The Problem With Sense8

“Sense8” has gained a reputation of being an inclusive, progressive show; but it isn’t nearly as revolutionary as it claims to be. Here’s a look beyond the colorful surface and into the problems that run through the show.

You can read an extended version of this essay on Medium


Non-white sapphics in current media y’all should be hyping up


[images: Kareema from No Tomorrow, Pippy and Tara from Rosewood, Nova from Queen Sugar and Max from Black Sails]

Kareema (No Tomorrow): pansexual Indian woman, currently engaged to a latina. She’s a main character, and her story with Sofía begins at s01e06.
No Tomorrow is available on Netflix.

Pippy Rosewood (Rosewood): a black lesbian, from the beginning of the show she’s engaged to her bisexual girlfriend Tara. She’s the lead’s sister, a main character, and gets a good third of the show’s screentime.
Rosewood is on Fox and is in its second season, which means 1) it might survive and 2) you can get eps on the Fox website and Hulu, but only the current season.

Nova Bordelon (Queen Sugar): a black bisexual, dates a straight white dude (RIP) and a black lesbian through the course of season 1. One of the three leads of the show. Her story with Chantal begins in s01e06.
Queen Sugar is on OWN and you can watch it on the official app.
Warnings for the show: talks of rape and police brutality.

Max (Black Sails): a black lesbian, from the very first episode we know she’s involved with another main lady. She’s a main character (out of six mains, three are sapphic women and at least one of the men is gay), and her arc and her romances get around a third of the screentime.
Black Sails is on STARZ, and the first three seasons are on Netflix. You can go to their website or STARZ on Demand. I don’t have cable, but sometimes Amazon will have a workaround.
Warnings for the show: rape (timestamps here), general violence.

[images: Lady Ella and Pamela from Saints and Sinners; Stef and Lena from The Fosters.][images: Lady Ella and Pamela from Saints and Sinners; Stef and Lena from The Fosters.]

[images: Lady Ella and Pamela from Saints and Sinners; Stef and Lena from The Fosters.]

Lady Ella and Pamela (Saints and Sinners): Ella is a black bisexual and Pamela a black lesbian. Both are leading characters, and the center of the story is Ella’s family; and they have an ongoing relationship through the show.
You can watch Saints and Sinners on the official Bounce TV website.
Warnings: It’s rated tv14 so there isn’t anything explicit.

Lena Adams (The Fosters): Lena is a black lesbian and one of the two leads of the show. The story is about her, her wife Stef and their adopted children.
You can watch it on the Freeform website or on Netflix.
Warnings: Addiction, rape, alcoholism.

My Top4 F/M rom-coms

Crazy Ex Girlfriend (currently in its second season): About a mentally ill lawyer who drops everything and moves across country following an ex boyfriend from when she was a teenager, convincing herself that it’ll be the cure for her depression and anxiety.

It has a Filipino romantic male lead, my second favorite bisexual male character in television, a very crude and very real talk about mental illness and toxic relationships, a good episode dedicated to abortion, and the coolest black girl in television. Also, it’s pretty body-positive, and Filipino fans have talked about how good the Chan family is written! The second season officially has no white cishet male characters in any lead roles, which is pretty damn rare.
It’s hilarious, though painful to watch if you have a hard time dealing with secondhand embarrassment. Though it’s a comedy, there are also very sad moments, since it doesn’t tiptoe around its talk about mental illness at all.

Warning: Rebecca’s relationship with Josh is straight up abusive (Rebecca is the abusive one, just to be clear). Though the show acknowledges this, it might be upsetting to watch.

No Tomorrow (currently in its first season): About a very uptight and anxious woman who falls for a dude who lives his life without limits because he’s convinced that the world is ending in nine months.

Though the main romance is painfully white and heterosexual, they are also super hilarious and sweet. The best parts of the show, still aren’t them, but Evie’s friends: Kareema, a pansexual Indian woman who has the best deadpan line deliveries; Hank, a black man who is also convinced that the world is ending; and Timothy, Evie’s ex who is trying to deal with his anxiety and the end of their relationship.
I haven’t finished the season yet, but so far there hasn’t been a single boring episode and the characters just get better with each episode.

Warning: So far, I’d think none.

Jane The Virgin (currently in its third season): A religious young woman who’s vowed to not have sex until marriage is accidentally inseminated with her boss’ sperm during a regular gynecologic control.

