"I take everything I am feeling, everything that matters to me, I push all of it into my fist, and I fight for it." This week on THE SCRIPT, we analyze the pilot of the new science fiction drama series created by The Wachowskis and now streaming on Netflix: Sense8. Are there structural differences between a pilot written for cable and a pilot written for binge-watching on a streaming network? What exactly is the lineage between Sense8 and "Cloud Atlas", the Wachowskis previous ensemble drama about interconnectedness? What are the pitfalls in a multi-plot, ensemble drama, transitioning between globe hopping plots with differing dramatic tones and varying levels of stakes? How well do the creators of Sense8 navigate writing their transgender characters to avoid television’s favorite new stereotype (HINT: the series does a better job than the pilot)?But we think any drama that can reference Conan the Barbarian and Jean Claude Van Damme, combine Bollywood dance numbers and Mexican Telenovelas, then cap it all off with a visceral icelandic Sigur Rós set piece is worth tuning in for 12 episodes.
sensate adj. ˈsen-ˌsāt - preoccupied with things that can be experienced only through a sense modality.