3% deserves much more recognition than it gets. I discovered it myself one lonely, wet Netflix night and binged the whole first season in a day.
It is the first Portuguese-language Netflix series and only the second international Netflix creation yet. But don’t let the subtitles scare you off; this show comes highly recommended. It is a dystopian sci-fi thriller about a future World that is ravaged and diseased. Everyone goes through ‘the process’ at 20 years old to determine whether they are part of the worthy 3% to make it to the Offshore, the beautiful Promised Land where everyone lives happily. The premise is similar to that of Michael Bay epic The Island (2005), but with a grittier undertone and without the visual theatrics.
The recently released second season is just as successful as the first, weaving in a more involved plot to do with The Cause, a rebel militant group who attempt to take down ‘the process’. Actresses Bianca Comparato and Veneza Oliveira play opposing characters beautifully, both making you believe their struggle and understand their sides equally. This makes it a tension-filled watch as you constantly question what side you should be on – which woman’s morals are worthier? Overall, a television show set to keep you on the edge of your seat and with its twists, turns and moral dilemmas. I could not recommend it more.