What is Sense8 and should you care?

Sense 8: What now?
Sense 8: What now?
Sense8 is apparently one word, no spaces, and is a TV show produced by the Wachowskis (you remember the Matrix films) and J. Michael Straczynski (he wrote the screenplay for World War Z) for Netflixs.

Well that was relatively simple.

Everything else might be more complicated.

It is a science fiction show that focuses on eight individuals who are suddenly linked emotionally and mentally linked. Still with me?

Ok, they are called the Sensates and consist of a Chicago cop, a Nairobi bus driver, a Seoul businesswoman (also a kickboxer), a gay Spainard, a Berlin locksmith, an Icelandic DJ,and a Hindi pharmacist.

A guy named Mr Whispers wants to kill them and a dude named Jonas is trying to bring them together, but initially each of the characters get their own episode because they are in different parts of the world.

So I still haven’t address the should you care element of the question. I am getting there.

In our current landscape of taking a Hollywood film (take your pick from Sleepy Hollow, 12 Monkeys, Minority Report, Limitless and the list continues), a show that attempts to produce an original story seems to be rare. In addition, the sense that the global cast of characters provides us with a broader experience. By producing the series for Netflixs (like House of Cards and Daredevil) we are also experiencing a new way of watching TV.

On a number of counts, Sense 8 provides a changed experience from the narrowly defined way of approaching the media and any change is worth considering. None of that detracts from the fact it is hugely confusing and lacks a little excitement after the first episode.

I cannot claim to have watched the whole series and only time will tell whether the series will last. In the meantime, check out the trailer.

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2 thoughts on “What is Sense8 and should you care?

  1. Just saw the pilot for this yesterday. It seems right up Straczynski’s alley (thematically it could go in directions similar both to the powered people of “Rising Stars” and the telepaths of “Babylon 5”) and also weaving multiple characters and (seemingly) unconnected storylines like the Wachowskis’ “Cloud Atlas”. It also seems to have indications of the philosophical underpinnings they love imbuing their work with, which the sense-sharing premise definitely would be a fertile ground for.

    Oddly, that premise at face value seems incredibly similar to last year’s (hereby recommended) romantic drama “In Your Eyes” by Brin Hill and Joss Whedon, but here used towards a more sprawling, epic and likely dark storyline rather than an intimate and fairly optimistic character film. The multi-faceted narrative is also reminding me a bit of Bryan Singer’s pre-/post-apocalyptic web series “H+” from 2012.

    But having only seen one episode, those are of course just my fleeting initial thoughts and prejudices. As my many associations above should make clear, I’ve no idea where they’re actually going with any of this. If they can keep the pacing at a decent level (which is always a risk with a complex narrative involving this many different storylines) and make me care about, if not all, then at least most of, the 7 protagonists, I think I’ll quite enjoy this.

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