As a Wachowski and JMS fan, I’ll miss the writing and staging. I loved the story, characters, and especially diversity of the project.
This is interesting, because unlike traditional tv where hit shows can demand more revenue from advertisers, Sense8 cannot, so I wager the project (being truly global and shot in 4K), was just way too expensive to continue.
I was sad to read this today also. I knew that Netflix was on the fence about even a second season since they waited a really long time to confirm it. But I was hoping that the results would make them more confident in the show. The second season met my expectations of quality while going in some unexpected directions that I thought offered the story some longevity.
If I was not so busy now I would probably celebrate season two and mourn season three by watching it again now. But it will need to wait.
It was so technically and thematically daring and wonderful that I will miss it terribly. Maybe we can petition Netflix into approving a movie to finish the story with. It is so hard to find media which deals with explicitly transpersonal themes.
The production values in Sense8 were insanely high. It felt like a big budget movie.
They did have to kick out the one black actor because apparently he wasn’t cool with transgender stuff. Look it up if you are curious. It was funny how one episode it was suddenly this totally different guy. They even sorta joked about it with that “did you get a haircut?” line.
(Though you’d have to be supremely clueless to join a Wachowski series and not know what you’re signing up for…)
I still found it kind of weird that they didn’t even TRY to get an actor that looked anything like him. The first Capheus was a short baby-faced ray of sunshine. The new one is a tall, ripped, brooding guy. He’s like twice the size of the first actor. It’s like they went for a totally opposite look.
Onwumere’s Capheus has grown upon me. Optimism means more than being quick with a smile, and I think he has brought some depth to the character. I liked Ameen also, and was not looking forward to a new actor. But by the end of the Christmas special I was on board.
Specifically, is there a better place to start than the beginning?
And a better place to stop than the end?
The first couple of episodes were really slow. I couldn’t get into it. It seems popular, so I assume there is a through-line in there somewhere where we can jump on and off without getting burned too bad.