I thought I'd try a multi-media review of reviews focusing on a TV show, a movie, and two books. There's no music here, although I have written a post on sci-fi music
with a second, all metal edition
. Maybe I'll say something about video games in the future (like the amazing Portal games
), or maybe I'll discuss other media like board games, roleplaying games, live theater, podcasts, radio, YouTube videos, etc. So many media, so little time!
I love the Wachowskis. I'm a big fan of The Matrix.
I also loved Cloud Atlas
, based on the excellent David Mitchell novel
. I even defended Jupiter Ascending!
I've also finally been watching J. Michael Straczynski's Babylon 5
(I'm in season three: no spoilers, please!). When I heard that the Wachowskis and Straczynski were teaming up to make a TV show filmed in several locations around the world, I wasn't sure what to expect, but I had high hopes.
I've watched the first seven episodes, out of twelve in the first season. (The whole season was released simultaneously on NetFlix - I know, I know, I'm a bad binge watcher.) I'm happy to report that the show has so far lived up to my hopes. I especially love the diverse cast of characters and international locations. Especially in the sci-fi/fantasy world, with its diversity-phobic Sad Puppies
, it's good to remember that not all humans are American, nor is everyone straight, white, or cis gender.
The deepest philosophical point so far is that we are all connected, but that this connection doesn't erase our differences, either. Sense8
dramatizes this idea through the idea that the sensates feel each other's feelings and have each other's thoughts. The American political and moral landscape has turned more to a sort of hard hearted individualism in recent years (and maybe also in other countries, especially those undergoing austerity measures). Given this context, it's refreshing to see something that reminds us of what should be an obvious fact about human beings: we're all in this together.
I have a feeling (and if you're a sensate, maybe you have my feeling, too) that I will be writing more about Sense8
after I finish watching the first season.