Sense8 TV Series Review
Sense8 is a play on the word sensate, which means aware. It is a science fiction drama web television series which has been available through streaming on Netflix since June 5th, 2015. The series was written, created, and directed by the Wachowskis. J. Michael Straczynski is also responsible for helping to create and write Sense8. Together they came up with an idea to make something completely new which might even reinvent television itself. The series started developing with the idea of the evolution of humanity and empathy as they work together. The Wachowskis and Straczynski took the idea to Netflix where it was sold and began to turn into the series it is today. You will be able to watch this awesome television series when you subscribe to one of the AT&T U-verse Internet Plans available here.
The sensates of the series are Aml Ameen as Capheus, Miguel Angel Silvestre as Lito Rodriguez, Bae Doona as Sun Bak, Max Reimelt as Wolfgang Bogdanow, Jamie Clayton as Nomi Marks, Tuppence Middleton as Riley Blue, Tina Desai as Kala Dandekar, and Brian J. Smith as Will Gorski. Other characters include Daryl Hannah as Angelica “Angel” Turing, Naveen Andrews as Jonas Maliki, Terrence Mann as Whispers, and Anupam Kher as Sanyam Dandeker.
Because Sense8 is a completely new show that has only been released a few months ago this year, there is a lot of buzz and curiosity going on about it, in addition, of course, to marketing and getting the word out so people know it is on. The title specifically talks about a group of 8 strangers. These people have never met and they come from all different backgrounds and are scattered all around the world. There is a Chicago police officer (Will), a gay actor living in Mexico City (Lito), a Berlin locksmith (Wolfgang), a London DJ who is from Iceland (Riley), a Hindu pharmacist who is engaged to a man she doesn’t in fact love (Kala), a transgender blogger woman who lives in California (Nomi) the daughter of a Seoul businessman (Sun), and a matatu driver in Nairobi (Capheus).
Their lives change one sudden day when they all have a vision of a woman named Angela as she dies violently. After this point they are all reborn as sensate, and all eight strangers are then connected in powerful ways– emotionally and mentally. From then on they are able to communicate and sense one another. In this way they begin to share language, skills, feelings, and knowledge. Another fellow sensate named Jonas reaches out to help and protect them from another of their kind named Whispers. Whispers is not so benevolent and is in fact bent on killing all other sensate.
Sense8 comes full and complete with plot twists and turns. In order to pick up on exactly what is going on throughout the series you must be very tuned in and patient as you go through each episode. In general it is about the 8 sensate that are being hunted and it follows them on their journey to discover answers about why this has happened to them and who they are. On a deeper level, however, Sense8 is about humanity, covering topics like sexuality, gender, power, and identity.
Although Sense8 has been confronted with some mixed reviews, many of them have been positive. Rotten Tomatoes gives it an approval rating of 69%, IMDb gives it 8.5/10 stars, and Metacritic gives it 63%. Those who like the series say it is often humorous, quite emotional, and full of action and mystery.
Although those who loved the series admitted the first episode or even the first couple may be a little slow and difficult to really get into, they found the series afterwards extremely worthwhile. Those who do like the series even praise it for being mad and flawed. Overall most fans call it beautiful and intimate.
Critics accuse Sense8 of being uninspired and trying too hard to make an effort. Many also say that they wanted to watch the series for the story, not its political or moral statements which it seems to drive home pretty hard with its graphic sexuality. Many find these elements of the series unnecessary and sometimes even somewhat disturbing. Other reviews say that they found the series did not really go anywhere and that it was boring and unencouraging. Some say it was predictable and did not really come off to them as science fiction, but more about the characters being accepted for their sexual identities. Others also said that they did not see enough of the sensate that they found more intriguing. Many viewers have still found the story very interesting and the characters provoking.