The Wachowskis' 'Sense8' is Cancelled by Netflix After Two Seasons

Thursday, 01 June 2017 - 8:40PM
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Thursday, 01 June 2017 - 8:40PM
The Wachowskis' 'Sense8' is Cancelled by Netflix After Two Seasons
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Netflix has spent the past few years building a huge library of in-house shows, but despite how many series they've amassed, they cancel very few of them. But that's changing - a week after cancelling Baz Luhrmann's The Get Down, Netflix has given Lana and Lily Wachowski's Sense8 the axe.

Despite its clever ideas and involvement from the Wachowskis (of The Matrix fame), Sense8 was a tougher sell for Netflix, and one that received some poor reviews from critics despite the fanbase it gathered. Following a group of eight strangers around the world who suddenly become psychically linked, the show featured a much more diverse cast than the majority of modern sci-fi shows. Or any kind of show, for that matter.



Whether it was because of poor marketing or simply a failure to capture a wide audience, Sense8 never generated half as much buzz as some other sci-fi shows from Netflix (a certain show with Christmas lights and demogorgons comes to mind). While it's a shame, Sense8 was in a much more precarious position, so its cancellation isn't the biggest surprise.

And considering its recent second season got such little attention, it never had much of a chance to become Stranger Things, which Netflix would probably make forever if they could get away with it. Netflix's vice president of original content, Cindy Holland, gave a statement on the cancellation. It's heartfelt, which doesn't change the fact that they're canning it anyways:

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"After 23 episodes, 16 cities and 13 countries, the story of the Sense8 cluster is coming to an end. It is everything we and the fans dreamed it would be: bold, emotional, stunning, kickass and outright unforgettable. Never has there been a more truly global show with an equally diverse and international cast and crew, which is only mirrored by the connected community of deeply passionate fans all around the world."
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It's hard to tell whether Netflix has more shows on its chopping block. While they've cancelled shows before, mostly bad ones like Hemlock Grove and Marco Polo, those instances are so few and far apart that it's notable for two cancellations happening this close together.

At least Stranger Things isn't going anywhere soon.
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