Sense8, Season 1, Episode 6, “Demons”

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[Image via Netflix] [Image via Netflix] We’re at the half-way point of Season 1 of Sense8, and this is by far the biggest change of pace for the season so far. Let’s see why:

Demons

Written by The Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski
Directed by The Wachowskis

Chicago:
Will (Brian J. Smith) is at a sports bar with a lot of other cops for the party he was told to attend. He greets his father and continues inside.

London:
Riley (Tuppence Middleton) is sitting in a pub somewhere in London.

Transitional Moment:
Will walks in and sees Riley: she sees him. This is the moment at the end of the last episode that started to play before Kala’s wedding interruption.

Chicago:
Will stops and starts to say something, and Riley says the same: I was just thinking about you. He sits at the table alone, though it’s obvious he sees her—while in…

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Sense8, Season 1, Episode 5, “Art Is Like Religion”

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[Image via Netflix] [Image via Netflix] Today’s episode is kind of a change of pace after the revelations of the last episode, but just when you think it’s going to be a light-hearted romp–well, you’ll see.  Let us begin:

Art Is Like Religion

Written by The Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski
Directed by James McTeigue

Mexico, DF:
Lito’s (Miguel Ángel Silvestre) in his dressing room having makeup applied, and he’s not a happy camper. He doesn’t like the idea of shooting the end of the movie now? It’s ridiculous. I don’t think the makeup woman’s gonna know, dude.

Seoul:
Sun’s (Doona Bae) laying in bed as her dog licks the bottom of her foot. She finally crawls out of bed, not looking too happy either. She walks over and looks closely at herself in the mirror—

Transition Moment:
—and Lito does the same, remarking that he feels a little bloated. Sun must be…

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Sense8, Season 1, Episode 4, “What’s Going On?”

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[Image via Netflix] [Image via Netflix] We’re a third of a way through Season 1 of Sense8, and some rather important things happen tonight. Rather than keep you guessing, let’s see those things now.

What’s Going On?

Written by The Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski
Directed by Tom Tykwer

Berlin:
Wolfgang (Max Riemelt) and Felix (Max Mauff) are at the Holocaust Museum waiting for someone. Felix is talking about obedience and revolution, and how they—Wolfgang and he—are having their own revolution by making this big score. Wolfgang is unimpressed: there won’t be much of a revolution if they can’t self these hot rocks they ripped off. The person they are waiting for arrives: an older Jewish gentleman. He understands that they have something that “coincidentally” came into their possession. He wants to see them, but at another location: one does not speak of money at a memorial to the dead.

Mumbai:

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Sense8, Season 1, Episode 3, “Smart Money Is on the Skinny Bitch”

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[Image via Netflix] [Image via Netflix]  Here we go again: it’s time to get rolling on Episode 3 of Season 1 of Sense8. And with that, let’s not waste any time finding out what’s in store for our characters—

Smart Money Is on the Skinny Bitch

Written by The Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski
Directed by The Wachowskis

As a man is working on the corpse of a woman as a young boy looks on. There’s a young girl in the shadows with him, imploring him not to look, as that’s how he got her. The young boy becomes a grown up Will (Brian J. Smith) who watches the man cut open the skull and reveals the brain—

Chicago:
—who lurches awake in a hospital bed. It’s the aftermath of his chase with Jonas, and the nurse on duty says she was told he’s some kind of hero for bagging a terrorist…

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Sense8, Season 1, Episode 2, “I Am Also a We”

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S8 S1 E2 Nomi Blogging [Image via Netflix] It’s Friday and that means I’m here to deliver the lowdown on Episode 2 of Season 1 of Sense8. Unlike last week things have stabilized a little, but don’t let that fool you:  it’s still gonna get crazy.

I Am Also a We

Written by The Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski
Directed by The Wachowskis

San Francisco:
Nomi (Jamie Clayton) and Amanita (Freema Agyeman) walk down an alleyway as Nomi talks about her “dream”. We learn for the first time that she was a “hacktavist” and did a little time for her actions, and now likely acts as a computer security consultant. Neets says Nomi should write about it, and reminds her girlfriend that she always gets a little nutty around Pride because, more than likely, she has dickheads for parents. Oh, we have no idea—

Chicago:
Will (Brian J. Smith) sits by the bedside of Deshawn…

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Sense8, Season 1, Episode 1, “Limbic Resonance”

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[Image via Netflix] [Image via Netflix] Here I am, about to navigate the Netflix original series that is Sense8. And because this show goes all over the place—literally—this recap may be a little difficult at times to follow. But I will do my best to have it make sense. Now . . . shall we begin?

RT:One thing I will note here is that, for most people, Sense8 takes 3-4 episodes to come together and join up into a singular story (that just happens to take place across various locations). So if you plan to watch it, make sure you hang on until episode 3 at least. Trust me, it is SO worth the wait!

And, Cassidy, thank you for reminding me of everything I had forgotten about in Season 1 of Sense8.  So, if you have already watched Season 1, now is the time to get a refresher course via Cassidy’s recaps…

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Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’ Is Now Coming To The Snarking Dead!

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Netflix's Stranger Things Season 1 key artwork [Image via Netflix] That’s right, I am taking on a new show to recap. I checked out the first two episodes of Stranger Things on Netflix last night and was completely hooked! In fact, if it wasn’t so late already, I’m pretty sure I would have just kept watching until Netflix shamed me into turning it off.

