Monday, June 15, 2015

Sense8: Episode 1

1. Limbic Resonance
Alone in an abandoned building, Angelica (Daryl Hannah) squirms in pain. Jonas (Naveen Andrews) appears out of nowhere and persuades her to help “them”. She tells him she’s too weak, but finally initiates their psychic connection. “Whispers” (Terrence Mann) is suddenly by her side too, mocking her. She puts a gun into her mouth. As he arrives at the scene, she pulls the trigger. Will (Brian J. Smith) is a police officer in Chicago. Riley (Tuppence Middleton) is an Icelandic DJ in London. Lito (Miguel Ángel Silvestre) is a Basque actor in Mexico City. Transgender Nomi (Jamie Clayton) is a political activist in San Francisco. Capheus (Aml Ameen) is a matatu driver in Nairobi. Sun (Doona Bae) is the CFO of her family’s company in Seoul. Kala (Tina Desai) is about to marry a man she doesn’t love in Mumbai. Wolfgang (Max Riemelt) is a locksmith who cracks safes in Berlin. As they go on with their daily lives, they unwittingly start sharing one another’s senses, united by a common recurring vision of a woman shooting herself to death.

Expect the Wachowskis to come up with something unique and avant-garde all the time. The concept looks good on paper, and the pilot does not disappoint. What I’m worried about is how they are going to keep this up. Having multiple characters and different settings is hard to handle, but some shows do manage to keep their promises. Game of Thrones is a good example. The problem is we have eight characters here in eight different cities. How do you divide an hour to all of them to guarantee both plot and character development without sacrificing one for the other? Mumbai and Mexico City, for example, don’t make much headway in this episode. In any case, yeah, it was an intriguing pilot. The psychic connections have only just begun, and it’s cool although still a bit too simplistic for now. Nairobi’s chicken landing on Seoul’s desk halfway across the world. Chicago’s patrol car siren crossing the ocean to reach London and Berlin. Let’s hope it can sustain its 12-episode run.

“I’m not crying because of her. I’m crying because no one’s ever defended me before.” Nomi Marks

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