TV - Biohackers


Ahead of season 2 coming to Netflix on Friday, read an interview [translated from German - Ed] with Biohackers creator, showrunner, writer and director Christian Ditter...


Press Release

More ominous, thrilling and mysterious: After the surprising ending of season 1, the new episodes of Biohackers start with a blackout: Months after her abduction, medical student Mia (Luna Wedler) regains consciousness without any recollection of the latest events. What happened?

In the second season Mia has to solve this big secret on which her life depends. Her former opponent, bio-scientist Prof. Dr. Lorenz (Jessica Schwarz), of all people, seems to know more and apparently is the only one who can help Mia. But can the two women trust each other after everything that happened?

The second season of Biohackers, produced by Claussen+Putz, starts on July 9th, with six new episodes. In addition to the leading actresses Luna Wedler and Jessica Schwarz, all other popular cast members are back for season 2: Benno Fürmann, Caro Cult, Adrian Julius Tillmann, Jing Xiang, Sebastian Jakob Doppelbauer and Thomas Prenn. A new addition to the cast for season 2 is Thomas Kretschmann.




Kidnapping, Mia's enigmatic amnesia and the hunt for the masterminds - right from the beginning you're stepping up the pace.

Yes, it's going to be very fast! We were very happy that the series was so well received by the audience and that we can answer the open questions with a second season. Our main goal is to surprise - right at the beginning, but also in every episode.


Science is playing a major role again, including the development of a compound that manipulates memories. Is there a real scientific background for this?

As in the first season, we had a scientific staff that advised us on story development. Including Prof. Andrew Hires, a leading US brain researcher. He told me that there are very serious approaches to such a preparation in the USA, for example to help soldiers cope with trauma after combat or to erase memories after top-secret actions. In general : At Biohackers we don't rely on science fiction. Everything we show is based on research, scientific publications and discussions.


Would you swallow such a “forgetting pill” yourself?

Well, maybe to suppress a really bad day. Or maybe the whole of the last “C year” (laughs). No, but that is also the exciting question: What makes us what we are? In the end, it's our memories and experiences, the bad ones are just as much a part of it as the good ones. That's why I actually wouldn't take such a pill. But it is incredibly exciting to see what is possible in research today.


Because of Covid-19, science was again very much in focus, salvation and woe were discussed a lot.

In all honesty, my confidence since the beginning of the pandemic has been to know that the smartest people in the world are focused on solving this problem and are banding together. And I'm very happy that it went so quickly. For me, scientists are the new superheroes!


How difficult were the shooting conditions for you during the pandemic?


We had a very strict hygiene concept: a combination of quarantine regulation, isolation and testing. With this we managed to ensure that nobody got sick in 66 days of shooting. We were extremely careful, but that also changed the shooting process. Instead of working at the same time, the different departments always had to act one after the other. That takes time. But everything can be organized. Things were different, not worse.


With Thomas Kretschmann, Biohackers is now getting a real Hollywood star . How did you get together?

The contact came about very easily through a friend who is a producer in LA. Thomas was just on site and said to me on the phone: “Hey, I don't know you at all, come over.” I thought, now we're looking for an appointment for a half-hour business meeting in the next few weeks - that's how it is normally done in Hollywood. But Thomas said: “Now. Come on. Get in the car, I'll wait for you.” Then we spent a relaxed afternoon with him by the pool and discussed the role a lot. In the evening it was clear that he would take part.


Mia and Prof. Dr. Lorenz are entering into an extraordinary alliance this season. Two strong, extremely determined women. What was important to you when drawing these figures?

When you've lost everything, there is nothing left to lose. That is the thought that Prof. Dr. Lorenz and Mia united. In such a situation you have to throw fear overboard and concentrate fully on saving your own head. The second season is really a matter of life and death for both of them - and very quickly. This is a powerful engine for the story.


How does the first season differ from the second season?

The new episodes are even more exciting, faster, more unpredictable. And what is also very important: With six more episodes we were able to explore the characters much more deeply. Prof. Dr. For example, we only got to know Lorenz through Mia's eyes in the first season, that's going to be different now.


