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Netflix new sci-fi drama Sense8 premiered a week ago, with all 12 episodes available for streaming.

The show has a respectable 8.4 rating on IMDB and a 4.1 on netflix out of 400,000 votes. Though it’s genre is not my cup of tea, I had to watch it because Nairobi was among the filming locations.

Sense8 tells the story of eight strangers: Will (Smith), Riley (Middleton), Capheus (Ameen), Sun (Doona), Lito (Silvestre), Kala (Desai), Wolfgang (Riemelt) and Nomi (Clayton), each individual from a different culture and part of the world. While living their everyday lives they suddenly have a vision of the violent death of a woman called Angelica (Hannah) and find themselves reborn as Sensates; otherwise normal human beings who are mentally and emotionally connected, being able to communicate, sense, use each other’s knowledge, language and skills. (Wikipedia)

British actor Aml Ameen plays Capheus, the Kenyan bus driver. For his role, he had to shed his British accent and learn some swahili, and he was impressive.

I was however not impressed with how the show’s creators portrayed Kenya. Watching all the episodes, it’s like they were specifically interested in what ails Kenya. From slums to tribalism, to hunger to bad roads.

Here are some screengrabs for you.

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Dilapidated Nairobi estate

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Footbridge at Starehe Boys

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Gratitude

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Nyama Choma and Tusker country

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Muddy streets of Nairobi

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One of the better fight scenes

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Post Election Violence flashback

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A party at KICC rooftop, followed by a hand chopping; quite dramatic. Big ups to Peter King Mwania for pulling this off.

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More slum

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And finally, the best scene in the entire season (probably). The Globe flyover – Ngara shoot out. It required a crowd of 700 extras, 200 cars and a helicopter.

It took a whole day to film.

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