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3 Body Problem stars on the show’s big question: would you push the button?

Production photo from 3 Body Problem. Zine Tseng as Young Ye Wenjie in episode 102 of 3 Body Problem.
Image: Ed Miller / Netflix

One thing that confounds me after reading Cixin Liu’s The Three-Body Problem and watching its Netflix adaptation is a simple button.

Spoilers for 3 Body Problem to follow.

I still haven’t been able to wrap my head around why Ye Wenjie, when faced with the choice to respond to or ignore transmissions from the San-Ti, an alien race, chose to respond. Throughout human history, first contact events rarely go well and go even worse when the two sides are technologically imbalanced. So, why would an ostensibly hyperintelligent woman pin her hopes on a race of beings that have already made their hostile designs on Earth clear?

In an interview with Ye’s actresses Rosalind Chao and Zine Tseng, who play the character throughout the different…

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