Netflix’s new original series, Sense8, just premiered this summer. After binge-watching the whole first season in a couple of days, I figured, hey, this is so great, everyone should watch it.
Need convincing? Here’s eight reasons why you should watch Sense8.
1: The Cultures
The sensates in the show are all from different parts of the world; Chicago, San Francisco, London, Nairobi, Seoul, Mexico City, Berlin, and Mumbai.
When each sensate is shown in his or her city, you get to see their culture and their people; there is no whitewashing, no gracefully dancing around having to show any raw, realistic settings.
2: The Themes
In only one season, twelve episodes, this show covers all sorts of things, including gender, religion, sexuality, and more.
3: The Diversity
Of the eight main characters, four are people of color. And better yet, they’re all from different places!
One of the eight sensates is a trans woman, at least two are openly homosexual, and, well, it’s a safe bet that at least a couple are pansexual, for reasons that can’t be said without spoiling the show.
4: The Badass Females
How often do you find a show where nearly every single female is a complete BAMF? (I say nearly because, well, Nomi’s mother doesn’t exactly deserve any praise whatsoever).
Not only the main four females are badasses; the side characters are, too.
Sun Bak, one of the eight sensates, is a complete Korean ninja princess. She kicks the asses of several grown men many times.
Nomi Marks, super-smart hacktivist, literally sneaks her way into government protected softwares to help her friends out. She stays strong and brave throughout the show, even after almost being lobotomized.
Riley Blue is just. Amazing. She has such a deep background, and her character struggles with depression and PTSD, but she still pushes through.
And then, of course, Kala Dandekar. A religious, sweet girl, she’s pushed into a marriage with a man she does not love. She stays true to herself and to her beliefs, despite everything going on in her life.
Dani and Amanita are two of my favorite side-females. Dani lives with Lito and Hernando as their beard and best friend, and gives up her pride and personal safety to keep Lito’s career alive. Amanita risks everything she has—her home, her freedom, her life—to keep her girlfriend Nomi safe and sound.
5: It Takes No Time At All to Binge Watch
At only one season, twelve episodes (each about 55 minutes long), this show could easily be started and finished in less than a week.
Honestly, think about it. Less than twelve hours of your life to watch this absolutely amazing show.
6: The Plot
One of the most important things about a show, obviously.
The plot of Sense8 is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. It combines sci-fi materials with mystery and action, and keeps you absolutely hooked during every scene.
The show is about eight people from all around the world who have never met, never been aware of each other’s existence—until their lives start merging physically and emotionally. They can visit each other in their head, experience what each of them feels in their own parts of the world.
7: The Sensates
This really should have been my first reason. No one I know can pick their favorite sensate, which is a good thing in my opinion, because it means that they’re all so amazing.
Each sensate is so individual, so well thought-out and portrayed. You’ll love each of them for a different reason, and love all of them together. Their friendship is beautiful, and whether it’s a scene where they’re separated or all together, it’ll make you feel warm and fuzzy.
If none of the above appeals to you, just watch for Hernando. He’s worth it. He’s worth the world.