First, let me say Sense8 isn’t for everyone. As a matter of fact, if you can get through 1 and a half episodes without giving it the kiss of death, then it’s probably for you. Sense8 starts off in a sea of confusion but once you are able to unravel the pieces, OMG and wow, wow, wow. It is one of the most brilliant series in the Science Fiction category I’ve seen, bar none. Kudos to the Warchowski duel and Michael Straczynski, there’s no stopping their talent. 8 people from around the world labeled “Sensates“ are able to connect mentally and share each other’s lives, thoughts and experiences without being seen by anyone outside of their shared cluster. Their adventure is “an experience you’ll not soon forget”, is an understatement. The series was filmed in 9 cities all over the world. They included the following: Chicago, San Francisco, London, Berlin, Seoul, Reykjavík, Mexico City, Nairobi and Mumbai. All 12 episodes of season 1 became available for streaming on Netflix June 5, 2015. On August 8, 2015, Netflix announced that it had renewed the show for a second season.
The first episode focuses on the initial connection of all 8 of these sensates, which happens when a woman named Angelica, who is being hunted by a mysterious adversary named Whispers, kills herself to avoid capture. Before she does this, she uses her unique abilities to awaken the powers of 8 other people around the world, connecting these “sensates” into a cluster. The 8 begin to experience the beginnings of their psychic connections with each other via hearing what the others hear and seeing what the others see. Watching these sensates helping one another and taking on each other’s task in crisis is amazing.
THE MAIN EIGHT SENSATES
Capheus “Van Damme” Onyango (Aml Ameen), is a matatu driver in Nairobi. Capheus is a passionate fan of Jean-Claude Van Damme and is trying to earn money to buy AIDS medicine for his mother.
Young Capheus (Gabriel Ouma).
Kala Dandekar, (Tina Desai) is a university-educated pharmacist and devout Hindu in Mumbai who is engaged to marry a man she does not love.
Young Kala (Yashvi Puneet Nagar).
Lito Rodriguez, (Miguel Ángel Silvestre) an actor (still in the closet) who has a Basque background living in Mexico City with his lover, Hernando.
Nomi Marks, (Jamie Clayton) a transgender woman “hacktivist” and blogger who lives in San Francisco with her girlfriend, Amanita. Nomi was born Michael but changed her name to Nomi, which stands for “Know Me”.
Young Nomi (John Babbo) (then called Michael).
Riley Blue née Gunnarsdóttir, (Tuppence Middleton) is an Icelandic DJ who is living in London while trying to escape a troubled past.
Young Riley Gunnarsdóttir (Katrin Sara Olafsdottir).
Sun Bak, (Doona Bae) is the daughter of a powerful Seoul businessman and a burgeoning star in the underground kickboxing world who is plagued by a corrupt sibbling.
Young Sun (Jane Lee).
Will Gorski, (Brian J. Smith) a Chicago police officer haunted by an unsolved murder from his childhood.
Young Will Gorski (Maxwell Jenkins).
Wolfgang Bogdanow, (Max Riemelt) a Berlin locksmith and safe-cracker who has unresolved issues with his late father and participates in organized crime.
Young Wolfgang (Lenius Jung).
“Whispers”, (Terrence Mann) a sensate who turned against his own kind and who leads an organization determined to neutralize sensates.
Jonas Maliki, (Naveen Andrews) a sensate from a different cluster who wants to help the newly-born cluster of sensates.
Angelica “Angel” Turing, (Daryl Hannah) a sensate from an older.
Felix Bernner, (Maximilian Mauff) is Wolfgang’s best friend and partner in crime. He is not a sensate.
young Felix (Chiron Elias Krase).
Hernando Fuentes (Alfonso Herrera) is Lito Rodriguez’s lover and a professor of art. He is not a sensate.
Overall, I have never been so mesmerized and captivated over a series. Sense8 airs on Netflix and season 1 is divided among 12 episodes. Season 2 is out and is divided among 11 episodes and even better than season 1. Check it out, but be prepared to binge watch.