Everyone knows that Netflix has branched out and started producing their own original shows. There are some hits, see Orange is the New Black, House of Cards and Daredevil as proof. Some haven’t been so hot, see Hemlock Grove, BoJack Horseman and Marco Polo. Actually, don’t see those. E
On June 5, Netflix released its most recent original series Sense8, and this editor’s social life took a dark spiral down as he marathoned through the series over the weekend. It’s not just good, it’s phenomenal.
The series is the most recent project from the Wachowski siblings, who brought us The Matrix. The duo teamed up with J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5) to make a transcendental action-adventure drama, and they delivered. For the sake of everyone, I’m not comparing the series to The Matrix, because even though the series is sci-fi and thought provoking. the two projects have nothing to do with one another.
Sense8 focuses on eight different individuals from across the globe who start having visions of each other, and conversations, and attractions, and weird sex orgies all in their minds. These characters have relatively nothing in common with the exception of sharing a birthday, and being ridiculously beautiful. It’s impossible to pinpoint a main character as each episode follows each character and their life.
There’s Capheus (Ami Ameen) a Matatu bus driver who has an obsession with Jean-Claude Van Damme’s work and is doing anything he can to provide his mother with AIDS medication. Sun (Bae Doona) is the daughter of a powerful Seoul businessman and a part time underground kickboxing badass.
Nomi (Jamie Clayton) is a transwoman living in San Francisco and former hacker with family issues. Kala (Tina Desai) is a pharmacist and devout Hindu in Mumbai who is struggling with marrying a man she does not love. Riley (Tuppence Meddleton) is an Icelandic DJ who plays a major role towards the end of the season alongside Will (Brian J. Smith) who is a cop in Chicago.
Wolfgang (Max Riemelt) is a Berlin locksmith who uses his talents to break into safes. Lito (Miguel Ángel Silvestre) is a closeted Spanish actor living in Mexico City.
Although each character plays a role in the series, and each storyline keeps the audience captivated, the real charm of the show is the premise. These eight individuals from across the globe have a connection, and help each other through their life struggles. Isn’t that something we could all get on board with?
With this evolution, each person on the planet could have a core group of people that would always be around. They can count on each other. They will always have someone to talk to. They will get to experience different cultures without ever leaving the comfort of their own home.
It’s a strong concept and the Wachowski siblings didn’t disappoint. Combining it with strong characters, unbelievable cinematography and a plot line that sucks viewers in makes for one amazing Netflix original.