Sense8: First thoughts on Episodes One and Two

Sense8 (released on Netflix) tends to get a bit preachy at times. But it does something that I’ve seen lacking in many treatments of sexuality in mass media. It puts the LGBT community and culture of Nomi and her lover on the same footing as the other communities that the protagonists live in. Participation in San Francisco Pride is treated the same way as a Russian/German funeral, prenuptial celebrations in India, the business etiquette of Seoul, a Mexican movie premiere, and a day on the job for a Chicago police officer. And it’s nice to see LGBT people who are not “straight-acting” as characters that are not played up for comedy, including the punky bears in the opening credits.

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