Jupiter Ascending was a mess, a crazy, beautiful, intriguing mess to be sure, but still a mess. This marks the Wachowskis’ third consecutive box office flop (it currently sits at $124 million worldwide, which sounds impressive, but against $176 million budget, that’s not good), and the brother-sister duo even joked recently that no one is going to give them the money to work on this scale ever again. That said, this hasn’t dampened their ambition on iota, and their upcoming Netflix series, Sense8, which teams them with Babylon 5’s J. Michael Straczynski, is going to be every bit as bonkers as their most outlandish films. The series has a new description and we now know exactly when we’ll get to check it out.
Netflix announced today that the first, ten-episode season of Sense8 will drop on the streaming service on June 5. Accompanying the announcement is a brief new 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.”
That’s definitely way more esoteric than it is informative. What we’ve heard prior to this is that the series follows eight individuals from around the world who, after a traumatic incident, develop a psychic link and are hunted down by mysterious, nefarious forces. The Wachowskis’ helmed some of the episodes, as did their Cloud Atlas partner in crime Tom Tykwer, and they filmed all over the world.
This sprawling story sounds exactly like what you’d expect from all parties involved thematically and scope wise, and this promises to be a spectacle to behold. According to the filmmakers themselves, the production included filming things like live births, actual babies being born, and the episodes involve things like “crazy psychic orgies.” I don’t know exactly what that means, but I’m excited to find out. You didn’t expect anything boring, normal, or that you’ve seen before, did you?
We’ll have to wait and see how the finished product turns out, but given their expansive narrative proclivities, the idea of the Wachowskis working in an episodic format is intriguing as hell. We recently heard rumors that there is a four-hour cut of Cloud Atlas floating around, and they weave such intricate stories that it’s easy to imagine them thriving, at least in that regard, in a realm that will allow them all the space they need to work. But mostly we’re stoked to see Sense8 because it sounds absolutely nuts, and we need more of that in our sci-fi.