Brooklyn Nine Nine, ‘New Captain’ Recap

In the season three premiere, the elevator doors finally open and revealed the new captain played by Bill Hader. Capt. Dozerman has a fragile heart; he has at least two almost-heart attacks in under 10 minutes! He is also obsessive about numbers and stressed out of his mind. Dozerman definitely does not compare to Capt. Holt (Andre Braugher).

Meanwhile, Holt and Gina’s(Chelsea Peretti) reassignement to the PR departement takes effect, to Wunch’s great amusement. However, the pigeon (the precinct’s new mascot) does rise, thanks to a pep talk by Gina.

Concerning matters of the heart, Jake and Amy are  trying  to define their new romantic relationship.”Light and breezy” is Jake and Amy’s relationship motto. As they go on their first date, they navigate extreme awkwardness. It leaves them weirded out at first, but then things speed up (or rather heat up!). In order to try to make sense of things, Santiago laid down the rules including ‘no sex’ which they rapidly broke. Boyle is heavily shipping Jake and Amy as a couple and probes both of them, until they come clean to the team. Not long after, Amy shares to Jake that she wishes they remain only colleagues because of the complicated nature of their romance. Peralta is visibly disapointed but agrees.

At the end of the first episode of season 3, Bill Hader’s character suffers from an actual heart attack upon seeing Jake and Amy make out in the evidence room. Santiago and Peralta decide to give their romance another chance. Aditionally, a new captain is introduced, none other than the canniving detective also know as ‘The Vulture’.


In Your Eyes (2014)

Still of Zoe Kazan in In Your Eyes from TFF

A woman and a man in different parts of the United States; New Hampshire and New Mexico respectively, are telepathically linked. An unlikely bond forms between an ex-convict and a young married woman. They are able to feel, see, smell and communicate through their minds. That is the premise of In Your Eyes, a Joss Whedon-written and produced independent film*, which was selected at the Tribeca film festival in 2014.

Rebecca (Zoe Kazan) is a housewife married to a doctor (Mark Feuerstein) who under glossy exteriors holds a certain power over her.  In New Mexico, Dylan  (Michael Stahl-David) an ex-con on probation is living  in a mobile home and struggles to better himself. Upon discovering their new found ability, intimate conversations ensue between Rebecca and Dylan. They learn to know each other and try to understand how their telepathic bond came to be. They learn that their first connection happened as children, when Rebecca hit a tree when sliding on a snowy mountain. At the time, both felt the pain and were briefly unconscious. This shows the physicality of their mental link. They also come to discover that they were present throughout the others’ life during good and more difficult times. Indeed, they watched over each other during critical moments of their lives without knowing it as they felt an another presence.

Self consciousness, solidarity and comfort are gradually felt and shared by both. Deep conversations, trade of knowledge and know-how are also exchanged, thanks to their mystical connection. It provides quirky and fun moments especially when socializing. Kazan and Stahl-David aptly portray their character’s anxieties, insecurities as well as their long for closeness. A secret and uplifting relationship enfolds between Becky and Dylan with playfulness, chemistry and trust.

Philip, Becky’s husband, eventually comes to suspect something is up with her. He consult one of his colleagues, a psychotherapist who suggest she is suffering from a psychopathic behaviour. This calls for trouble for Kazan’s character becomes committed to a mental hospital by the hands of her husband. Comedy, drama and hints of sci-f i (only by their telepathic connection) subtlety evolves into action, notably a car chase and bar fights realistically.  Rebecca and Dylan bring confidence in one another and become stronger. In the end it is a not-so-impossible love story which enables both Dylan and Rebecca to break free from trouble and unhealthy relationships.

*Streaming on Netflix

Emmys 2015: The Top Moments

Sunday September 20th were held The 67th annual Emmy Awards. The show hosted by comedian and actor Andy Samberg had some great comedic moments as well as emotionally charged speeches. Below are a few of the standouts which already to set a blaze the Internet .

