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Sense8: The Finale

June 10, 2018

Never have I loved such a flawed show as much as I love Sense8. The plot can be ridiculous, the story lines impossible to follow, the back story baffling, and the violence over the top gross. And yet, in-between lives an arc of love, connection, compassion, and a sense of wonder. Gloriously filmed in Berlin, Chicago, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Nairobi, Reykjavik, San Francisco, and Seoul, this finale movie wrap-up lands in Paris where the sensates gather to do battle with the Chairman and save their race from enslavement and extinction. I forgot much of the plot between Season 2 and the wrap-up movie. I sure wish Netflix and other streamers would create “last season on…” trailers to remind us where we left off in the previous season. Instead I sat back, relaxed, and enjoyed the ride. There’s way too much violence for me, and Daryl Hannah’s face work never stops being distracting. Still Sense8 imagines a world of possibilities for love and friendship. And for that I will end this series content and fulfilled. What’s not to love about a kooky, over-the-top, sex positive TV show that has a HEA ending? My girls found their moment after the battles ended. 4 out of 5 for the ambitious Sense8 from the Wachowskis.


Sense8: The Series Finale (trailer)

May 20, 2018

From Netflix,

Together until the end. From our cluster to yours, the Sense8 Series Finale comes to Netflix on June 8 (2018).

No matter the limitations with this series, remembering Sense8 fills me with excitement and hope – a world united in every aspect. A dream which needs to become reality. I will miss these characters. For now let’s celebrate the show as we get once last glimpse at Capheus, Sun, Nomi, Kala, Riley, Wolfgang, Lito, and Will.

Reel Charlie’s review:
Sense8: Season 1
Sense8: A Christmas Special
Sense8: Season 2

‘Sense8’ is back in production, and the finale is going to be totally ‘epic’ (Queerty)

August 12, 2017

Has your cluster been informed yet? Sense8 is coming back for one final epic wrap-up movie. The Netflix series that was too big for just two seasons is back in production and due to release their final film in 2018. Watch an extended “thank you” video from creator Lana Wachowski, her cast and crew. Adorable clips abound. I still get chills when I think of this series. For all its imperfection and limitation it certainly did propel storytelling forward. It created a world where everyone is equal, where everyone’s voice and love are honored. Sense8 wrote the manual for the future of humanity.

Read the full article on Queerty and check out Lana’s fifteen minute video.
Check out Reel Charlie’s reviews of Sense8: Season 1, the Sense8 Christmas Special, and Sense8: Season 2.

Instead of sharing a pic of the cast or creators or a poster, I want to share two pics of my favorite supporting actors – Max Mauff who plays Felix and Michael X. Sommers who plays Bug.


Max Mauff (Felix)

Michael X. Sommers (Bug)




‘Sense8’ to Receive 2-Hour Finale Special on Netflix (Variety)

June 30, 2017

Glorious news from Netflix and the Wachowskis. From Variety,

Netflix announced on Thursday that “Sense8” will get a two-hour finale special expected to air in 2018.

In a video posted on social media, the characters from the series reunite and sing along to the song “What’s Up” by 4 Non Blondes. Midway through the video, the following words appear onscreen: “It’s happening. Two-hour finale episode. Tell your cluster.”

In addition, series co-creator Lana Wachowski posted a statement online that reads in part, “The passionate letters, the petitions, the collective voice that rose up like the fist of Sun to fight for this show was beyond what anyone was expecting.”

“It is my great pleasure as well as Netflix’s (believe me, they love the show as much as we do but the numbers have always been challenging) to announce that there will be another two-hour special released next year,” she continued. “After that…if this experience has taught me anything, you NEVER know.”

Read the full article on Variety.
I get all gooey inside when I think about this series.


Sense8: Season 2

May 30, 2017

Took my damn sweet time making my way through the triumphantly gorgeous insanity that is Sense 8: Season 2.

Sun Bak
Riley Blue
Wolfgang Bogdanow
Kala Dandekar
Will Gorski
Nomi Marks
Capheus “Van Damme” Onyango
Lito Rodriguez

San Francisco
Mexico City

Eight humans in eight cities around the globe connected both mentally and emotionally. We discover more about their origin in Season 2. More about Whispers and why they are being hunted. Some episodes are violent, some are corny, all are full of love. Sense8 breaks Sci-Fi barriers leading with love… friendship, romantic, familial, no matter what color, religion, gender, or sexuality. All are equal. All are full of love. I can’t stop thinking about this beautiful series. Sense8 continues to be flawed, but that’s part of its beauty. It’s busting through convention, experimenting with many different tools to tell their story. It’s contemporary, hip, sexy as all hell, nerdy, fun, dangerous, and dark with flashes of evil. These eight characters represent the future of humanity. We need to connect with others around the planet. Share what makes us unique and bond over what makes us the same. I’m excited to continue the journey hoping Season 3 will happen in 2018. Meanwhile discover, revisit, embrace Capheus, Kala, Lito, Nomi, Riley, Sun, Will, and Wolfgang streaming on Netflix. 4 out of 5 for their brave new world.



