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Save the Cluster!

Just a few weeks ago I discovered the coolest show I think I have ever watched, on Netflix. It’s called, Sense8. I watched the first episode of this Sci-Fi drama, not really expecting much. The premise sounded unique. The story is about eight individuals, all over the world, who suddenly find themselves sharing their lives and experiences through a neural connection. I thought, “Hmm, that’s different,” and gave it a try. The first episode was very strange. I’ll try to keep this post to a minimal spoiler level. The first episode begins with a suicide, followed by the eight experiencing a lot of weird mental phenomena. Not much is really explained. I almost gave up on the series right there, but I am damn glad I didn’t.

As I progressed through the episodes, the story began to make a lot more sense. The characters and their connections to each other began to flesh out and deepen. There was something about the way these total strangers, from vastly different worlds, began to come together, it just clicked with me. The way they cared for one another, helped each other, and fully accepted all the members of their “cluster,” was, well… beautiful. The scenes, the acting, the music, everything about Sense8 was a work of art.

The Sense8 cluster includes a Chicago cop, and Icelandic DJ girl, and Indian scientist chick, a trans woman hacker and her girlfriend, a closeted gay couple in Mexico, a Kenyan bus driver, a German gangster, and my personal favorite… a Korean badass fighter girl. This is without a doubt the most diverse cast that I have ever seen. The show unapoligetically includes gay, lesbian, and polyamorous relationships, and I think that is awesome!

The main villian is a guy that is right out of the nightmare realm. “Whispers,” and the shadowy organization he works for relentlessly hunt down and destroy members of this emerging subspeicies of interconnected humans.

So, I think this show is groundbreaking and revolutionary. I watched the two seasons that are available on Netflix in a couple of weeks. The last episode of season two ends on one hell of a cliff hanger. This story is no where near complete. With that said, it was like getting punched in the gut when I heard that Netflix had decided to not renew the series for a third season. What in the litteral hell? Ok, I get that the episodes are especially expensive to produce. I understand that Netflix is a business. But, this is the best thing that I have ever found on their platform. I couldn’t imagine that this show didn’t pull in some serious views. Even Netflix VP Cindy Holland praised the show in the statement anouncing that they were going to cancel it:

“After 23 episodes, 16 cities and 13 countries, the story of the Sense8 cluster is coming to an end. It is everything we and the fans dreamed it would be: bold, emotional, stunning, kick ass, and outright unforgettable. Never has there been a more truly global show with an equally diverse and international cast and crew, which is only mirrored by the connected community of deeply passionate fans all around the world. We thank Lana, Lilly, Joe and Grant for their vision, and the entire cast and crew for their craftsmanship and commitment.”

I have since joined several online communities for Sense8 fans. I was excited to find that there are many who are just as touched and equally as passionate about Sense8 as I am. The fans have taken up virtual armes in an attempt to save the show. In the ensuing backlash, fans have forced the issue to the trend on Twitter with the #RenewSense8 and #BringBackSense8 hashtags. They have launched several online petetions, with the largest well over 300,000 signers at the time of this posting. Thousands have emailed and live chatted directly with Netflix, pleading with them to reconsider, and in some cases threatening to cancel their accounts if they don’t.

If you haven’t seen the show. I highly recomend it. Two seasons are still available on Netflix. Please give it a go and let me know what you think. I think you will fall in love with the story, as I have, and will probably be just as angry that the gatekeepers will not allow it a proper ending.

If you would like to help save Sense8, please check out these links:

https://renewsense8.com/ (main hub for support of the show)

https://www.change.org/p/netflixlat-netflix-sense8-sense-8-season-3-renewal

https://www.reddit.com/r/Sense8/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Sense8

 

The Black Mirror

Let’s talk about The Black Mirror. I just started watching this series on Netflix. It is beautifully disturbing. I’ve only seen the first five episodes, but I am already in love with it.

From Wikipedia:

“Black Mirror is a British science fiction television anthology series created by Charlie Brooker and centered around dark and satirical themes that examine modern society, particularly with regard to the unanticipated consequences of new technologies.”

This show has the feel of the old Twilight Zone, minus all the completely implausible nonsense that permeated many of the episodes. I think the coolest thing about Black Mirror is that none of the episodes are very far fetched. The technologies already exist or are on the near horizon. This shit could and probably will happen.

The themes of Black Mirror are ones that I think on often. It’s easy to forget that science and technology are relatively new things. A mere hundred years ago the best method of transportation was riding on the back of large, grass-eating animal. Inside of a single century, we have rapidly traversed through the industrial revolution, to space flight, splitting the atom, and now we are smack dab in the middle of the information age. There is an acceleration of technological development going on that we are not prepared for, and there’s no way we could be. We are still animals, driven by instinct to an underappreciated degree. The learning curve of these new technologies is steep and unforgiving. Our ability to adapt to this emerging new world will be what makes or breaks us as a species. Many other species have gone extinct because of their inability to cope with far tinier degrees of change. If we are going to make it, we must master technology, and not become enslaved by it.

Anyway, while I was writing this I discovered that I started The Black Mirror of the third season. I had no idea that there were two previous ones. I think I’m going to go ahead and finish the third season before I bounce back and start at the beginning.

I highly recommend this show. However, be warned, many episodes are dark. I personally enjoy this. Not all of our nature is rainbows and kittens. You can’t really appreciate the good and sweet until you taste the dark and bitter.