With 34 Emmy nominations this year, Netflix continues to not only dominate the world of television, but also change it with its all-at-once binge-inducing releases. While established series like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black have proven the streaming service's knack for creating complex programs with boundary-pushing stories and characters, shows like Daredevil, Marco Polo, and Sense8 have helped redefine the small screen aesthetic with stunning visuals and ambitious stunt work that often rivals that of the big screen.
It came as somewhat of a surprise, then, that Sense8 failed to snag any Creative Arts nominations for its technical work. The lack of Emmy love came on the heels of mixed reactions to the Wachowski's head-spinning brainteaser, which had yet to receive confirmation of a second season, despite developing a cult (cluster?) following. Luckily, after two months of silence, fans of the show can finally breathe a sigh of relief together.
That's right, Sense8 will return with a second season. The long-awaited news was confirmed on Netflix's Twitter today, via a video from the show's cast, in which they also wished their onscreen counterparts a happy birthday (Sensates all share the same birthday). Check out the video below:
— Netflix US (@netflix) August 8, 2015
With many praising Sense8's originality and ambition, and others criticizing its almost deliberately (and frustratingly) complex web of plot threads, the show's survival seemed as uncertain and uneasy as that of its eight protagonists, especially after their climactic rescue mission in the season 1 finale. Despite the lack of a guaranteed continuation, though, the show certainly earned a chance to demonstrate what more it could do.
The majority of season 1 teased the storyline's grand potential, with the Sensates only beginning to grasp and understand the extent of their unique connection and the abilities they have access to as a result. Arguably, the most memorable moments of the show involved three or more characters working together - "sharing" their separate skills and knowledge - to overcome insurmountable odds. These scenes paid off in part because of their scarcity, the slow-burn buildup to them, and the technical proficiency with which they were presented on-screen. The success of these intricate sequences aside, the question now becomes whether or not the show will be able to maintain the audience's level of interest, if it begins using them more and more in the coming episodes.
That said, season 1 was only the tip of the iceberg. With the entire cluster's future in danger - thanks to Will making inadvertent eye contact with Mr. Whispers - the show is primed for a fast-paced second season, complete with more action, more stunning cinematography, and, if we're lucky, more answers.
Sense8 season one is available now on Netflix. Stay tuned to Screen Rant for more updates on season 2.