Review of Sense8

60 minutes

Sense8 is centered around eight characters that live in different cities around the world who experience a violent vision, and soon find themselves mentally connected by this experience. They are suddenly able to see and talk to each other as though they were in the same place, and have access to each other's deepest secrets. Not only must these eight adapt to this new ability and to each other, they must figure out what happened and why and what it means for the future of humanity, while being hunted by an organization out to capture, kill or vivisect them.
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Jun 11, 2015 8:09AM EDT

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There is a huge cast here, eight main characters, each with his or her own storyline and supporting cast, so that's a lot to keep track of. Then there's the psychic stuff, and the flashbacks, it takes a long time to figure out what's going on. I love the 'hive mind' conceit, and this show handles it reasonably well.

One of the main things I look for in an SF show is world building. In Sense8 it's good, but not great. The show is internally consistent but there are some real 'it makes a better story' aspects to it. The antagonists put a huge amount of time, energy and money into something which makes no sense at all if Mr. Exposition is right, and other things make no sense at all if Mr. Exposition is wrong.

On the one hand, the creator's intention is to produce something 'spiritual' rather than rational which leaves me a bit leery of the whole thing. On the other hand, it has Freema Agyeman in it, and I'd put up with a lot of 'teh stupid' to see her rocking out that American accent!

Excellent portrayal of gay and transgender characters here.

As others have noted, there's a lot of sex and nudity. It's not the worst as far as extraneous sex is concerned, but there's some full frontal nudity which would never make it to network TV. Honestly, the violence bothered me more, and there's way less of that than on 'mainstream' shows.

Those of you who are complaining about the other reviewers - one reviewer said they weren't watching because the gay sex bothered them. It's hardly a torch and pitchfork brigade.


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