Sense 8

Have you ever thought of swapping ___ with anyone?

Your name is a popular movie about swapping consciousness and identity between a boy and a girl. It centers on the journey of trusting your instincts and going for what you value the most for you. Yet, overall on the surface, it is a sweet coming-of-age tale.


What about instead of swapping, we connect?

Have you thought about connecting your emotions, personalities, consciousness with a stranger?

This is the hook of this TV series, Sense 8.

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8 individuals (“sensates”),

from 8 countries all over the world,

representing 8 different cultures,

with 8 background stories,

8 secrets, insecurities, strengths-

are tied by a ribbon named fate.


The Wachowski sisters has created this circle of ‘outsiders’ who have special powers to connect sensations. They are given secrets to uncover, missions to accomplish, enemies to diminish, skills to establish. By being forced to confront certain crisis (like the ones against the enemy ‘the whispers’, they need to recall their abilities and make use of them to help one another. It might sound a bit like the power puff girls of other superhero plot line. However, what makes Sense 8 stands out from the crowd is that it puts taboo subjects under a microscopic lens.


Vulnerability. A word most people avoid letting known or open. When I am watching this show, I have a feeling of my eyes forced open and brain pried open. It is so me. I could be as insecure as Riley, as much as a coward as Lito, as silent but powerful as Sun, as undecided as Kala. Even though I am not a transexual like Nomi, or a homosexual like Lito, I could empathize with their experiences and their change as a human. Each character is wearing a label, followed by their career, their sexual orientation, their religious culture, their gender in society, their race, their upbringing…These labels are inevitable. In most times, we hide it because we are not sure what to do with it, especially when it is not included as the norm. But we fail to realize that

the real violence…is the violence that we do to ourselves, when we’re too afraid to be who we really are.


Yes. Others might see you as the other one because you’re not the same. But it does not mean that you too should depreciate yourself. If you are following the flow, yea, they will accept you for a while and nitpick you sometime after. If you are not following, yea, they are going to talk behind you or do some nasty things. So, in the end, either way you are going to be judged or maybe even criticized. Why not let go and be yourself?

In the end, we will all be judged by the courage of our hearts.

Sure. People will remember the mistakes you have done in life and exaggerate it, brought it up from time to time to test your reaction.

You’ve got two choices: you live with it, or you fix it.

Whichever decision (passive or active) you are making, you own it. You can think about the past and weep. You can worry about the future and weep. You can look at what you have now and fight. Maybe not for the future, or not for anyone you own in the past. But just to make yourself feel better at present, that you are trying.


Have you ever questioned your existence? I always believe the A.I. is making their invasion into human civilization. With their existence, what makes us us? Why are we so special? Emotions.

What is human? An ability to reason? To imagine? To love or grieve? If so, we are more human than any human ever will be.

Sometimes, we told ourselves not to get carried away by emotions, not to trust our instincts. We are afraid we will lose control and be destroyed by these delicate sentiments. But

this is what life is: fear, rage, desire…love. To stop feeling emotions, to stop wanting to feel them, is to feel…death.

We are afraid to love because we do not want to get hurt. But getting hurt is a part of love, the process of loving. If we avoid to love, we are just insecure to let others in. We know some parts of ourselves are unworthy of them. However, love gives you to power to connect the emotions between you and your lover. To transition from passionate desire to love,

the pleasure of your lover must become your own; but at the same time, you must also remain…selfish, because wanting someone so much that it feels the same as the need…to eat…or to breathe.

You need to love yourself too while loving your lover.


I have learned so much from this TV show. I would like to end with the lyrics from 4 Non Blonde’s song What’s going on

And so I cry sometimes
When I’m lying in bed
Just to get it all out
What’s in my head
And I am feeling a little peculiar
And so I wake in the morning
And I step outside
And I take a deep breath and I get real high
And I scream at the top of my lungs
What’s going on?

And I say, hey hey hey hey
I said hey, what’s going on?

ooh, ooh ooh

and I try, oh my god do I try
I try all the time, in this institution
And I pray, oh my god do I pray
I pray every single day
For a revolution

It is okay to feel out of place from time to time.

It is okay to be confused and depressed and anxious.

But hey, it is going to get better.