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So I was in the midst of writing a post to share with y’all about the male wonders of my latest TV obsession, when my google alert pinged and broke my damn heart. My beloved show was cancelled. What sort of hot nightmare is this? I was about to scrap this whole post because honestly, who tells someone to start watching a show that has been tragically cut short and won’t even get a real ending. Then I remembered why I love this show so much and realized that just because it didn’t resolve all of its story lines, it is still one of the best shows in recent memory. It’s uplifting and geeky and sexy and funny and diverse and real and humane. And folks, it doesn’t hurt one tiny bit that it features some of the hottest sex I’ve seen on my television. So, let us just ignore the cancellation news and enjoy the scenery of this beautiful show.
In the overwhelming TV landscape, it’s easy to completely miss an amazing show. I’ve had to shamefully admit more than once that I’ve never watched an episode of Breaking Bad. I still haven’t made time to watch The Americans. And, if I have to hear someone tell me to watch This Is Us one more time I’m going to turn into one of those “I only watch PBS” people out of pure spite.
Despite the insane amount of options out there, I’m here to tell you – if you haven’t binged on Sense8 yet you’re missing something pretty fantastic. To give an oversimplified description of the show: eight strangers sprinkled across the globe learn they are all interconnected. They can “visit” each other, seemingly being both in the same place at the same time. They can also “share” with each other, where they can access the body, mind and skills of the person they’re sharing with. As geeky shows go, it’s a fairly reasonable premise, complete with a global corporate conspiracy, creepy scientist dudes named “Whispers” and lots of incredibly well choreographed action sequences. We could easily talk about the show’s contribution to the world of science fiction or the how freaking insane the editing is, but let’s talk about what’s really important: the sexy-nass.
Sense8 is like the Sunday Brunch Buffet of TV show hotness. Everything looks delicious and there is something to suit everyone’s tastes. Seriously, everyone on this show can get it.
I could easily talk for days about the swoon-worthy-ness of each and every Sensate (as they’re referred to on the show), but to avoid a TL;DR scenario I just want to draw your attention to one character: Wolfgang Bogdanow (played by Max Riemelt). The Berlin-based, somewhat reluctant gangster is the epitome of cool badassery. What I noticed very early on in this series that sets Wolfie (omg, the nickname) apart from the many other worthy TV hot dudes is that the show’s creators have accomplished something pretty spectacular with this character. They have brought a literary boyfriend to life. He has all the characteristics of your favorite boyfriend from the page: loyal, dangerous, principled, clever, and the ability to show his soft mushy core with one special person. In case I haven’t swayed you yet to jump on this German thirst train, here are some more reasons:
I may not be trolling around on celebrity social media, leaving shady-bish comments on the pages of poor, unsuspecting celebutantes, but LAWD I love me a good ship. Honestly, I ship everyone on this damn show – even one of the characters and their dog. Wolfgang and Kala are the stuff ship dreams are made of. Angsty, forbidden, and chemistry for days.
One of the best things about finding a new obsession is digging through their IMDB profile to find what to watch next to get your fix (hello, A Princess for Christmas). Since Max Riemelt’s previous films were all in German, this required some next level dedication. After reading about Free Fall (Freier Fall, in German), I was gonna go all in – subtitles and all.
This movie = totally worth having to awkwardly explain to your husband at 3:00pm on a Saturday afternoon why you’re watching a movie in German while the kids are napping.
This is some sexy shit, y’all. And the best part – the film developed a cult following that spawned a crowdfunding campaign to make Free Fall 2. The mini-trailer they made for the Indiegogo campaign was worth the donation alone.
If a blonde, emotionally damaged tough guy isn’t your bag, you’re in luck. Sense8 also offers a variety of genetically-blessed charisma machines! Not to mention a soundtrack to help fill up your gym playlist (and sexy-time playlist).
I’m literally heartbroken this show has been cancelled. This is one of those shows that sticks with you long after you’ve watched it, drives you to find every write-up available on episodes you’ve watched, and dig up other movies and shows the cast has starred in. I’m holding out hope that the #BringBackSense8 campaign that was trending on twitter the day the cancellation was announced will result in something…anything. So, yes, the show ended abruptly and left cliffhangers galore – but don’t let that deter you. Whether another network picks up the show, Netflix decides to give in to the nerd masses and give us a 2-hour movie special to wrap up storylines, or nothing happens and all we have are two beautiful seasons, Sense8 is worth adding to your ever-expanding list of “shit to watch”. Even if it’s just for the dudes. And the orgies.
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