I was so determined to get back on the posting horse last week, and I was doing so well, and then I got all sucked into the last few episodes of Sense8. This is a Netflix show that you should probably watch; it's not perfect, but it's pretty gorgeous. It's about these eight random people (well, these eight random beautiful middle class people) from around the world who discover that they can share their thoughts, "visit" each other, and communicate with their minds across the world.
The part that's lovely is that each of them has this full, complicated life, with their own problems and loves and communities. Nomi has the best girlfriend ever; Kala is not sure about her upcoming wedding; Sun is the unappreciated daughter of a man with a wastrel for a son. Lido is a famous actor with an amazing boyfriend; Will is a cop who has a complicated relationship with his father; Reilly is a skilled DJ who is very closed off in her personal life. They are all completely different, and they all have lives that are more rich and populated than those of most people on television.
Because this is a show about community. And you know what most TV shows lack? Peripheral characters. I always thought it was cool that How I Met Your Mother involved people with recurring friends, while most TV shows involve very few people who are not consistent cast members. The Friends friends didn't have any other friends.
But in Sense8, every character is living a completely separate life, and each one is populated by friends and coworkers and family. Sun's martial arts teacher; Wolfgang's notorious uncle and childhood best friend; Capheus's mother and business partner and customers. Each of these people is surrounded by loved ones and family and friends and a whole network of a world, and then this added network of other people is layered on top of it.
They try to learn about their connection and the dangerous people who know about it, while mostly trying to deal with the complicated and sometimes violent circumstances in their own lives. Pretty much everyone gets to take advantage of Sun's martial arts training, Matt's police skills, and Wolfgang's experiences with violence.
I'm explaining the plot, but not the love. I love this show. I love these people. I want to spend time with them and take care of them, and the show mostly made me glad that they all have each other.
Also, I'm not sure what Sun practices, but I kind of want to take Aikido. But I'm like 40; it's too late to start something like that, right?
Back to books soon, I swear.