Some of the night’s most memorable moments:

  1. The opening musical number in which host Andy Samberg sang a tune including every title nominated as he binge-watched every show to prepare for his Emmy gig.                                                                                                
  2. Ricky Gervais brilliantly parodies winning an Emmy by accepting a fake one…
  3. Jimmy Kimmel realized the power Emmy presenters have and decided to eat the envelop and declare Matt Leblanc the winner.
  4. Uzo Aduba (Orange Is The New Black) wins for best supporting actress in a drama series and delivers an emotional and joy-filled speech.

ALL THE TEARS, UZO! ALL THE TEARS.                                                                     Kevin Winter / Getty Images

5. Tatiana Maslany and Tony Hale appear in a skit on the red carpet fighting over a can of beans.

6.Viola Davis wins lead actress in a drama series. A snippet of her powerful speech:

“You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there,” she said in her acceptance speech. “So here’s to all the writers, the awesome people that are Ben Sherwood, Paul Lee, Peter Nowalk, Shonda Rhimes, people who have redefined what it means to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be a leading woman, to be black.”

7. Tracy Morgan triumphantly returns to television after a year of absence do to a serious accident.

To watch a video recap of these moments:

Get Ready For Season Four Of The Mindy Project

The Mindy Project fans were heartbroken when FOX announced it was cancelling the show earlier this summer. Soon enough, Hulu stepped in and picked up the Mindy Kaling created show. Thus promising a longer fourth season with 26 episodes and a broader creative freedom. Since the new season starts tomorrow, September 15th, you might want to get caught up. If you haven’t binge-watched the third season of The Mindy Project already , it was loaded with firsts including: meeting Danny’s mom, moving in, lessons in confidence, falling in love and having an unplanned pregnancy…

Indeed, things got real serious. Especially, when the lovable friends turned couple Dr. Mindy Lahiri (Kaling) and Dr. Danny Catellano’s (Chris Messina) relationship soared to new heights, heading for a joy-filled and unforeseeable future.

Mindy rapidly expands her horizons which leads to hints of a more fulfilling career when new opportunities arose. She gets a fellowship at Stanford University and eventually opens her own fertility clinic in New York. On the love front, her relationship with Danny brings talks about the long-term while still not being set in stone. The couple is excited but also apprehends a future together which will include their surprise baby who will be born in the upcoming fourth season. This joyous spirit does not come without its dose of doubt, fears and questions. Both are scared of not being ready nor fit to be parents.  They even unsuccessfully tried to change each others’ habits for the sake of the baby. Danny attempted to convince Mindy to abandon her junk food ways, while she insisted he stop smoking. Needless to say the result wasn’t great. The couple also starts to think more seriously about marriage, religion, their families as well as moving in together.

To Mindy’s content, she finally becomes part of the Castellano clan with her little one on the way. Indeed, Annette ‘Ma’ Castellano (Rhea Perlman) finally gives Mindy her approval and accepts her in the family. Danny’s mother ends up giving him some much needed tough love. Perlman isn’t the only famous guest-star who made an appearance on the show’s third season. Stephen Colbert and Lavern Cox respectively played Danny’s new priest and Tamra’s cousin. Cox played cousin Sheena who gave some advice to boost Mindy’s moral when she struggled with her baby-bump showing.

In the last episode of the season ‘Best Man’, Mindy questions the strength of her relationship with Danny, when he fails to show up at a dinner with her parents. Elsewhere, Dr Jeremy Reed potentially finds love (Christin Milloti), when he gets back in the dating game. Milloti is set to return in season four as the straight-laced and opinionated Whitney. Peter on the other hand moves to Texas and pursues Lauren while Morgan and Jessica’s (Julia Stiles) relationship is short-lived. In the last episode of the third season, Mindy is reunited with her exes by Morgan who misinterprets a conversation. This leads him to think that Danny is not the father of Mindy’s unborn child.The season ends with a glimpse into Peter’s wedding to Lauren and seeing Danny traveling to India in order to finally meet Mindy’s parents and tells them he is in love with Mindy. In other words, he is definitely all in!

Mindy Kaling and Ike Barinholtz who are writers for the show have repeatedly said in interviews that they will keep the essence of The Mindy Project and will not drastically change its tone while it changes distributor. After all, the show’s fanbase is composed in good part with teenagers and young adults, who look to Kaling as a role model (forever known as Beyonce Pad Thai). Hence, they wouldn’t want to completely scratch the vibe and destabilize the audience they established when the show aired on FOX.