Was it difficult to get all the actors under one roof again so quickly?


We knew: If we shoot a second season, it will be at the end of the year. I warned everyone and asked them to call me before they say anything else. And thank God everything worked out! The shooting then took place between October and December.


The university city of Freiburg is once again the venue for biohackers . Have you been recognized?

Of course. But we are not exactly inconspicuous when we turn up with ten trucks in a Freiburg alley. But there were a lot of funny situations. Jing Xiang, who plays our fast-talking biologist Chen-Lu, was recognized by her voice by a fan in a record store. And when we were shooting at a school, we suddenly got dozens of onlookers. Children watching us from the classroom and shouting, “Hey, what are you doing here? Can you reveal anything? [about the show]” Something like that happened to us all the time. We felt very welcome in Freiburg.


Would you like to be a student again today?

Studying is a magical time because you don't know where life will lead you. You get to know a lot of exciting people in a short time and everything seems possible. But I am very fortunate that I have been able to enjoy every phase of my life. I feel good where I am right now. But I like to think back to university and still feel very close to student life. For example, when I work on set with our flat-share actors, who are much younger, I meet them at eye level.


What is important to you in storytelling?

I love "adventure in your backyard" stories - that is, adventures in your own backyard. Stories in which people like you and me are confronted with things that are bigger than they are. Amblin films, such as ET , Jaws or, most recently, Arrival , are classics of the genre. By the way, that was also my approach for Biohackers . I didn't want a superhero, but a completely normal student who, together with her flat share, was suddenly given enormous responsibility, took on the task and grew with it. I have missed such stories in recent years.


Do you actually believe that the pandemic will also change viewing habits permanently?

I think streaming was entertainment salvation during lockdown. Many who were not streaming consumers before have now come to know and love it. At the same time, like all of us, I feel a great longing to go out again, to be able to go to the cinema again, to be in company again. Let's see how that levels off in the next few months.


Catch up with Biohackers Season 1 on Netflix

Image credits - Netflix/Marco Nagel

Ahead of season 2 coming to Netflix on Friday, read an interview [translated from German - Ed] with the series creator, showrunner, writer and director Christian Ditter...


Press Release

More ominous, thrilling and mysterious: After the surprising ending of season 1, the new episodes of Biohackers start with a blackout: Months after her abduction, medical student Mia (Luna Wedler) regains consciousness without any recollection of the latest events. What happened?

In the second season Mia has to solve this big secret on which her life depends. Her former opponent, bio-scientist Prof. Dr. Lorenz (Jessica Schwarz), of all people, seems to know more and apparently is the only one who can help Mia. But can the two women trust each other after everything that happened?

The second season of Biohackers, produced by Claussen+Putz, starts on July 9th, with six new episodes. In addition to the leading actresses Luna Wedler and Jessica Schwarz, all other popular cast members are back for season 2: Benno Fürmann, Caro Cult, Adrian Julius Tillmann, Jing Xiang, Sebastian Jakob Doppelbauer and Thomas Prenn. A new addition to the cast for season 2 is Thomas Kretschmann.




Kidnapping, Mia's enigmatic amnesia and the hunt for the masterminds - right from the beginning you're stepping up the pace.

Yes, it's going to be very fast! We were very happy that the series was so well received by the audience and that we can answer the open questions with a second season. Our main goal is to surprise - right at the beginning, but also in every episode.


Science is playing a major role again, including the development of a compound that manipulates memories. Is there a real scientific background for this?

As in the first season, we had a scientific staff that advised us on story development. Including Prof. Andrew Hires, a leading US brain researcher. He told me that there are very serious approaches to such a preparation in the USA, for example to help soldiers cope with trauma after combat or to erase memories after top-secret actions. In general : At Biohackers we don't rely on science fiction. Everything we show is based on research, scientific publications and discussions.


Would you swallow such a “forgetting pill” yourself?

