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Sense8: Season 1

Sense8 Season 1 Review
Posted on June 10, 2015 by James Shults

First Aired: June 5, 2015

Creator: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

Overall Rating: Good

Eight people, spread across the globe, discover they’re mentally and emotionally linked to each other.  Soon after, these uniquely connected individuals also discover they’re being hunted down.

The Good

The character Lito, played by Miguel Ángel Silvestre, describes how to be a great lover by saying, “First, you have to be selfless. The pleasure of your lover must become your own. But at the same time, you must also remain selfish.” This line gets to the core of Sense8. This is all about empathy. It’s something we don’t see often enough in television and movies. Sense8, however, has draped itself in empathy and gone on parade. For that alone, Sense8 is worth your attention.

The Bad

The experimental nature of Sense8 is refreshing but also a bit of a hindrance. There’s a lot of attention payed to character but not nearly enough attention payed to plot. With eight main characters, it’s easy to understand the show’s flaws. Hopefully Sense8 will find a better balance between character development and plot in its second season. Hopefully there will be a second season.

The Ugly

The first episode of Sense8 is a confusing slog. It’s hard to understand what’s going on. So many characters pop in and out. So many things are happening. Stick it out through the first few episodes and things start to make a bit more sense.

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