Although there were plenty of Hunger Games comparisons to 3% at the beginning of the first season, by the end of the season, the cookie cutter camouflage began to shed, giving way to its own original story. The following is spoiler free if you’re past the 2nd episode.
Heavy Christian overtone was a huge distraction for me in the beginning - promised heaven if you pass these tests, one man at the top controlling the game of life. If you don’t get in, you are sent down to hell – but luckily the storyline pulled me in deeper.
Having someone with a disability in a sci-fi show is rare and inspiring. I guess it’s impossible for some to believe anyone would be disabled in a future where we have advanced technology in medicine. When the wheelchair-bound competitor Fernando, was promised a cure that could make him walk if he passed, he was initially ecstatic, but later felt conflicted. He was having a difficult time deciding to either: take the life changing offer or continue accepting his disability and teaching others to accept people who are different and happy with themselves. Sometimes it’s not about accepting their disability, but more about an easier life experience. Forcing people to be more accepting of others who are different from them, may be better than forcing disable people to be like everyone else!! At the end of the day it’s a very personal decision and no one should be judged for it. Check out this Podcast
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Fernando's “different ability” forces him to see things differently and think outside the box, finding different ways to accomplish tasks. So if he decides not to get the cure, his ability may help him advance and get to the off shore. It may even allow him to do something none of the others can do, which will put him at an advantage. I can't wait to see how his character grows and becomes more confident and harnesses that strength, he will be unstoppable!!