Wow, Netflix sure has a way of bringing unique, thought provoking stories to the small screen. So many shows have come out recently that have blown me away. First, Daredevil was epic, then Grace and Frankie was better than expected and now Sense8 has done it again…for the most part. The thought-child of the Wachowski’s and J. Michael Straczynski, Sense8 is a sci-fi drama that tells the tale of 8 people who can all sense and communicate with one another from across the world.
The series suffers from a relatively boring first episode, but it picks up by episode 3 or 4. With a typical show, this is a bigger deal since it would take about a month for the show to heat up, luckily for Sense8 it took only about 4 hours, or one night of watching. I will say that once it heats up, it doesn’t cool down for a while. Sadly, the series slows nearly to a halt for the finale and becomes a bore to watch for most of the final episode. The final hour was a chore at times, but it ultimately didn’t take away from the previous 6 or 7 episodes. While the finale isn’t a cliffhanger, it did leave me waiting for the next season, which can be frustrating since it could be weeks until any news is released.
The show’s best part is the cast, each actor is perfect for their role. The only issue is that some of the characters are not used to the best of the actor’s ability. Aml Ameen and Max Riemelt play two of the probably most interesting characters, but they are unused for many of the episodes. Many of the characters are pretty stereotypical and common in film and television, but the actors performances took them from the page to the screen perfectly. The biggest factor for an ensemble cast is their ability to play off one another, and to that aspect, they succeed. Every character has at least one other character that they’ve got an interesting connection with and the two actors, whomever they are, are perfect together.
Ultimately, the good outweighs the bad for this show. Every episode has something, anything that makes it worth continuing. The series has an amazing cast, though some are not utilized well, and that makes it depressing. That being said, I’m hoping for a second season.
Fun Fact: The lead actors were reportedly signed on for 5 seasons.