8Reasons Why I Love Sense8
I had heard of this show, Sense8, ever since it came out. Netflix advertised it a lot but at the time I never started it or gave it a chance. It's funny because I sort of kept up with some of the news surrounding the show as the years went on. This is mostly because it was often a trending topic. About a week ago, I was looking for something to watch, and I had this show on my mind. I decided to start the first episode of Sense8 and oh my goodness I'm so glad I did.
As of right now I've only seen the first season completely. But I am completely sold. I have like ten favorite characters and I just cannot shut up about this show. This show is so good, so quality on so so many levels. The cinematography, writing, and plot of this show is absolutely unparalleled anywhere else. It is so original, so well done, and so refreshing.
Here are 8 reasons that I am in love with this show...
*#6 contains a teenytiny spoiler
1. Amazing Writers
This show is written and produced by Lana and Lilly Wachowski. They are sisters and transgender women and, GET THIS, the creators of The Matrix Series. They have been creating incredible and iconic action movies since before I was born. They have continued this trend with Sense8 and have added a great deal of advocacy and representation within their work. This show is richly diverse as far as ethnicities and ideologies. It stars a transgender woman and has several storylines related to the LGTBQ+ community, more on this later.
2. BEAUTIFUL and Talented Cast
Like I said before I have sooo sooo many characters that I love because the actors depicting them are so very talented. I am always drawn further into the story by the performances of this cast, their vulnerability and sincerity. It's incredible. When they laugh, when they cry, when they fight, when they argue, it all is so real, like they're not even acting. They all know their characters so well, even the supporting cast is incredible. And girllllll, these actors and actresses are gorgeous!! I have like seven potential babyfathers on this show and the women are absolute visions. It's such a pleasure to watch them all interact on screen.
*My sister strongly requested that I include this tidbit: Going into Season Two they did switch the actor of one of my favorite characters. Aml Ameen played a character named Capheus and was later swapped for Toby Onwumere. I'm a little sad that I won't be seeing more of Aml but I'm hopeful for a great performance by Toby. I don't know the details and it seems a little shady but, it is what it is.
3. Storyboarding and Editing and Production Finesse
This show has eight central characters from eight different countries, on several different continents. These filming locations are awesome but what is even more incredible is how the production team plans and edits these scenes and locations all together. A scene will literally take place in two different countries and the two different sets of footage are edited seamlessly together, as if they were filmed in the same moment and not a month and an overseas flight later. I'm making these observations after the fact because while watching this show, I am completely submerged, I'm never distracted by the differences of location. Now, after watching, I'm absolutely marveling at this feat.
4. Global and Cultural Awareness and Education
As I mentioned before, this show is filmed in several different locations and stars actors of various ethnicities. Furthermore, the characters are from various political, religious, and economical backgrounds. Each background reveals information about the culture and traditions of the character and their home. I have learned so much about India, Germany, Kenya, Iceland, so on and so forth. The characters and their countries are really brought to life and represented in depth.
5. Engaging Story
The plot is so intricate and complex, yet straightforward and believable. There are eight characters with eight individuals lives and stories. There are several conflicts within the show including the overarching storyline that connects all eight of these characters. There is never lack of drama and substance.
6. LGBTQ+ Representation
This show focuses on many marginalized peoples, including members of the lgbtq+ community. Like I said before, the show stars a transgender woman, whose character is also lesbian. The show also focuses on a gay Mexican couple, Hernando and Lito (my favessss). What's remarkable about the way these characters are portrayed is that they are represented as much more than someone with a particular sexual preference. They are primarily portrayed as having interests, talents, and remarkable personality traits. Their sexuality is by no means the only defining trait. In this way the show represents and humanizes several different lifestyles and individuals.
7. Rounded and Well Developed Characters
The character development that I've seen on this show is some of the best that I have ever seen. Because there are so many characters and plotlines to keep track of, certain characters and their personalities must be revealed little by little over time. At the start of watching this show, I found myself liking a certain character because of the attractiveness and talent of the actor or the beauty of the country they're from. But by the end of the first season I had characters that I absolutely loved because of their backstory or their individual growth on screen. The writers really take their time to dwell in the moments they created, allowing their characters to slowly blossom and reveal themselves.
8. SO Human
When I finished the last episode of the first season, I was in tears. My heart had been touched throughout the show but at this moment, seeing the way everything was tied together, I was filled with so much awe and inspiration. All I could think as I saw the characters on the screen was that we are all one and there is no "other." This concept is something I've been coming to terms with in my own life and I really feel like this is the heart of the show. Individuals from literal opposite ends of the world relate to each other's most intimate fears and desires. That is how we are in real life. No matter our backgrounds or beliefs we all encounter radically human emotions and experiences. In that way we are all connected. WE ARE ALL ONE, I wrote in my journal. THERE IS NO OTHER.
This reminds me of a famous Rumi poem "A Great Wagon." I believe this poem shares a similar theme to Sense8. I suggest reading the whole piece. For now, here's an excerpt:
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about. Ideas, language, even the phrase each other doesn’t make any sense.
Thanks for reading! Let me know if you watch this show or have heard of it. Feel free to share about the moments that resonated with you. I could honestly go on and on about this show so I'd love to talk about it more with anyone whose interested.
*As I'm writing this, I am aware that this show has been cancelled/has ended. Still I commend the writers, cast, and crew for seizing every moment and not holding anything back. Mostly, I'm so thankful that these creatives collaborated to share this project with the world. Not creating this show would be robbing the world of so much brilliance.