The Imperfects is a sci-fi series full of moral complexity

The following contains spoilers for The Imperfects Season 1, currently streaming on Netflix.

The imperfect is a Netflix sci-fi series that follows a group of young adults as they develop unwanted side effects after being genetically experimented on as children. Since the show’s release, it has been on Netflix’s top 10 list, and although it has received mixed reviews, it is appealing enough to keep audiences hooked due to the themes it explores.

After they stop receiving their medication, Abbi (Rhianna Jagpal), Tilda (Morgan Taylor Campbell) and Juan (Iñaki Godoy) develop strange powers that become a danger to those around them and an obstacle to their daily lives. They now see themselves as monsters, correlating their abilities to those of supernatural creatures. Tilda has a booming voice like a Banshee, Abbi has pheromones that fascinate people like a Succubus, and Juan transforms into a hyena-like creature like a Chupacabra. With the help of Dr. Burke, one of the scientists who experimented on them, they are on the hunt for Dr. Sarkov, so they can get revenge and get him to reverse their side effects.

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What makes a hero and what makes a villain?

When it comes to morals, The imperfect asks two questions, what makes a hero and what makes a monster or a villain? It’s a theme regularly explored by the DC and Marvel Universes, with a recent comparison drawn by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson between the abilities and morals of Black Adam and Superman. There was also the case where we wondered if Wanda Maximoff’s actions made her the villain in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. With The imperfectthis trio faces a number of difficult situations that force them to decide how far they are willing to go to get what they want.

Over time, they wonder if having these abilities makes them monsters or if it depends on their actions. This is particularly the case of Abbi, who does not want to use her pheromones on innocent people but does so either out of convenience or out of necessity. She admits this might make her a hypocrite, but she will use her abilities to protect those she loves. It’s the same for Juan, who turns into a literal monster but stays true to who he is. In the final episode, they wonder if taking the cure will make them human again, or if their actions have tainted them so that they’ll only be genetically human?

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The Imperfect Explore the Complexities of Morality

Then there are the scientists, Dr. Sarkov and Dr. Burke. They are the ones who carried out the human experiments, Sarkov introducing synthetic stem cells into their bodies without their knowledge. These actions are highly immoral, but Sarkov only cares about his end goal, which is to help the human race evolve so that it does not die out. While that goal may be noble, its methods are what taint its actions. Burke, while having good intentions, was also involved in this experiment, and in season 1, episode 10, “Destroy All Monsters”, a big twist revealed that she was secretly working for someone else in behind the scenes.

On his list of atrocities, Sarkov also forced the trio to steal nanobots from another scientist, Dr. Monday, in exchange for the cure. According to Juan, what makes someone a monster is not determined by who or what they are, but by their actions and what they have overcome to become better people. If so, that would make Dr. Sarkov more of a monster than the ones he experimented on. The imperfect binds all of these elements together to deliver a series that raises questions about the complexities of morality and how the choices that are made in these cases can define one’s character.

Les Imperfaits is now streaming on Netflix.

Sharon D. Cole