Still cancelled: Netflix responds to Sense8 petition
VOD News | On 10, Jun 2017
After the news that Sense8 has not been renewed for a third season, multiple petitions were launched to get Netflix to reconsider. There is good news and bad news for fans of The Wachowskis’ epic sci-fi series. The good news? Netflix has listened and responded to the campaign. The bad news? The show is still cancelled.
Brian J. Smith, who plays Will Gorski in the show, supported the calls to #RenewSense8. While fan campaigns can be effective, with NBC deciding to renew Timeless after cancelling it, following a big push from disappointed fans, the streaming service refused to reverse its decision.
Why was Sense8 cancelled? The main reason appears to be numbers, judging by comments made by Smith in a letter posted online to fans.
“Guys, there are no secrets here. I’ve been given the same reason for the cancelation that you have: viewership,” he wrote. “As far as I’m aware there is no shady court intrigue that contributed to Netflix’s decision, and I know that a lot of very smart people had to reach a consensus in order to pull the plug on a show that they had already invested an insane amount of capital in, even if that meant the story would never get an ending. I think the saddest part of finishing a show this way is knowing that future audiences will never pick up a story they know has no resolution. It’s seems like such a waste.”
He added: “Do you remember when I tweeted on May 30, in response to a fan’s concern that the show might get canceled, “This might be a good time to start making some noise”? I had a pretty clear idea by that point that Netflix had made their move, and I also knew from previous experience that once a cancellation is announced there is no going back. It is absolutely final, and the fans are left feeling helpless and angry. I stepped out of my lane and preempted the official announcement because you, our cluster, deserved to have your voices heard. And you came roaring back in a way I wasn’t expecting. It was beyond awesome. I guarantee you, you were seen and you were heard.
“Please know that the fight you all put up in trying to save something that you loved will forever be the “final season” of Sense8. YOU have given the show the ending it deserved. Even if that fight didn’t have a happy ending, it meant something. Don’t ever forget that.”
Smith also praised Netflix producers Peter, Cindy and Tara for their support of the programme.
“Netflix is a relatively young enterprise and these kinds of growing pains suck. But please remember that they made this strange, gorgeous, unconventional show possible in the first place, and the show would have continued if only the viewership justified the expense. It may not seem fair in the face of such passionate fan backlash, but it always, ALWAYS boils down to numbers.”
Netflix posted on the show’s official Facebook page:
“To our Sense8 family… We’ve seen the petitions. We’ve read the messages. We know you want to #RenewSense8, and we wish we could #BringBackSense8 for you. The reason we’ve taken so long to get back to you is because we’ve thought long and hard here at Netflix to try to make it work but unfortunately we can’t. Thank you for watching and hope you’ll stay close with your cluster around the world. #SensatesForever”
The programme’s cancellation followed a similar decision by Netflix to axe The Get Down, another of its most expensive original series. Both calls came after CEO Reed Hastings commented in an interview that Netflix should have a higher cancellation rate so that it can take more risks with its content, with shows such as 13 Reasons Why an example of those risks paying off.
As for Sense8, two seasons and a Christmas special are still available to watch on Netflix, spanning 13 countries, a uniquely diverse cast and a dazzling blend of emotion and action.
“Spectacular, stylish, and entirely human, Sense8’s assured second season is blossoming into a wholly unique sci-fi masterpiece,” we wrote of the programme’s bold sophomore run. Still haven’t seen Sense8? You can catch up with our reviews here.
Sense8 cancelled by Netflix
1st June 2017
Sense8 has been officially cancelled by Netflix.
The sci-fi thriller, which was created by Lana Wachowski, Grant Hill (The Matrix, Cloud Atlas) and J. Michael Straczynski (World War Z), is a one-of-kind epic, which won over fans with its earnest heart, globe-trotting scale and bonkers imagination. The show centres around eight characters, all from different parts of the world, who experience a shared violent vision. From that moment, they are connected telepathically, able to see and talk to each other as though they’re in the same place, with access to each other’s deepest secrets.
The show returned for Season 2 last month, with returning cast members including Doona Bae, who also starred in The Wachowskis’ Cloud Atlas and Jupiter Ascending. However, now, Netflix has confirmed that the programme will not return for a third season.
Cindy Holland, VP Netflix original content, announced the news in a statement today: “After 23 episodes, 16 cities and 13 countries, the story of the Sense8 cluster is coming to an end. It is everything we and the fans dreamed it would be: bold, emotional, stunning, kick ass, and outright unforgettable. Never has there been a more truly global show with an equally diverse and international cast and crew, which is only mirrored by the connected community of deeply passionate fans all around the world. We thank Lana, Lilly, Joe and Grant for their vision, and the entire cast and crew for their craftsmanship and commitment.”
