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What’s the big deal about SENSE8? Sensates speak out.

MV5BMTU3OTQwOTY2Ml5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMjIzMjYxMjI@._V1_UX182_CR0,0,182,268_AL_From the first cord of the theme song, vivid images of our diverse world flash before us and intensify with the music as we are plunged into SENSE8.

The first image is a bridge. A brilliant start to a series about 8 strangers who suddenly develop a link, a bridge, to one another. I am struck by the vibrancy of the pictures and the passions the people show for life as the music reaches a crescendo.

 

Dave – USA – Sense8 imagines a world in which empathy is a superpower. In which our connection with each other becomes the strongest part of us. A world in which no one has to be alone, where everyone can be understood. Sense8 offers a vision of the power people give to each other when they share themselves and all that brings them joy. The characters of the show, within this vision, suffer for each other, rejoice with each other, laugh with each other, and fight for each other. They are united because they understand each other too well not to be. They are united not because they are the same, but because they know the others are worth fighting for.

The first of June saw Netflix cancel Sense8. Twenty-nine days later they announced a two-hour movie.

What changed their mind?

Sensates. Fans of the show.

‪ Stephanie, Tennessee, USA – Sense8 showed me love, laughter, and the power of finding others who think like you. I may not be exactly the same as any other Sense8, but I am also a we. And that makes me laugh, smile & cry b/c there are a LOT of other members of that same worldwide cluster surrounding the show.

Klaudia, Poland – Sense8 is something I didn’t know I needed until I saw it. Somehow I found myself completely in love with 8 people from all around the world, who were all different but also like me. As a lesbian, it’s just so hard to find representation that gives us justice – but Nomi and Amanita are that. They love and support each other no matter what, and it’s so beautiful to see. It all is beautiful – the relationships between all of the characters give me hope, that someday I’ll find someone I’ll be just as close to.

I was about ten years-old when I realized something about my uncle. He was gay. I loved my uncle. We shared a love of books and Star Trek. He was funny and smart and a smartass. He could piss you off and make you laugh at the same time.

On this day we were heading to a bookstore. I wanted the book Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex But Were Afraid to Ask. He was the only person in my life that I could ask to get it for me. I was riding in the backseat and he and his friend were in the front. I watched them interact and I knew. I knew they cared a great deal about each other. A slight brush of the hand, a smile and I knew. I also knew he was happy.

Later I told him I liked his friend. His smile turned to panic as he realized that I understood the nature of their relationship. He begged me to promise him that I would never tell anyone. Of course I promised, but I never forgot that look on his face. I also never saw him with his friend again.  He distanced himself from the family and I seldom saw him happy.

My uncle was funny and smart and a smartass and about twenty years ago he was murdered because his secret life made him vulnerable and alone.

Ellen, Oregon, USA – For me, the show speaks to our universal longing to emotionally connect with others and to be accepted no matter who we are. Each person has value, gifts, things to cherish along with problems, dangerous situations, criminal behavior. None is better than or less than any other. Just different. And our differences are beautiful.

Sense8 is something else my uncle and I would have shared.

Jenny – ‪ In this age of technical connectivity, where people are often virtually connected yet still isolated as units yearning for a stronger connection through flashing screens, Sense8 brought us the promise of an elevated form of humanity. Where our existence is beyond physicality and time; where our existence hangs strong and fragile on the kindness of the humanhood. It is a show that is not afraid to embrace deeper philosophical questions about what it means to be human, and still, true to the spectacle of great television, embrace the bubbly, vibrant, and camp within all of us.

If you have seen Sense8 you understand.

If you haven’t seen Sense8 we hope you will join us.

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The Binge Report: Nurse Jackie

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Nurse Jackie

“What do you call a nurse with a bad back? Unemployed,” and with a quote from T.S. Eliot and the music from Valley of the Dolls we begin the complex tale of Nurse Jackie, an emergency room nurse at All Saints Hospital, mother, wife and drug addict.

With brilliant storytelling, each half hour episode shows the lives of the men and women who are there for people experiencing “the worse day of their life.”

This award winning show was produced by Showtime and is now airing on Netflix where I happily binged all 7 seasons.

**SPOILER ALERT** If you haven’t seen it STOP READING AND START TO BINGE.

Humanity is a mess lot and Nurse Jackie gave us multidimensional characters that crashed and soared, sometimes simultaneously.

Nurse Jackie – Masterfully played by the highly nominated, award winning Edie Falco who also played in The Sopranos. Jackie is a sociopath and a drug addict, an unlikely heroine who tackles life on her own terms. Her greatest passion, besides opiates, is her desire to save lives.

