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Sense8ional: A Sense8 Review (Repost)

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[This review was originally posted on Popgates. It is being re-posted here on a reader’s request, since Popgates has discontinued its pop culture column and thus deleted the original post.

And hey, just in time for season two…]

What do…

A troubled Icelandic DJ trying to get by in London

A San Francisco hacktivist celebrating Pride with her girlfriend

An action-movie-loving bus driver from Nairobi

A German safecracker trying to get out of his mobster family’s shadow

A closeted melodrama actor living in Mexico City

A Korean businesswoman/part-time martial artist trying to keep her family company afloat

An Indian scientist preparing to marry a man she’s not in love with

And a Chicago cop with a heart of gold and parental issues

…have in common?

Well, nothing much at all, until they all witness the suicide of a mysterious, almost angelic woman in white. From that moment on, they start noticing strange things: they can taste what someone else is eating on the other side of the world, hear the thoughts and emotions of people they’ve never met, and master skills they’ve never even tried to learn. They’re a cluster of Sensates, spread across the globe but linked by a psychic connection. Continue reading

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Sense8tional: A Sense8 Review

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What do…

A troubled Icelandic DJ trying to get by in London

A San Francisco hacktivist celebrating Pride with her girlfriend

An action-movie-loving bus driver from Nairobi

A German safecracker trying to get out of his mobster family’s shadow

A closeted melodrama actor living in Mexico City

A Korean businesswoman/part-time martial artist trying to keep her family company afloat

An Indian scientist preparing to marry a man she’s not in love with

And a Chicago cop with a heart of gold and parental issues

…have in common?

Well, nothing much at all, until they all witness the suicide of a mysterious, almost angelic woman in white. From that moment on, they start noticing strange things: they can taste what someone else is eating on the other side of the world, hear the thoughts and emotions of people they’ve never met, and master skills they’ve never even tried to learn. They’re a cluster of Sensates, spread across the globe but linked by a psychic connection.

Head to Popgates for the full post!

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“God Answers Lesbian Prayers!”: Queer Characters Saved by the Universe

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[Spoilers ahead for Sense8 and Dumbing of Age; contains discussion of transphobia and homophobia]

Just because a story’s world is prejudiced and awful, doesn’t mean the story itself is. In fact, in some cases the story bends the world to its will in order to protect the characters that said world is cruel to.

Sense8’s Nomi Marks, for instance, is a transwoman living in a very transphobic world—even at a Pride celebration, a group of women bully her by erasing her gender identity in a variety of rude and obnoxious ways, and she also has to contend with her overbearing, equally obnoxious mother, who insists on guilt-tripping her and calling her by her (male) birth name. These are things that happen to real people every day, and they’re awful—unfortunately, Nomi is also a protagonist in a sci-fi TV show, so it can only get worse.

And it does: Nomi ends up trapped in hospital awaiting an operation that will effectively lobotomise her, the papers signed by her mother, who insists “I love you, Michael, and this is for your own good” (even if Mrs Marks is kept in the dark about the lobotomy because, as it turns out, it’s secret government agency psychic stuff, the sentiment is still horrifying, and presented as so). The nurses won’t listen to her, she ends up handcuffed to the gurney, and everything is absolutely terrifying and awful, and Nomi sobs for someone to help her. It looks like a bleak fate lies ahead for the show’s sole trans character.

But then, someone does come to help Nomi. Continue reading

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