Jane Villanueva, her mom and her grandmother are by far the best characters in the show; there is no shortage of amazing characters and storylines. The show deals with reproductive rights and immigration, most of the main characters are Latinx and there is not a single actor who isn’t absolutely amazing.
The narrator, the Villanueva family and the incredible writing are all amazing, but my favorite thing is that the show (as an USAmerican remake of the Venezuelan telenovela “Juana la Virgen”) is super self-aware of the genre and is constantly pushing the boundaries of telenovela narratives while paying loving homage to Latinx culture.

Warning: The show doesn’t treat its queer characters great (basically they’re either villains or… constantly suffering), and it has a bad habit of putting abuse survivors back into abusive situations all the goddamn time (particularly Luisa and Petra). Also, it doesn’t have many black characters (Gina in afro-latina but her character isn’t) and out of the very small number, two are violent villains who die awful deaths. Not a good image.

Selfie (cancelled after the first season): A social-media addicted woman who has no real life friends and a very uptight man who doesn’t have very much of a life outside of work start working in “improving” each other, her teaching him to be more social and him trying to make her less self-centered.

First of all, the fact that John Cho plays a romantic lead should be enough to make anyone want to see this. But the show is incredibly sweet, the secondary characters are all amazing, and Eliza and Henry invented being Lawful Heterosexuals (also height differences).
There is not a single boring scene or episode in the entire show, which one should guess since John Cho is the creator and the lead, of course.

Warning: I remember feeling a little uncomfortable about Eliza’s relationship wit food and her body image, but otherwise I didn’t find it an upsetting watch at all.

Fuck Coco

Anonymous asked:  How do you feel about the upcoming Mexican Pixar movie about the day of the dead?

Anonymous asked: How do you feel about the upcoming Mexican Pixar movie about the day of the dead?

Listen, Jorge Gutierrez was rejected by Disney Pixar and by basically every other major animation producer when he tried to make The Book Of Life. If Del Toro hadn’t come along and agreed to produce the movie himself, TBOL would have never seen the light of day. (source)

GUTIERREZ: I had this movie for 14 years. Ever since I was in film school, I wanted to make it. When I got out, I pitched it to every studio and everybody told me the same thing. “You’re just some dumb kid out of school, and no one’s interested in the subject matter, and there’s no audience for Hispanic movies.” It took a long time. Eventually, I pitched the movie to Guillermo’s people four times and he said, “No.”

DEL TORO: When I heard it was on the Day of the Dead, in the last 15 years I had heard many, many Day of the Dead pitches. I didn’t like it because they were all postcard, folkloric, or coldly calculated things and none of them felt personal. Finally, Cary Granat said, “You have to meet the guy and see some of the art. If you don’t relate to that, that’s it.” So I met with Jorge – he’ll tell you the story – but I immediately connected to it because it was personal to him. For me to produce, I am so busy. I don’t have a personal life. I am a ruin. I’m dedicated to projects that support my family that goes with me. They cannot integrate themselves into that life. But I said, “Do I want to do this?” When I met Jorge, I knew there was something that we could do beautifully together, but more important than anything, I wanted to protect the movie. One of the reasons I was interested is because the things that make the movie great now are the things I knew were going to get us a lot of “no’s” from the studios.

If TBOL hadn’t gotten as much critical acclaim as it did and gotten enough revenue for Fox to approve a sequel and possibly a third movie too, Coco would have never become a serious project.


[image: screencap of a tweet by Jorge R. Gutierrez (@mexopolis) that reads “Who wants to see this movie? Asking for a friend.” with the poster for “the Book of Life 2″]

On the one hand we have TBOL, which was imagined, written, produced and directed by Mexican artists. On the other hand we have Disney, who rejected Jorge Gutierrez’ proposal for a Mexican-based movie and who tried to trademark “Day of the Dead” to make money off it after TBOL was announced (source).

I mean, sure, the same cartoonist who said this:

“How could Disney allow such a blunder,” marveled Lalo Alcaraz, a Mexican-American editorial cartoonist and founder of “I knew they weren’t copyrighting the holiday, but I couldn’t believe they would let someone in their legal department let this happen. On the surface, it looks like Disney is trying to copyright the holiday.”


