After nearly two years since the first season premiere on Netflix, Sense8 is finally back for Season 2. The brand new 10 episodes are set to appear on May 5 and here at The TV Junkies, we are hoping that this show pulls out all the punches.
Sense8 tells the story of eight strangers who are from different backgrounds and located all over the world. All eight lead characters experience a tragic death through dreams and visions at the beginning of the first season, which initiates their mental and emotional connections. This all while being pursued by a secretive group that hunts them down because they are seen as a threat to humanity’s future.
How can we not love this show? It is the perfect blend of diversity, mystery, and sci-fi, with the writing trio of J. Michael Straczynski (Bablyon 5, Thor), and siblings Lana and Lilly Wachowski (The Matrix Trilogy, Cloud Atlas), it also has some great moments of humor and morality. Add all that with gorgeous cinematography, beautifully choreographed fight scenes, masterful editing, and actors that bring a new level to amazing performances, and you have another underrated television show that more people should be watching.
While Season 2 is geared up to answer our questions from the first season, we thought we’d take a stroll down memory lane and revisit some of our top moments from Season 1.
Warning, beware of some light spoilers ahead.
In Episode 4, the group shares a song as Wolfgang is forced on stage for karaoke. Each of the sensates sings along from where they are. Riley is sitting at her favorite lookout spot smoking a vaporizer and starts to sing along. Capheus is driving his bus while singing. Will sings while working at his desk. Kala sings from a rooftop under a night sky. Lito sings while lying in bed after a night with Hernando and Dany. Nomi sings while lying drugged on a hospital bed, and Sun is singing in the shower. This was when many started to fall in love with the show and the eight main characters. It connected us with each one in that moment which, not only pair their situations almost perfectly to the song lyrics, but also took the storytelling to a new level as each scene carried with the music and the story lines.
“Call Me Bitch, One More Time”
In Episode 11, Capheus is caught in a tense situation in Narobi when Sun takes over his body from her prison cell. This fight scene is beautifully choreographed as it weaved between the two characters seamlessly. The fight begins as Sun dodges a gang member’s pistol shot, and another gang member ends up getting hit. She swings the machete, cutting off the pistol hand from his arm. There are a lot slashes and kicks as Sun fights off the attacking gang members and helps knock out the boss when Capheaus is unable to do so. The fight ends with Sun/Capheaus trying to catch their breath over a pile of dead bodies.
The Rocket Launcher
Each sensate draws specific strengths from the others when it is needed. In the case of Episode 10, Wolfgang needed Lito for his strength: manipulation. Lito appears to Wolfgang in his mismatch sock and flip-flop, undies and a sweat-stained tee shirt as they analyze the situation in front of them. Lito asks for permission to help get Wolfgang closer to the gun hidden underneath the car. Lito is able to make up a story that allows the time Wolfgang needs to grab the gun and take out a few of the men before ducking for cover. When the remaining men peel out in their car, Wolfgang opens the trunk of his car, revealing a rocket launcher. Needless to say, we get to see a giant explosion worthy of Lito’s priceless expression. When Wolfgang thanks him, Lito responds with, “Lying is easy. It’s what I do.” Wolfgang, in turn, tells when you make a mistake, “you live with it or you fix it.”
Wolfgang’s parting words leaving an impression on Lito, who later in Episode 10, decides to confront his mistakes and fix them. He drives his car to where his friend Dani is being held and he demands that she come with him. Joaquin threatens him with blackmail, but Lito doesn’t care. Joaquin delivers a punch to Lito’s throat. Lito is barely able to get a punch in and even tries to fight Joaquin by throwing plants at him. As Joaquin knocks Lito to the ground and begins to leave with Dany, Wolfgang appears and helps Lito to his feet. Wolfgang takes a punch without flinching, then delivers a series of blows, before finally knocking out Joaquin with an uppercut. When Lito thanks him, Wolfgang says with a smirk, “Fighting is easy. Fighting is what I do.”
Nomi gets a little help from her friends
In Episode 8, we get to see Will, Sun and Capheus all working to help get Nomi out of a tough situation as she avoids being captured by the Mr. Whispers. Nomi climbs over the patio railing and lands on the pavement being surrounded by armed policemen. She calls out for help and Sun arrives, telling her to stay calm. Nomi asks Sun if she’s real, and Sun responses with that she was in Seoul, sleeping. Will shows up when the police tell Nomi to get on her knees and dictates exactly how the police will proceed. Will yells “NOW!” and Sun takes out the policemen with a few punches. Will disarms one and Nomi delivers a good kick to the other. Will tells Nomi to throw the gun and take the bike. Nomi is able to avoid police on the bike before stopping at a gas station and hijacks a car. She gets in and says “I don’t know how to drive”, when suddenly Capheus shows up and says “I do.” He drives up and navigates them on a high-speed car chase, which results in him remembering a scene from a movie and he causes the car to do a flip and land on its wheels. This is just another great example of a beautifully choreographed and edited piece. Plus, who doesn’t like some good action and humor mixed together?
Kala and Wolfgang
In Episode 8, Kala having just dismissed her worried family from her bedroom, begins to get dressed as she turns to see Wolfgang is naked in her bed. They playfully banter as Wolfgang hints that she wants him there but Kala insists that he ruined her wedding. Wolfgang tells her he is attracted to her and he can feel her attraction for him. This scene doesn’t go into the brilliant mind that Kala has or the bad guy vibe that Wolfgang presents, but rather shows the humor and lightheartedness of each character’s personality. Wolfgang’s pat on the bed and Kala’s innocence and playfulness lends to the endearing relationship and compelling storyline.
Will and Riley
In Episode 8, we see the start of the romantic relationship start between Will and Riley. Will is in his apartment getting ready to leave when he sees Riley. Riley lets him know that she is ok and back home in Iceland. She gives him a tour of her house and talks about her family. Riley’s dad brings her coffee, which happens to be prepared the same way that Will takes his. He asks who she is talking to, and believes her when she says herself. Will then shows her around his apartment when a train passes by and causes a huge noise that surprises Riley. The two begin to move closer together and share their first kiss. Diego, Will’s cop partner, comes into Will’s apartment and sees him kissing the air.
This very poignant and touching scene in Episode 9, which mainly happens at an art museum. Lito is there visiting it, looking at Hernando’s favorite artwork and he flashbacks to Hernando talking and their first kiss. Hernando says, “Love is just like art: a force that comes into our lives without any rules, expectations or limitations.”
Nomi then shows up at the museum and they talk about what is going on in Lito’s life and how he is a coward aftering breaking up with Hernando. Nomi shares a personal story about how her father forced her to join the swim team when she was eight. One day the other boys ganged up on her, and held her in front of burning hot shower water, giving her permanent scars. She says that the moment made her “the woman that she is,” when she decided that she didn’t want to be one of the boys. This show touches more on LGBTQ issues in these 11 minutes than the majority of television shows do in their whole series.
Did any of your favorites make our list of top moments? Sound off in the comments below!
Sense8 Season 1 is already available on Netflix and Season 2 will be available to stream globally on May 5, 2017.
Hillary has been a TV Junkie since acting out show scenes for her parents at a young age. She followed her love of storytelling, first graduating with a degree in video production and currently in school getting her masters in Communications, New Media and Marketing. She has made a career of using digital creative storytelling while working within the non-profit sector and is excited to be able to write about her other passion -- geeking out over television shows. Never one to be boxed into any sort of genre, her show preferences range from Orphan Black to Modern Family to Wynonna Earp to Santa Clarita Diet. You can follow Hillary at @ryesquina.