The Impact of "Sense8"

On June 8th, Sense8 released its final episode. The show centers around eight people from around the world who are connected by mental and physical powers. They are of different ethnicities, cultures, genders, and sexual orientations with different upbringings and personalities, yet they balance themselves beyond a typical family. In a month like June, during Pride, a show that is so incredibly diverse was and still is incredibly needed, especially for people of color and the LGBTQ+ community. While Netflix has decided to cancel the show, it is important to recognize the impact that Sense8 has had not only on the television show industry but on its viewers.

It is safe to say that television shows lack representation when it comes to people of color and LGBTQ+ characters. In Sense8, both groups are proudly represented, and the show doesn’t shy away from talking about serious issues like the pressures of coming out and the lack of acceptance. The show prides itself in recognizing the differences of each character while also displaying the similarities they all have. Each character has something to bring to the table, and as a group, they become a kickass family that oozes love, loyalty, and strength. The countries represented are Germany, Iceland, Mexico, the USA, South Korea, India, and Kenya. None of the characters have been to each other's countries, so the audience learns about the different cultures represented along with the characters. In a world where not everyone is accepted by their loved ones, a show like Sense8 provides the support system that every individual deserves. It also gives them a chance to see people like them represented in a true, authentic way. 

When Netflix announced that they were canceling Sense8, there was an outcry from the fan base, and attempts to reverse the decisionincluding calling Netflix headquarters and signing petitions—were made to no avail. The only way to truly understand how much the show impacted its viewers is to listen to the fans themselves.

“It changed my perspective on life and the world. It taught me what true love is and that beauty comes in all shapes and forms. It’s literally the most beautiful piece of art I have ever seen. And every feeling, scene, song and character still resonate with me on a day to day basis.” - Nada, @capwayne

“Sense8 is all emotion, reflexivity and savagery that hooked its audience in two seasons, framed in another wonderful universe of science fiction with the Wachowski's name behind it. I've always said it and I'll always say that Sense8 has a powerful message, values and it's that kind of series that would be necessary to watch in every high school. I'd define Sense8 as an ode to love.” - Sara, @sense8dailys 

“Sense8, to me, is more than a show. It’s a work of art, a masterpiece. It’s also a way of life. A way of living with love for yourself and for others. Accepting and embracing differences. Sense8, at its core, is all love. And that’s why it’s such an important and meaningful show to so many people.” - Annie, @nerdygaylaura

“I’m not sure I would even be alive now without this show. Sense8 showed me that there’s always love, care and courage in the world - even if you don’t see it at the moment. It made me feel like I’m truly not alone in this life, and that I never will be alone because I am also a we [show reference].” - Mila, @wonderbisexual

“Sense8 made me feel valid and important. It was the first time I felt represented on screen thanks to Kala. Her journey of learning to put herself first and choose her own happiness (in 2x11) was important and inspiring. I hope if we get more Sense8 the damage that was done to her character (in 2x12) can be fixed.” - Soni, @EpicRendezvous

By Blanca Reyes

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