Netflix has canceled Sense8 after two seasons of mind-bending, globe-trotting adventures. Below, EW takes a stroll down Sense8‘s twisted memory lane with eight aspects of the Wachowskis’ bombastic drama about a cluster of human beings connected mentally and emotionally that we’ll miss the most.
1. Those euphoric music montages
There’s a reason why Sense8 was notoriously pricey to make: Just watch this entire three-minute sequence in season 1 devoted to a rendition of 4 Non Blondes’ “What’s Up”…
Shot on location, scenes like these captured its characters around the world — and rendered each of their homes in beautiful, stunning Technicolor. Sense8 loved doing montages like these (here’s another favorite, and though this one set to “Feeling Good” makes very little narrative sense, it’s just as gorgeous to watch). They underlined the series’ point that so many of our experiences are universal, and we’d know it if we just took a step back to notice that.
2. Those epic speeches
Watching Sense8 often felt like being wrapped in a cozy, comforting blanket. Much of this was thanks to monologues like this one from Lito, shot during the Pride Parade in Sao Paulo last year:
Sense8 liked to interrupt its story arcs with moments like these that emphasized inclusivity, diversity, and love over hate. Sure, these grand gestures lacked subtlety — one of these sequences directly asked “Who am I?” — but sometimes on-the-nose language is exactly what you need.
3. Those easy-to-ship, envelope-pushing love stories
Lito and Hernando and Daniela? Wolfgang and Kala? Nomi and Amanita? Will and Riley? Sun and her dog? Sense8 covered the spectrum of love and pushed TV boundaries with the relationships it depicted. There’s a reason why LGBTQ-positive organization GLAAD honored the series with its Outstanding Drama Series Award. There’s also a reason why the series found a massive cult following online with its endlessly gif-able moments, like this one:
(Look at Daniela swooping in to save that drink!)
4. Those fantastic fight scenes
It’s no surprise the Wachowskis pulled off inventive fight sequences rivaling those they did in the Matrix trilogy. It is, however, surprising how much they managed to pack into two seasons with eight distinct characters. Whether it was Sun helping Capheus survive, or Sun beating up bullies in prison, or Sun casually taking down four guards… anyway, you get the point. Most of the time, Sun was the one kicking ass, with Will and Wolfgang occasionally getting in on the fun. (That said, this fight between clusters in season 2 is pure genius and only possible on Sense8.)
5. That campy humor
Between Lito’s histrionics, Kala’s naivete, and even Nomi’s seedy hacker friends, Sense8 mined tons of amusing moments out of its run. Remember that time Lito “felt” Sun’s PMS?
Only Sense8 would think to wring humor out of a story involving a period and a traffic jam.
6. That dedicated cast
If you don’t follow the stars — Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton, Tina Desai, Tuppence Middleton, Max Riemelt, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Brian J. Smith, Aml Ameen, and Toby Onwumere — on all social-media platforms, you’re missing out on gems like these:
7. Those, um, NSFW moments
You knew this was coming. (Er, no pun intended.) The series often went there — there, as in graphic nude scenes, sensate orgies, and more. Can you blame the writers for knowing their entire cast was wildly attractive?
8. That sunny optimism
Despite two seasons of having its core eight-some escape villains like Whispers and unravel conspiracies involving other clusters, Sense8 always came back to celebrating its diverse sensate family. It’s a point worth repeating: As much as the drama headed down darker stories — think of Will constantly drugging himself to avoid being found or that frustrating cliffhanger with Wolfgang being captured — it never went so dark it couldn’t recover. As confusing as Sense8 became in its mythology, the series always explored love and acceptance in positive ways through a light, visually stunning feast. And just having a show like that is, well, priceless.