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Sense8 recap: 'A Christmas Special'

The sensates reunite to celebrate their birthdays

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Murray Close

Sense8

type:
TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
seasons:
1
run date:
06/05/15
performer:
Daryl Hannah, Naveen Andrews, Jamie Clayton
broadcaster:
Netflix
genre:
Drama, Sci-fi

We gave it a B

Can you believe it’s been more than a year since Sense8 last graced our collective screens?

Well, it would seem like the show can’t, either — it pulls a page from the Gilmore playbook and, in course of a two-hour Christmas special, tries its hardest to tell us “What’s Up” with our beloved sensates since we last saw them.

Of course, this being Sense8, it’s at once a whole lot of information and nothing at all. In other words, it’s perfectly Sense8-ional. So, let’s begin.

Lito and Hernando

Father Tomas Hernando is busy teaching his art history class when he discovers Joaquin (Dani’s ex) has kept his word: Images of him and Lito having sex are all over the Internet and easily available for his students to find. One pupil in particular, who somehow has access to the class projector from his phone, pulls up a photo and snarks, “Is this art, Mr. Fuentes?” before calling it porn.

Ever the consummate professional, Hernando turns this into a teaching moment. He points out viewers will always see what they want to see — if you consider this porn, you’re looking for this to be porn…which, in turn, says a lot about you. He ends the lecture declaring, “Art is love made public.” (And I drop the mic he’s not holding for him.)

Lito meets him after class and the two steel themselves to go back out into the world, an outed couple.

As it happens, all they feared has come true. When they arrive home, they can’t stand to get out of the car because of the paparazzi. Lito’s ensuing emotions are strong enough to cause the other “sensates” to pay him a visit (and to hear Nomi and Amanita call him a “drama queen”). It’s a sad moment as each sensate shares his emotion, with Nomi feeling guilty for potentially pushing him into this and Kala sharing in his anger that Lito’s not allowed to simply love who he wants to love.

Eventually, Dani — who has been hiding in the backseat this entire time — suggests he and Hernando come to her place. When Lito consults his agent, manager, and lawyer, they all say he should lie and go back into the closet. But Lito declares he’s tired of hiding who he is. To which his lawyer points out, “The audience is not legally entitled to the truth.” LOL.

When Lito and Hernando return to their place later, they find their passcode doesn’t work and the security guard won’t let them in. Lito tries to break down the front door, but when he fails, Wolfgang shows up and hotwires the keypad. Upon entering the apartment they find it cleared of everything, save for a letter stating the pair has been evicted for being “immoral.”

For Christmas, they decide to go visit Lito’s mom, whom he still hasn’t talked to about recent events. He, Hernando, and Dani enter with trepidation. And while she launches into a monologue about how her “friends” aren’t there for her (showing where Lito got some of his acting chops), she quickly reveals she not only doesn’t care, but she’s known all along.

With that out of the way, they eat and get to know each other. Lito’s mother invites Hernando for New Year’s Eve, but Lito reveals that’s when Hernando’s parents were killed in an accident. This is followed by Dani’s tearful admission that this her best Christmas ever, and she didn’t even spend it with family. To this, Lito’s mother tells her she’s always welcome at her house.On New Year’s Eve, Lito and Hernando make their way to the cemetery to sweep Hernando’s parents’ graves and leave flowers, with Hernando declaring that being with Lito makes him feel as loved as when they were alive. Aww…

On New Year’s Eve, Lito and Hernando make their way to the cemetery to sweep Hernando’s parents’ graves and leave flowers, with Hernando declaring that being with Lito makes him feel as loved as when they were alive. Aww…

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Nomi and Amanita

Nomi is in hiding and putting her tech skills to good use as she dodges an Agent Bendix, who is not only harassing Amanita at her bookstore job but also monitoring the couple’s texts to each other — he doesn’t believe they’re not in contact. However, it would seem his surveillance skills are not up to par. Nomi actually has cameras placed inside the store (giving her a perfect view of her girlfriend), along with a receiver inside Amanita’s ear so they’re in constant communication. It should feel a bit much, but it’s actually quite sweet given the circumstances.

In their spare time, they both read up on people who’ve displayed psychic abilities throughout history, pausing for a bit to discuss how hot Lito and Hernando are. A worried Nomi pays the other couple a brief visit to see how they’re doing and finds them safe and happy with Dani, doing each other’s nails and watching Legally Blonde.

However, she and Amanita aren’t safe for too long, as Bendix figures out they’re hiding at a women’s shelter and pays them a visit. Luckily, their friend sends them a signal allowing them to hide behind a chest of drawers. He searches the room and even threatens to pull the shelter’s funding, but their friend isn’t cowed and lies easily about their whereabouts. (Side note: If Bendix really wanted to find Nomi and suspected Amanita was meeting with her, wouldn’t he simply follow her for a day? It’s not like they’re being too careful.)

Nonetheless, Nomi and Amanita take it as a sign they should hide somewhere else; they don’t want the other women to lose their home. As a last-ditch effort, they go visit Nomi’s friend, Bug. While there, Nomi updates a visiting Sun about what her brother’s been saying in the news.

A little while later, Nomi and Amanita decide to keep their Christmas traditions, but with Bug this time. After attending a choir performance at which all the other sensates show up, the happy couple visits Amanita’s three dads, who invite them to stay.

Capheus

He and Jela are tending to the “Van Damme,” with Jela saying they should have it repainted because “Jean-Claude” doesn’t look the same. Capheus says, “Faces change. But not the heart.” (Note: Toby Onwumere may be playing the role now, but Capheus is still the same.) Apparently, though, the show isn’t going to let this lie, as Jela really hits the nail on the head when she says Capheus himself looks different.

In any case, he finally brings up Capheus’ defeat of Superpower and his friend (with a little emotional support from a visiting support) tells him about being a sensate, or at least being visited by “spirits.” Jela may not get it, but he goes along with it. Unfortunately, the bus is less than cooperative as it goes up in flames. (More like just “damn,” now.)

For Capheus’ birthday, everyone he knows joins him for a giant celebration where his mother gives him a new sports coat and Mr. Silas presents him with a brand-new van, aptly titled “Van Damn.” Capheus says it’s too much, but Mr. Silas insists it’s the least he can do.

Capheus and his mother later have lunch with Silas and his daughter, with the rich man declaring he wants to build a medical center to offer free health care. Capheus points out it would be a way to smuggle drugs, but his mother hushes him. Silas then asks if a man can change.

Capheus and Jela continue their trips, only now they’ve gained a bit of a following, with people looking for the courage to do things in their own lives joining them on the bus for some motivation. Later, Capheus celebrates Christmas with his mother as they watch It’s A Wonderful Life.

NEXT: The threat

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