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13 July 2015

SRSLY #3: Sense8 and Sensibility

In this week’s episode, we discuss Arnold Schwarzenegger, the new Netflix series Sense8 and why we wish Rookie magazine had existed when we were teenagers.

By Caroline Crampton

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The Links

On Arnie:

Yo’s piece is here.

Here’s the trailer for Terminator Genisys:


On Sense8:

This is the trailer for Sense8:

The whole series is available on Netflix.

The Guardian’s catch up blog on the series makes some interesting points about the way different characters were used (and underused).

Wired’s Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast talked about the show’s queer themes and the way different critics have reacted to the diversity of its cast.

Bram E Gieben at io9 points out the parallels with Philip K Dick.

This roundup of the ten most ludicrous moments from the series is also good.


On Rookie:

This week, Caroline read Rookie for the first time. She particularly enjoyed this piece about masturbation, this coming out story, and this article about eyebrows.

For next week, Anna is watching Masters of Sex. If you’d like to watch too in preparation for next week’s episode, there are lots of clips on the show’s YouTube channel or you can get full episodes on iTunes.


Your questions:

It was really exciting to hear from some of our listeners – if you have thoughts you want to share on anything we’ve discussed, or questions you want to ask us, please email us on srslypod[at], or @ us on Twitter @srslypod, or get in touch via tumblr here.


Our theme music is “Guatemala – Panama March” (by Heftone Banjo Orchestra), licensed under Creative Commons.

See you next week!

PS If you missed episode two, check it out here.