Sense8 Christmas Special // International TV Review (NSFW)

Welcome to Queer Fudanshi. Let’s Talk. In this post we’re going to be talking about the Sense8 Christmas Special.

New to Sense8? Click this link to start from our talk of the first episode.

Still here? Well, at least I’ll tell you a little bit about the show. The show is a Netflix original sci-fi series about eight people from around the globe who suddenly find out that they are connected to each other’s thoughts, feelings, and skills. This then causes an evil corporation called BBO to decide to kill them off.

My Thoughts Before Watching

Guys, I am very excited to return to the world of Sense8. I loved watching the first season, so I’m very excited to return for this second one. Honestly, nothing else needs to be said.

This is the Sense8 Christmas Special aka Season 2 Episode 1*.

*Warning: there is a major sex scene in the episode with lots of butts and boobs flying everywhere. Due to this, I’ve tagged this post as NSFW.

Where to Watch:

Netflix

The Talk (Spoilers Ahead):

The Opening Scene

Just as I thought in season 1, this show is just so beautiful. The opening shot of the characters swimming in the ocean was stunning. It’s funny, I’ve seen the same type of shot before, specifically I think of the film Across the Universe, but Lana Wachowski found a way to make it seem fresh. Maybe it’s just my joy to see the characters again that’s making me biased. That said, there’s no denying that the water was just beautiful. I’ve seen some beautiful waters before, and that shot was just as stunning.

Speaking of, the reveal of what the characters were up to was interesting in it’s own. Kala went through with the wedding?! Will’s doing drugs?! But we’ll talk about all that later.

Great Points.. and 1 Bad One

In general, I have (almost) nothing but compliments for the Sense8 Christmas Special. It’s powerful. For instance, in just one scene the show was able to combine a post-marital argument with Kala and her husband with the outing scandal with Lito. Then on top of that the scene added a conversation about the power of words and hatred. Powerful and masterful stuff, and the episode was only 30 minutes in!

And again, I have to ask. Why is this show so beautiful? Is it the wonderful scenery/sets? Is it the honest portrayal of human life and emotion? I don’t know, but wow. There were many times when I just couldn’t stop staring.

My only problem is the multiple song changes in the birthday scene. Don’t get me wrong. I loved every second of their partying. But one too many beat changes and song transitions and you’ve got yourself an “I Got a Boy” situation, which is never nice. (Though, I understand the purpose was to show the different music they were dancing to in each of their locales).

That said, there was a lot of fun to be had in this Christmas special. There were lots of whimsical moments that lightened the mood in time for the dark and dramatic scenes to come in.

THAT Scene

Someone fan fic this. And then make a sequel with Capheus included.

Now, the orgy. Yes, we have to talk about the orgy. It caused this great episode to be labeled as NSFW, but we might as well talk about it.

I feel like this Christmas special had a set list to check the essentials off. Beautiful shots? Check. Fun group “visiting” scene? Got that. Great action? Sure! Huge Orgy? It’d be offensive NOT to have it.

As shocking, in both a good way and bad way, as the orgy scene was, it oddly got me more interested in the show. First, I commend all of the actors for committing to their roles. But also, the scene was then followed up by the hilarious Kala situations. Walking in on Wolfgang having loud sex (seriously, the woman was so loud I had to put on headphones as not to arouse awkwardness with my roommates later), and breaking her husband’s… appendage. Hilarious.

Kala

Speaking of those two, Kala and Wolfgang are the perfect couple that’ll be teasing us for seasons to come. They’re the couple that’ll have hot moments, funny moments, sad moments, breakups, and makeups. While Will and Riley are sweet, Kala and Wolfgang are almost Shakespearean.

Sadly, that leaves Rajan out. I almost feel bad for Rajan, his anti-religion thing makes it hard though, because he’s mostly a normal, goofy, loving husband. Though, when Rajan was giving his New Years speech to Kala I thought the music and somber atmosphere was raising me up for a shock. I honestly thought that he was gonna kill her. Though, I might just be trained to think such things by shows like Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead.

Bromances and Capheus

While we’re taling about Wolfgang, and we will again later in this post, we have to talk about him and his best-friend(s).