[image: a cartoon of Mickey Mouse as a skeleton destroying a city, with the legend “Muerto Mouse: it’s coming to trademark your cultura!”]

Is also now working on the movie, (source)

Several years ago, when Disney tried to trademark the Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), political cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz was one of the most vocal critics. That’s why it came as a surprise to many when news broke this week that Pixar, which is owned by Disney, hired Alcaraz to work on its animated film “Coco” that’s centered on the Mexican holiday. (…) Several years ago, when Disney tried to trademark the Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), political cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz was one of the most vocal critics. That’s why it came as a surprise to many when news broke this week that Pixar, which is owned by Disney, hired Alcaraz to work on its animated film “Coco” that’s centered on the Mexican holiday.

But Disney’s intentions are still suspicious. I mean, their treatment of Elena of Avalor has already been more than questionable… For starters, the fact that the first Latina princess in Disney’s history gets a TV-show instead of a movie. (source)

TV is great, but all of the major Disney princesses appeared on film, first. So, what does is say when there’s no Latina princess with her own movie? (…) We could give Disney the benefit of the doubt since they may not be able to milk two new princesses at the same time, but that also means they decided Elena isn’t worthy of the big screen treatment. Despite that fact that in 2015 alone, Disney released 12 feature films.

Disney could’ve added Elena to its slate. It’s not too big of a burden for Disney to create a princess who represents 17% of the nation’s population — which is why I refuse to accept that the Latina community’s first Disney princess will not be in theaters.

As a Latina, I’m sick of being told to be grateful to have a princess when movie after movie features strong, usually white, heroines. And while I’m a light-toned Puerto Rican (that’s a whole other can of worms), I believe my culture deserves to be viewed by a national audience, not just households with kids 5 and under.

Latinas haven’t waited 79 years and fought for recognition to accept a supporting role.


[image: a promotional still of Elena of Avalor, holding a Spanish guitar and wearing a red dress inspired of traditional flamenco dresses.]

And then we have the fact that she… She isn’t even Latina. She’s a caricature. She represents no actual Latinx in the entire continent. (source)

Elena isn’t indigenous or Afro-Latina or from a specific Latin-American country. She is a thin, light-brown Latina princess from Avalor, a made up Latin-American-esque kingdom that exists in a pre-colonial, pre-Columbian world. This, by the way, is baffling: how does one understand their Latino identity without acknowledging colonialism? While the backdrop of Elena is influenced by Mayan culture and Chilean folklore, her race and ethnicity is otherwise based in Disney fantasy.

(For a better understanding of what is and isn’t Latinx, check this post.)

[image: a promotional still of Elena of Avalor, holding a Spanish guitar and wearing a red dress inspired of traditional flamenco dresses.]

To add to it, “Coco” sounds like a straight plagiarism from TBOL (source)

According to Entertainment Weekly, Miguel lives in a Mexican village and dreams of becoming a musician. The only problem? His family has sworn off music ever since Miguel’s great-great-grandfather abandoned his wife to pursue his own musical dreams.

While trying to emulate his musical hero, the late Ernesto de la Cruz (voiced by Benjamin Bratt), Miguel accidentally enters the Land of the Dead. There, he teams up with the aforementioned funny skeleton (voiced by Mozart in the Jungle’s Gael Garcia Bernal), meets his ancestors, and tries to track down his idol.

We have a hero who wants to make music but doesn’t have his family’s support (Miguel’s family has sworn off music, Manolo wants to be a musician but his family wants him to be a torero). We have a hero accidentally entering the Land Of The Dead and meeting his ancestors. Bet you $20 that Miguel becomes a “Day of the Dead”-styled skeleton during this trip to the Land of the Dead.

[image: Disney representatives speaking in front of a projection of the “Coco” title.]

Like “Moana” is an amalgam of Polynesian tradition and cultures created by white people first and foremost for white people’s consumption (check Fangirl Jeanne’s criticism of it), Elena of Avalor and now Coco are heading in the same direction, and the worst part is that we’re constantly being told by white fans that we should be grateful for whatever “representation” these major producers decide to throw at us.

Let’s just hope they don’t go around selling sugar-skull masks and make-up with the Disney trademark like they did with the brownface Polynesian-tattoo costume for Moana. (source)

[image: photos of a full body suit in the tone of brown skin and covered in traditional Polynesian tattoos, with a skirt made of leaves.]

