Fall has arrived, and with it comes the perfect excuse to cozy up with a gripping detective series that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Netflix’s latest offering, “Bodies,” brings together a compelling mix of murder mystery and science fiction, creating a viewing experience that is nothing short of captivating. And yes, it does feature the remarkable Stephen Graham, but there’s so much more to this series than meets the eye.
Set in four distinct timelines – 1890, 1941, 2023, and 2053 – “Bodies” follows the investigations of detectives dealing with eerily similar murders, each victim bearing a mysterious tattoo and a fatal gunshot wound through the eye. In 2023, DS Shahara Hasan (Amaka Okafor) pursues a lead into a dark alley, discovering the lifeless body of a teenager. Meanwhile, in 1941, amidst wartime chaos, Karl Whiteman (Jacob Fortune-Lloyd) uncovers a similar victim tangled in police corruption. In 1890, the intellectual Edmond Hillinghead (Kyle Soller) stumbles upon a shocking discovery, and in the enigmatic year 2053, Iris Maplewood (Shira Haas) navigates a puzzling case, complete with a striking haircut and a nude body.
What sets “Bodies” apart is its unique storytelling format, where these diverse timelines weave together seamlessly. As the detectives delve deeper into their respective cases, the series brilliantly explores the interconnections between these eras, unraveling a complex web of clues and mysteries. The show’s visual aesthetics are equally impressive, capturing the essence of each time period, especially the futuristic 2053, which feels remarkably authentic.
Unlike typical Netflix series, “Bodies” benefits from being a limited series. With a predetermined narrative spanning eight episodes, the show avoids the pitfalls of endless plot twists and character developments. Based on a graphic novel by Si Spencer, the story is intricately crafted, allowing viewers to delve into a thrilling mystery without the fear of unresolved loose ends.
Of course, like any detective drama, there are occasional hiccups. The suspects often speak in riddles, and there are moments of realization that might feel a tad too convenient. Yet, these minor flaws are easily overlooked when immersed in the intoxicating atmosphere of the series. So, grab a mug of hot chocolate, wrap yourself in a blanket, and prepare to unravel the enigma of “Bodies.” This autumn, let the mysteries of time and crime transport you into a world where every clue is a piece of a fascinating puzzle waiting to be solved.