Season four of The Mindy Project is sure to bring a lot of new problems and realities for Mindy and Danny as they navigate through parenthood as well as the Lahiri Fertility Clinic. We will additionally have the chance to meet Mindy’s parents and see them interact with Annette Castellano. Banter, the unexpected and even new love connections are to make their way into this new installment of the adventures of Mindy and Danny. Dr. Lahiri and Dr. Castellano are still maneuvering the waters, as they try to get along and make a mends with their  opposite views and temperaments. This means we can expect hilarity to ensue and life-changing experiences.

Photo:The Mindy Project (Hulu)

Spotlight On: Orphan Black

If for some reason you haven’t yet found the gem that is Orphan Black, please do yourself a favor and start watching! Orphan Black is a hybrid mixing suspense, science-fiction, thriller, romance and even comedy. A combination which is absolutely worth watching. It showcases Emmy-nominated actor Tatiana Maslany who portrays an array of different women-clones actually- with each their own diverse backgrounds, interests and motivations.

Season 1 opened with Sara Manning (Maslany) witnessing the suicide of a woman who looks strikingly like her. That woman happened to be a detective named Beth Childs. Being down on her luck, London-born Sara assumes the stranger’s identity. She views this ‘opportunity’ as an easy way to solve her problems and salvage her estranged relationship with her family, that includes her brother Felix and her young daughter Kira. She makes a mends with them whilst getting to grips with the mysteries that began the moment she warily took Beth’s home and husband Paul (Dylan Bruce). Her stint impersonating Detective Childs also brings her to work with her partner Art Bell who was close to the deceased. They eventually become allies of sorts and help each other out when in need.

Sara Manning discovers that other women share her face. A startling fact that brings her to meet and develop a great bond with diametrically different people. Sara is introduced to: Cosima, a scientist; Allison a suburban mom, and Helena, who simply does her own thing with (most might say) psychopathic tendencies coupled with a heart of gold, or at least loyalty to family… Although the clones share a same physique, they are by no means identical spirits or personalities. Each has their own struggles, voice, gait, traits and style. They form an unlikely bond or rater a sisterhood, as they find out some people are hunting them down.The women quickly come to realize that they are not the only ones sharing identical genetics. By working together, they come to discover others like them. The clones additionally learn that they were part of  a scientific experiment led by an organization whose people have their own disturbing agenda. Finding and understanding the reasons that explain their existence results in an ongoing, ambiguous and very tumultuous mission. It leads to mind-blowing connections, implications and gives them a glimpse into the grand-scale nature of their conception.

This is the kind of series that sucks you in from the first moment you watch it. Addicting , mysterious and thrilling, the 10-episode seasons are fast-paced and deliver the goods. By that I mean, you will find everything sure to keep your attention. Each episode ranges from drama, action sequences, humor (especially from the ever-so dynamic Allison), touching moments as well as betrayal and revenge. It is unequivocally a recipe for success and guaranteed entertainment and intrigue. The show keeps you on your toes, bringing you to frequently question yourself on the character’s intentions and loyalty. Thus it is a suspenseful tale that never stops to captivate the viewer.

The show constantly adds new faces to the mix whether it be clones, love interests or even dangerous enemies menacing Sara and her sisters.The third season of Orphan Black did all of that by introducing new male clones portrayed by Ari Allen, who is briefly seen in season 2 . Most of the clones he portrays are clearly up to no good and shed light on a revealing truth about the organizations that brought all of them to life. A predominant theme in the show is the importance of family and doing everything possible to keep the ones you love safe from harm. Happiness often appears as an illusion, or rather something most characters long for. They each get moments of joy, only the storm is never far behind.

Rating Orphan Black (including the recent third season): 4/5

The release of the fourth season is set in Summer 2016, the show airs on BBC America and Space (Canada).