Abortions in recent TV

  • The Villanueva women in Jane The Virgin

The show opens its very first episode with a 20-something college student and worker who has a very careful life-plan ahead of her being accidentally inseminated. From the pilot and until S01E13, Jane –the protagonist and “pregnant virgin”– graples with how this unwanted pregnancy will affect her life, with her mom and her doctor offering an abortion method as one of her possible choices. 

Other people in Jane’s life –her religious grand-mother, the fetus’ biological father and his wife, and Jane’s fiance– try to weigh in her choice, but the decision of aborting or continuing on with the pregnancy, and of what she’s gonna do once the fetus is born –giving the baby up for adoption, giving it to the biological father, co-parenting with her current partner and/or the biological father, raising the baby herself– is left to her. She chooses to go through with the pregnancy.

During this arc, it’s revealed that Alba –Jane’s grandmother– and Rogelio –her father– wanted Jane’s mother to have an abortion when they found out that she was pregnant at 16 years old. Xiomara chose to go through with the pregnancy despite everyone else in her life insisting she shouldn’t.

Two seasons later Xiomara –Jane’s mother– is fresh out of a relationship with Rogelio, which they broke off due to the fact that he wanted to have a baby and she did not want any more kids now that Jane is an adult After unprotected sex with another man, Xiomara finds out she is pregnant, and decides to have an abortion. This arc deals with the fact that, though she isn’t ashamed or regretful about her choice and she is more than sure that she doesn’t want to have any children in the future, the guilt of knowing her mother would not approve –and the overall stigma around abortion– still hurts her deeply.

  • Paula Proctor in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

In season 2 of the show, Paula Proctor is a mother of three in her forties who’s just decided to start Law School to fulfill her life-long dream of becoming a lawyer. It will require a lot of her time and a lot of money, but Paula is convinced that this is finally the time to follow her passions. This is when she finds out she is pregnant.

The decision of Paula prioritizing her career and aspirations over a fourth child that she never planned for is not questioned or shamed. She takes a couple days off work, her husband brings her soup in bed and she continues studying with a renewed passion.

  • Olivia Pope in Scandal

The fifth season’s finale of Scandal closed not with a bang but with a quiet, stern, determined implosion of feeling. Olivia, feeling suffocated and constrained in a (borderline abusive) relationship with Fitz that she never truly wanted and was about to become permanent –if she officially became his First Lady–, finds out that she is pregnant. We don’t see her when she discovers it: the narrative shows us all the other things stacking up to trap Olivia in the White House, her increasing restlessness, her need to leave… and then it jumps to her, leaving a White House event to enter a clinic.

Scandal doesn’t offer any explanations for the abortion, and neither does Olivia. She makes the choice by herself, for herself, with nobody in-show to judge her for it and no place for the viewers to demand more of her, and that’s it. Then, Olivia walks out of the White House.

Also, @autisticdaisyjohnson suggested Bo Jack Horseman in [this post], and @femmefareeha mentioned that Degrassi: Next Class also has an abortion storyline!

Good read: Timeline Of Abortion Stories In US Media

The problem with BBC Shrlock

Steven Moffat, the creator of BBC Sherlock, is a biphobic, homophobic, misogynistic, fatphobic and all-around piece of shit. [link] Some stellar quotes of his include, “women are needy”, “women spend all their time hunting for husbands”, “asexuals are boring”, “bisexuals have too much sex to even bother watching his shows”, “gay characters are going through a phase”.

It’s not just the creator though. The cast is led by two walking mountains of garbage:

Bendyback Cucumberpatch: [link], [link], [link]. Particularly ugly quotes include him calling autistic people “Frankenstein’s Monster” and “man infants”; saying that he (a man who inherited his fortune from slave-owners) pities JLM because he has to play Sherlock in Elementary “to feed his children”, misgendering and dead-naming Chelsea Manning, and defending a rapist.

Martin Freeman: [link], [link], [link]. Highlights include: calling Lucy Liu “a dog”, defending islamophobia, saying the n-word, joking about date rape.

And that is just the people involved in the show! Of course, it should be enough of a reason to say, yeah, this awful show that is giving a lot of money to bigoted people should be cancelled because bigots don’t deserve to make money, right? But the show itself is also a piece of flaming garbage.

