What the Bloody Hell is Sense8

Sense8's Main Cast
Sense8’s Main Cast of sensates.

I’m probably going to cop some backlash for what i’m about to say but I feel somewhat lost and need to express.  I’m four episodes down in Netflix’s brand new series Sense8 and I have no bloody idea what it is i’m actually watching…and i’m at breaking point to not continue on.

I don’t actually even know where to begin to describe what Sense8 is actually about.  The premise is so jumbled and overflowing with a mass introduction of characters that after the first hour, I couldn’t remember what I had just watched or picked out any specific event that took place with the exception of the opening scene where Daryl Hannah (I assume) gives birth (to something) then shoots herself in the head.

I had to go searching just to find a reasonable explanation of what I had just witnessed and the best I could find was “But the core premise of Sense8 is pretty easy to explain — it’s kind of like X-Men. The show’s central “sensates” (there are eight of them, hence the title) are the next step in human evolution. They live all over the globe, are of all genders and sexualities and races, and only find themselves “activated” after a woman named Angelica (Daryl Hannah) kills herself in the opening moments of the first episode.” – Vox.com

The story-telling in these four hours that I have just watched is so slow and sedated that I feel disoriented and stupid for not understanding something that perhaps is right in front of my face.  Yes, these eight strangers have become mysteriously telepathically connected thanks to Daryl Hannah but at what purpose?  Even when Naveen Andrew’s shady character was explaining to Cop Will Gorski (Brian J. Smith) about what was happening, the body transference that was taking place from car to car was so extreme that I left the scene even more confused than before.

The problem I’m seeming to come across with Sense8 is it’s over-reaching want to be flashy and artsy yet character driven but it’s at the sacrifice of moving the story along at a relatively respectable pace.  Why is it, that a quarter of the way though the series i’m sitting here asking myself “what the bloody hell is going on?”

Even when I asked my twitter followers about whether or not I should indulge in Sense8, the replies weren’t at all revealing…

I will applaud the incredible diversity in characters and casting for Sense8.  The trans-lesbian, the South Korean banker-slash-martial arts queen, the closeted Mexican actor, the African Van Damme bus driver, the Icelandic drugged out DJ…there’s not a cast like it on television, but the downside to such a big roster is trying to knit these eight personal dramas into one wearable jumper and sadly, to me, it feels like a jumper made for an octopus (see what I did there?!).

Part of me is hopeful that if I continue into hour five of Sense8, suddenly everything becomes crystal clear, but, there’s that dreaded feeling of knowing that after giving four hours of my life, there’s still no revelation or light at the end of the tunnel.

Are you struggling like me?  Am I missing something major and just an idiot for not seeing it?  Sound off in the comments below!


Eight Wentworth Season Three Endgame Suspicions…

Could Jess Warner be Wentworth's third season endgame?
Could Jess Warner be Wentworth’s third season endgame?

With only two episodes left for season three, Wentworth is beginning to string together all the puzzle pieces that have been strewn about for the past two seasons.  With Season three endgame in sight, here are some of my suspicions of what could happen.  – Spoilers ahead for those not up-to-date with season three!!

Buh-bye Sophie?
Buh-bye Sophie?

1: Sophie Donaldson Leaves /// The inclusion of Sophie Donaldson (Edwina Samuels) this season played heavily into Liz’s (Celia Ireland) season arc.  Proving that actions can be louder than words, Sophie chose a ‘don’t do as I say, do as I do’ approach to her mothers alcoholism and promptly found herself joining mummy dearest in prison with a drink driving-hit and run charge.  Now that Liz has cleaned herself up after a sloppy mid-season binge on ‘Boomer Brew’, Sophie really hasn’t had much else to do with the exception of her meet and greet with the wife of the man she killed.

I'm back bitches!
I’m back bitches!

