Okay, this one’s a little … what’s the word we’re looking for here? “Complicated,” we suppose. Or perhaps it’s the opposite: it’s too simple to make sound interesting in a sentence or two. Let’s go to the tape:
And oh, hell. We might as well go to the PR-Speak as well:
“Sense8 is centered around eight characters that live in different cities around the world who experience a violent vision, and soon find themselves mentally connected by this experience. They are suddenly able to see and talk to each other as though they were in the same place, and have access to each other’s deepest secrets. Not only must these eight adapt to this new ability and to each other, they must figure out what happened and why and what it means for the future of humanity, while being hunted by an organization out to capture, kill or vivisect them.”
Weird, right? More:
“From the unparalleled creative minds of The Wachowskis (“The Matrix” trilogy, “Cloud Atlas”) and J. Michael Straczynski (Clint Eastwood’s “Changeling,” ”World War Z”), as well as executive producer Grant Hill (“The Matrix” trilogy, “Cloud Atlas”), Sense8 is unlike anything seen on television before, pushing the boundaries in style, scope, and story.
The international cast includes: Brian J. Smith, Tuppence Middleton, Jamie Clayton, Miguel Angel Silvestre, Tina Desai, Doona Bae, Aml Ameen and Max Riemelt. Also, Daryl Hannah, Naveen Andrews, Terrence Mann, Freema Agyeman, Alfonso Herrera, Erendira Ibarra, Adam Shapiro, Ness Bautista and Joe Pantoliano.”
Okay, we’re in. That’s a pretty sweet cast and this show’s got a hell of a pedigree behind it, with the Wachowskis and Straczynski steering things. The Wachowskis’ last few film efforts, specifically Speed Racer, Cloud Atlas and Jupiter Ascending, failed to set anyone’s world on fire, but they remain unique in their vision and the kind of passion they bring to their projects. We’re excited to see what they can do with a streaming series, which allows them all kinds of room to indulge their deepest obsessions. And since this almost looks like a parody of a very Wachowski-esque “International cast of good-looking people battle weird existential worldwide threat while also dancing and having lots of sex and shooting guns” story, it looks like they’re taking this opportunity and really running with it. In short, we’re very intrigued. This could be a nice little time-waster this summer.
As for that good-looking cast of international sexy people, there’s a video introduction for each one of them below (in playlist form). The presence of Naveen Andrews and a Korean character named Sun make the Lost comparisons somewhat inevitable. But you know what? “THE MAKERS OF THE MATRIX FILMS DO LOST” is one hell of a selling point.
The series drops on Netflix June 5th. We’re in. For the sexy people.
[Photo Credit: Murray Close/Netflix]