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open thread: Sense8


Bluejay requested an open thread to discuss the Netflix series Sense8, so here ya go. (I haven’t seen it, so I have nothing to say about it.)

Assume that the comments below are full of spoilers.

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  • Oracle Mun

    I’m torn between bingewatching this show, and taking it one episode at a time. So far I’ve watched the first episode and part of the second. I’ve heard lots of people say it should be treated like a 12-hour movie rather than a 12-episode season. Anyone here have a strong opinion about the best way to watch this?

  • Bluejay

    Yeah, it’s not episodic in structure, and you don’t really get a complete story arc every episode. It’s a slow build, and some episodes focus a lot on getting to know the characters better without significantly moving the main plot forward (which was fine with me, because I loved just spending time with the characters). By watching at least 2 or 3 episodes at a time, you get character development AND plot movement.

  • Oracle Mun

    Character-driven stories are my favorite. Having watched a few more episodes now, I’d say that once you get to episode 3, you might as well settle in and enjoy the ride.

    Also, Freema Agyeman as Amanita is a fiercely beautiful force of nature. You could say that about many of the women in the story, but Agyeman’s enthusiasm in the role blazes so brightly.

  • Padde

    Great actresses and actors, a diverse cast and story, an interesting idea at the core, an international production – and yet plodding, cliché stories which render the whole really less than its parts. 8 personal plots without any complexity, please give me a single complex story instead.

  • Bluejay

    please give me a single complex story instead.

    Season 2 may head in that direction; after all, at the end of Season 1, the sensates find themselves — figuratively AND literally — in the same boat.

  • Bluejay

    “Fierce” is just about right. Freema Agyeman is wonderful in this.

  • Oracle Mun

    I’m about ready to dive into the second half of the season, and I’m already foreseeing the need to watch everything again.

  • Nathan

    I really couldn’t get into this for just those reasons.

  • I’m 5 episodes into this now. It’s quite addicting. The characters themselves are all interesting, and I’m happy just to learn more about them.
    I agree with who ever said that the plots are weak. They are full of cliches, and you can see what’s coming a mile away. Regardless, I find this worth watching just for the character portraits.
    Plus, it’s a beautiful production of a show. They put a lot of time and effort into this, and it shows on screen. I love learning about the cultures of each character.

  • I didn’t even catch at first who that was!
    Yes, she is great. No holding back whatsoever.

  • I’ve seen 5 eps so far. While I agree with all you say, I still feel it’s been worth it so far just for the great characters.

    Plus, I’m loving the scenery and culture examination.

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