2: Erica Davidson Returns /// It’s probably a long-shot, but could season one’s temporary governor Erica Davidson (Leeanna Walsman) make a surprise return to the hot seat?  With Governor Ferguson (Pamela Rabe) on a fast downward spiral, ‘the board’ could be looking to fill the head position fast.  Sure Erica was fired for losing control of the female prisoners (Bea killing Jacs ultimately lead to Erica’s dismissal) but she also knows the job and the women – especially Frankie (Nicole da Silva).

Best friends again?
Best friends again?

3: Will and Fletch re-ignite their friendship ///  It’s been a rocky road for these two prison wardens.  Between death of loved ones, alcoholism, affairs, drug abuse and attempted murder, the path hasn’t been well lit for these two former mates but with Fletch (Aaron Jeffrey) on-track to regain his memory, could his possible revelation that Ferguson was out to get Will (Robbie Magasiva) after he removed Jianna’s baby from her, bring the two back together?

I love you Frankie!!
I love you Frankie!!

4:  Bridget Westfall resumes counselling duties at Wentworth /// Bridget (Libby Tanner) has to come back right?  It’s the only sane response one has to offer after she was abruptly tossed out thanks to Vera (Kate Atkinson) and her “Ima do what’s right by the Governor” attitude.  Bridget has been this season’s best addition with her need to use her counselling powers to rid these inmates of their demons and if her powers worked on Frankie, just imagine what a session with the Governor would do?!  Plus, it’s Libby Tanner and we need her more on our tv screens.

Where's my precious?
Where’s my precious?

5: Jess is freakier than The Freak /// From day dot I’ve been saying “That girl Jess Warner (Georgia Chara) is a cuckoo clock short of a cuckoo”.  Here’s the thing…we know jack about this girl….literally nothing about her…well except she uses sex as a weapon, has a weird affection for children and makes great ‘if looks could kill’ eyes.  Now that Doreen (Shareena Clanton) has had baby Joshua, Jess’s eepy-creepy face has been coming out a bit more often than normal and it seems her plan to have Joshua all to herself is in full effect.

Think i'll try out for Masterchef...
Think i’ll try out for Masterchef…

6: Frankie gets parole ///  This is what the third season has been leading up-to for Frankie, her big breakthrough with Bridget about killing Meg Jackson (Catherine McClements), her big breakthrough about wanting to get jiggy with Bridget, her big breakthrough that her relationship with drugs has buggered a lot of people up…all signs are pointing to Frankie actually leaving Wentworth – let’s hope I’m wrong on this one!)

Keep your germs...
Keep your germs…

7: The Governor gets taken down /// Frankie, Doreen, Liz and Doreen all know, Fletch and Bridget do too and now Vera has finally joined the anti-freak gang.  There’s no looking back for Joan now that half of Wentworth are in on her freakishly creepy and deviant doings but just how will she go down?  Will it be a joint effort?  Will Vera do it alone?  Perhaps Bea gets her hands on a pencil…either way, there’s no denying that Wentworth will probably need a new governor by seasons end.

I want to be your cell mate.
I want to be your cellmate.

8: Kaz Proctor becomes an inmate at Wentworth /// As the leader of the all-female-all-butt-kicking-all-men-hating group ‘the red right hand’ it’s probably not in Kaz’s (Tammy MacIntosh) best interests that Will Jackson knows exactly who she is.  Add that with a dose of “Hi, thanks for calling, but i’m currently out on a mission, looking for a large bald man to bash” and one can only assume Kaz’s freedom is quite limited.

So there you have it!  Eight of my suspicions for season three’s finale – I’ve purposely left Bea out because…well…I feel she’s a little lost.  Her determination to find the bald man plays into Fletch’s story-line, her determination to bring down Ferguson plays into everyone’s story-line and the only thing Bea really has to possibly worry about is losing her grip as top dog with the prisoners.

What do you guys think?  Am I headed down the right path or am I missing something all-together?  Sound off in the comments below!

Wentworth Season three finale airs Tuesday night, 8:30pm on SoHo.