Please be aware that spoilers and potential spoilers lie within for previous and upcoming episodes. So if you’re not up to speed, you shall not pass.Previously on Sense8
Created by the Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski, @Sense8 has an incredible pedigree. In the beginning, eight very different people from all over the world had a vision of Darryl Hannah. Not a bad start! At the same time, Darryl Hannah had a vision of Sayid from Lost and a simultaneous vision of the creepy Mr. Whispers, confused yet? The eight then continue to see and hear things, visions, sounds and feelings creeping into their lives. As it turns out, they’re all connected mentally.
Ultimately, there are a group of people who see the @Sense8s as a threat and our group must combine skills and experiences to stay ahead and stay alive.
You should be well into the series by now, but in case you’re not, you’ll only get a brief overview here, we won’t give any more away.The Cast, what are they up to?
Doona Bae (Sun Bak) previously collaborated with the Wachowskis on both Cloud Atlas and earlier this year on Jupiter Ascending.
Tuppence Middleton has a television adaptation of War and Peace in the pipeline, due in 2016, she was also in Spooks: The Greater Good earlier this year, should be on DVD any time now.
Naveen Andrews is best known for playing Sayid on Lost. On Netflix alone he can be found in Planet terror and Diana, skip Diana, for a proper romance, and Naveen Andrews, re-watch The English Patient.
You might remember Freema Agyeman from Doctor Who a few years back, there’s lots of that on Netflix too. She also appeared in Law & Order: UK a few years back and more recently in the now cancelled Sex and the City spinoff The Carrie Diaries.
Finally, Terrence Mann is terribly creepy as Mr. Whispers. For a whole different side to him, check out the short lived series The Dresden series from a few years back. It stars Arrow’s Paul Blackthorne as wizard private eye Harry Dresden and Mann as his ghostly sidekick. His performance couldn’t be further removed from Whispers. The series never really took off in the way it could have, but is still worth revisiting.Behind the scenes
#Sense8 was created by Andy & Lana Wachowski and J. Michael Straczynski. Between them they have been instrumental in the creation of so much. The Wachowskis may be best known for The Matrix of course, but it would be wrong to forget Bound and certainly Speed Racer, I’ve a soft sport for Speed Racer, some of it does not work but it is certainly a unique visual experience, see it on the best possible screen. J. Michael Straczynski created Babylon 5 many moons ago, but he’s also written comics and the movies Changeling and Thor amongst many others. He could be your favorite writer and you may not even know his name.
Also to be found in the credits is German director, producer, writer, composer etc. Tom Tykwer who previously collaborated with the Wachowskis on Cloud Atlas back in 2012. Cloud Atlas is similar to #Sense8 in a couple of ways and while the movie is not a complete success, there is a lot to like including some great performances and you should put it on the watch list. Tykwer has the interesting sounding movie, A Hologram for the King with Tom Hanks going on release later this year, awards season anyone?What Now?
Co-creator and executive producer J. Michael Straczynski only this week confirmed at the Television Critics Association press tour that there is still no official word on season two, but that they are cautiously optimistic. He also said that there are plans for season two and beyond. “So Season 1 is like the origin story, season 2 has its own particular arc. And we’ve figured it out from there. But to spoil that here would not be in the best interest of the surprises we have in mind.”Where Can I Catch Up?
Sense8 was born and bred on Netflix.Thoughts
Sense8 is good, lots of potential, extremely well put together and pretty to look at. The money is clearly up on the screen. It can be awfully slow too, with what seems like a lot of setting up of future events taking place, sometimes to the show’s detriment. This is particularly true in some of the early episodes, as we get to know the characters, locations, backstory etc. There’s a lot to tell, and all of this is certainly necessary, but it comes at crucial time when many viewers will be having thoughts about committing or abandoning.
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