SomeGadgetGuy,
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It took us a while to finish up '3 Body Problem' on Netflix, and I had to chew on it for a bit before writing out some thoughts.
https://somegadgetguy.com/b/43i
The show's ambition is its greatest strength, but also its potential failing...

Onceoday,
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Great review. I agree with pretty much all.of your observations. I was especially troubled by condensing a story of such scope down to a group of attractive 30-somethings. And the loss of a lot of nuance.
I did start watching the Chinese version around the same time. In fact watched part of it in tandem which became really confusing.
But I've finished the Netflix now and only on episode 9 or so of the Chinese one. I really recommend it.

Onceoday,
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Though it's a bit confusing at first because the Chinese version of the books (and series) does not begin with the "struggle session" where (to avoid spoilers) the formative incident involving Ye Wenjie's father occurs.

But I feel like it has more depth and love the deeply cultural aspects of it so far.
I've been watching on an Asian channel/app called Viki Rakuten (or Rakuten Viki) which is free. There are ads but way fewer than on Peacock.

SomeGadgetGuy,
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@Onceoday I JUST started the first episode. How crazy is it that I find it this refreshing that a Chinese series like this was optioned by Peacock LOL.
You're spot on though. I figured they'd abbreviate some of the depiction of the cultural revolution, but I'm really interested to see how they handle the philosophy the story.

Onceoday,
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It takes a few episodes to start to pick up. Like around episode 6, I felt like it got much more interesting.

I read one reviewer who said it REALLY improved around 19 or 20, LOL.

I need to get back to finishing The Dark Forest. I tried them as audio books but I think for me, they need to be read in print.

SomeGadgetGuy,
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@Onceoday oh yeah. I think I'd have a really hard time following the different characters as an audiobook.
Tune out for a second, and you lose half a physics class of necessary exposition. 😅

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