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TV: Sense8 [Jan. 27th, 2016|12:27 am]

During my illness, I decided to get a Netflix subscription, since most of the stuff I actually want to watch is there, rather than on Amazon. This turned out to be a really good move.

One of the first things I watched was Sense8, a twelve episode series about 8 people linked together telepathically so that they can feel each other's lives and, even more impressively, share each other's skills. It's something interesting I wanted to watch because I had a short story concept that mimicked this, so I wanted to see how they did it. It also has a positive trans character, which is awesome. It's also produced by the Wachowskis (Matrix) and Straczynski (Babylon 5).

It turned out to be awesome. There are interesting themes about separate lives colliding and the skills transference is really interesting (there is one particularly bad-ass martial artist Korean lady who executes beat-downs in the slums of Nairobi when the young lad there gets into trouble). As you'd expect, each character in the eight brings some essential skill to the table, whether it's computer hacking, martial artistry, gunplay or pharmaceutical knowledge.

While each character is going through massive personal circumstances that are challenging (indeed, the probability of eight randomly people having that much drama happen to them at once is vanishingly small, but, still, it's a drama, so...), it's kinda interesting and reiterates the lesson (something I've learned a lot) that often other people's problems can be easily solvable to us, when ours are not. Which is why, sometimes, as a society, the most awesome thing we can do is turn away from our problems and solve each other's problems, in this way triggering the solution to our own problems when they are solved by someone else in turn.

One of the interesting tricks the camera does is that the actor that's in control of the body plays the person who is there, which helps keep things from being confusing when you're watching it. So, for example, when the Korean lady issues the beat-down in Nairobi, we see her kicking arse. THere are just enough scenes to break that down nearer the beginning so that we cut to outsiders, who don't see that, they just see the person who is there. However, when two people are conversing, it can get a bit crazy, because they make the two people stand next to each other and even interact, so I often wonder why no one around thinks that person is going crazy (although it does happen in particular to one of them).

Anyway, well recommended. I really enjoyed it and hope there's a series 2.