By Kerensa McElrath
Let’s be real--we’ve all wondered if mind-reading is somehow, against all odds, possible. So far, the answer still seems to be no, but that hasn’t stopped the Wachowskis from creating “Sense8,” a Netflix original series that focuses on what happens when eight people are mentally connected and begin to share sensations. The resulting cluster of “sensates” is faced with the dual task of figuring out what’s happening to them (and their other selves) but also escaping the machinations of a corporation with unclear (but clearly unsavory) intentions.
The diverse main cast includes Aml Ameen as Capheus, a bus driver in Nairobi; Doona Bae as Sun Bak, a Korean woman skilled in both martial arts and business from Seoul; Jamie Clayton as Nomi Marks, a trans lesbian “hactivist” in San Francisco; Tuppence Middleton as Riley Blue, an Icelandic DJ with a tragic past; Brian J. Smith as Will Gorski, a Chicago police officer; Max Riemelt as Wolfgang Bogdanow, a German safe-cracker with a complicated family; Tina Desai as Kala Dandekar, a pharmacist from Mumbai and devoted Hindu; and Miguel Angel Silvestre as Lito Rodriguez, a closeted gay actor in Mexico City.
At first, the main cast finds their newly-acquired powers confusing, to say the least. But they soon find that they can each use their unique skills to help each other overcome obstacles, which leads to some pretty awesome moments (especially when it comes to season one’s cliffhanger finale). However, it’s not just Sun Bak’s martial arts prowess that makes “Sense8” shine, but also the relationships that form between the characters.
Since being released on Netflix, “Sense8” has been confirmed for a second season, so next time you have homework that needs procrastinating and popcorn to spare, consider giving it a try - though be aware that it’s rated TV-MA and may not be suitable for younger teenagers.
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