Zoey Barkow – Played by Merritt Wever (who is now Dr. Denise on The Walking Dead), Zoey makes an amazing journey from nervous nursing student to a confident woman and accomplished nurse. In one storyline Zoey enters into a relationship with the very handsome Dr. Prentiss played by Morris Chestnut. The nervous nurse in bunny scrubs became a self-assured woman capable of attracting the hottest doctor on staff. Dr. Fitch

Cooper “Coop” – Played by Peter Facinelli is pretty much a buffoon who stumbles into some remarkable moments. Primarily comic relief, Coop suffers from a form of terrets syndrom where under stress he grabs the nearest breast – much to the dismay of the staff.

Gloria Akalitus – Played by Anna Deavere Smith is the ER Administrator who appears stuffy and rigid but under the right circumstances is as much a rule breaker as Jackie. One of my favorite episodes is where she assists Lana, a transgender patient, on how to cut corners and get assistance in health care.

Thor – Wonderful sarcastic Thor, a male nurse seaching for love and backing up Jackie’s every move. Played by the talented Stephen Wallem who put diabetes on TV.

My most memorable episode involved Wallem’s character. It was entitled Soul (Season 5 Ep 10). It involved Wally, a gay man with advanced liver cancer who had been 22 years sober and refused pain meds. As he dies Thor tells him how honored he is to be with him, because he was not just a survivor of the closet, stonewall, the plague but he survived it so elequontly. By the time Jackie gave him last rights I was sobbing uncontrolably. The episode ends with Thor singing a song for Wally at a local club.

The series ends with the hospital closing and everyone scattering. Jackie gets a job at another hospital and Zoey volunteers with Doctors Without Borders. Jackie keeps asking her to come with her but Zoey tells her that it’s time for them to part company. Basically Zoey has had enough of Jackie’s antics. The “I love you but not your behavior” speech.

As everyone is saying goodbye, Jackie goes into the ladies room and overdoses. She stumbles out and falls at the feet of her co-workers and friends.

This is where there is some contention. Some people believe that she doesn’t die but is saved, but I believe that Jackie does die.

Remember back in the first episode when Zoey called Jackie a saint? Jackie reflected that if she were a saint that she would be St. Augustine because he knew he had good in him but he also had some bad which he didn’t want to give up – just yet. Jackie says, “Make me good God, but not yet.” It’s poignant because she is thinking that as she talks with her husband, whom she is cheating on with the pharmacist who provides her with drugs. And as she thinks that, she steps back into the shadows.

In the end, in full view of everyone, Jackie is on the floor dying of an overdose. No more shadows, no more secrets. Zoey strokes her head and says, “You’re good.” not, “You’re going to be okay” but “you’re good.” It was Jackie’s time to be good. **Sob**

To everyone involved with this project, WELL DONE!

Review: JESSICA JONES on Netflix

UnknownNetflix has brought us another great series.

I started streaming Netflix when I heard they had picked up Longmire and ultimately produced a great season.

First, let me tell you that I didn’t grow up on graphic novels.  Haven’t read a one of them so I’m no expert on the Jessica Jones saga.  I did binge watch the series over the Thanksgiving weekend so my opinion is based solely on what Netflix produced and I think it’s gold.

Krysten Ritter, the dark, sultry Jessica  whose victories come at a great cost, is brilliant.  She keeps the character balanced between darkness and determination.  She struggles to push people away from her for their protection them while desperately needing their support which they step up and give at every turn.

Mike Colter plays Luke Cage, another reluctant hero and romantic interest for Jessica.  The sex between them carries all the pent up passion that two tightly wound heroes can muster.

Rachel Taylor does a wonderful job of holding her own in this mix.  Though she has no super strength or abilities, her super power is loyalty, and faith in her friend/sister, Jessica.

David Tennant plays the big bad mind controller Killgrave and the former Doctor Who does not disappoint.

Eka Darville plays the kind hearted neighbor whose character arc makes the longest journey from nice guy to junkie, to betrayer, to nice guy.

Carrie-Ann Moss plays Jeri Hogarth, the shark of an attorney, who expertly displays the usefulness of a shark in this sea of chaos.

Rosario Dawson, one of my favorite actresses, shows up in the last episode but I doubt it’s the last we see of her character.  She’s the connection to another super hero.

The storyline was compelling and frantically paced, direction first rate and award worthy acting.

This first season ends with the door wide open for much more to come.  Let’s hope that Netflix receives the encouragement to continue this amazing “Defenders” adventure.

Have you watched it yet?