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Sexually Fluid Sci-Fi Series "Sense8" Gives Fans The Finale They Wanted

The time has finally come to say goodbye to the psychic, sexually-fluid sci-fi series from Netflix, Sense8.

When the series was canceled last year after only two seasons, outraged fans lobbied until Netflix announced we would get a series finale TV movie.

The movie attempts to tie up several layered storylines of the diverse group of human beings who suddenly found themselves interconnected via telepathy in two and a half hours instead of what was originally planned to be a five season arc.

[Warning - while there are no specific spoilers in this article, stop reading now if you don't want to know anything about the TV finale]

The creators are not wasting much time recapping where we were left off at the end of season 2, so here’s the wrap-up plot: for the first time, seven of the sensates are physically together in Paris to plan a rescue of Wolfgang (Max Riemelt), who's been captured by BPO, an organization of evil doers who have chased our heroes from the outset.

To save Wolfgang, the seven have kidnapped their own prisoner, the evil scientist Whispers (played by Broadway’s Terrence Mann), hoping to trade him in a prisoner exchange for Wolfie. 

Swirling over, under and around this central plot, there’s plenty of fight scenes, dancing in a Parisian club, chases, another epic mental orgy and a rapturous road trip to Naples.

And we’re going to have to move fast here, so if you don’t like a certain set of characters, don’t worry - the scene will change in a minute.

I won’t offer any real spoilers here but a few thoughts:

Fan favorite “Lito,” a sexy Mexican movie star who recently came out (played by Miguel Ángel Silvestre), was woefully under-utilized in my opinion. It seemed like every major cast member had a “moment” except Lito.

Perhaps that lapse in screen time happened because just not only are our 8 heroes here, but so are their significant others - and more. If a character had more than a couple of scenes during the two seasons of the series, they pretty much got a ticket to come back.

One of the advantages of having our protagonists in the same place was the budgetary savings for the movie. During the two seasons of the series, when members of “the cluster” would share their knowledge and abilities via a sort of shared consciousness across the planet, it required traveling the actors around the globe to appear in two sides of highly choreographed action scenes. Since the heroes are now all together there were fewer of those oh-so-cool sci-fi moments it seemed. 

That said, the movie is visually stunning.

The series received well-deserved praise for its diverse cast that included several LGBTQ characters, including the previously mentioned Lito and his totes adorable bf, “Hernando” (Alfonso Herrera); and trans woman "Nomi" (Jamie Clayton) and her girlfriend, “Amanita” (Freema Agyeman), who have a beautiful moment of resolution.

In fact, the finale spends as much time on resolving romantic connections as it does solving the sensates predicament. Bonus points - a possible love-triangle made for an interesting plot twist.

I felt like the final resolution kind of came and went pretty fast, but seemed appropriate for the pace set by trans director/producer Lana Wachowski.

The final screen of the movie reads, “For our fans.” And I do think it’s great that we at least got this last hurrah.

If you were a fan of the series, you’ll probably really get jazzed by the finale movie.

If you weren’t already a fan, this may not convert you. It’s a lot of info coming at you fast.

This writer loved the series, so I was all smiles by the end. 

The finale movie is currently available on Netflix. You can check out the trailer for the finale below.

Grade: B

 

Yas! 'Queer Eye' Returns June 15th!

Well that didn't take long!

Netflix announced on Thursday that the second season of the freshly rebooted Queer Eye will return on June 15th. The show premiere in early 2018 to much adoration and fanfare from millions of fans who truly enjoyed the new fab five (Karamo Brown, Bobby Berk, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, Jonathan Van Ness) in action. The popular streaming service revealed that the show was renewed back in March. 

The first season of Queer Eye found the guys in the deep red state of Georgia, where they were able to successfully makeover a slew of men from all different backgrounds, with one of them identifying as gay (the original run 15 years ago had them primarily making over heterosexual men).

