(This review may contain spoilers).
So… when I saw this new series advertised, I was instantly hooked. Enough so that I joined Netflix for the express reason to watch this. And from the very first episode, I was drawn into the characters and their situations.
First of all… I felt the idea behind Sense8 was a really unique one. I’ve become more interested in connections other than romantic between characters and although there was a lot of romance (and sexually explicit content) in this, I still enjoyed the connections the characters made, both within their cluster and with the people outside of it.
Although I did like all eight of the main characters (once I’d figured out who was who), I had three definite favourites, which were Will, Riley and Nomi. Nomi was just… absolutely fascinating. I loved her backstory. I liked how she was capable… and I loved her relationship with Neets. It was really cool to see that Neets, although not actually a part of the cluster, accepted it… and proved herself to be an integral part of the series.
I would have liked more background on Lito in particular. In the first episode, there’s a bit of a twist with him… but I was a bit disappointed that it was only much later I had the chance to see how his relationship with Hernando began. I thought it was interesting to see how his sexuality affected how he viewed himself and his work… and of all of the characters, I felt that his evolution was one of the most interesting.
I have to be honest and say… I really didn’t like Daniela at first. She grew on me later on in the series, but at first, I thought she was annoying and clearly didn’t understand boundaries.
I had some trouble understanding Kala’s role in the cluster, at least for most of the series. Although it was interesting to see her connection with Wolfgang (even though I preferred Will and Riley), I felt that she didn’t bring her skills until the last couple of episodes. And I managed to forget what her job was supposed to be.
There were a lot of really cool scenes in this series, particularly when all eight of them are singing the same song together. I also found it interesting how the eight of them went from, ‘What’s going on?’ to, ‘I know who you are!’
I also really liked Sun and Capheus. Sun was awesome, since she came across as such a strong female character. And Capheus was a genuinely good guy who I was able to emotionally connect to.
I enjoyed watching Wolfgang’s friendship with Felix, even though I do have some mixed feelings about Wolfgang as a character. Later on, I did like him a lot more… and he was one who had a lot of his background fleshed out.
It was good to get explanations of what was going on, but even towards the end of the series, I had a lot of unanswered questions… particularly when it came to Angelica, Jonas and Whispers. I’m hoping that there will be a second series that’ll answer some of those.
I found myself emotionally invested in this series and all but glued to my laptop as I watched. Each of the main characters had problems that I thought made them much more interesting and fleshed out. And I like the fact that the characters aren’t really stereotypical.
There is violence in this series and a lot of sexually explicit scenes. But if you can get past that… I recommend this series as one to watch. I thoroughly enjoyed it and am eagerly anticipating a second series.