Well, maybe to suppress a really bad day. Or maybe the whole of the last “C year” (laughs). No, but that is also the exciting question: What makes us what we are? In the end, it's our memories and experiences, the bad ones are just as much a part of it as the good ones. That's why I actually wouldn't take such a pill. But it is incredibly exciting to see what is possible in research today.


Because of Covid-19, science was again very much in focus, salvation and woe were discussed a lot.

In all honesty, my confidence since the beginning of the pandemic has been to know that the smartest people in the world are focused on solving this problem and are banding together. And I'm very happy that it went so quickly. For me, scientists are the new superheroes!


How difficult were the shooting conditions for you during the pandemic?


We had a very strict hygiene concept: a combination of quarantine regulation, isolation and testing. With this we managed to ensure that nobody got sick in 66 days of shooting. We were extremely careful, but that also changed the shooting process. Instead of working at the same time, the different departments always had to act one after the other. That takes time. But everything can be organized. Things were different, not worse.


With Thomas Kretschmann, Biohackers is now getting a real Hollywood star . How did you get together?

The contact came about very easily through a friend who is a producer in LA. Thomas was just on site and said to me on the phone: “Hey, I don't know you at all, come over.” I thought, now we're looking for an appointment for a half-hour business meeting in the next few weeks - that's how it is normally done in Hollywood. But Thomas said: “Now. Come on. Get in the car, I'll wait for you.” Then we spent a relaxed afternoon with him by the pool and discussed the role a lot. In the evening it was clear that he would take part.


Mia and Prof. Dr. Lorenz are entering into an extraordinary alliance this season. Two strong, extremely determined women. What was important to you when drawing these figures?

When you've lost everything, there is nothing left to lose. That is the thought that Prof. Dr. Lorenz and Mia united. In such a situation you have to throw fear overboard and concentrate fully on saving your own head. The second season is really a matter of life and death for both of them - and very quickly. This is a powerful engine for the story.


How does the first season differ from the second season?

The new episodes are even more exciting, faster, more unpredictable. And what is also very important: With six more episodes we were able to explore the characters much more deeply. Prof. Dr. For example, we only got to know Lorenz through Mia's eyes in the first season, that's going to be different now.


Was it difficult to get all the actors under one roof again so quickly?


We knew: If we shoot a second season, it will be at the end of the year. I warned everyone and asked them to call me before they say anything else. And thank God everything worked out! The shooting then took place between October and December.


The university city of Freiburg is once again the venue for biohackers . Have you been recognized?

Of course. But we are not exactly inconspicuous when we turn up with ten trucks in a Freiburg alley. But there were a lot of funny situations. Jing Xiang, who plays our fast-talking biologist Chen-Lu, was recognized by her voice by a fan in a record store. And when we were shooting at a school, we suddenly got dozens of onlookers. Children watching us from the classroom and shouting, “Hey, what are you doing here? Can you reveal anything? [about the show]” Something like that happened to us all the time. We felt very welcome in Freiburg.


Would you like to be a student again today?

Studying is a magical time because you don't know where life will lead you. You get to know a lot of exciting people in a short time and everything seems possible. But I am very fortunate that I have been able to enjoy every phase of my life. I feel good where I am right now. But I like to think back to university and still feel very close to student life. For example, when I work on set with our flat-share actors, who are much younger, I meet them at eye level.


What is important to you in storytelling?

I love "adventure in your backyard" stories - that is, adventures in your own backyard. Stories in which people like you and me are confronted with things that are bigger than they are. Amblin films, such as ET , Jaws or, most recently, Arrival , are classics of the genre. By the way, that was also my approach for Biohackers . I didn't want a superhero, but a completely normal student who, together with her flat share, was suddenly given enormous responsibility, took on the task and grew with it. I have missed such stories in recent years.


Do you actually believe that the pandemic will also change viewing habits permanently?

I think streaming was entertainment salvation during lockdown. Many who were not streaming consumers before have now come to know and love it. At the same time, like all of us, I feel a great longing to go out again, to be able to go to the cinema again, to be in company again. Let's see how that levels off in the next few months.


Catch up with Biohackers Season 1 on Netflix

Image credits - Netflix/Marco Nagel