Saturday, June 6, 2015

Sense 8 after first episode

Sense 8 was released yesterday and it falls into genres I usually review. I had other thing planned for next Monday because I forgot all about Sense 8. I checked first episode yesterday to check if I should binge watch the season and make video of it for next Monday. I decided not to. Because of that I want to give my first thoughts here. I will review Sense 8 after I have watched it but I don't know will it be video or blog post and when it comes.

Sense 8 is written by dream team of The Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski. The Wachowskis are known for Matrix and JMS is the man behind Babylon 5. The Wachowskis have struggled to make good movie since first Matrix. JMS went to write comics. His run with Thor showed he can still write interesting stories. I have not read his other comics.

Sense 8 could have been comeback for The Wachowskis and JMS. It still can be but after first episode it doesn't feel like it. The Wachowskis are make same mistake as with Cloud Atlas. There are too many characters and we jump between characters too randomly. When character's story start to get interesting we jump to next character. Series has eleven more episodes. Story could start to make sense later but after first episode I don't have any idea what is going on. There are interesting characters but nothing gives me feeling I have to check what happens next.

This can be problem. I decided not to binge watch Sense 8 and review it during weekend. Some others may skip the series because first episode didn't draw them in. JMS usually starts slowly and it takes a little time before his stories starts to work. Slow start is required to build foundation for the story. This might be case with this too but was it necessary to introduce all eight main characters in first episode and not give any hints what is going on?

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