That Lovely Hybrid of Television and Film…

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Sense8, my new favorite show at the moment. I had to take a break from GOT for a while, mostly because of all the violence and nastiness of that world, not that this show doesn’t have that, it’s just depicted differently, and I have to say Brava!!!  to the Wachowskis for taking the tack they do, especially since this show deals with some difficult subject matter in the form of discrimination of all kinds, and that’s what I love about it: the approach. It’s all about connections, specifically 8 psychic connections between 8 very very emotionally, socioeconomically, morally, culturally, and sexually disparate people. It really is quite amazing to watch, thought the first four episodes are a bit disconcerting because you will have absolutely no fucking clue what’s happening. As it starts to become clear who these people are and how their obvious and seemingly insurmountable differences can help each other, you get sucked into the story, and as the characters strengthen their connections to one another, so does the viewers’ empathetic connection to the characters as well.  It is quite a cast of characters as you can see:

The eight sensates: (Wikipedia)

  • Riley Blue (née Gunnarsdóttir), an Icelandic DJ living in London who is trying to escape a troubled past and a very nasty drug dealer.
  • Will Gorski, a Chicago police officer haunted by an unsolved murder from his childhood.
  • Sun Bak, daughter of a powerful Seoul businessman and a burgeoning star in the underground kickboxing world who is taking the fall for her family.
  • Capheus, a matatu driver in Nairobi and a passionate fan of Jean-Claude Van Damme who is trying to earn money to buy AIDS medicine for his mother.
  • Wolfgang Bogdanow, a Berlin locksmith and safe-cracker who has unresolved issues with his late father and participates in organized crime.
  • Kala Dandekar, a university-educated pharmacist and devout Hindu in Mumbai who is engaged to marry a man she does not love.
  • Lito Rodriguez, a closeted actor of Basque background living in Mexico City with his boyfriend Hernando.
  • Nomi Marks, a trans woman hacktivist and blogger living in San Francisco with her girlfriend Amanita.

Not only are the characters distanced by the very obvious who they are in the world, they are also distanced from each other by the geography of the world, which makes for a lot of very beautiful and interesting location scenes.

It’s a Netflix show, and there will be a second season, so if you like people stories with sort of a mystical science fiction underlayment, then give it a try.

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