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3 Body Problem’s Biggest Changes From The Book – SlashFilm

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“3 Body Problem” might be heavy on physics and quantum mechanics, but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that none of the show’s five main characters (colloquially nicknamed the Oxford Five) are present in the novels. In Liu Cixin’s original story, we primarily follow one Chinese researcher named Wang Miao who first experiences the eerie countdown impairing his vision, spearheads a high-tech nanoparticle project, stumbles upon a virtual-reality video game vaguely connected to aliens, and soon crosses paths with police officer Shi Qiang (portrayed in the show by Marvel star Benedict Wong) to help investigate a rash of mysterious suicides within the scientific community.

In the show, no such character exists at all. Instead, Wang’s narrative role has been carefully split up between members of the main cast, which includes Jess Hong as Jin Cheng, Eiza González as Auggie Salazar, Jovan Adepo as Saul Durand, John Bradley as Jack Rooney, and Alex Sharp as Will Downing. The live-action story reimagines its protagonists as a close-knit group of friends and intellectuals who graduated (or dropped out) from Oxford University, in which the shocking and abrupt suicide of a former professor brings our Oxford Five together. For the most part, Auggie and Jin do most of the heavy-lifting to fill Wang’s role in the first book. As Chief Science Officer of a nanofiber company, Auggie becomes the main target of alien-sympathizing traitors (represented by Marlo Kelly’s enigmatic Tatiana) who want the project shut down at all costs. She’s the one who experiences the psychologically terrifying countdown timer, while Jin is free to focus on the VR game and puzzle out the mystery behind the eponymous 3-body problem.

Later in the season, however, further developments reveal just how much Benioff and Weiss had to restructure from the original.

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