The show tackled many different issues that plague our world today, including homophobia, racism and more, and gave a much needed shine to each of the cast members that went beyond their responsibilities on the program.

So where will the boys end up this time around and how will they use their expertise (Bobby with Interior Design, Karamo with Culture, Antoni with Food & Wine, Jonathan with Grooming, Tan with Syle) to the best of their abilities? Turn on your Netflix account on June 15th for another super fun season with this wonderful group of men. 

For more information, click here.

13 Reasons Why Season 2 Review!

13 Reasons Why Season 2 Review!


Lots of Spoilers, Grindr Advertisements, & Teenage Sex!

#DRAMA! If you haven't read the title, please beware of some spoilers. The second season of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why premiered over the weekend and I’m here to tell you all about it. From the moment the season one recap began, my eyes were glued to my “whatever device” I was watching on. The story surrounds the aftermath and subsequent trial after Hannah Baker’s (Katherine Langford) tragic suicide. Many, including myself, were skeptical on how a new season would progress as much of the plot seemed to be resolved by the season’s end. To my surprise, the second season takes a different direction that may even top the first season’s success.


We are taken back into the lives of the colorful characters, many who are gay and lesbian (in real life and on screen) as each episode deals with one of Hannah’s “reasons” for suicide. The reasons – or people - explain their side of the story Hannah told about each of them. Please let me be the first to say that these teenagers have more sex than I could ever dream of! It’s like they are all walking around in a bathhouse, jeez!


Quickly, we learn Hannah wasn’t as much of a “good girl” as she led us to believe in the recordings she released before her suicide. Throughout the season, Hannah’s should’ve-been-beau, Clay (Dylan Minnette), and her mother Olivia (Kate Walsh) fight in court believing the school – and a rapist (Justin Prentice) – should be held responsible for the suicide. In the end, believe it or not, they lose the case due to the teenagers lying about their past and Hannah’s reputation is destroyed, along with her parent’s marriage and pharmacy. In the finale, Olivia, now divorced, moves to New York, Clay painfully decides it’s time to move on from Hannah, and the rapist gets probation for three months. Yes, it’s a devastating ending to an otherwise remarkable season.


Throughout the season are incredible LGBTQ storylines. Stand outs include the coming out of character Courtney (Michele Selene Ang), who is the adopted child of two hunky, gay men including Robert Gant – who you may know as Ben from Queer as Folk. Miles Heizer’s character Alex survives a gunshot to the head and plays a weepy, nothing-to-write-home-about victim throughout the season. He’s the series’ worst Actor and it’s clear every time he’s on screen. Musician Sam Smith’s boyfriend, Brandon Flynn, chews scenery as a recovering heroin addict Justin – although it is a little difficult to see him playing heterosexual. If any of the males from the series are getting any sort of Academy nomination – it’s Flynn, for sure.


There’s a long-drawn out storyline with two openly gay characters, Tony (Christian Navarro) and Ryan (Tommy Dorfman) that drains from any of the wild, teenage angst on screen. I suspect there will be a third season and the writers really need to give their gay boys something else to focus on besides relationships and Grindr dates. Grindr was featured a lot; there must have been a sponsorship.


Playing a rape victim herself, Alisha Boe’s Jessica truly takes the cake for best Actress out of the entire bunch. She’s made a new fan in me with her stellar performance and I hope I can see her talents beyond this streaming service gem. She’s seriously such a Rockstar and may be the only relatable teenager among the dramatics of the series.


Ross Butler’s Zach was a total beefcake all season and finally got to show off his acting chops as the only jock in the school with any sense about him. It also helps he had an endless amount of sex scenes with the series titular character. Seriously, that body! Even if the actor has an immature focus on relationships, he was still fun to watch. Another hot body on a douche is Monty (Timothy Granaderos) who is arguably the series’ sexiest actor – and gives us a buttshot in episode one of season two! His character rapes a male student (Devin Druid), but I’m really trying hard to separate acting from reality.


