titled Judgment Day. That’s also the name of the ship carrying a large satellite as well as a group of humans who all seem to have bought into the inevitability of the technologically advanced San-Ti alien race taking over Earth. The humans who live and play on the ship, including adults as well as children, answer to Mike Evans — a reclusive business titan played by Jonathan Pryce who communicates with the aliens via what looks like some sort of two-way radio system.

The humans who’ve begun to lay the groundwork to fight against the arrival of the aliens (an arrival, by the way, that won’t happen for another four centuries) include scientists like Dr. “Auggie” Salazar (Eiza Gonzalez). She’s developed a super-strong nanofiber that’s so thin to the point of being invisible to the naked eye — and, in this particular episode, the humans decide to use her nanofiber against the Judgment Day vessel in what appears to be a pilot of sorts for eventual use against the aliens.

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That last part, by the way, is a mere supposition from me. At this point, I only have one episode left to watch (the finale). But one of the key facts that 3 Body Problem has gone to great lengths to establish about the aliens is that they have deployed advanced particles to Earth that act basically like a real-time spy camera for the aliens. Those particles, “sophons,” allow the aliens to watch everything we do to prepare for their arrival, such that the aliens can likewise prepare to counteract it all accordingly.

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