One thing Netflix has been really good at the last year or two, is the diversity of their original programming. I have not watched all of their shows, but I think I can safely say that the Wachowskis’ (The Matrix, Jupiter Ascending) and J. Michael Straczynski’s (Babylon 5) Sense8 might be one of their most, if not the most, diverse show currently in their line-up. I know I’m a little late considering the show debut on Netflix back in April, but hey better late than never!
The series follows eight people known as Sensates, they are from all around the world and discover they are mentally linked to each other. They must find a way to survive those who believe them to be a global threat, which includes “Mr. Whispers” and his organization, the Biologic Preservation Organization (BPO).
Sensates, can interact with each other within their cluster, either by “visiting” or “sharing” with each other. When “visiting,” they can talk and interact with what they are feeling, tasting, hearing, seeing, etc. When they “sharing,” they can lend the talents and ability that each has to another in the group. For example, the character Will Gorski (Brian J. Smith) is a police officer and he is able to “share” his training with the others when they are in need. The same goes for Sun Bak (Doona Bae), who is trained in martial arts. These skills are only temporary while the Sensates are connected.
We do spend a great deal getting to know each of these characters and what makes them tick. At the same time we see the growing threat to them become more and more clear, but not until the end does it really show itself. This is okay, but it would have been nice to see it happen a little sooner as it would have been more impactful in my eyes.
There are many familiar faces in the first season, they included: Naveen Andrews, Doona Bae, Brian J. Smith, Freema Agyeman and Daryl Hannah. It appears a few of them were also in this year’s Jupiter Ascending as well.
The Good: Interesting lo-tech sci-fi/evolution story with spirituality and global views. Gorgeous locations from around the world. It will get you thinking about how we are all connected in various ways.
The Bad: This is only bad if you are easily offended by sexuality, homosexuality, transgender or spirituality. If you are not an open-minded person, then this might not be for you.
Overall, Sense8 Season 1 was a little slow to start, but eventually it got underway and found itself being something I had hard time turning off and not watching the next episode. I suppose that is why this is a great example of why Netflix’s original programming is meant to be binge watched. If you are looking for something unique and mind opening, then definitely check it out. Netflix did announced that Sense8 would be getting a second season, but not when. Over on IMDb they have season 2 listed for 2017, whether this is just a guess remains to be seen.