Last summer, the Wachowski sisters solidified their role as iconic voices in sci-fi with the release of their Netflix original drama series, Sense8. The show follows eight protagonists from different parts of the world who share a mental-emotional link. The eight must band together to protect each other from those who wish to hunt them for their unique abilities. Though the show is primarily an action/sci-fi series, it has also been praised for its skillful representations of various identities, particularly via its LGBT characters.
As the show gained a kind of cult following after its 2015 premiere, fans have been itching for news about a potential second season. And, though a follow-up season seemed iffy for a while, fans finally got their wish (and then some) when Netflix announced that Sense8 would get both a 2016 Christmas special and a ten-episode second season. With the Christmas special looming and season 2 slated for mid-2017, Netflix has finally released a trailer for the Christmas special -- and a special behind-the-scenes message from co-creator Lana Wachowski, to boot.
The trailer for the two-hour Christmas special is sure to thrill even those who don't follow Sense8, with its haunting choir rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" (R.I.P.) and shots of both the sensates' personal moments and action-packed fight sequences. It's basically everything one would expect from Sense8 -- but with Santa hats and Christmas lights. You can check out the trailer, above.
In contrast, Lana Wachowski released a message to fans via Netflix explaining her desire to air a Christmas special. "Holidays can make you feel connected, [and] holidays can make you feel so isolated and alone," she says. Watch the co-creator's full message, below: