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This article contains plot details of season two of “Sense8”
ON June 5th 2015 Netflix premiered a television series concerned explicitly with difference and empathy. Across 12 episodes, “Sense8” told the stories of eight people in different countries gradually waking up to the fact that they were somehow psychically connected. The “sensates” were able to experience each other’s realities across vast distances: political borders and cultural differences were irrelevant to them; they crossed gender and sexuality lines without noticing. The Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynksi had created a hippy, globalist, liberal mind-meld.
In “Sense8”, empathy involves more than just one character momentarily doing the things another character normally does. They feel the feelings of others, collapsing when another sensate in their cluster is injured or upset, for example. A woman can experience life as a transgender woman. A straight man can feel what it is like to be a gay man. A rich businesswoman can know the injustice of being a poor Kenyan man. The empathy that comes out of these experiences helps the sensates to love each other and to work together to combat…Continue reading