Feature photo: Orphan Black Official Facebook

A Short Guide To Fall TV Premieres 2015

Pilot season is upon us, this means that a handful of shows will bask in glory while others will dramatically end as quickly as they appeared on our silver screens.Here are some recommendations to help guide anyone who is perhaps looking for something knew to add to their “To Watch List” this fall. I have also indicated some shows that I will return to as they will offer a fresh new season  starting in these upcoming weeks.

New shows to look forward to:

Heroes Reborn (Thursday September 24th)

Heroes Reborn is a sequel to the ground-breaking series Heroes (2006-2010). It will feature some of the original cast including Jack Coleman (Noah Bennet) and Masi Oka (Hiro). Even though the last season of the original show was a let-down, Heroes Reborn promises action and suspense. In the trailer, heroes are being hunted down after a terrorist attack for which they are blamed for. One of the titular villains or bad guys will be played by Zachary Levi’s character. The series will also introduce new people with special abilities including Robbie Kay (Once Upon A Time) and Danika Yarosh (Law & Order: SVU).

Quantico (Sunday September 27th)

Established actor and former Miss India, Pryanka Chopra heads Quantico, ABC’S newest drama. The show centers on FBI agents that are being pit against each other, when a terrorist attack appears to have been orchestrated by an insider. Alex Parrish (Chopra) is the prime suspect, to her bewilderment.

Shows to return to:

The Mindy Project (Tuesday September 15th)

The cast of The Mindy Project attending at the Hulu TCA panel in August.

Having been  recently cancelled by FOX and then picked up by Hulu, the upcoming forth season of The Mindy Project opens the door to change. An important growth and evolution is to be expected of hot-headed Dr Castellano and the fierce Dr Lahiri who will give birth as the shows creator Mindy Lahiri confirmed via Instagram. We can expect more hilarity and heartfelt moments as the show will have 26 episodes on Hulu  whilst it had 22 at FOX.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Sunday September 27th)

At the end of the second season, we were left with a cliffhanger, a new captain was joining the precinct. Bill Hader was announced as the man to replace Captain Holt (Andre Braugher) ,who left for a PR job. We can expect his return to his rightful role of captain to take time,at least the beginning of the season. We will also get to see Amy and Jake explore their new romantic relationship and their never ending banter to continue.

iZombie (Tuesday October 6th)

You can expect more murder solving and brain eating from doctor turned zombie Liv Moore. She will continue to aid Detective Babineaux  with her “psychic visions”. We can also look forward to know what the future holds for Liv and Major’s relationship, now that he is aware of her being a zombie.

The True Cost Gives An Inside Look Beyond The Rack

The fashion industry is no stranger to controversy. Slogans, models, photographs and images are not all that is scrutinized in the media and our society. The True Cost  (2015) brings us to rethink how we consume fashion via clothing. Clothes are in a sense statements of who we are as well as who we want to be.They are a part of self-expression and how we present ourselves to the world around us. I sometimes feel the compulsion to buy clothes when there are sales and clearances.  At times, it may seem harder to resist, when we are bombarded by countless newsletters and ads daily. The desire to buy becomes increasingly tempting, when the retail prices are ridiculously cheap.  However, a few months later, I might find that I never wear those items that I hastily purchased. Don’t misunderstand me, I am not quick to make purchases; I always try to carefully foresee the most usage for everything I buy. I am of the school of research before you purch’ and need before want. Never do I make a purchase without giving it a thought beforehand, but sometimes the prices may become blinding. Online shopping is a breeze and frequently has sales.This is where I occasionally falter. More than ever ‘cheap fashion’ or ‘fast fashion’ as named in this documentary has become the norm. It is easily accessible while creating struggle and high-stake rivalry for clothing manufacturing companies which are widely relocated to developing countries. There are most often relegated to Bangladesh and India. The True Cost essentially takes us behind the scenes of the fashion industry, guided by the voices of many key players speaking about its obstacles. These concerns are explored in depth by a discussion with some of the fashion industry’s lead actors. They range from designers, journalists, activists, company CEOs and factory workers. Together they give an insight into the struggles and actions to be taken to better conditions and healthier relations in the fashion industry. We are literally thrust into the making-of of cheap fashion. Director Andrew Morgan answers this rather straight-forward and simple question: Who is behind the clothes we wear?

