I’ve only started watching Netflix Original Series in the last 18 months and if I’m honest, I only thought they were just okay. Until this year that is, when they gave us more Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, Daredevil and of course the subject of tonight’s review, Sense8. Which I am currently watching…for the third time.
Written up on IMDB as “A group of people around the world are suddenly linked mentally, and must find a way to survive being hunted by those who see them as a threat to the world’s order”, this show is much more than that. It’s heartfelt, awkward, gut-wrenching, hilarious, so on and so forth – there aren’t enough adjectives in this world to describe the vast range of emotions you experience while watching. Which is exactly the point.
The plot itself takes a long while to unfold, leaving the viewer confused and desperate for an explanation. In fact, it wasn’t until the 8th or 9th episode that I began to realise what was happening and even then, it was open to interpretation. Once you finally gain some understanding, it takes a sudden sinister turn and it becomes impossible to stop watching. I don’t want to ruin it for anyone who hasn’t seen it so I’ll leave it at that.
Visually, the TV show is stunning, with locations across the globe from Iceland to Nairobi, Chicago to South Korea. Each shot is an absolute masterpiece and the transitions between the characters in each location is flawless. As the creators, writers and producers are the Wachowskis, the siblings behind films such as The Matrix, Bound and V for Vendetta, the bar was set pretty high and in my humble opinion, they have surpassed their previous endeavours. This show is a feast for the eyes.
The casting of Sense8 is perfection. As the viewer, you feel every emotion as they are feeling it, experience the highs and lows, sense their trepidation and excitement which is exactly the effect the Wachowskis intended. By bonding with the characters through small moments you are drawn into their world, you feel as if you know them. Each have their own lives, issues, flaws and needs. The smallest quirks make the character unique. They are as varied in personalities and preferences as they are in race, creed and culture. Ranging from closeted Mexican movie star to vice-CEO kickboxing bad ass, to trans lesbian hacktivist. Obviously, I singled out the most damaged and destructive of the bunch and honed in. Please indulge me in a moment of appreciation for my fave.
Wolfgang Bogdanow (Max Riemelt)
Whatever you’re looking for it, whether its romance, action, street justice or maybe just comedic timing and butts…
…Sense8 will definitely have it. So please, trust me on this.