Sense8 1x01 Review
Sense8 is a show written and produced by the Lana and Andy Wachowski (creators of The Matrix ) that was recently released on Netflix. It is a strange sci-fi show about a group of eight people across the globe, who begin to sense and experience what each other is feeling. I watched the entire thing about a week ago and I absolutely loved it. It was so innovative, and the backbone of the show is really the characters and the way they connect with each other. I will do my best to avoid giving away spoilers during these reviews, and I highly suggest you all watch it.
Sense8, Episode 1: Limbic Resonance
The series begins with a woman in a cold, dark place, supposedly 'giving birth', as she speaks to two different men, a brown-skinned man her age, and an older white man. We then see our eight main characters, who all can see her despite her physical whereabouts being nowhere near theirs. She then kills herself.
The episode then delves into each of their lives, and each of their plots: Will, a police officer in Chicago dealing with gang violence in the city; Kala, a religious scientist in India who is about to marry a man who she doesn't love; Sun, a businesswoman and martial artist in Seoul, Korea dealing with an irresponsible brother and a distant father; Wolfgang, a professional criminal in Germany stealing from an important and dangerous man to prove himself better than his father and cousin; Nomi, a transgender political blogger living happily with her girlfriend in San Francisco; Lito, an action star in Mexico with a secret that could prove detrimental to his career; Riley, a DJ living in London just trying to get through each day one at a time and hanging out with dangerous friends; and Capheus, a bus driver in Nairobi, Kenya, trying to take care of his sick mother.
As the show flips from plot to plot, each of these characters begin to hear, see, even feel the things another one of them is doing. Some, like Will and Nomi, are more invested with trying to figure out the mystery of the strange woman who suddenly appeared before them before killing herself, but mostly they just continue on their own individual plots.
I'll be honest, I mostly came because for once, there was a show with a highly diverse set of characters, and there was also a queer trans woman actually played by a trans woman, which is big in and of itself. This first episode is strange, as none of the characters are very connected other than some of the synesthesia they're experiencing. However, each and every actor is captivating in their scenes, and you easily connect with each of the characters on some level. This first episode is more interested in giving the audience a small vignette of each individual's life before delving into the actual plot, and it does its job well. Each character has his or her own time to shine, with their characterization made very well and efficiently.
It's a great start to a great series. I highly recommend checking it out if you have a Netflix account.
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