The fashion world is illusive although it might have seemed like it was reserved to an elite, the people who work in the industry, it is no longer the case. Today, it has become more accessible and affordable, all in a very short period of time. Online shopping is at its peak which means that in a matter of seconds we can be connected to discounted merchandise half way around the world. Morgan investigates how prices are drastically reduced and the man power required to meet tight deadlines and the consequences of this highly competitive market.This documentary also sheds light on the issues and conditions workers face on a daily basis.

The True Cost puts a face to manufacturing employees who work to the bone in order to merely provide for their families. It does not shy away from showing darker truths and heart-wrenching realities, notably in regards to the lack of action that occurred after the devastating collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh which claimed over a thousand lives. There are touching testimonies, notably by the mother of a young girl who sacrifices time spent with her in the hopes of giving her daughter a better life.

This documentary is not a simple call for empathy and compassion for the way companies treat their workers. It opens the door to action and rethinking our relation to clothing. On a broader scale, it invites us to eliminate superfluous purchases and be more mindful about what we wear. Quality over quantity is an important lesson to learn. Consciousness and awareness is what The True Cost brings as well as a strong basis that enables the viewer to become a more savvy consumer. For this reason alone, it is a must-see. It will with no doubt make you question your spending and how it affects the people who made them without preaching values or forcing facts down your throat. In the end, this documentary is a reminder of the power of the consumer and how we can make sizable changes with simple reflection. It is a thought-provoking piece that gives valuable knowledge.

I give The True Cost  4/5; it is streaming on Netflix.

The True Cost Photo Credit

Men, Women & Children (2014): Internet under surveillance

Men, Women & Children is a film that had caught my attention when I first saw the trailer but that I never had gotten around to watch when it was in theaters. I got a second chance to view it when I came across the title on Netflix. The film is directed by Jason Reitman, renown for Up In The Air starring George Clooney and Anna Kendrick released in 2009 which was successful.

Simply put, Men, Women & Children is a drama focusing on Internet usage. Specifically, it gives an insight on how teenagers and their parents get involved on social media and the web. Each character leads a double life in contrasting ways by having a secret online persona. They have a  sort of dark passenger-Yes, this is a Dexter reference- that lives in cyberspace and are not necessarily meant to be seen by others.

We are first introduced to Don Truby (Adam Sandler) whom the narrator confesses, right off the bat, has frequent escapades to his son’s room to watch porn on his computer. Emma Thompson narrates the movie in a documentary-style, in the sense where she reveals some of the characters histories and thoughts which I thought was well done. Sandler’s character and his ‘practice’ is his secret, stemming from his relationship with his wife played by Rosemarie DeWitt which is silently falling apart. Mr. Truby’s lust becomes only fueled by images on screens and escorts. In his real life, this poses a problem  which translates into an inability to connect on a  more intimate level with his wife. This struggle is also felt by his own son Chris, a high school student and star player on the football team. Chris who has been watching porn since he was twelve years old finds himself unable to form a deeper connection with his love interest, the popular-girl Hannah. She is shadowed by her mother and personal photographer Donna (Judy Greer) who manages her website that showcases her figure in various attire and poses with the purpose of promoting her acting. Sexualization of youths and sexuality are both clear themes that are brought up by showing the sometimes sinuous ways it is depicted on the Internet. The movie also evokes the feelings of uncertainty and lack of knowledge that people might have when trying to define the contours or rather the limits of the web.

Then there is Brandy, a responsible and down to earth teenager whose Internet activity is highly monitored by her mother. Jennifer Garner plays this conservative and overprotective parent who only sees the web’s darkest corners. Brandy’s mother represents the voice of fearful parents who have an extreme need to protect their children and do so by controlling their devices. Indeed, Garner’s character exhibits an extreme behaviour; she is an overbearing parent, as she oversees and keeps track of Brandy’s every single online interaction. She acts this way because the fear that her teenage daughter is targeted and will be the prey to predators consumes her. Her constant worrying over her daughter’s safety on the Internet causes resentment and brings an unpreventable confrontation. On the other hand, Tim (Ansel Elgort) is a former football player that developed a passion for an RPG game, to the dismay of his teammates and father. He becomes isolated and has difficulty finding people he can actually talk to about his real life struggles, as his online friends aren’t seriously interested.

