I might be the last one to have watched Sense8 but after just one episode my own senses are reeling, literally. The imagery and emotions tease your mind while you try to individually make sense of each actor in sets spanning the globe.
At first it doesn’t make sense! They apparently have nothing to do with one another. How could this be a thing?
But that’s when one central theme slowly dawned on me. Each of the people unknowingly or unwittingly began to open their hearts allowing empathy.
This is relevant since the Sense8 was created, written and executive-produced by Andy and Lana Wachowski and Michael Straczynski. You may remember Lana Wachowski, the transgender producer who created Cloud Atlas.
The very title Sense8 is a double entendre, as is the title to this post. Sense8 is a play on words as each of the 8 cast members becomes a sensate, or someone who has an enhanced empathic gift.
One of the eight sensate is Jamie Clayton who plays Nomi Marks, a trans woman hacktivist and blogger living in San Francisco with her girlfriend Amanita.
The central theme of Sense8 is fundamental to the transgender experience. Prior to transition we all have found ourselves lacking something in our lives. Speaking for myself it turned out to be empathy. I was born with an innate ability to sense from a distance, moods and underpinning thoughts of others, but that sense withered through time under the constant harshness of present-day society.
During my rebirth or transition, if you will, I began allowing myself to open up and began a sincere search for the lucidity of my heart.
I know it’s far too early to say this is true of the Sensates but I’ll go out on a limb after only one episode and say I think it is. I think in the end they transition into one being, when needed, and draw on each others strenghs to pervail.
Sense8 is an is an American science fiction drama web television series created, written and executive-produced by Andy and Lana Wachowski and J. Michael Straczynski. The first season consisting of 12 episodes became available for streaming on Netflix on June 5, 2015.
The plot revolves around eight strangers from different parts of the world who suddenly become mentally and emotionally linked. The show aims to explore subjects that its writers felt science fiction shows, at least ostensibly, tend to ignore or skim through such as politics, identity, sexuality, gender and religion. The first season consisting of 12 episodes became available for streaming on Netflix on June 5, 2015.
For an amazing review of Sense8 be sure to check out Moviepilot
Who’s Jamie Clayton and why is she perfect for this part?