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12 July 2018 @ 05:38 pm
Sense8: What Could Have Been and Predictions of a Hypothetical Future  
Since the finale special of Sense8, it has left me with wanting and aching for more. That's what happens when a show gets cancelled, even if they get the chance to do a special to wrap things up there's still so many places of where the story could've gone and it did leave us with there being a kind of open ending, in a way. So I decided to make a list of things that I wished had happened had we gotten a proper third season like we should've, or, if we somehow do end up getting another season that takes place directly where the special finale left off on what happened afterwards and the possible future of where the story would've taken up. Just for my own fun and enjoyment, really, because this show meant so much to me.

(♡ ♡ ♡)

→ One of our main characters giving birth to another cluster. I feel like this would have eventually led to this at some point, since not only did the series begin with Angelica giving birth to their cluster but we also learn that Sensates of any gender can give multiple cluster births at any point of their lives, and we recently learned that Angelica knew that she was to give another cluster birth. So the idea that one of our main eight was to give birth to a cluster of their own probably would have been the next step, probably later on had the show continued, possibly during the true series finale of their original planned five seasons. There are some speculations on who this would've been, and I, personally, believe that the most likely person would've been Riley considering her backstory and the parallel between her and Angelica. Though I can honestly see any one of them giving birth.

→ Further developing of Kala/Wolfgang/Rajan. As someone who absolutely loved the way they handled resolving the love triangle in the finale special by making this into a polyamorous relationship, I definitely would love more time to see it grow and develop stronger. I actually 100% believe that this was probably intended to be a slow burn endgame had the series continued as intended, since in retrospect it makes the most sense when you think about it, but if we were to have a third season going off from the special I would love to see more of this relationship between the three of them grow and develop more. I want to see the conversations surrounding their relationship, kind if acknowledgment that they know what they're getting themselves into, of them dealing with the reality that it will not be easy particularly with both Kala and Rajan's respective families who might not quite understand, but they'll make it work nonetheless. I want to see them work together as a throuple, Wolfgang teaching Rajan how to fight, Kala furthering her knowledge and her experience with being a Sensate with Rajan, Rajan being super supportive and understanding of both, eager to learn and offering his help in whatever situation they end up in next along with his growing appreciation and attraction to Wolfgang. Just, so much more of these three together. We only barely scratched the surface of what this could potentially become later on, and seeing them work together similarly to how Lito/Hernando/Dani work together as a poly family would be awesome.

→ Meeting more clusters. Obviously this was a given, since the series was gradually leading up to our main cluster meeting other Sensates out there. We were introduced to this since the very beginning, and got a taste of other clusters in the second season and then in the finale special, particularly with the archipelago. Had the show gone on as planned we would've seen them not only meeting other clusters but also coming together, uniting as one to take down Whispers and BPO. The finale special rushed this aspect, though, which is understandable. However, just because Whispers/BPO has been defeated doesn't mean that there can't be conflict within other clusters. Plus, it would've been fascinating to just see other clusters in general.

→ More orgy/love scenes. Listen, as someone who often feels uncomfortable with most sex scenes featured in mainstream media because they're either too cringey or awkward as hell (and lbr, very male gazey), the sex scenes in Sense8 were quite the opposite since it wasn't filmed in an exploitative or tantalizing way, but instead done in a respectful and artful manner. Every sex sequence felt like a beautiful masterpiece, like a Renaissance painting come to life, from the cinematography to the music. So just imagine having so many more with other emotional connections they have with each other, whether in orgy scenes or individual couple sequences.

→ More visiting in person along with visiting mentally. It's honestly very sad that we didn't get as much time with them meeting in person as we should have, since that was clearly the next step after the S2 finale with its cliffhanger, and then the special where we see them actually together. I love the concept of them living temporarily together, which was both funny and fascinating to see them all seeing each other as well as visiting from different rooms. But I still would have liked to have seen them actually meeting for the first time in person, which is something I'm still bummed we didn't get. Regardless, now that they have met in person, along with meeting each other's respective friends and family, I can imagine them continuing to meet in person, traveling to each other's countries, visiting their homes and being welcomed there, etc. Like yes, they are able to do all of that while mentally visiting each other, but this would be the next step, as I'm sure other clusters probably did the same eventually, as well.