One of the things that make the film remarkable is the attention to detail in the aesthetic, especially in regards to the networking sites which are recognizable and the actors actually use these interfaces. There is also the fact that these four distinct families’ struggles are convincingly woven. Their stories overlap in a realistic manner as the teenagers go to the same school and evolve in relatively similar circles; some relationships are built while others fall apart. Against all odds, what is a source of pain or conflict is what brings them together. Internet appears to be both something that can be dangerous but also freeing. By peeking through the lives of these different characters we may realize that we navigate the web in certain ways without always grasping: it’s vastness, it’s permanent nature and people’s underlying motives.

My rating: 3.7/5

‘Inside Out’ : A Relatable And Modern Tale

A snippet of a short titled Riley’s First Date was released today. The full-length short will be included in the bluray version of the box-office hit ‘Inside Out’ next October. It gives us a glimpse of Riley’s life after turning twelve and her parents emotions when a boy comes by their house to see their daughter. This release seems like a great occasion to share a couple of thoughts on the movie from which the characters have originated .

‘Inside Out’ is the latest feature film from heart-warming and thoughtful studios Pixar. They knock it out of the park with this simple premise: getting a look into the mind of an eleven year old girl. Riley is loving, family-oriented and playful with a passion for hockey. I applaud the choice of having the emotions be in a girl’s mind. This is a refreshing take, since most previous movies of the Studios have male protagonists. Riley’s head is controlled by five emotions: Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), Sadness (Phyllis Smith) and Anger (Lewis Black). These sometimes eccentric characters are voiced by a stellar comedic ensemble, most of them having worked together or appeared on The Office (2006). Even though these characters are colorful and deliver some hilarious mannerism, reactions and one-liners, they have a degree of  innocence and naivety. For the viewer this is both enjoyable and innovative. They are all, without a doubt lovable. Emotions in ‘Inside Out’ are important characters that live in Riley’s head. As creator Pete Docter  discussed during the press tour for this movie, it was really interesting for him to see emotions as characters and Riley’s head as the setting. The inspiration for the movie actually came from seeing his own daughter growing up which eases the personal response we have to Riley as a character.

The emotions are in charge of Riley’s memories, her personnality and of course the manner in which she feels through the highs and lows of her pre-pubecent life. Their intervention proves particularly crucial, when the Andersens move from Minnessota to San Francisco. When the family arrives to their new house, they don’t find it as they had pictured it, especially Riley and her emotions which are bewildered. Needless to say, their new home needs a lot of ajustements and getting used to. This life-changing event leads the usually joyful and happy girl to find herself feeling lonely and sad. Amongst other pivotal moments, she loses touch with her childhood friend and her hockey team which she has difficulty dealing with.

‘Inside Out’ keeps a poignant sensitivity to issues we go through in life. In a similar manner of the Studios’ previous work ‘Up’ (2009), you will find yourself revisiting your childhood. You get to be reminded of the freedom and the happiness  you felt as well as more challenging events and memories that occured. There is also a more global message around the way we might perceive our emotions during critical times. Where as at first each emotion is shown as an independent  way to cope or experience life; what they learn is that they can actually be intertwined. When Joy and Sadness -who have clearly contrasting views of the world in the beginning of the film -are lost in the maze that is long-term memory, they form a surprising bond. Indeed, they realize that in order to get Riley back on the right track, they must work together to return to Headquarters, where the other emotions have things poorly under control. Anger, Disgust and Fear unvoluntarily bring Riley to harbour feelings of resentment towards her parents for making the family move as well as embarassement at school. This leads to devastating actions.

‘Inside Out’ is a relatable tale of a modern girl making a mends with an unexpected change occuring in her previously rather quaint life. The movie explores on a larger scale, how people react and feel through moments of darkness as well as joyous ones. It touches on the importance of expressing how we feel even when it might be painful to do so. Emotions are complex and are often mixed with other feelings. ‘Inside Out’ serves as a heartfelt reminder to grown-ups and a great journey with a lesson for children that emotions are there through the good and the bad. It also makes us acknowledge that there are moments where Sadness is the only one to lead us to Joy.