BBC Sherlock is Sexist

“The three recurring female characters who were actually important to the plot were all linked by two traits. Firstly, they’re all romantically linked to one of the two male leads, and secondly, the events of this episode transformed each of them from being independent humans to acting like orbiting satellites, helpless to the gravitational pull of Sherlock’s personal storyline.”- [“His Last Vow,” Part 2: Women, eh?]

In many ways the Holmes stories are a perfect fit for Moffat’s skill-set. The puzzle-box plotting, the 24/7 bromance, the fetishisation of “masculine” reason over pesky “feminine” emotion, all suit him right down to the ground.- [Is Sherlock sexist? Steven Moffat’s wanton women]

The patronizing of women litters “An Abominable Bride.” It distracts the viewer from the layered narrative that visits a contemporary Holmes, who is self-administering an overdose of hallucinogenic drugs to facilitate a visit to the snigger-inducing “mind palace” (he might as well call it his man cave), that whisks us back to the Victorian period and the setting of Conan Doyle’s original compendium of tales. – [Sherlock (Still) Has a Woman Problem]

It appeared, at first, that “The Abominable Bride,” with its interest in women and women’s rights, was an attempt on the part of the show runners to address some of these criticisms and to create a progressive, less offensive show. Instead, it turned out to be one of the most sexist episodes ever. – [Psst, “Sherlock,” Your Sexism Is Showing]

The belief that lesbian women will somehow magically be overcome by the sight of a strong man is a popular misconception not just in pop culture, but in real life. Perhaps it’s unsurprising that Moffat, who has a clear idea in his head of himself as a mesmerizing Lothario, should “happen” to write a lesbian who falls in love with a thinly-veiled version of himself. – [WILL THE NEXT SEASON OF “SHERLOCK” BE LESS SEXIST?]

BBC Sherlock is Homophobic

But it wasn’t going to be just one joke. Let’s laugh at gayness became the flavour, not just of the episode, which was rife with “I’m not gay – not that there’s anything wrong with that. But I’m not. Gay. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it’s really important you don’t get the  wrong impression. Not that there’s anything wrong with that kind of thing.” – [Sherlock is one long gay joke]

The show’s pretty good but what caught my attention was the homo subtext with John and Sherlock. It really had the opportunity to be progressive here and have the two same-gender leads of an immensely popular and well-received show be more than just friends. (…) You don’t get to throw these things in there and then pretend like they don’t mean anything. You don’t get to tease the queers and the hetero girls who will ship it but then never actually put the queer in your show. – [Sherlock is the grossest example of queerbaiting]

On the most obvious level, Sherlock operates on a primarily heterocentric basis, and has a bad habit of presenting few and problematic queer characters. Out of six ninety-minute episodes over two series, there are a total of four (loose) mentions of queer characters, only two of which are of any serious importance. – [Queer Identities in Sherlock: A Study in Embarrassing Failures]

BBC Sherlock is Racist

However, in a text so concerned with updating the Victorian source material to the contemporary period, there is very little else to the representation of Chineseness; it seems that Sherlock Holmes can use SMS messaging and GPS tracking, but Chinese culture is rendered remarkably narrow via such reductive stereotypes.- [Sherlock and the representation of Chineseness]

Unfortunately Steven Moffat, who definitely has a problem with racism – his “modern” Holmes has faced down the Yellow Peril (“Blind Banker”) and dressed like a scimitar-waving Lawrence of Arabia to rescue Irene Adler in some sinister Middle-Eastern locale (“Scandal in Belgravia”) – focuses on the “exotic travels abroad” hiatus story instead of coming up with another reason for Holmes’ disappearance. So the first thing we see in the mini-sode is a montage that boils down to the Great White Detective benevolently lending his skills to bewildered and grateful brown foreigners. – [It’s official: Elementary has spoiled me for Sherlock BBC’s casual racism.]

