Happy Friday Gamers, Geeks and Friends! Sorry for not posting a TKO Battle yesterday but I was a little strapped for time this week. Today’s Netflix Series of the Week will be the dramatic thriller Sense 8. I’ve had a coworker telling me for months that I would love this series and she was right! You may remember Emily from the “Is She Crazy” post and poll that was up on the blog a month or so ago (btw I will write the reveal post today if I get a chance). I’m excited about this post so let’s get to the show!
Plot: Sense 8 focuses on 8 strangers from different cities around the world that one day are able to sense what the others are feeling. It’s a bit more complex then that, actually they are able to feel, smell, taste, see and hear what each other are going through. Through methods described as “Visiting” and “Sharing” in the series, our strangers can visit and interact with each other or they can share their experiences, languages, training, etc. What type of series would this be if there were no conflict? Of course as with any Sci-Fy -esque (new word lol) film the main antagonist will be people working for a government agency known as BPO to track down and take the “Sensates.”
The Characters: I’ve always enjoyed a show or movie that adds in diversity, Sense 8 does not fail here. The different characters that you interact with will be split up into 8 different cities around the world. These cities are San Francisco, Mexico City, Seoul Korea, Mumbai India, Chicago, Nairobi Africa, Berlin and London. The characters that you are introduced to will have different backgrounds and occupations. We have The DJ, The Cop, The Actor, The Mogul, The Thief, The Driver, The Scientist and The Hacker (can you see how each individual’s skills are already defining how they can help each other?). Each character has a story, a problem in their life and a purpose it’s quite fascinating really. If one person has training in fighting, another stranger can access those skills for that time, if someone speaks a different language, when Sharing” any of the 8 strangers can speak that language.
The Aesthetics: For being a show about Senses the series did a great job of helping the viewer feel what is going on. For instance, a character was was DJ-ing. The music from the party carried over and sounded like someone was playing music loud for the other character. When you are in Nairobi the music is adventurous and upbeat while the background is dusty filled with deep browns and oranges. This setting is different from Seoul where the setting is sleek and precise. Each location
I’m losing my mind… No It’s just EXPANDING! people who have been born with the abilities to access each others thoughts, feelings and skills while being separated across the world. chosen people. You can automatically see how they are visited by Angelica, the women who “Gave Birth” to their powers. Very explosive and first scene.
- Great story and acting by the characters
- Slowly unveils more information on what the Sense 8 can do allowing you to feel immersed in the plot
- The colors, sounds and effects are believable and authentic to the location and scene
- Adult themes and situations (Nudity, Violence and Sex Scenes. Not recommended for children)
- It takes a while for the story to unfold, if you like to know what’s going on and why quickly, you may not like the show
I’ve really enjoyed this series and Season 2 is available so I will continue watching. I’d rate the series 4 out of 5 Luna Stars! I’ve enjoyed it but there are a few things that bugged me about the execution of the Visiting and Sharing sessions. The characters can’t control when something happens but anytime they’re in trouble they can seem to connect to the exact person with the skills to help them. I feel like it would be a little more of a random selection than that, but hey it made for a great series. Check out the trailer below:
What do you think? Have you seen Sense 8 or a similar show? If you could connect with someone, what skill would you have to offer? Let’s Talk Sense 8 our Netflix Series of the Week!
Have a great Friday!
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