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Season 2 is such a beautiful examination of the themes of love, human relationships, and what identity is that the messy or less enthralling moments are worth pushing through. Giving into some of the nonsensical aspects of the show’s mythology, rewarded me with a better paced, more action-packed, and emotionally dynamic 10 episodes.

Sense8’s season two (2) picks up not long after season one (1) as the eight main sensates – characters psychically (and also somewhat physically) connected to each other – are still hiding from Whispers (Terrence Mann) and the mysterious organization BPO. That cat-and-mouse game, which has no shortage of twists to it, mostly comes in fits and starts at the beginnings and ends of episodes. It’s fun, wild, and gives the season and individual episodes form. Some of the cliffhangers do end up feeling too much like wheel-spinning stops along the journey meant to keep viewers binging from one episode to the next, though. 

The singular stories for the most part, even with season 2’s smaller episode order, feel stretched too thin across the entire season. And when their lives are at stake one minute, it can feel silly worrying about much smaller scale crises a couple of scenes later. Those more human problems are most effective when they involve the sensates working together, but as much as I appreciate the central cast’s work, their individual stories can still come across as padding between the truly moving aspects of the season.

Luckily, those moments are not in short supply. The conspiracy plot can be nonsensical but entertaining, and the concept of sensates is expounded upon as the group learns of more people like them out there as well as their history in regard to Angelica and Jonas (Daryl Hannah and Naveen Andrews, respectively, both of whom play important secondary roles this time around). The season also makes intriguing use out of exploring extensions of their gifts. It all gives the show even more of an X-Men vibe, one that fits well into the positive, inclusive viewpoint of the show.