Given that Sherlock Holmes – the master detective who possesses the power to bring duplicitous people to their knees just through the power of his insight – then why as a character could he not ‘see through’ the obvious anti-Chinese racism that appeared throughout the script of the 2010 episode of Sherlock entitled ‘The Blind Banker’ (S1E2)? – [Sherlock Could Not See Through the Racism]

This is the crap that Steve Thompson’s script for TBB gave everyone to work with: Soo Lin Yao, a fragile little porcelain Chinese doll; a stupid brute of a Sikh warrior; Japanese geisha nicknacks for sale in a Chinese…not a shop…the script calls it an emporium… The script also tells the production designer to put up images of every non-Western character set that comes to mind (as if Sherlock Holmes wouldn’t know the difference between Greek and Chinese and Hebrew and Arabic and … ancient hieroglyphics!?) – [A Strange Yellow Squiggle: Racism in The Blind Banker]

Suddenly, my heart sinks and I realise it’s all Black Lotus, Tongs (you should see my Terror of the Curling Tongs), drugs and torture. For are we not a cruel race, as the clever programme-makers have noticed? A series of killings and a trail of yellow-themed clues lead our intrepid heroes into the dangers of Soho Chinatown where even the shop assistants are … sinister. – [Sherlock and wily orientals: Blind Banker, Episode 2 review]

You can also check out [this gifset] by @heroscafe, which shows the most important people of color in the first season of BBC Sherlock. For reference, the most important people of color in S1 are:

  • Ella Thompson, a black therapist who gets around two minutes of screentime and who Sherlock calls an idiot.
  • Sally Donovan, a black detective who gets something like five minutes of screentime and is constantly demeaned and insulted by Sherlock in her few scenes.
  • Soo Lin Yao, the Chinese girl described as a “fragile little doll”, who dies.
  • A couple nameless Chinese villains who end up all dead.
  • A black guard of the palace who has like five minutes on screen and nearly dies.

I’m not gonna bother showing you screencaps of the show because it’s been years since I blissfully deleted all my pirated episodes of BBC Sherlock from my hard-drive, but if you really don’t yet believe that it’s a pile of flaming shit, I challenge you to go look through the show and screencap the crowd scenes during the show.

You’ll find that, except for the racist episode in China Town and the racist episode in the Middle East, all group shots/crowd shots are compromised nearly entirely of white people, with next to no people of color even in the background.

This is in itself racist, since the official demographics for London show that at least 40% (nearly half!) of the city is inhabited by people of color. [link] The construction of a reality where people of color should exist yet they are magically erased for no reason other than Moffat not wanting to have brown and black faces visible in his scenes is racist.

BBC Sherlock is also ableist and has abuse apologia

Today we understand that both the early-years environment and genetics play a role in the development of psychopathic personality disorder. Sociopathy as a term is defunct – please stop using it, Sherlock, psychiatry has moved on. – [Dear Sherlock, stop calling yourself a sociopath!]

So, Elementary fandom has talked about gaslighting before, and how it is used in abusive relationships. We’ve seen Irene/Moriarty do this to Sherlock in Elementary, and the same pattern appears in the newly-aired Sherlock with Sherlock and John. – [This gifset] by @stardust-rain shows how BBC!Sherlock is an abuser, which is never acknowledged in-show (unlike Elementary!Moriarty, who is explicitly described as an abuser repeatedly).

Other good reads

There are many things wrong with the BBC’s TV show “Sherlock.” People have been blinded by its lead actors and cinematography for too long. Underneath the admittedly stunning scenery and strong start, Sherlock is sexist and homophobic. – [What You Don’t Realize About Sherlock]

A brief glimpse of the new Sherlock trailer may have sent the internet into a frenzy (admittedly, much of it over John Watson’s moustache – WTF, John?) but, in what feels like a very long absence, has the BBC show’s claim to be the ultimate modern day Holmes been usurped by a pretender from overseas? It may seem heresy even to ask – but is Elementary actually better than Sherlock? – [Why ELEMENTARY Is Better Than SHERLOCK]

By the time I decided to finally watch Elementary rather than just make jokes at its expense, the entire first season had aired. Like Sherlock, Elementary season 1 was concerned with establishing the relationship between Holmes and Watson, and the villainy of Moriarty. On both fronts, it was vastly superior. – [Why ‘Elementary’ is better than ‘Sherlock’]

When Elementary premiered on CBS back in 2012, it drew heavy comparisons to BBC’s Sherlock. Sherlock’s rabid fans were not too pleased that there would be another Holmes-based series on television. They bashed the premise for being a rip-off (how you can rip off an interpretation of an iconic character in literature is beyond me) and the casting choices. However after watching three seasons of Elementary, I can firmly say that it is miles better than Sherlock for a couple of reasons. – [WHY ELEMENTARY IS BETTER THAN SHERLOCK]

TV Shows To Watch Out For In 2k17

Here are some of the shows with main characters of color premiering in 2017, so y’all can prepare your schedules.

