I've already done a relatively spoiler free introduction to the characters and concept of Sense8, check it out here. But this article WILL HAVE SPOILERS FOR ALL OF SEASON 1! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
Now I have to say, Sense8 surprised me to no end the entire time I spent watching it. The show's basic concept of eight people interconnected telepathically did not thrill me, nor did the trailer for it that I saw. By the end of the first episode I remained slightly wary about it. But I am so glad I stuck with it, because this is almost the best Netflix original show of the year (sorry but... Daredevil). It's certainly a stepping stone for the giant that is Netflix for the future (as if they were running out of ideas...). The individual story arcs for each of the eight characters are all excellent, and so diverse in nature. Some people are shooting up bad guys every episode, while some are just trying to deal with the emotional turmoil of having to marry someone you don't love, or with trying to keep a secret from the world. Everyone can relate to at least one of these characters I think, the struggles they have faced in the past, or the things they deal with in everyday life. At the very least you should be able to identify via location. The characters are spread out across the globe magnificently. I questioned them all being around the same age, until I realised it was a necessity for all eight to share their first breath. The finale was especially thrilling, with Will almost commiting suicide to save the rest of the sensates, only to come up with a temporary solution to their problem. Riley and Will are certainly not out of the woods, but at least none of the eight died. That was what terrified me through the final episodes, as I love all the characters and any deaths would be heartbreaking. The big question now is what can we expect from Season 2?
Well we are bound to see more of Whispers, as he is an awesome villain, and isn't going to be happy about the sensates escaping him in Iceland. I'm really looking forward to more of the sensates meeting in person like Riley and Will did in the last episode, and the individual story arcs, while probably getting less attention as the sensates try to deal with Whispers collectively, will certainly continue on for some of them.
What I love about this show is how much it deals with real world problems, everything from sex changes to arranged marriages, and even some deadly questions like "How far would you go to save your mother's life?" or "What would you do to protect your darkest secret?". It's really not just a great new Sci-fi show (which you certainly don't see all that often these days) it's also a fresh look on society at all of it's different levels. The main story arc that crept up throughout season one is going to take a larger role in season 2, but I hope that it isn't at the expense of the time spent dealing with these questions, and I suspect it won't be.