Rachel Tsoumbakos Stranger Things Episode 1 Facebook status [Image via Facebook] Stranger Things has only eight episodes in the first season. It hit Netflix on July 15 and I have been desperate for a chance to check it out since then. If you are into 80’s nostalgia, this is the show for you. At various points while watching I wondered if this series had actually been filmed in hte 80’s and left on a shelf somewhere until the Duffy brothers happened upon it. Winona Ryder is in it. She does bat shit hysterical like nothing i have ever seen before. Even if…

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2001 A Blogging Odyssey

I show no shame in ripping off the title of one of my favorite movies and using it for my own.  But given this is post number 2001, what else am I gonna say?

How about “I finished scene two last night?”  Yeah, that’s a nice thing to say.  It saw me returning to form a little as I wrote eight hundred and sixty-eight words, and that’s close to nine hundred, and that’s almost a thousand, so maybe I’m starting to get back into the swing.  Maybe.  I have a TV recap to do tonight, so I’ll likely not get into the third scene until early Saturday morning.

Still, though, I finished this scene.

It only took four days, but I got it done.

It only took four days, but I got it done.

This scene is the flashback.  This is where we see what happens after those five words are spoken at the end of B For Bewitching, and some have waited–well, weeks, to discover what happened next.

And instead of talking about that, why not show it?

 

(The following excerpts from The Foundation Chronicles, Book Three: C For Continuing, copyright 2016 by Cassidy Frazee)

“Mom, Dad . . . I’m a witch.”

Kerry sat in silence for a few seconds waiting for the response he knew was coming. For the last month, since the night of the lighting of the Beltane bonfires, he’d played this scene out in mind, knowing what he was going to say and imagining what his parent would do and say. He’d expected them to appear shocked and find his comment ludicrous, to even wonder if he as suffering from a mental disorder.

He imagined the worst.

He did not expect for them to sit and stare at him in silence.

His eyes shifted from her father to his mother. “Guys?”

Louise Malibey was the first to break the silence. “What do you mean?”

“I mean, I’m a witch.” He glanced at Ms. Rutherford on his right, who nodded for him to continue. “I can do magic.”

His father, Davyn Malibey, cleared his throat. “You mean like what Davie Blane does?”

“No, dad—” Kerry shook his head. “He’s an illusionist. I’m a real witch: I do real magic.”

“I just don’t understand—” Louise’s appearance had moved from confused to one that was bordering on annoyed. She turned her attention to Ms. Rutherford. “I though this was about something important?”

Ms. Rutherford raised a skeptical eyebrow. “This is important, Mrs. Malibey. This is your son’s life we’re discussing.”

“Are you—?”

Davyn held up a hand before his wife could say anything further. “If this was true, shouldn’t you be a wizard?”

“No, Dad.” Kerry sat back, now a bit relaxed. “That’s a word a bunch of dudes made up a few hundred years back because they didn’t want to share the same designation with women. As far as practitioners of The Art—that’s how you really refer to magic—as far as they’re concerned, you’re a witch whether your a girl or a boy. Same with sorceresses: it’s the same word for either gender.”

“Sorceresses?”

Ms. Rutherford picked up on the manifesting tone in Louise’s voice, and felt having Kerry give as much information as quickly as possible to be the best course of action. “Kerry, why don’t you tell your parents what you actually do at school.”

 

Yeah, Kerry, why don’t you rush over all the black magic shit and tell them about the school work your parents haven’t asked you about all the other times they could have asked you.  You have to figure that Kerry knew this was going to be a bit difficult to get his parents to understand, given they’ve shown zero interest in his school work up to this point, so it’s a a bit of an uphill battle for him.

Do his parents want to hear about classes?  Believe it or not–

 

“Yes—” Louise’s voice had suddenly become far move restrained. “I’d like to hear this.”

“I’m certain of this.” Ms. Rutherford turned to her charge. “Kerry?”

Davyn spoke up while Louise sat quietly. “Yes, what do you do, son?”

“Well—” He ran his hand over his thighs as he leaned forward. “I’ve taken history, math—um, algebra and geometry—basic and earth science as well as botany. I’ve had two years of astronomy where we’ve learned more math. And we’ve taken self defense classes, too: I’m actually taking the advanced class, and probably will until almost the end of school.

“But the real reason I’m there is to learn how to craft magic. I’ve taken classes in normal spells, in Formulistic Magic—that’s really chemistry with magic—in transformation magic, and in sorcery. And in those first three, those are a few of the advanced classes I’m in. I also get special tutoring in sorcery, and I tutor someone in transformation magic.”

Kerry moved on quickly so he didn’t have to explain the special tutoring situation. “I’ve also learned how to apply magic to what I learned in botany and in my self defense class, so it’s possible to change things there with a bit of crafting.

“Also, I fly. I’ve taken two years of flying, and I’ll start my third when I return—”

“Flying?” Louis seemed puzzled by her son’s comment.

“Yeah, Mom: flying.”

“With what?”

“With a broom.”

Both parents were surprised by this, though Louise was able to respond the quickest. “A broom? Like a witches broom.”

Kerry shrugged. “Well—”

Davyn found his voice. “Like a Harry Potter broom?”

“No, nothing like that. These are—” He moved his hands about like he was grabbing the words out of the air. “It’s like most of a bicycle frame without the wheels. It’s made out of carbon filament, and there’s a seat and a control HUD like you have—”

“Stop. Just stop it.”

 

Well, that certainly sounds like it’s gonna be good.

This part is gonna get farmed out over the next three days, because it can.  About a third of it is down today, and the last part of this get blogged out on Sunday, which gives me time to write more on Saturday and Sunday.  It’s my hope I can always stay a few days ahead of the post so that, when it’s time to put a post out, I have something to excerpt.

In the meantime I’m probably gonna Gish Gallop out a bunch of recaps that I’ve written in the last few weeks, just because I can, and it’ll get me caught up on the stuff I normally reblog anyway.  Look for that stuff to start blowing up in your email box today.

Needless to day, the next few days are gonna get interesting . . .