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I was wrong on a few fronts when I reviewed Netflix's "Sense8" after only three episodes. I suggested it would be a series that people would want to watch all at once, or not at all, when in fact I strung my viewing out over three weeks, only feeling a need to immediately jump to the next episode when I was nearing the season's end. And I thought the show's mythology would have to feel much less like gibberish for the full season to feel satisfying, when I ultimately enjoyed it even though I still couldn't tell you — nor did I really care — how these connections work. (Some minor spoilers follow, but if you're still just wondering if you should bother with "Sense8" at all, most of it should be safe to read, and I'll put in a warning before we get into more details.) These days, I hear more »
- Alan Sepinwall
At the half-way point, the Wachowskis’ Netflix show really comes into its own, with the interlocking characters sharing life skills across the world, a decent take on Lbgt representation and some great action scenes
Spoiler alert: this blog discusses episodes one to six of Sense8 on Netflix. Please don’t post any spoilers if you’ve watched further than this.
By now, you probably know at least a few things about Sense8, the TV debut from the Wachowskis, which launched this week on Netflix. Those things are likely to include: the fact that the opening sequence features a German jewel thief urinating on his father’s grave, a trans blogger being rogered senseless with a rainbow dildo by Martha from Doctor Who. And Naveen Andrews from Lost.
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- Dan Martin
Episodes: Ongoing (hour)
TV show dates: June 8, 2015 -- present
Series status: Has not been cancelled
Performers include: Aml Ameen, Alfonso Herrera, Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton, Tina Desai, Tuppence Middleton, Max Riemelt, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Brian J. Smith, Freema Agyeman, Terrence Mann, Anupam Kher, Naveen Andrews, and Daryl Hannah.
TV show description:
This science-fiction series follows a group of strangers from different cultures and parts of the world. They are all the same age and shre the same birthday.
They all experience a tragic death through dreams or visions and then find themselves growing mentally and emotionally connected. Confused, they try to figure out how the connection happened and what it means.
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We take a look at the Wachowski's latest outing, the Netflix sci-fi drama Sense8. Spoilers lie ahead...
This is a spoiler-y review.
A collaboration between the Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski sounded almost too good to be true, but Netflix delivered last Friday with the release of the entire first season of Sense8. If Daredevil gave genre fans an incentive to subscribe to Netflix, Sense8 gave them a reason to stick around.
The first season of Sense8 may not pack the same entertainment power as Daredevil, but Sense8’s long drawn – some might even say overdrawn – character-driven moments and slowly unfolding plot make the series almost as worthy of binge watching.
The premise of the series sounds like rehash of material that has already been seen countless times in genre fiction over the past three decades. Who has any interest left for yet another psychic powers story? Yet, from its first moment, »
From the minds of Lana and Andy Wachowski and J. Michael Straczynski comes the 12-episode, mind-bending Netflix series Sense8, about 8 people connected all around the world who, after experiencing a violent vision, are able to see, feel, hear and talk to each other, as if they are in the same place. While they are being hunted by an organization that is out to do them harm, these eight individuals from very different backgrounds must quickly adapt to this new ability and to each other, and figure out what all of this means for the future of humanity. At the press day for this thriller that explores identity, connectivity and humanity, actor Naveen Andrews (who plays Jonas, the mysterious man determined to bring eight strangers together) spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about what attracted him to this highly ambitious project, the incredible learning experience he had working with the Wachowskis, »
- Christina Radish
Co-exec-produced by The Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski (Murder, She Wrote, Babylon 5), the mysterious drama — which hit the streaming giant on Friday — centers on eight individuals across the globe who are connected by a strange vision.
Before we get your thoughts on the series premiere, here’s a brief recap of what went down in the debut hour:
RelatedSense8: 3 Intriguing Clues About Netflix’s Genre-Defying »
Love it or hate it – and if the early reviews are any indication, people are going to have very strong reactions to it, one way or another – Sense8 is a lot to digest. The 12-episode, mind-bending Netflix series is about eight people connected all around the world who, after experiencing a violent vision, are able to see, feel, hear and talk to each other, as if they are in the same place. While they are being hunted by an organization that is out to do them harm, these eight individuals from very different backgrounds must quickly adapt to this new ability and to each other, and figure out what all of this means for the future of humanity. [caption id="attachment_465993" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via Netflix[/caption] After seeing three episodes of this epic project from the minds of Lana and Andy Wachowski and J. Michael Straczynski, Collider spoke to Straczynski, along with co-stars Naveen Andrews, »
- Christina Radish
After watching three hours of the Wachowskis’ maddening, mesmerizing Netflix series Sense8, I still don’t feel completely qualified to commend or condemn it. After all, one cannot fairly judge a tapestry on its artistic merit before the strands have been interwoven. And like Cloud Atlas before it, Sense8 is a work of sprawling ambition, one that must be absorbed whole to be fully understood. The series is globe-trotting, mind-bending science-fiction that flits between the lives of eight disparate individuals, all inexplicably connected through a shared consciousness, and it’s just as confounding and captivating as that description would suggest.
