The Season 2 trailer for Sense8 delivers a message much needed in the world today: “We are all worth fighting for.”
It opens with a man (played by Clive Wood) talking to Will (Brian J. Smith), presumably at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. The man explains to Will that “The Night Watch,” one of Rembrandt’s most famous paintings, is “an iconic work of individuals setting aside there differences for the common good.”
The official trailer shows several scenes from the new season that offer up the distinct worldview of creator Lana Wachowski. Humanism, universalism—whatever brand you put on the show’s themes—it champions inclusion and diversity and celebrates both the differences and similarities in people from all over the world.
And while some may find these ideas hokey and liberal clap-trap, I choose to hope, like the man speaking to Will does, for a better future.
The series, from Wachowski, Grant Hill and J. Michael Straczynski, tells the stories of eight people from seven different countries who become psychically linked as “sensates.” They are able to share each other’s thoughts, feelings and abilities.
“Sensates by their very nature are a threat to secrecy,” the man tells Will.
In Season 1, dark forces recognized the threat posed by sensates, sending the mysterious Mr. Whispers (Terrence Mann) to destroy the cluster. He didn’t succeed, but eventually linked with Will when they looked in each other’s eyes. Now he sees and feels what Will sees.
In the new season, the sensates take the fight to Whispers and the BPO, the shadowy organization hunting all sensates. Get ready for more globe-trotting adventures as they go after Whispers in hopes of stopping him and the BPO for good.
As we saw in last year’s Christmas special, Whispers is hot on the heels of Riley (Tuppence Middleton) and Will. But Riley keeps him away by pumping Will full of heroine so he doesn’t reveal anything to Whispers.
The Christmas special also revealed what’s going on the sensates’ personal lives. Lito (Miguel Angel Silvestre) came out publicly as he and Fernando (Alfonso Herrera) faced homophobia. Nomi (Jamie Clayton) and Amanita (Freema Agyeman) still are on the run. Capheus’s (Toby Onwumere) transport service developed a fan following.
Sun (Doona Bae) awaits her release from prison, but that may not happen soon. Wolfgang (Max Riemelt) has his own problems as he takes on a Berlin gang. Despite her feelings for Wolfgang, Kala (Tina Desai) settled into her marriage with Rajan (Purab Kohli).
Naveen Andrews and Daryl Hannah also return for the new season.
The new season streams May 5 on Netflix.
Sense8 S2 poster
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