Sense8 is gripping and uniquely intriguing 

Netflix dropped Sense8 in early June, its newest series which offers an interesting and thought-provoking premise. Eight people living in different countries and leading completely different lives are somehow linked together by a strange connection. It enables them to teleport to other countries and interact with their seven fellow sensate through a mysterious mind link. There is : ‘hacktivist’ Nomi (Jamie Clayton) from San Francisco, Chicago cop Will (Brian J. Smith), Berlin thief Wolfgang (Max Riemelt), telenovela actor Lito (Miguel A. Sylvestre), Sun (Doona Bae) from Seoul , London-based Icelandic DJ Riley (Tuppence Middleton), Nairobi bus driver Capheus (Aml Ameen) and bride-to-be Kala (Tina Desai) from Mumbai. They all have unique abilities: computer skills,strength and courage, fighting skills and fearlessness, lying (acting), martial arts, empathy, driving and chemical knowledge respectively.

These 8 characters become intertwined, lending their skills to each other, particularly  when one of them is facing situations that are life-threatening. Indeed, the sensates come to the aid of one another, offering advice or even skills through time and space. For example, Sun who has martial art skills comes to the rescue of Capheus whose van full of passengers is attacked by vile thieves in Kenya. While both are being provoked in similar ways, Sun’s ability transfers through Capheus. Even though they live in different countries and speak different langages, they are able to communicate and understand each other easily. All sensate are able to communicate and interact effortlessly, whether they like it or not. As one can imagine, it is  difficult to grasp this ability at first. Also, each character sheds light on different issues and inner turmoils such as: homosexuality, bullying, being transgender and questioning religion and capitalism.

The storytelling switches back and forth between the characters and parts of their personal histories, which could be tricky for some to keep up with. This series requires patience and understanding, which is a different form of storytelling that some of us might be used to. Thus, it isn’t for everyone, especially if you prefer fast-paced and noncomplex plots. Time is essential to build up the intrigues and set the context for Sense8. It’s only after a couple of episode that characters’ background and circumstances are fully established in the viewer’s mind. You have to hold on and believe in the special nature of the story to finally see it as a whole. The acting is amazing from each actor (actors playing secondary characters also). Most of them were not very known to the american public, myself included prior to the release of the series. This makes for the discovery of great talent who experience a gamet of emotions in 12 thrilling episodes. Every episode follows each sensate, wherever they are in the world.The series was shot on location, which provides lavish landscapes and scenery from: London, Mumbai, Seoul, Mexico City, Chicago, San Francisco, Berlin and a few parts were shot in Iceland. This adds greatly to the visual value of the show.

Sense8 is a melting pot of genres, there is suspense, action-packed fighting sequences as well as great romantic connections that unfold seamlessly. The romances that develop, although coming from peculiar circumstances, sensates can feel what other sensate experience and are thinking; they blossom in a convincing manner. The sharing of thoughts and emotions make them appear as soulmates. Furthermore, their newfound ability to interact in such an intimate way brings a very deep connection and a sense of belonging that brings them closer together. Sense8 seems to show the impact of globalization and the vasteness of information which makes communication in this century even more efficient and broad than ever before. It paints a picture of what this means accross nations. Each character has an urge to follow their instincts and help others around them even if they are miles away and are strangers at first. Ultimately, I admired the strong bond between the characters and their compassion. This show demonstrates that we are all people and no matter where we live or our own circumstances; we share an undeniable connection.

If you are looking for something captivating, uniques and challenging, look no further. Sense8 provides a unique viewing experience.This Original Netflix Series brings 8 strangers together with a not- so -far- fetched ability forming a heroic brigade of sorts. Their ongoing journey meshes darkness accompanied by wit and humor. The chemistry established is strong and riveting, notably in the finale.

Sidenote: Season 2 has been confirmed recently which means the sensates’ story is far from over!