Holiday specials may be a bit cheesy, but they take a whole new meaning when The Wachowskis take over. The first time I watched Sense8 I became instantly obsessed. I’ve been a Wachowski’s fan since I was 9 years old when I watched The Matrix for the first time. All geniuses have their rough patches (Jupiter Ascending), but with Sense8 the two siblings seem to excel their career, bringing experience and the way of expression they were holding off up until now.
For all of you who don’t know about Sense8, is a science fiction TV Show created by The Wachowskis for Netflix. I guess that was the miracle we were all waiting to happen, two visionaries united to create one of the most ambitious productions of all times, the filming locations happen in 6 different continents. Eight people from eight different countries are somehow connected to each other, and while they learn to coexist and understand the reasons and facts of this unlike union, they fight their own nightmares. As a science fiction lover, I have a special interest in situations where sci-fi is treated as an everyday issue. Don’t get me wrong, I love superheroes and spaceships, but I have a weakness for common people with special abilities like we see in Heroes or Misfits.
As you know, Netflix productions are released all at once, meaning, you can binge-watch the whole season from the first day of its release. TV-on-demand has completely changed the way we consume media, especially TV Shows. The top guilty pleasure of the 21st century is to spend a whole evening/night/weekend watching and finishing a whole series, and Netflix, as good visionaries, is keeping up with their customer’s needs. This can be a bit complicated/annoying, and here’s why: For Netflix to release the whole season at once, they actually have to film and edit the whole season first, what makes the wait too long and the fans pretty upset. This gets even worse with Sense8: given its production complexity film locations happen in 8 different countries and that doubles the time of production.
This is one of my favorite decision, to film each scene in the exact physical location. In a world where all large productions can be filmed on a green screen it’s refreshing to see things done “old school”. Locations are a character, both actors and audience impregnate from the components surrounding them, especially when bringing together so many different cultures.
That’s why one of the most refreshing things this Holidays season was the Sense8 Christmas special released December the 23rd. I am not quite sure if it was the wait long, the excitement of having a gift before the second season or that is simply an awesome show, but this is one of the episodes I’ve enjoyed the most. All of the Sense8s are either hiding from the law, from Whispers, their own nightmares or the mafia, and even if this episode helps to catch up it gives them the opportunity to sit back and relax for the holidays and especially to celebrate their Birthday big time (yeah, that’s kind of the point, they were all born the same day).
One of the most challenging accomplishments of the show is the capability to show something as abstract as a mental connection between individuals on screen. It is actually when they all share a special moment together that this show blows my mind, and in this episode, we enjoy a few of them: The first swim, the collective birthday celebration and the last and perfect farewell: Hallelujah.
Once I’ve watched the documentary on Netflix with a bit of behind-the-scenes I understood the choreography and complexity the actors and team go through to get this fantastic result. You realize about the complexity of the situation when you’re trying to explain Sense8 to someone else (because of course, I’m encouraging all the lost souls who haven’t found the show to watch it right away) is very difficult to explain, you can’t find the right words and people may think you’re going insane. But no, is just that masterpieces are rare and art has to be watched, not explained. You may think I exaggerate calling Sense8 a masterpiece, but since Lost came out 10 years ago and blew our minds and change the history to television forever, is the first time I see an original show like nothing we’ve seen before. The Wachowskis are visionaries, I thank them for have changed and keep changing the perception of the world the way we know it (at least for us westerns).
The Best: The fight scenes. The incredible choreography work when characters swap.
The Worst: In the upcoming seasons we have a character change… no one likes that. But I understand sometimes is necessary.
Info: Season 2 is coming with 10 new episodes on Netflix May 5th, 2017. Mark your calendars! I know I’m not leaving the house that weekend.
Tip: A fun look behind the scenes, watch “Sense8: Creating the world” available on Netflix.
Happy F*cking New Year, everyone.