After three hours, the show is still taking its first steps. Some will instinctively tear it apart in its infancy, calling the series overblown and needlessly perplexing, and they may be proven correct. After all, the Wachowskis don’t have the best track record. The incredible, indelible Cloud Atlas aside, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Coming to Netflix from tomorrow (Friday 5th June), pretty much everywhere we believe, is the new 12-episode season of the Wachowski‘s Sense8, which revolves around the lives of eight people from all over the planet.
We have a final minute-long arty trailer for the show, which you’ll be able to watch in our player below. First though, here’s the official blurb about the show.
From the unparalleled creative minds of The Wachowskis (“The Matrix” trilogy,?“Cloud Atlas”) and J. Michael Straczynski (Clint Eastwood’s “Changeling,” “World War Z”), as well as executive producer Grant Hill (“The Matrix” trilogy, “Cloud Atlas”), Sense8 is a gripping story of eight people from around the world whose lives are suddenly and inexplicably connected in a fight for their own survival. »
- Paul Heath
Daryl Hannah (Kill Bill) and Naveen Andrews ("Lost") make the jump to the digital space with a new Netflix series co-created and directed by Lana and Andy Washowski. CineMovie sat down with the SENSE8 stars and their co-stars Jamie Clayton and Brian J. Smith to talk about the new show which shot around the world in nine cities, their viewing preferences and why the set was liberating working outside the network and studio system.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Super User)
"Sense8" is a show that could only exist on Netflix (or another streaming service like it), because no human would have the patience to watch it weekly. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. Among its originals, Netflix has some great shows ("Orange Is the New Black" and "BoJack Horseman," to name two) and some lesser ones, but good or bad, the Netflix series only occasionally seem made with the Netflix distribution model in mind. Though they have serialized elements, most of them are structured in the exact same way as their counterparts that air in a traditional pattern on cable or broadcast TV. (Ditto most of Amazon's originals.) Previous attempts to design shows explicitly for the streaming/binge world — like Mitch Hurwitz's aborted plan to make "Arrested Development" season 4 viewable in any order — haven't worked out, and I'm still waiting for someone to find a way to explicitly »
- Alan Sepinwall
As the Wachowskis’ Sense8 arrives on Netflix, Ryan checks out the first three episodes of this complex sci-fi drama...
Ever since they first beseiged the box-office in 1999, the Wachowskis have specialised in larger-than-life, bombastic images: Keanu Reeves ducking a bullet in beautiful slow-motion in The Matrix, the high-octane psychedelia of Speed Racer and the weird sight of a wolf-eared Channing Tatum flying through the air on jet boots in this year’s Jupiter Ascending.
Yet Sense8 begins not with a bang but with the image of Daryl Hannah writhing about on a fusty mattress. It’s the first in a collection of incongruous sequences which, like a mosaic, gradually come together to form a more intelligible image.
Sense8 is another coup for Netflix after the success of such envelope-pushing shows as Orange Is The New Black and Daredevil. It pairs the Wachowski siblings with J Michael Straczynski, the veteran of »
We got a full trailer earlier this month [watch it here], and now Netflix has released a series of character promos for the eight people “whose lives are suddenly and inexplicably connected in a fight for their own survival” in Sense8, the new series from Andy and Lana Wachowski (The Matrix) and J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5). Check them out here…
Sense8 is set to land on Netflix on June 5th, with a cast that includes Brian J. Smith, Tuppence Middleton, Aml Ameen, Bae Doona, Miguel Angel Silvestre, Tena Desae, Max Riemelt, Jamie Clayton, Daryl Hannah, Freema Agyeman, Joe Pantoliano and Naveen Andrews.