Sense8: Season 2 (trailer)

May 1, 2017

Are you ready? Four days until Netflix drops the entire second season of Sense8 – the global suspense mystery intersecting race, class, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. Eight people from all over this beautiful planet awaken to their supernatural connection. Catch up with Season 1. Or if you’re ready, watch the Season 2 trailer of the only show ever created which combines car chases, tender love, spectacular worldwide locations, mysterious supernatural powers, and psychic orgies. Bring it Wachowskis!

Watch Sense8‘s Season 2 trailer on YouTube.

From my Season 1 review: Sense8 (films)… on four continents spanning Chicago, San Francisco, London, Iceland, Seoul, Mumbai, Berlin, Mexico City and Nairobi.

Sense8: A Christmas Special

December 24, 2016


The Wachowskis are back with a very special Christmas episode of Sense8, the global empath thriller. I gave Season 1 a 3.5 out of 5. Since watching the show for the first time, I keep thinking about Sense8 and in particular a few of the characters – ok to be specific: Nomi and Amanita. It’s certainly not a perfect show. There are awkward moments, uneven character development. But through it all, through all the silly action scenes, there is a sense of world connection. That we as citizens on this planet must do more to connect with each other. Ultimately that is the only way humans will achieve their full potential and survive. The planet will survive. But will we? Sense8 doesn’t always ask the right questions, but it’s dorky fun entertains and the broader message shines bright. 4 out of 5 for this show that always lingers in the back of my mind.

The Matrix (Blu-ray)

March 16, 2016

matrixDecided to watch The Matrix again after all these years to see if I could detect any subtle gender questions since now both of the Wachowskis have transitioned from male to female. First I have to say I forgot how violent it was. Silly me. Oh right, that’s why it made so much money. The kids were swallowing the intellect geek chic in order to see the aerial combat. Definitely strong female characters and good mix of people of color. But the savior of course appeared in the form of Neo – Keanu Reeves’ heterosexual white male bro-geek character. So no earth-shattering hidden gems to be found. The Matrix holds up and certainly foresees a near-future where everyone is plugged in – not that far from our current reality. 4 out of 5 for pushing the envelope all those years ago.

And damnit, I’ve been thinking so much about Sense8 I want to watch it again – that glorious barrier-shattering mess of a series.

Sense8: S1

July 8, 2015

sense8 s1

Spoiler alerts: I have two words to say about the Wachowski siblings new Netflix television series Sense8: guilty pleasure. Yes, I made it through all twelve episodes. Yes, much of the plot doesn’t make sense. And what does often feels awkward and sophomoric. The violence is too frequent and nauseating. But what’s everyone’s talking about? The orgy scene in Episode 6. Please. Yes, they show men kissing each other. Yes they show full frontal male nudity. But no one’s hard. It’s not porn. It’s crazy Wachowski sex with a lot of actors rolling around together. What we should be talking about are two other brave decisions. First, they show not once, but three times in two separate episodes straight-on full screen vaginal birth. Yes, they went there. Good for them. The other amazing risk taking moment is when the gay male character Lito talks about the first time he had sex with Hernando, the man he loves. He literally says the words, “I took him in my mouth.” And then Lito says it was like Holy Communion. And that’s when I screamed for joy, because I have often felt sex is the one experience in my life that makes me feel my humanity completely and when connected becomes a spiritual experience. So bravo to the Wachowskis for going there. Birth, creation, and life all mixed up together. I love the characters. Some of them are goofy and shallow: Lito at the top of that list. Some of them are dark and violent: Wolfgang. Some of them are sleuthy: Nomi and Amanita. Some of them are All-American: Will. Some of them are trying to make everyone else happy: Kala. Some of them are so devoted to their mother: Capheus. Some of them prove that women kick major ass: Sun. And some of them suffer from PTSD: Riley. The locations are stunning. Sense8 needs to be viewed on a big-ass hi-def screen to appreciate the exteriors on four continents spanning Chicago, San Francisco, London, Iceland, Seoul, Mumbai, Berlin, Mexico City and Nairobi. The music created by Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) who also directed two episodes and Johnny Klimek becomes a ninth character. This is definitely a more successful collaboration for Twyker and the Wachowskis than Cloud Atlas. For someone who’s never played video games, Sense8 feels like a video game to me. Or maybe a graphic novel adapted for the screen might be a better description. So who is the audience for Sense8? I have no idea. Certainly there are elements in the series to turn on and turn off nearly every group of viewers imaginable. I love the risks they took. I love Nomi, the trans female character and her lesbian girlfriend Amanita. Their perils in San Francisco could easily be spun off into a modern-day Nancy Drew mystery. As I stated, the violence is way over the top for me and the plot is thin to put it mildly. I dismissed reality and simply sat back, relaxed and watched Sense8 like it was an amusement park ride full of sexy diverse characters from all over the world. And yes, I’m going to watch S2 when it arrives. I’m sure it will be more of the same – a mixed bag of mess and glitter. But I enjoyed many parts of it. I laughed, I screamed, I cried. I get if you couldn’t make it past an hour or two of the show. For all the reasons mentioned, Sense8 is my guilty pleasure for 2015. 3.5 out of 5.

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