Three and a half stars out of five.
Sense8 is a 12 episode drama created by the Wachowskis (The Matrix) and J Michael Straczynski. (Babylon 5), which debuted on Netflix in June 2015.
Designed for binge watching, its premise is that 8 individuals suddenly find they are telepathically connected forming the Sense8 – even though physically they live in different geographic locations.
This makes the premise of the series sound a little more sci fi than it turns out. It’s very much a portmanteau structure as we explore the individual stories of each of the main protagonists – but the underlying premise allows each of them to step into of the lives and – at appropriate times – bodies of other members of the collective consciousness.
This can be tremendous fun – especially when you are calling on the fighting skills of one of the other members of the ‘team’ to get you out of a sticky situation! And dramatic – as the different cast members interact with each other – and even become emotionally involved.
Sense8 shares cast members with ‘Lost’ (Naveen Andrews) and the Wachowski’s own ‘ Cloud Atlas’ (Bae Doona) and if you are a fan of either show or film, I think you’ll enjoy ‘Sense8’. You can see the Wachowskis enjoying the freedoms of a multi-layered narrative on a truly global scale. The production values are really up there on the small screen – it looks great.
Perhaps the final episode is a little under-cooked – as is some of the acting along the way – but there is plenty of scope for more developments in Series Two.
I’ll be watching.