The season ends with a would-be school shooting from the aforementioned raped, male student but he is halted by the goodness of the rest of the cast as they all unite in a teary-eyed embrace to a song which reminds them of Hannah.


The second season of 13 Reasons Why is definitely worth a watch in any and all aspects. The chance to see – and celebrate – many LGBTQ actors and characters is noteworthy for all of the community. The story, while intense and about mental illness and suicide, is still fun and certainly binge worthy. I wouldn’t be surprised to see another season appear on Netflix, although season two pretty much finished up any remaining storyline. I’ve grown to like nearly all of the characters, so I’ll be along for the ride next year.


What did you think of the second season of 13 Reasons Why?


This post is the opinion of this contributing writer to Instinct Magazine. Opinion pieces do not always reflect the stance of the magazine or the other contributing writers. 


Important to note: If you or anyone you know is considering suicide, please consider visiting the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website for immediate distress information.

13 Reasons Why Season 2 Premiere!

 

The Queerest Show Heads Back To Netflix!

#YAS! Okay, so I'm incredibly excited for the long-anticipated return of Netflix's 13 Reasons Why! We're you one of the many who were gagged by the first season last year? I was honestly glued to my television, er, laptop, the moment I tuned into episode one. For a quick recap, the series, produced by powerhouse millennial, Selena Gomez, revolves around the tragic suicide of a teenage girl whose friends and frenemies led to her ultimate demise. The series caused quite a stir on social media, most notably for allegedly romanticizing suicide, but if you can understand the fiction behind the story: You're in for an absolute treat.


What truly makes the show unique aside from its incredible writing and pressing buttons of parents everywhere is having one of the queerest casts in current television. Most notably, Sam Smith's new boyfriend, Brandon Flynn, plays a heterosexual, bad boy and Tommy Dorfman portrays a sassy, flamboyant teenager. I'm pretty certain more of the cast is due to come out: Twinks Dylan Minnette and Miles Heizer are seemingly steps away from coming out themselves. On top of the cast who is actually out, there's still loads of eye candy in the form of fellow series regulars, Christian Navarro (Who plays an openly gay jock), Brandon Larracuente, and Ross Butler. While we are all starry-eyed over the men, there must be plenty of scene chewing moments from the fantastic, Kate Walsh, and the recently deceased titular character, Katherine Langford- recently of Love, Simon fame. 


Bring on more of the queer story lines, more of the drama, and especially...more of the eye candy! Who doesn't like to see a bunch of twinks running a muck?! Count me in!


We've been waiting a year...but we're almost crossing the finish line! The second season of 13 Reasons Why premieres on May 18th - only on Netflix. Where will you be tuning in? 


Check out the teaser trailer below!

 

Ellen Page Joins Tales Of The City Revival!

Ellen Page Joins Tales Of The City Revival!


And More Exclusive Details!

#YES! Okay, so last month we informed you that one of the greatest LGBTQ novels of all time, Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City is receiving a revival on Netflix. The news broke into our trending topics, letting us know we're not the only people overly excited for this to come back!


 

 


Maupin is a literary genius and one of my inspirations, so there’s no way this won’t be legendary. I was too young to catch the series when it aired on PBS / Showtime and had to sneakily stream the episodes in horrible quality while I was in college. The fact the revival is heading to Netflix is truly magical! There’s nothing more Id rather do than sit at home watching television, I could cry at how convenient this is going to be. We’ve already told you Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis are returning and now we finally have more details!


Openly lesbian Actress, Ellen Page, who you may recognize as an LGBTQ juggernaut and Kitty Pryde in the X-Men franchise, is joining the cast as Linney’s daughter, Shawna! Ahh! Did you just hear the gay gasp from me?! Page has been having an incredible year after exposing Brett Ratner allegedly, essentially outed her in front of the X-Men cast. She announced her marriage to Dancer, Emma Porter, earlier this year. But wait, Page’s character isn’t the only news released...


