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May 31, 2015 at 1:15 pm #349728
I’m surprised we don’t have a Sense8 thread. I’ve been ignoring the flood of this upcoming show trailers that have been invading the internet for the past few days. I decided to take a look a couple of hours ago and BAM. I’m hooked and it didn’t even begin. Not only is the concept highly groundbreaking but it also features the most diverse cast of today’s television (let’s pretend OiTNB does’t exist, for a second). I’m SUPER excited for this show, everything looks beyond amazing and every single one of these 8 characters is interesting enough to have their own show (and they’re also ridiculously good looking). I’m exciting to see Max Riemelt in an American project, he’s one of the best German actors working today and was pretty excellent in Free Fall (if you didn’t see it yet please do – it puts Brokeback Mountain to shame. I had no idea it was a movie about a homosexual relationship but ended up being blown away by the intensity of the story).
The only thing that keeps me from anouncing this as the next big show of television is The Wachowski Brothers. Inventive? Yes. Original? Yes. Creative? Yes. Uneven? Oh yeah. I’m afraid this show’s quality won’t make it past the first season but let’s hope Netflix keeps up with the good work and make this show as interesting as it certainly looks.
(Also what the hell is going on in that jacuzzi???)May 31, 2015 at 1:27 pm #349731
I’m excited for this (also they aren’t brothers anymore. Lana is a woman)May 31, 2015 at 1:56 pm #349732
I’m not a fan of the Wachowskis. Jupiter was horrible and Cloud Atlas was overrated. Oh and lets not forget about Speed racer.May 31, 2015 at 5:10 pm #349734
Oh, those Wachowskis. Ever the enigmas.June 1, 2015 at 9:00 am #349735
In a weird way, this show actually looks like it might be somewhat good. At first it sounded like a train wreck but after seeing some trailers and reviews it does not look half bad. But as others have mentioned, there is the whole Wachowski brothers association, so who knows what to actually expect at this point.June 1, 2015 at 10:35 am #349736
Aw, Naveen Andrews is not main cast? It looked like he was the lead at one point.June 1, 2015 at 12:23 pm #349737
This show looks amazing. I’m so so so excited to start binge-ing it in 4 days! It’ll make my work days hard to get through knowing that all these episodes are available, but I can do it! I wonder if I’m intense enough to finish the series before Orange is the New Black is out a week later? We’ll see.June 3, 2015 at 1:28 pm #349738
It should come as no surprise that this partnership between Straczynski, perhaps best known for Babylon 5, and the Wachowskis of The Matrix and Cloud Atlas fame is a unique, cinematic, and sometimes philosophical series of massive scope. The 12-episode nominally science fiction series new on Netflix is without a doubt one of the most artistic, cerebral, and well-written offerings this year.
The most impressive aspect of this story is the manner in which it’s told. Eight separate tales of very different lives in vastly disparate cultures are woven together by depicting telepathic conversations happening simultaneously across widespread geographical locations. Scenes were shot on location in San Francisco, Chicago, London, Reykjavik, Seoul, Mumbai, Nairobi, Berlin, and Mexico City. A psychically-linked dialogue between characters could happen anywhere, seamlessly unfolding, say, both in the savanna of Kenya and a bar in Germany, not one bit of it in a closed studio.
This technique is awe-inspiringly complex and is used in action-driven scenes as well as those with deep emotion. The characters can be present in scenes far away from their homeland or even inhabit each other’s bodies. Sex scenes become orgiastic and cross gender boundaries. Cultural differences are broken down as well since the mental bond is strongly embraced by all eight members of the “cluster,” as it’s called.
In that sense, season one could almost be seen as the exposition to a much larger tale.Sense8 is inarguably a character-driven drama, as it likely will continue to be if it is renewed, but the possibilities for building upon the foundation established in these first twelve episodes are certainly plentiful and exciting.June 3, 2015 at 2:44 pm #349739
Variety says that “this show is so tiresomely put together, it’s enough to make one long for the second season of Heroes.” Oh god.June 5, 2015 at 3:23 pm #349740
Already watched the first half of the season. It takes a little while for the show to pick things up but once it does (around the end of episode 3) you just can’t take your eyes off screen. Every single character is interesting in their own way and could easily have a tv show of their own. I’ll save my extended review once I finish binge-watching the show but so far I’m adoring it. Sometimes you catch a glimpse of the “typical” Wachowski nonsense but the show is so good that you won’t even care. The performances are all amazing (Brian J.Smith is very engaging, Riemelt and Doona are very magnetic and mysterious and Clayton and Middleton are heartbreaking even though I think Middleton is on another level).
Shout out to THAT sex scene in episode 6. Now that was something that was never seen in television before, tumblr will go batshit crazy over it.June 5, 2015 at 6:39 pm #349741
Watched the first episode… I have no idea what the fuck is happening, lol. It makes ZERO sense. I’m going to stick with it because I’m a fan (for the most part) of the Wachowski siblings, but I can totally understand if some people are completely turned off by the first episode because it explains absolutely not a goddamn thing, haha.June 6, 2015 at 8:14 pm #349743
Okay, fuck my first initial reaction, I must’ve been too sleepy or something. I rewatched the first episode and got through episode 3 and this show is amazing. I LOVE it. I’m really invested in all of the stories, and I really like all of the performances. There are some truly beautiful moments that just took my breath away. Also, the cinematography by John Toll is STUNNINGLY beautiful. They shot on location in each place (including Chicago, San Francisco, Mumbai, London, Seoul, Mexico, Nairobi), and it shows. I challenge you to find a more gorgeously shot series on television right now. And what a diverse group of characters. An African bus driver, a Korean businesswoman who moonlights as an underground kick boxer, a safe cracker, an Indian woman who is a strong believer in both science and religion, a transgendered woman and her lesbian lover, a Mexican movie star who uses a beard to hide that he is gay and has a boyfriend, a Chicago police officer, a young woman who DJs and tries to use music as her drug as she attempts to leave behind her actual drug abusing past… At first it’s a bit disorienting and you really have to pay attention to know who is where and doing what at all times, but if you stick with it you will find something unique, wonderful, and beautiful. I’m really loving this series, the Wachowskis and Tykwer have done it again after their wonderfully underrated ‘Cloud Atlas’. I can’t wait to finish the series.June 7, 2015 at 10:50 am #349744
John Toll? I loved him on the first season of Breaking Bad (and prefer it to the much lauded work of his successor Michael Slovis). He had already won two Oscars by the time that he did The Thin Red Line with Terrence Malick too.
Does Naveen Andrews have anything?