Andy and Lana Wachowski have been trying daring things with sci-fi and fantasy cinema on the big screen for years, and now they're taking it to the small screen with the help of Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski and Netflix. We first heard about Sense8 several years ago, but it seemed like ages before we got any real information about the series' plot, and even longer before that information actually started to make sense to us. When the concept finally did become clear, it was a very intriguing one, but one piece of the puzzle was missing: We hadn't seen any of the execution yet. Now we have, thanks to the first trailer for the series.
In case you're not up to speed, here's Sense8's official synopsis:
One gunshot, one death, one moment out of time that irrevocably links eight minds in disparate parts of the world, putting them in each other's lives, each other's secrets, and in terrible danger. Ordinary people suddenly reborn as "Sensates."
The trailer lays out this concept in some very interesting visual ways. The "Sensates" see each other through mirrors, visualize places they've never been, suddenly grasp new skills they never had, all because they're somehow linked across continents, cultures and lifestyles. The concept is lent further clarity by narration provided by the character of Jonas (Lost's Naveen Andrews), an ally to the Sensates who both explains some of what they experience via their strange link and explains that their lives will be threatened. What he doesn't explain is why ...
The trailer, like everything else about this series so far, is still quite vague, though. It doesn't give us character names, locations or any real exposition. It's a collection of ideas and images strung together with thrilling precision, and it definitely creates something the Wachowskis have said they wanted to convey all along: the idea that everything on this Earth is connected, whether you're a trans woman in San Francisco or a pharmacist in Mumbai.
Sense8 premieres June 5 on Netflix. Will you be watching?