Do you know of any cool shows with main characters of color coming up on 2017?
Hit me up on the comments or @ me on Twitter so I can add it!

Emerald City (first season: 10 episodes)
Premiere date: January 6th.
Where to watch: Will be broadcast in the U.S. on NBC.
Genre: Fantasy
Highlights: Florence Kasumba as the Wicked Witch of the West and Adria Arjona as Dorothy, two classically white characters.

Image: the promotional poster for "Emerald City·, with the tagline "A new Oz rises".

Image: the promotional poster for “Emerald City·, with the tagline “A new Oz rises”.

When a tornado transports Dorothy Gale from Lucas, Kan., to the faraway land of Oz, her arrival sets in motion a prophecy about a disastrous event known as The Beast Forever and strikes fear into the land’s almighty ruler, the Wizard. On her quest to meet the Wizard in Emerald City, Dorothy encounters witches, an amnesiac soldier, a sheltered little boy and many more mysterious beings who will ultimately shape the future of Oz and Dorothy’s place in it.

Images: The three witches of Oz, standing together.

Images: The three witches of Oz, standing together.

One Day At A Time (first season: 14 episodes)
Premiere date: January 6th.
Where to watch: Will be streamed on Netflix.
Genre: Sit-Com
Highlights: Rita Moreno!

Image: Promotional still from "One Day At A Time", of some members of the family sitting together around a table, laughing.

Image: Promotional still from “One Day At A Time”, of some members of the family sitting together around a table, laughing.

The series, a multi-camera comedy, will follow three generations of the same Cuban-American family living in the same house: a newly divorced former military mother, her teenage daughter and tween son, and her old-school mother.


Image: Promotional still from “One Day At A Time”, of some members of the family laughing together.

Riverdale (first season: 14 episodes)
Premiere date: January 26th.
Where to watch: Will be broadcast in the U.S. on the CW.
Genre: Teen / Drama
Highlights: Samoan actor KJ Apa as Archie and Latina actress Camila Mendes as Veronica, two classically white characters.


Image: the promotional poster for Riverdale.

A subversive take on Archie and his friends, exploring small town life, the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade.

Image: a promotional still from "Riverdale", of Josie McCoy singing and playing guitar.

Image: a promotional still from “Riverdale”, of Josie McCoy singing and playing guitar.

Powerless (first season: 10 episodes)
Premiere date: February 2nd.
Where to watch: Will be broadcast in the U.S. on NBC.
Genre: Comedy / Superhero
Highlights: Vanessa Hudgens and Danny Pudi as the leads.


Image: the promotional poster for “Powerless”.

In a world where humanity must cope with the collateral damage of superheroes and supervillains, Emily Locke begins her first day as Director of Research & Development for Wayne Security, a subsidiary of Wayne Enterprises that specializes in products that make defenseless bystanders feel a little safer. Full of confidence and big ideas, Emily quickly learns that her expectations far exceed those of her new boss and officemates, so it will be up to her to lead the team toward their full potential and the realization that you don’t need superpowers to be a hero.

Image: a promotional still from "Powerless", of Vanessa and Danny's characters clapping at a work meeting.

Image: a promotional still from “Powerless”, of Vanessa and Danny’s characters clapping at a work meeting.

24: Legacy (first season: 12 episodes)
Premiere date: February 5th.
Where to watch: Will be broadcast in the U.S. on FOX.
Genre: Spy / Action
Highlights: Black actor Corey Hawkins as the lead.


Image: a promotional still from “24: Legacy”.

A military hero who returns to the U.S. with a whole lot of trouble following him back. With nowhere else to turn, the man asks CTU to help him save his life while also stopping one of the largest-scale terror attacks on American soil.

Image: a promotional still from "24: Legacy".

Image: a promotional still from “24: Legacy”.

The Handmaid’s Tale (first season: 10 episodes)
Premiere date: April 26th
Where to watch: Will be streamed on Hulu.
Genre: Science-Fiction / Drama
Highlights: Samira Wiley!


Image: the poster for “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Set in a dystopian future, a woman is forced to live as a concubine under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship. A TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel.

Image: pictures of Jordana Blake, Samira Wiley and Madeline Brewer.

