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Going to the movies is becoming a family holiday tradition. Last winter there was a mass outing to TFA. This winter we had made plans to see Rogue One, before the news about Carrie Fisher's passing broke. And then we went to Rogue One anyway, and while people's gifsets had hinted at spoilers, I had no idea what I was getting into.

I also watched the Sense8 Christmas special. I like Sense8, but it's kind of an adorable hot mess. (The women's center? Really? That... isn't the spot I'd pick for a hideout.) And also very bad at writing Riley.

Happy holidays to those who celebrate, happy Yuletide to those who fic, and see you all in 2017.

Sense8 S1

Jun. 18th, 2015 12:53 pm
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I watched Sense8, to no one's surprise.

For people who missed my incoherent acquisition of a clue, Sense8 is about eight people across the world who become psychically linked, for Reasons. And by "reasons" I mean "the Wachowskis and Straczynski and the go-to interests of that trio." Between the Wachowskis and JMS, there's brilliant visuals and lots of fight scenes and multiepisode plot arcs and dialog with the subtlety of a brick between the eyes.

Mild spoilers, right through the finale. )

This is not perfect, but I enjoyed the first season. Sense8 focuses on threats from outside the cluster, rather than considering the conflicts that might rise from eight people being thrown into each others' lives and heads. The sensates really roll with the punches of the dub-con psychic link shenanigans we know and love and sometimes wrestle with in fandom. It's not bad, it's just a choice. The story is painted in broad strokes and bright contrasts: the factions are clear, the themes are set out with all the nuance of a floodlamp.

On a really shallow note, I love playing the location game with the San Francisco scenes.


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