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“Sense8” is Netflix’s newest binge-worthy show

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Binge watching, a newer trend in television shows since the rise of streaming services on the internet, is the way many people now watch TV. Shows now tend to be made specifically with the idea that the viewer will be watching it continuously, especially the shows that are released all at once on Netflix or Hulu.

Netflix original shows have been redefining television for the past few years with hit shows like “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black,” shows made for bingeing that still are able to compete with other cable or network shows. Netflix now offers many original series that are worth watching over a weekend—or a day, if you want to binge it continuously. One of these shows, “Sense8,” is specifically meant to be binged, a quality that makes the show interesting despite its slow plot for the first half of the season.

“Sense8” is a science fiction show about eight people that suddenly become sensates, a new type of human being. These eight people are spread out across the world, from San Francisco to Mumbai, and are able to communicate with each other telepathically. There is someone that is out to destroy them, though, and they have to help each other stay away from this villain, mysteriously called Mr. Whispers.

Unfortunately, the show does not elaborate much on the feared villain other than a few shots until the final episode of the show, where the motivations of the villain are still not understood. This is one of the many complaints of critics along with the sometimes illogical explanations and the slow movement of the plot. Despite these downfalls, it still is interesting and was able to hold my attention and keep me watching episode after episode.

The show, made by the Wachowskis, the same people behind “The Matrix” series, spends a lot of time showing the viewer each sensate and his or her life, instead of taking time to explain the science of the show or the logic and purpose behind the idea of a sensate. The first half of the season can feel very slow because of this, especially when viewers are used to science fiction that is often action-packed.

But it is still fun and interesting because of its bingeing qualities. Instead of having to wait a whole week for another episode that has mainly exposition about only a few characters, you can start the next episode immediately to see other characters and get on with the story. The show’s existence on Netflix as a binge watching show is exactly what makes it work and worth watching.

In addition to its interesting yet mysterious plot, the show is stunning with its sets across the world and the social issues it tackles. The show has a strong LGBT presence, with a trans woman whose mother still refuses to accept her transition and a gay man that is afraid to be honest about his sexuality because of his acting career. All of the characters appear to be as important as the others, no matter where in the world they are. Once the characters start to interact more with each other and realize what is going on, the show gets better. Some of the best scenes are the ones where the sensates help each other out, showing that every person has a skill that can come in handy at some point, no matter where in the world they come from.

“Sense8” can be slow at times and have a limited sense of direction, but it is a generally fun show to watch once you get into it. It has a little bit of everything in it: action scenes, dialogue, comedy, sing-alongs and even a Bollywood-style music number. It might not make a lot of sense, but is a fun summer binge for a boring week or even a day if you want to watch it all at once. It might not be on the same level of cable and network dramas, but it is very interesting, fun and unique, something that I think is worth praising in television today.

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