Image: pictures of Jordana Blake, Samira Wiley and Madeline Brewer.

Star Trek: Discovery (first season: 13 episodes)
Premiere date: May, ?
Where to watch: Will be broadcast in the U.S. on CBS.
Genre: Science-Fiction
Highlights: Sonequa Martin-Green as the lead, Michelle Yeoh in a main role, Anthony Rapp playing a confirmed-as-gay character.


Image: pictures of Anthony Rapp, Sonequa Martin-Green and Michelle Yeoh.

Set roughly a decade before the events of the original Star Trek series, the series follows the crew of the USS Discovery as they discover new worlds and civilizations, while exploring the franchise’s signature contemporary themes. The season-long storyline revolves around “an incident and an event in Star Trek history that’s been talked about but never been explored”

Image: promotional poster for "Star Trek: Discovery".

Image: promotional poster for “Star Trek: Discovery”.

American Gods (first season: 10 episodes)
Premiere date: ?
Where to watch: Will be broadcast in the U.S. on Starz.
Genre: Fantasy / Drama
Highlights: Ricky Whittle as Shadow.

Image: a promotional still from "American Gods", of Shadow fighting a guy.

Image: a promotional still from “American Gods”, of Shadow fighting a guy.

The series will focus on the mysterious Shadow Moon, a man serving three years in prison for assault. With only days remaining in his sentence, Shadow is given an unexpected early release after his beloved wife Laura is killed in a car accident. Flying home for the funeral, Shadow is seated next to a man calling himself Wednesday, who offers Shadow a job he seems all too confident that Shadow will accept.

Image: a promotional still from "American Gods", of Bilquis in a red-lit room.

Image: a promotional still from “American Gods”, of Bilquis in a red-lit room.

Still Star-Crossed (first season: ?)
Premiere date: May 29th
Where to watch: Will be broadcast in the U.S. on ABC.
Genre: Historical / Drama
Highlights: Black-led take on a classic romance, produced by Shondaland.


Images: a promotional still from “Still Star-Crossed”, of Rosaline.

Still Star-Crossed is sequel for William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. It follows Rosaline, Juliet’s cousin in 16th century Verona, and who once rejected Romeo as a suitor. She and Benvolio of Montague are betrothed against their will by Prince Escalus, in order to end the feud between the two families. Both resolve to find a way to end the violence without having the union.

Image: promotional poster for "Still Star-Crossed", of the female lead and her two love interests.

Image: promotional poster for “Still Star-Crossed”, of the female lead and her two love interests.

The Defenders (first season: 8 episodes)
Premiere date: ?
Where to watch: Will be streamed on Netflix.
Genre: Superhero
Highlights: Jessica Henwick, Rosario Dawson and Elodie Yung are confirmed to make a come-back.


Image: promotional poster for Netflix’s “The Defenders”.

The heroes of Hell’s Kitchen (and Harlem, in Cage’s case) will unite sometime in 2017 and, it would appear, so will Scott Glenn as Matt’s curmudgeonly “mentor” Stick – heard speaking in the Defenders teaser, saying “You think the four of you can save New York? You can’t even save yourselves,” to the eponymous team.

Image: photos of the four leads of The Defenders (Charlie Cox, Krysten  Ritter, Mike Colter and Finn Jones) each with their comic-counterpart under them.

Image: photos of the four leads of The Defenders (Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter and Finn Jones) each with their comic-counterpart under them.

Shots Fired (first season: 10 episodes)
Premiere date: ?
Where to watch: Will be broadcast in the U.S. on FOX.
Genre: Police / Drama
Highlights: Black actress DeWanda Wise as the lead.


Image: promotional still from “Shots Fired”.

The event series examines the dangerous aftermath of racially charged shootings in a small town in Tennessee. the event series examines the dangerous aftermath of racially charged shootings in a small town in Tennessee.


Image: promotional still from “Shots Fired”.

3%: Brazilian dystopia in the dictatorship legacy

Official Netflix poster for 3 Porcento.

Official Netflix poster for 3 Porcento.

“3 Porcento” is the name of the first Brazilian original Netflix production that premiered this week. The full season can already be streamed on Netflix, in eight episodes of forty minutes each that I rushed through in one night, and some more moderate viewers marathoned in the span of three or four days. The second season has already been confirmed.

Find the full review on Medium.Com