Netflix’s 3 Body Problem is sci-fi. But beyond the alien threat lies the trauma of modern China

Netflix’s 3 Body Problem is sci-fi. But beyond the alien threat lies the trauma of modern China

Though Liu Cixin’s revered trilogy has been westernised for TV, it dares to trace the scars of the Cultural Revolution It has brain-bending physics, mysterious visitors and futuristic technology. Yet viewers of the new Netflix sci-fi epic 3 Body Problem could be forgiven for some confusion as its opening scenes unfold. A drama about coming contact with aliens catapults us back to China in 1966, at the height of the Cultural Revolution: we see an eminent physicist viciously attacked by …