Have you ever thought that you can learn something from binge watching a Netflix show? Yes, it is possible.
After watching the final episode of Sense8- a Netflix show created by The Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski. It tells a story of eight strangers from different parts of the world who suddenly become mentally and emotionally linked (“sensates”). The show resonated very loudly – especially after Netflix decided to cancel the series and highly dedicated fandom (which, as you can see, I’m part of) moved heaven and earth to bring the show back to life.
Though I could talk about this show for hours, in this post, I want to focus on another aspect – what lessons are there in Sense8 for creators and designers – or even broader – for all of us? What are tips for creating hidden behind the beautiful scenes from this extraordinary show?
Showrunners created an extremely relatable piece. Everyone can relate to at least some character traits. Relatability is a crucial factor in storytelling, and as creators, we should pay special attention to the ability to refer to some part.
Sense8 tells a story of people’s similarity and ability to connect. The show is very democratic and tells the story of people like us. Relatability in this story is the main factor that brought people from all over the world together.
With the equality part being said, there is some other aspect – diversity. Sense8 tells a story of a human (ok – maybe superhuman) connection between people who don’t have much in common – at least at first sight. In this series, characters come from all around the world but understand each other well.
Spoiler alert – even though we are so different, we are still very similar.
One of the greatest quote in the series:
Who am I?
Do you mean where I'm from?
What I one day might become?
What I do?
What I've done?
What I dream?
Do you mean ... what you see or what I've seen?
What I fear or what I dream?
Do you mean who I love?
Do you mean who I've lost?
Who am I?
I guess who I am is exactly the same as who you are.
Not better than, not less than.
Because there is no one who has been or will ever be exactly the same as either you or me.
Fascinating, witty writing and breathtaking captures of the world’s most beautiful landscapes are the complete packages. The balance between form and content should always be the creator’s goal.
Captivating storytelling and photos in this series left me wanting more – after watching, I searched for more pictures and videos from the series’ location. Well done!
The final episode was made on fans’ demand and for them. Creating some things that are that absorbing is a masterpiece. However, one thing is sure – creators never forgot who they are making for – they kept it in their minds and followed it until the end.
In this brief post about one of my favorite tv shows, I tried to tackle a couple of features that, in my opinion, are part of the perfect piece of work. But does it mean that those features describe every ideal piece? Not necessarily. Inspiration often comes from within, and Sense8 is a perfect medium that connects, leaves you wanting more, and plucks at your heartstrings.
Should you watch it? Absolutely.
What inspires you, and what kind of artwork should be a role model? Share your thoughts in the comment section, on Facebook, and in private messages.