Sci-fi series “3 Body Problem” delayed because of this key scene

"3 Body Problem" recently celebrated its Netflix premiere. However, the series was originally due to be released last year - had there not been a problem with one scene.

The science fiction series “3 Body Problem” is currently shining on Netflix and is winning over some viewers, as the 80% viewer rating on Rotten Tomatoes proves. The streaming hit, which is based on the novel “The Three Suns” by Cixin Liu, was created by “Game of Thrones” creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss and “True Blood” screenwriter Alexander Woo.

Production on “3 Body Problem” began on November 8, 2021 and was declared finished by Woo, Benioff and Weiss during Netflix’s Tudum 2022 event. This naturally begs the question of why the series only recently celebrated its Netflix launch. The series was actually supposed to be released in mid-2023, but the three felt that the first episode was too confusing and introduced the plot too quickly, which is why they wrote another scene afterwards to provide a clearer overview. This is the bar scene from the first episode, in which Jin (Jess Hong) and Auggie (Eiza González) talk to each other (via ScreenRant).

However, these plans were thwarted when Hollywood was paralyzed by the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) strike from July 14 to November 9, 2023. As a result, the new scene could only be filmed after the strike had ended, which meant that the start of the series had to wait until March 21, 2024.

If you haven’t yet taken a look at “3 Body Problem”, perhaps this trailer will motivate you to do so:

That’s why the bar scene in “3 Body Problem” is so important

Weiss and Netflix CEO Peter Friedlander looked back on the launch delay of “3 Body Problem” during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter (via ScreenRant):

Weiss: We got the scene written the day before the strike. It was literally five pages, but we really thought it was worth doing. Netflix was great about it. It would have been very easy for them to be like, “You have a finished show that is ready to air, for us to hold that [for a scene that’s] five minutes of two people in a bar … that it took some fortitude for them to just say, “Yeah.”

Friedlander: I want to tell the best version of this story, and if there’s a critical moment that the producers want to capture and we have the time and resources to do it, I want to figure it out with them. They were total professionals, total collaborators, and very clear what their vision is. I don’t want the audiences to miss out on that. So it was not a hard decision for me.

In the conversation between Jin and Auggie, which takes place at the very beginning of the first episode, viewers already learn some of the most relevant information regarding the initial situation of the series. The most important point here is the collapse of science, which will be discussed in more detail as the plot progresses.

All eight episodes of “3 Body Problem” are available to stream on Netflix.

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