Farewell to the Star Trek Experience (Video 2009)

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Farewell to the Star Trek Experience: Directed by Tim King. With Chase Masterson.

“I very rarely write reviews here on IMDb, but after reading some of the other reviews of this amazingly diverse, colourful and new show I actually feel the need to do so.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThere have been a few reviewers complaining about u0026quot;all the gay and/or transsexual people in this seriesu0026quot;, going as far as claiming this to be u0026quot;gay propagandau0026quot;(!). … Well, okay. I admit that I am shocked because really?? Yes, there are gay and even one transsexual character in Sense8.. Oh, and they even get to be main characters! Wow. That really must be gay propaganda – because surely no Scifi TV show intended for the mainstream could possibly have normal, every-day gay characters in it — that arenu0026#39;t even there for the usual comic relief. I mean, of course there are TV shows and films that have plenty of gay characters and plot, and thatu0026#39;s apparently OK, because theyu0026#39;re mostly intended for a gay audience. And most importantly, they advertise beforehand that the show u0026quot;is gayu0026quot;. And Sense8? It had the bloody gall to not follow this fine established etiquette. (Boo hoo.)u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eSeriously. Thereu0026#39;s plenty of straight sex to be found in your average film/TV show and no one would ever call that u0026quot;heterosexual and/or anti-gay propagandau0026quot;. Itu0026#39;s simply two (or more) people, in the nude, having, ya know, sex. Nothing new in the world of TV. Considering the fact that there are plenty of gay, bi, trans etc. people out there one might possibly find it strange how most shows or blockbusters have so little glbt lead characters… But no, instead weu0026#39;re confronted with a scandalised outcry because gay sex. And gay peopleu0026#39;s problems. (Okay, the slippery strap-on dildo wasnu0026#39;t really necessary, Iu0026#39;ll give you that. But on the other hand, thereu0026#39;re plenty of other TV shows showing similar or even more explicit sex scenes/stuff – and with those being of the straight variety there arenu0026#39;t half as many people complaining about it as here.)u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eIn my (very humble) opinion, Sense8 is a very engaging, well-made and super interesting science fiction drama with a very interesting and varied bunch of characters. And I really mean interesting – there isnu0026#39;t even one character that I canu0026#39;t bond with, donu0026#39;t want to know more about or find interesting here, which on itu0026#39;s own is quite an accomplishment considering that there are 8 main characters who couldnu0026#39;t be more diverse.. Made even more intriguing by all these developing connections between culturally very different people.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe show is not fast-paced, and far from your average sci-fi action show. I get that this show might not for everyone and understand how one might be disappointed and call the series (too) slow – especially if one started watching this show expecting it to be a fast-paced, action-packed SF mystery. u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThis is, imo, more a drama about very different people who start connecting in the strangest of ways despite all their differences – may it be culture, gender, sexual preference, job (policeman vs. criminal) or social background. And in the first few episodes the show mainly concentrates on exactly that development – introducing each character, their history and the world they live in. (Yes, that includes a bit of u0026quot;gay plot lineu0026quot; or u0026quot;clichéu0026quot;-characters as well – i.e. a parent not accepting their transsexual daughter or a guy being afraid of facing the possible consequences a coming out might entail.)u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe so-called u0026quot;clichésu0026quot; are unfortunately still a harsh reality for lotu0026#39;s of people – may that be the poor African guy with an HIV-diseased mother, a women working in a business in which thereu0026#39;s seemingly no place for a woman or a policeman confronted with a world in which saving a kid might possibly mean saving the very gangbanger who might kill your partner/friend at some point in the future.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eWho the hell would wanna watch a show with characters that live totally happy, trouble and drama free lives anyway? Right, no one.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe mystery SF element unravels slowly, yes, but the show picks up and draws you right in with intriguing u0026amp; very vivid characterisations. I recommend sticking with it, because the show and the 8 MCs really grow on you. :)u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003e____________________________________________________ u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eShort update after having watched season 2: u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eChapeaux. Season 2 was every bit as good as I hoped, even better. The show picked up some speed u0026amp; the plot was gripping af. In short: I bloody loved it! Canu0026#39;t wait for season 3.”


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