Possible spoilers ahead!
“Sense8” season 2 picks up not long after the Christmas special, as the eight main sensates — characters psychically connected to each other — are still hiding from Whispers (Terrence Mann) and the mysterious organization known only BPO. That cat-and-mouse game that started in season one, escalates in season 2 in all sorts of unexpected ways.
Season 2 also expands on the elements introduced in season 1, including the importance of the sensates relationships with one another. These relationships are not only fleshed out, but become essential to every episode of the new season. The core 8 are now more like a team than a group of strangers, they see to each other when things are good and when they are bad. They also help each other out throughout the season, sometimes with hilarious results.
Now that the group is aware of the danger presented by BPO, season 2 opens the series up to more action, especially when it comes to Hand-to-hand combat. Of course much of it comes courtesy Sun’s (Doona Bae) storyline, which finds her still confined to prison at the start of the season. But many others get in on the fun as well.
One of the things that makes the combat scenes in “Sense8” so epic, is the show’s editing. This is where the idea that the eight sensates can not only communicate but in some ways inhabit one another leads to some brilliantly edited sequences, and no just when it comes to combat. You truly believe these characters are one and the same.
This season’s plots explore Will (Brian J. Smith) and Riley’s (Tuppence Middleton) relationship, which was cool because we got to see a more independent side of Riley. Another relationship explored was the one between Wolfgang (Max Riemelt) and Kala (Tina Desai), who finally admit they love each other.
Season 2 pairs up other characters in fun ways too, Lito (Miguel Angel Silvestre) and Sun have opposite personalities, but they actually have some similarities and it was fun to see them interact with each other more, especially when Lito is depressed.
Meanwhile, Nomi (Jamie Clayton) has really grown since season 1. To me she’s the heart of the group and now the Oracle of the Sense8, this lead to some exciting collaborate during some of the season’s most tense moments. And Nomi’s relationship with Freema Agyeman as Amanita “Neets” Caplan, continues to be one of the series’ highlights, and I’m glad they gave her a much more prominent role in the show.
At the end of the day, I thought “Sense8” season 2 was better than the first season because it moved the story forward by leaps and bounds. It also gave each character a full arc, for example: Capheus becomes a celebrity in Nairobi; Kala’s uncertainty over her arranged marriage took some surprising turns, and Lito deals with what coming out publicly means for his career as an action star.
What I love best about “Sense8.” are the cast and what they each bring to their characters. I truly believe these people care for each other, and they never judge one an other. These relationships are the glue that holds this show together, and the positivity of human connection and acceptance shines through. I jut hope Netflix realizes what it has here, and renews “Sense8” for another season.
“Sense8” season 2 score: A