The surprise move is out of the ordinary for Netflix, which has a history of renewing most of its original seasons. It follows the similarly unexpected decision not to renew The Get-Down and Bloodline, and the less unexpected decision not to renew Marco Polo. Never seen Sense8? You can catch up with our reviews here.
Sense8 Season 2 trailer promises war
10th April 2017
“This is not a game. This is war.” That’s the sound of Sense8 returning for a second season – and this time, it’s not pulling any punches.
From Lana Wachowski, Grant Hill (The Matrix, Cloud Atlas) and J. Michael Straczynski (World War Z), Sense8 centres around eight characters, all from different parts of the world, who experience a shared violent vision. From that moment, they are connected, able to see and talk to each other as though they were in the same place, with access to each other’s deepest secrets.
Sensates by their nature, though, are a threat to secrecy – and that means that while the group must adapt to their new abilities (and to each other), they must also fight for their survival. In Season 2, dark forces continue to track them all. What is BPO, the secret organisation searching for their cluster? And can the Sensates band together to stay alive – and start to hunt their hunters?
The second season of Netflix’s sci-fi thriller certainly looks like it means business, with the new trailer for the sophomore run full of stunning spectacle, globe-trotting landscapes and, of course, some serious conflict.
All episodes of Sense8’s second season premiere on Friday 5th May. Here’s the video – or read on for Season 2’s new poster.
Netflix unveils new images for Sense8 Season 2
24th February 2017
After its seasonal special last Christmas, Sense8 Season 2 is drawing closer. Now, we have our first look at what’s in store, with a string of new images from Netflix.
Picking up where Season 1 left off, the second run of The Wachowskis’ series will see Capheus, Kala, Lito, Nomi, Riley, Sun, Will and Wolfgang come together, both physically and mentally, as they are plunged into the middle of each other’s tragedies and triumphs.
On the run from Whispers, and forced to question their very identity, it’s a matter of survival, as the Sensates must find a way to live with, understand and protect one another against all odds.
Season 2 will premiere on Friday 5th May in all territories where Netflix is available.
Read on for the photos – or head this way to read our Sense8 Christmas special review.
Sense8 Christmas special trailer released
17th December 2016
Nothing says Christmas like a bunch of strangers becoming telepathically connected through a shared violent vision. Netflix clearly thinks so, as it’s commissioned a festival special from The Wachowskis’ Sense8.
The two-hour episode, announced last month, continues the journey of these eight singular hearts and minds weaving in and out of each other’s lives.
The Christmas special will be released on Netflix globally on Friday 23rd December, before Season 2 premieres on Friday 5th May 2017. Season 2 picks up where Season 1 left off, as Capheus (Toby Onwumere), Kala (Tina Desai), Lito (Miguel Angel Silvestre), Nomi (Jamie Clayton), Riley (Tuppence Middleton) , Sun (Donna Bae), Will (Brian J. Smith) and Wolfgang (Max Riemelt) come together both physically and mentally, plunged into the middle of each other’s tragedies and triumphs.
Here’s the trailer:
People coming together to find deeper connections, learn more truths about each other and struggle to identify with more than just themselves? Maybe a Sense8 Christmas special does make sense after all. At least, it does when you hear Lana Wachowski explain it:
Never seen Sense8? Catch up with our reviews of Season 1 here.
Sense8 will return for a Christmas special before Season 2
4th December 2016
Sense8 will return for a Christmas special this December before Season 2.
Netflix’s original sci-fi, created by The Wachowskis, follows eight strangers around the world, who experienced a violent vision followed by the ability to connect with each other’s thoughts, actions and emotions. The result was a globe-trotting epic, shooting in Nairobi, Chicago, Reykjavik, Seoul, Berlin, Mumbai, and London.
“Sense8 does a passable job of creating tension and action, as it always has, but thrives where a chance to explore true emotion presents itself,” we wrote in our review of the final episodes of Season 1. “Delving into a variety of cultures and struggles, the show works far better as an exploration of the human, than the superhuman.”
It was soon after that the streaming service announced that it had renewed the show for a second run. Now, though, fans won’t have to wait long for their next dose of emotional sci-fi action: Sense8 will return for a seasonal special later this month.
Just in time for Christmas, the two-hour episode will premiere on 23rd December.
“The journey continues as these eight singular hearts and minds weave in and out of each other’s lives finding deeper connections, learning darker, more desperate secrets about one another and struggling to identify with more than just oneself,” reads the official description for the one-off outing, which makes it sound incredibly festive.
Our story continues.
A Christmas Special: December 23.
10 new episodes: May 5, 2017.
— Sense8 (@sense8) December 3, 2016
Netflix broke the news last night, but its Christmas presents to Sense8 viewers weren’t over yet, with an additional announcement that Sense8 Season 2 will premiere on Friday 5th May 2017.