Netflix has released the first trailer for Biohackers. The streaming service's latest sci-fi series hails from Germany. They previously had luck with the non-English-language Dark, which has proved to be a big hit. This appears to cut from a similar cloth. Described as a "fast-paced thriller" that will "make you question the makeup of life itself," this trailer is giving off some serious Black Mirror vibes.

The trailer kicks off with a girl arriving at college to study medicine. She appears to be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, eager to set off on her new path. At first, it seems like a relatively standard college experience. Parties. Drinking. New people. But a chance encounter with a fellow student leads her down a bizarre path, with a top teacher at the school working in seemingly unsanctioned biological experiments. A lot of mystery is peppered in and it is tough to get a grip on what is unfolding at times. But the intrigue seems to be part of the appeal with this one.

Netflix originally announced the series in February 2019 as part of the company's expanding lineup of programming produced in non-English languages. Luna Wedler, Jessica Schwarz and Adrian Julius Tillmann star. Christian Ditter (Girlboss) serves as the writer and director of the series. When it was first announced by Netflix, Ditter had this to say about it.

"I've always loved the magic of stories that pit ordinary people against truly extraordinary circumstance. I'm excited to partner with Netflix to combine exciting visual storytelling with truthful, multi-layered characters rising to the challenges of the spectacle unfolding around them."

Biohackers follows a medical student Mia who discovers the use of highly advanced biohacking technology in her university town. When she begins her medical degree, she seems like any other student. But when Mia gains the trust of the brilliant Professor Lorenz, it becomes apparent that she's hiding a secret so big it could change the fate of humanity. A groundbreaking discovery ends up in the hands of the wrong people, leaving Mia to decide which side she is on and how far she is willing to go to find out the truth.

While rival streaming services such as HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video and Peacock are also dealing in original content, Netflix is still the king of the hill, in terms of sheer volume. They are spending billions on originals every year, and the strategy is paying off. During a recent quarterly earnings report, the company revealed they are closing in on 200 million subscribers worldwide.

Sci-fi has been among the most fertile genres Netflix has utilized for original content over the years. Stranger Things is one of, if not the single most popular original series they have ever produced. And with shows like Dark becoming so successful, it stands to reason a German-language series with an intriguing premise could do the same. Biohackers arrives on August 20 via the Netflix streaming app. Be sure to check out the new trailer for yourself.

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