- Gary Collinson
For those not too jaded by a Wachowski sibling project after Jupiter Ascending, their new series, Sense8, is debuting its 12 episodes on Netflix in just a few days (June 5th, to be exact). The series follows 8 individuals from all over the world, who become linked as “sensates” (puns!) both mentally and emotionally. They can access each other’s knowledge, language, and skills, but also each other’s deepest secrets. In the new character trailers below, a little 8 in the corner marks the moment that character becomes connected to another sensate. As they are told, “you are no longer just you, you have 7 other selves.” Naveen Andrews’ character does not seem to be on the 8 though, but some sort of a guide. But what is the end game? And what is this connection supposed to help them do? [caption id="attachment_463145" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via Murray Close/Netflix[/caption] You can learn more about each of »
- Allison Keene
It’s easy to see why Netflix would jump at a series from the Wachowskis and science-fiction writer J. Michael Straczynski, even if the credits are a spellchecker’s nightmare. Yet while the streaming service was no doubt hoping for “The Matrix,” in commercial terms, it wound up with something closer to “Jupiter Ascending” and “Cloud Atlas” — or worse, its own “Marco Polo.” A dense sci-fi construct that’s poorly explained through three episodes, “Sense8” bears some resemblance to Fox’s short-lived “Touch,” infusing a sense of global interconnectedness with mystical mumbo-jumbo. But the main problem, simply, is that the show doesn’t make much sense.
The extra-long premiere opens by seeking to establish the basic premise, which involves eight disparate people — ethnically diverse and geographically spread across the world — being joined in a vague manner that allows them to share experiences and knowledge. That opens, somewhat promisingly, with their »
- Brian Lowry
Here’s what we know about Netflix’s upcoming thriller Sense8 so far:
1. It is the brainchild of Matrix directors Andy and Lana Wachowski.
2. Per the official logline, it is the story of “eight people from around the world whose lives are suddenly and inexplicably connected in a fight for their own survival.”
4. Uh… that’s pretty much it.
Fortunately, TVLine recently caught up with Hannah and Andrews at a Netflix press event, and the actors were »
Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai at the Oscars Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai on the Academy Awards' Red Carpet Pictured above are Bollywood stars Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan arriving at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, which took place on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Two years ago, an Anglo-Indian-American co-production, Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire became not only one of the season's biggest sleeper hits, but also the eventual Best Picture Oscar winner. Dev Patel and Freida Pinto starred. Curiously, some have complained that Slumdog Millionaire was just a less interesting rehash of higher-quality Bollywood musicals and dramas that have received relatively little play outside South Asian communities around the globe. Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai movies The son of Indian cinema legend Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan has been featured in nearly 50 films. Among them are: Dhoom (2004). Director: Sanjay Gadhvi. Cast: Abhishek Bachchan. Uday Chopra. John Abraham. Esha Deol. »
- D. Zhea
The Wachowski’s are responsible for The Matrix, a movie that reinvented the film landscape. The science fiction classic introduced the world to ‘bullet time’ and cemented Keanu Reeves as an action hero. It was also smarter than your average popcorn-fodder flick, dealing with the idea that our reality is all on elaborate construct devised by our mechanical overlords. The film spawned two sequels but sadly though they broke the box office they couldn’t quite capture the same spark as the first.
Their next venture Speed Racer was met with a lukewarm reception and an even colder worldwide gross. Then came Cloud Atlas which was a love it or hate it kind of film, and most recently they were responsible for Jupiter Ascending a film funny for all the wrong reasons.
We at Thn love an underdog story and are hoping that their latest venture, a Netflix television series »
- Kat Smith
Netflix has revealed the first look at the anticipated sci-fi Sense8 with a trailer and images for the original series, which has been co-created by the Wachowskis (The Matrix, Jupiter Ascending) along with writer J. Michael Straczynski (World War Z) and Grant Hill, who worked with the siblings on both The Matrix Trilogy and Cloud Atlas.
Sense8 “is a gripping story of eight people from around the world whose lives are suddenly and inexplicably connected in a fight for their own survival.”
Featuring in the show are Daryl Hannah (Kill Bill), Naveen Andrews (Lost), Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who), and Joe Pantoliano (The Matrix), alongside Jamie Clayton, Brian J. Smith, Tuppence Middleton, Miguel Angel Silvestre, Tina Desai, Doona Bae, Aml Ameen and Max Riemelt.
Sense8 debuts on Netflix on June 5th.
- Scott J. Davis
Netflix released the official trailer for its new thriller series, “Sense8,” on Thursday ahead of its June 5 premiere. The sci-fi show is about eight strangers around the world who are suddenly mentally linked to one another. One moment puts them into each other’s lives, secrets, and dangers. The trailer reveals pain and pleasure as each of the character’s suddenly have seven other selves. Also Read: Wachowskis' 'Sense8' Gets 10-Episode Netflix Order The 12-episode series features “Lost” alum Naveen Andrews, as well as Jamie Clayton, Max Riemelt and Jeronimo Best. “Do you know what it means to be reborn as Sensate? »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
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