Why is this show full of so many bromances? Capheus and Jela, Wolfgang and Felix, Wolfgang and Lito. The best part is that they’re not even queer-bait or fujoshi traps. They’re just pure, wholesome, guy best-friendship and I love it!

Also, if Capheus’s friend dies at some point I would be so sad. He’s such a good friend and, while they are not as amazing a bromance as Felix and Wolfgang, he and Capheus make for a great duo. And while I’m on Capheus, I have to mention his new actor. I’m trying to wrap my head around the idea, but by the end of the Sense8 Christmas Special I didn’t get there yet. That said, the joke about Capheus’s face looking different, that was classic and much appreciated.

Lastly, Capheus’s mother and Silas are becoming a thing?! I was physically revolted to the idea (she can do better). Though Story wise, I’m all the way down for it.

‘Cause you know that’s gonna blow up at some point.

Wolfgang and Sun Bak

In this special Wolfgang got his best friend back, but now he also has a gang war on his hands. (Or is it a mob war? I’m not sure which to call it.) In addition, it seems that Wolfgang and Sun are the most handy members of the group. They both can fight like demons, and both character’s action scenes were exciting. Plus, Wolfgang got the great line at the end of the episode.

As for Sun Bak, because I’ve somehow not talked about her yet, I loved everything about her story line. I love to hate her brother and love to see her do the same. I can’t wait to see the final showdown between the two, but in the meantime I enjoy seeing him influence her life in jail. In addition, I loved her fight scene in the visiting room and I love that she’s made a family with her cellmates. (I’m throwing love all over the place!) The scene when she was welcomed home had me almost crying.

That said, I’m starting to feel bad for Sun Bak. Seems like whenever someone’s in trouble, here comes Sun Bak having to save them.

Nomi and Lito

I’ve gotta say, I love the Nomi and Lito conversations. Just having these two LGBTQ characters interact and support each other is not only heartwarming, but important.

Also, as much as I love Nomi and Amanita, I can’t say I have a lot to say or think about for their section of the the Sense8 Christmas Special. I can say that I found their antagonist, Agent Bendix, a great villain to hate. But again, other than that I don’t have much to say. That said, the moment when they invited Bug to their Christmas outing and he looked genuinely happy, that was wonderful. Great reaction from the actor, and a great heartwarming scene.

As for the people in Lito’s life, I liked the lecture scene with Hernando. Did I fully understand what Hernando was saying to his class? No. But did I enjoy the way he was saying it? Yes. I probably would have taken that class out of interest and then subsequently failed it. (Side note, how did that student get access to the projector?)

Also, Lito’s mother, played by Dolores Heredia, almost stole the show. The moment she walked on screen she demanded attention. From her serious speech that made me think she was about to kick Lito out of the house, to her loving embrace with him. All of it was top notch.

Will… and Riley

Lastly, we have Will and Riley. Will looks tortured. The poor guy has so many people in his head, and not just the other sensates. Between the dead/not dead Angelica, the homicidal Whispers, and the drugs, Will has everybody attacking his mind.

It seems the majority of the suspense in this Sense8 Christmas Special, besides the action scenes, came out of Will and Whispers’s moments. They were almost like Magneto and Professor X with their head-to-head confrontation. Last season I couldn’t stop saying, “Poor Riley.” It seems in this season it’ll be Will’s turn.

Speaking of Riley, sadly, she didn’t make much of an impression in this special. She was basically just Will’s support throughout the two hour episode, which is nice but nothing to care much about.

In Conclusion

Lana Wachowski, brava. You have outdone yourself. I would go so far as to say that Sense8 is your masterpiece and NOT The Matrix.

As I said earlier, as a joke but now I mean it, the Sense8 Christmas Special had everything. It had beautiful scenery and shots, fun character moments, steamy sex scenes, dark plot points, and lots of action. I thoroughly enjoyed this episode and I am THRILLED to watch Season 2 when it comes out later in 2017.

My rating for the Sense8 Christmas Special is 5 stars out of 5 and a QF Star. What’s Yours?