Netflix Original Series: Sense8

Netflix Original Series: Sense8

A review of the Netflix Original Series Sense8

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Synopsis:

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.

Sullywood Rating: 6.5/10

Ohhhhh Sense8, where to begin.  I have a love/hate relationship with Sense8. On one hand, you have a truly groundbreaking and visually stunning masterpiece, while on the other you have a slow, crawling, overkill of a production that makes it very hard to binge watch.  I myself got through about halfway before I moved on to something else.  It was only until recently I came back to it and finished out the show’s first season.

At times, your breath is taken away by the scenery, the artistic ability of the show’s creators (The Wachowskis brothers) to seamlessly transport characters that are thousands of miles away from each other in real life in seconds joining each other for a conversation, or even catch the fireworks in Chicago on the 4th of July.

As you can gather from the synopsis, Sense8 tells the story of 8 people who basically share 1 mind.  They each have their own strengths and weaknesses.  The show utilizes the characters abilities in sometimes created ways, and other times you can see them coming a mile away.

All of the characters are likable and each has a somewhat heartbreaking past or situation that makes you really feel for each one.

The major issues I have with Sense8 is that its too darn slow. We meet these people, we see their backstory and current lives, and then we see them with these new “abilities” so to speak.  While in reality, watching them come to full understanding makes sense and is extremely believable, its just plain not entertaining.  Granted, the last few episodes give you some great chase scenes and moments where the group’s abilities are used in situations to save each other, but too little too late in my opinion.

One last note.  We are introduced to this evil man named Whispers.  He is a really bad bad man, that’s all we know.  He’s presented to us in the show’s pilot and here and there throughout the season.  But we don’t know a lot about him, other than he’s bad and if you look into his eyes you are basically screwed.  We get a hefty amount of Whispers in the season finale, but I think a show like this needs a good villain or at least a good threatening force to our characters.

Now, although I’m barely giving this show a passing grade, I will be interested to know where the show goes in its second season.  I think it has the potential to really be good, but it has got to pick up the pace.  I guess we’ll find out in season 2.

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