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What Is Netflix Filming in the Mission?
Scott Lucas | Photo: Courtesy Mission Local | June 19, 2014
Also: Online television set in the Mission is so 2013.
Sensitive and substantive portrayals of what it means to be a gay man today. A banner role for the finest actress of her generation. Comedies about the tech world that would make us laugh, except we can't afford our apartments, so we cry.
Jesus Christ—can't San Francisco be the setting for a TV show that just blows shit up real good and maybe scratches a little science fiction itch without trying to say something deep about the way we live today? Yes, yes it can. It's called Sense8, it filmed a motorcycle-riding scene in the Mission yesterday, and, unlike our chances of getting a table at Foreign Cinema before nine o'clock—we're cautiously optimistic about it. After all, the Netflix series is the brainchild of some of our favorite science-fiction creators.
Filming on the show closed off a section of Valencia between 18th and Guerrero yesterday, enacting some kind of multi-hued motorcycle rally that's meant to take place at Pride. But, since it's a tough proposition to film a motorcycle stunt done during the actual Pride weekend, filming took place during the week. According to Mission Local, the shots "featured a mixture of Hells Angels-esque motorcycle chicks and bikini-clad women waving at an imaginary crowd." Let's face it, what Looking really needs to spice itself up in its second season is Hells Angels-esque motorcycle women. In addition to yesterday's shoot, the show will film some scenes during Pride, as well as other parts around town. The release date for the series—as well as many of the details—is unknown.
What gives us the most hope that this show won't turn into another season of The Real World is the creative team, which is headed up by J. Michael Straczynski and the Wachowski siblings. The first brought us Babylon 5, which had everything you liked about Battlestar Galactica without all the stuff you hated about angels—and the second, of course, helmed the Matrix, which had everything you loved about the Matrix without all the stuff you hated in the Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions.
We don't know much about the series, except that it maybe sounds like Midnight's Children meets Lost. Straczynski told Zap2it that the planned five-season series centers on "one continuous story by virtue of having eight characters who are empathically connected to each other." Eight character empathically connected to each other...
Oh man. You know what? That actually sounds like the plot of Looking. Oh well, time to watch Godzilla for the tenth time.