"A group of people around the world are suddenly linked mentally, and must find a way to survive being hunted by those who see them as a threat to the world's order." ~Tagline courtesy of imdb.com.
MILD SPOILERS AHEAD!!!
If I were to mention Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, movies like The Matrix, V for Vendetta, and Cloud Atlas might come to mind; however, if I were to mention J. Michael Straczynski, the projects that come to mind would be: The Amazing Spider-Man comic books; Thor (2011); World War Z; and of course, the show that redefined television without anyone noticing-Babylon 5. Why do I mention all of this? Because you have to know where they've been to know where they're going. With Sense8, they're going somewhere nobody has ever conceived of before, and it's Phenomenal!
Imagine for a moment that you are no longer you. Your thoughts are not your own. Everything you experience-sound, sight, taste, touch, and smell-is shared with 7 other individuals scattered throughout the globe. You can recall past memories over your entire life, yours and the other 7. If one of you knows something, you all know that thing. If one of you can do something, you can all do something. 8 total strangers who are psychically connected across continents. Now imagine they only gained these abilities as adults, and nobody was there to help guide them through this unique transformation.
Naveen Andrews and Daryl Hannah make brief entrances to put a name to this psychic bond (They are Sense8s, shocking right?) and introduce the villain of the season, whom I won't mention here. (I've never liked spoilers, and I respect this particular villain too much to ruin it for anyone.) Obviously you're expecting all Hell to break loose at any minute, and I assure you, it delivers in a HUGE way! These are all fantastic reasons to enjoy the show, but they're not why I gave it a rating of 9.2. . . . .
SENSE8 IS THE MOST GROUNDBREAKING LGBT FRIENDLY SHOW IN TELEVISION HISTORY!
Most movies or TV shows that claim to be LGBT friendly usually consist of a gay man playing the 3rd lead, or a bisexual woman playing the 4th lead. Women are objectified as sexual objects while the men are revered as heroes. And they always make an extra point to try to include the LGBT character, which only serves to completely exclude them entirely. They didn't just make Sense8 LGBT friendly, they made it LGBT balanced. Equal. Nobody is less or more significant than anyone else, and they're all of vital importance to the story. There is female nudity-why wouldn't there be; and yet, it also shows full frontal Male nudity. As a straight man and a feminist, I have been wanting to see more balance with what they show of their actors for a long time. This endless debate over sexism will never end until men worldwide start getting a taste of their own medicine and are treated equally. Though not fond of male nudity, I stand up and applaud the creators for having the courage to be different.