Axed: Sense8

Epic futuristic / mythology drama wraps at just 2 seasons.

Netflix has axed its epic futuristic / mythology drama Sense8 after 2 seasons.

Statement from Cindy Holland, vice president of Netflix original content: “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.”

But the global backdrop came with a hefty pricetag. Deadline notes because of the big-budget show’s lengthy pre-production, production and post-production, options on the cast had expired. Although Netflix had reached out to the core actors and negotiated new contracts for a potential third season it ultimately decided to wrap the series.

The news follows the recent axing of The Get Down after just 1 season and CEO Reed Hastings noting the streaming giant needed to cancel more shows in order to take big-hitter risks on new titles.

6 Responses

  1. I’ll miss Sense8. I found it a visual and emotional ride few shows can match.
    I almost gave up after 2 episodes, but replayed episode 1 and it fell into place.. Most people I know who gave up didn’t invest in story arc and found it overwhelming.
    You cant do your knitting and txt while watching, it just wont work.
    I understand the reasons for cancellation though.

  2. Season 1 of Sense8 was a colourful visual feast with enough eroticism and picturesque globetrotting to cover the occasional lapses in plot which did not matter as the individual stories and charismatic characters kept you interested, Watching season 2 the empathy that had developed in season 1 for the heroes disappears as we are transported like Dr Who here there and everywhere. The show certainly cost a lot of money but Sense8 is now looking disjointed and wastefully self indulgent it is certainly in need of more creative development if it was to continue, so I’m not surprised it was axed,

  3. Can’t say I’ll miss Sense8, I was always unimpressed with it. I couldn’t even finish season 1, too earnest and too heavy handed with a truly stupid premise that never managed to persuade me to suspend disbelief.

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