Sense8 (season 1)

{5/5} “Impossibility is a kiss away from reality.”

Sense8 season 1, aired in 2015

Eight people from around the world suddenly become mentally linked, in a way that eventually allows them to help each other by briefly taking their place in order to do something they can do better. Capheus is a bus driver in Kenya and is having trouble getting enough money for medicine for his mother. Sun is a businesswoman at her father’s company in South Korea and is also talented at kickboxing. Nomi is a hacktivist in San Framcisco who’s going to have her brain operated on against her will. Kala is a pharmacist in India who’s about to be married to a man who seems nice but she doesn’t love.

The first couple of episodes are somewhat confusing as they switch back and forth between characters you’re not familiar with yet — but stick with it, as it gets more interesting.

Once you watch a few episodes, you’ll follow these characters anywhere. Like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the characters may be in a fantastic situation but they’re very real. It’s not just the main characters but the secondary characters are also brilliant.

The visuals have the feel of a movie, with filming taking place on location.

It’s unnecessarily graphic at times — other than that, I loved it.

The glorious music is by Johnny Klimek and Tom Tykwer — unusually, the music for each season was written before that season was filmed.

One more quotation: “The real violence — the violence that I realized was unforgivable — is the violence that we do to ourselves when we’re too afraid to be who we really are.”

It’s about what you can do when you work together.

Stars Naveen Andrews, Doona Bae, and Brian J. Smith.

Darryl Hannah guest stars as the person who somehow triggers the connection between the sensates. Joe Pantoliano guest stars as Will’s father.

The show was created by the Wachowskis (Jupiter Ascending) and J. Michael Straczynski (writer on Superman: Grounded).

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