According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tales of the City is getting a whopping 10 episodes and will follow Linney’s character from the original series as she returns back to San Francisco. While we don’t have an exact date, Netflix is expected to release the revival sometime in 2019. Which isn’t too far away if you don’t think about it! Here’s the official synopsis:

“Based on the book, Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City follows Mary Ann (Linney), who returns home to San Francisco and is reunited with her daughter (Page) and ex-husband Brian, 20 years after leaving them behind to pursue her career. Fleeing the midlife crisis that her picture-perfect Connecticut life created, Mary Ann returns home to her chosen family and will quickly be drawn back into the orbit of Anna Madrigal (Dukakis) and the residents of 28 Barbary Lane.”


Maupin, who I need to be like, mentored by, is thrilled for the revival. He tells THR:


"I couldn't be more excited about this brand-new incarnation of Tales. It's set in present-day San Francisco with all the joys and complications that might suggest for the residents of 28 Barbary Lane. Mrs. Madrigal's tenants, both old and new, will be entangled in delicious new adventures and ever-expanding possibilities for love."


To make our LGBTQ hearts explode with even more love of actually having members of our community in front of and behind the screens; Orange is the New Black’s Lauren Morelli (who recently married OITNB Actress, Samira Wiley) will serve as Writer and Showrunner. I’m gagged- I literally can’t. Someone please get me in this writers' room!

Will this series may take the top spot for LGBTQ shows…dethroning Queer as Folk?  We will have to wait and see. With the combination of on and off-screen talent, this project is going to blow us all away!


 

 

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I’m keeping a close Google Alert on all things Tales of the City, so trust me: I’ll keep you updated!


Check out Page’s Instagram post, revealing a page of the script, below:


 

 


This post is the opinion of this contributing writer to Instinct Magazine. Opinion pieces do not always reflect the stance of the magazine or the other contributing writers.  

Queer Eye Parody Makes Us Want #PrintedShirts Real Bad

To be honest, I have not watched the new Queer Eye as of yet.  One of our contributing writers is all about it and was fortunate enough to interview one of the new Fab 5, Instinct Magazine Exclusive with 'Queer Eye' Star Karamo Brown!

Just last month, we asked Have You Seen the 'Queer Eye/SNL' Crossover? and I did watch that with my hunky Pete Davidson from "Saturday Night Live" and Tan France from "Queer Eye."  I enjoyed it, but was not sure of the denim undershirt in the last look.

But it's fun little jabs at the show that are making me want to view the real thing.  Here's a new parody from YouTube personalityBenito Skinner.

I love Netflix’s Queer Eye so much, I HAD to make a parody… hope you enjoy henny!!! #PrintedShirts ***All Queer Eye footage and audio used in the video belong to Netflix and are being used for artistic purposes ONLY*** For the record, I cried every episode and think the show is AMAZING. So this parody is in good fun, with no malicious intent whatsoever.

Let's see how Benito did.

 

 

Yep, #printedshirts. I'm hooked on this comedic take on the show and will now need to watch the real thing.

Did he get it right?

So Sweet! Tom from 'Queer Eye' Reunites with his Ex-Wife!

Who knew that five gay dudes could bring a heterosexual couple back together in such a beautiful way?

Tom Jackson, who was the subject on episode one of Netflix's Queer Eye reboot (who famous made the redneck margarita, which Karamo Brown told us was 'f***ing gross') has announced some very happy news in his life post-show that revolves around a reunited love with his ex-wife Abby.

His particular episode was a great starting point for the show, as the guys all did a great job at giving him a "life" makeover, which included a scene of him with Abby as he showed her around his updated digs.  From the looks of it, it seemed as if these two might reconcile after a big time apart, although Tom nixed that in a touching update about her back in February.

So sweet!  Well, it looks as if these two had resolved their differences, as Tom announced recently they they are back together and want to spend the rest of their lives with one another!  Awe!

Congratulations!  And this response pretty much evokes a lot of how all of us feel about this news.