‘What you fans did is quite frankly unbelievable,’ Lana Wachowski says at the start of a Facebook video posted by the official Sense8 account. Wachowski co-created, wrote, and directed the original Netflix series with Lilly Wachowski and J. Michael Straczynski.
The show was lauded for its diversity and genuine cast of characters. It was suddenly canceled in June after two seasons. Then, by the end of the month, it was revived for a two-hour finale thanks to passionate fans.
In the 15-minute video, Wachowski and the cast of Sense8 profusely thank the fans for their support.
‘I could not be more proud to be a part of such an incredible show that has touched so many people on such a profound level,’ says Jamie Clayton (Nomi) in the video.
Shots of fans celebrating the show, or celebrating with the cast as Pride events around the world, intersperse the kind words. It’s truly a celebration of what the show means to people and why it’s so significant that it’s coming back for a proper farewell.
The video then turns to the impact of the show.
‘I’m someone who thinks about the power of cinema a lot,’ Wachowski explains. ‘I experienced it when I was young and I saw transgender characters. They were inherently tragic or they were joke or a victim or, most typically, psychopathic serial killers. Those kind of characters reflect the dominant narrative in our culture about difference.
‘When I pitched Sense8 to Netflix, I told them I wanted to tell a different story about difference. I wanted to tell a story in which difference was not something that set us apart from each other, but was actually fundamentally the thing that united us because difference is the one thing we all have in common.’