I Finished Watching ‘Sense8’; Who’s In For a Telepathic Orgy?

I just finished watching Sense8 yesterday. Well done Netflix, well done! *slow claps*. And I love you, Riley Blue!

You’ve probably seen it already. But if you haven’t, I wrote this for you, spoilers-free. It’s damn difficult to summarize the whole TV show, due to its multiple story lines, so I’m not gonna go there. It would take like forever to coagulate something coherent. I’ll give you the plot and then I’ll just skip to the parts I enjoyed the most.

Created by The Wachowskis (The Matrix, V for Vendetta, Cloud Atlas) Sense8 is a show about human interconnection and its infinite possibilities in a world where diversity and cultural boundaries don’t matter anymore. The main story is about 8 people around the world who are linked mentally over night. Each other’s life, skills and feelings become common to the others in a telepathic connection that seem more profound than meets the eye. And of course, there’s a mutual villain, too.

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Stunning visuals

The creators of the show have a good eye for framing the scenes in a almost epic manner. Almost every scene is like a long elaborated moving photograph. Then there’s this incredible symbiosis between places and people around the Globe, an interaction that becomes possible in a blink of an eye. They just snap their fingers and they bring a guy from Kenya in India or Iceland. The effort must’ve been so huge that I don’t even want to picture it.

And then there’re the sex scenes. Not a lot of’em, don’t worry. But there’s this beautiful scene where the 8 sensates fuck each other’s brains out from distance. An impossible orgy that happens only in their minds (or does it!?). And it’s all the result of at least one or two of them having sex at the same time. The way the directors managed to bring the characters together in a fearless,  gender fluid intercourse is worth my thumbs up.

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Smart lines

There are bunch of them, just Google it. Here are some good examples:

“I want to believe that the past is done with us the moment we’re done with it” – Sun

“Do you think other animals spend as much time as us wishing for things they know they’ll never get?” – Capheus

“Death doesn’t let you say ‘goodbye’. It just carves holes in your life, in your future, in your heart” – Riley

“There’s a huge difference between what we work for, and what we live for” – Nomi

“I take everything I am feeling, everything that matters to me… I push all of it into my fist, and I fight for it” – Sun

And my personal favorite: “Shugs, there’s two reasons to go to Iceland: the aurora borealis, and Riley Blue. One is a natural phenomenon so beautiful it will blow your mind, and the other is just some pretty lights in the sky”.

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Beautiful characters

I give some well-deserved extra points for the idea of casting people with similar stories or background for certain characters. I mean, who could better play the inner struggles of a transgender, if not a transgender, right?

By the way, Jamie Clayton rocks as Nomi-The Hacker. She’s not Riley Blue, though (I won’t cheat on you, Riley). I like also the grey zone where the characters are placed, you know! They’re not good or bad people, because it’s all relative. And even if they don’t really know each other, they prioritize the common good of the ‘cluster’. It’s a self-preservation instinct combined with a selfless act. Which is an oxymoron by meaning, but a reality by context.

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Bottom line is, Sense8 makes you think, it makes you feel. Having these two at the same time is a great accomplishment nowadays. Waiting for the 2-nd season. Seen it, wrote about it, recommended it.

Photos: Netflix

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Romanian self-taught writer, interested in contemporary art, unconventional culture and gonzo journalism. He's been writing for almost a decade while doing shitty jobs for a living. He's agnostic, supports a censorship-free world, he reads way less than he wants and he enjoys feminist porn.

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