→ More of The Mother/The Lacuna. This was only briefly touched on in the special, and though while some fans found it pointless (outside of revealing that The Mother was Whispers mother), it left me with so many questions in regards to everything in relation to homo sensoriums and the ultimate connection they all have in general, especially since they can visit any Sensate without having met them. There's clearly so much more that the Wachowskis wanted to reveal with this, and only have a limited amount of time in the finale. My guess is that The Lacuna would have been introduced in the third season, and probably dealt with Whispers during that time as well, and the restoring of what BPO originally started as from then on. But as it stands, I think that continuing from the special we would have more exploration of The Lacuna and a better understanding on what it is, etc.

→ Gathering more non-Sensate allies. Of course we have some of their respective friends, family, and loved ones now in the know of who they are and the concept of being homo sensorium, all which work together to help in way they can (like, imagine the badass team-up with Hernando, Amanita, Rajan, Dani, Diego and Mun), so it's inevitable that they would somehow make more non-Sensate allies along the way. Whether it's people they know or people they meet along the way.

→ More weddings! Or, just more adorable things with the canon relationships as possible. Nomi/Amanita had their wedding in the special, something that we were promised to get because they proposed to each other in the S2 finale and it would be awful if we never got to actually see that. So far, all the other canon relationships seem pretty damn content and happy with each other, but I would have loved to see more weddings or official moments of them being exclusively happy. Sense8 is one of the only fandoms out there that I ship practically every single canon pairing, so I'm just a happy bunny regardless as long as we got more time with them.

→ Capheus and the politics storyline. I do believe that Capheus would've won the election, but I also believe that his troubles would be far from over. He would have to further prove himself to be worthy of the position he's in, from the people as well as those in the political world, and he would no doubt face conflict with others who want to further challenge him. This would make for a great storyline of Capheus wanting to be different from other politicians, and he would do some serious self-reflection on what this means for his future. It would have been a fascinating storyline to explore how a normal person ends up getting into politics to change their community, and possibly the world, for the better, and resisting the unethical practices that happens in politics, because that's what Sense8 is essentially about, finding hope and optimism in dark and depressing times. I also want to believe that, given his new position, Capheus would have gotten his mother the medical help she needed, because of course he would.

→ Sun Bak clearing her name and taking back her father's business. I already mentioned this previously, but to reiterate I truly believe that we would have seen so much more of Sun Bak clearing her name after the events that occurred in the S2 finale. I do think it would have played out somewhat like it did in the special, Mun recovering from his injuries and quickly returning back to work, Sun and Mun joining together a bit later, but it would've been more spread out and I think we would have had them joining together to finally take down her brother once and for all instead of meeting in Paris. Granted, the S2 finale was satisfactory enough with her confrontation and denouncing him as her brother, kind of proving to him that nothing will stop her, but I did want at least something more in terms of justice after everything he had done and everything Sun was put through because of him. So, if we're going by after the events of the special, I would love to see how Sun ends up going back to Seoul and having her name cleared after everything that happened. I can even foresee her taking back her father's company, but re-purposing it from what her brother tried to do, and becoming the successful businesswoman that she was meant to be. Mun, still being a detective, being right alongside her with those hearteyes of his and they would end up working together, not just with business stuff but also with Sensate stuff, as well.

→ Becoming part of the Archipelago. Riley became part of this during the special out of necessity, so I imagine that this would definitely have happened had the series gone on, just a bit more explored. It's no doubt that the Archipelago would have become way more involved in the future, and quite useful for the main characters for whatever they faced next. And just like with The Lacuna, it's just so fascinating.

I just really love this show, okay? I miss it so much and I want so much more content.
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R.: with the twilight but no flame burnsnemophilist on July 13th, 2018 12:50 am (UTC)
I'm still bummed we won't get more, but I definitely enjoyed the finale! I got the happy endings I wanted, and I liked all the outcomes, too! ^_^

I would've loved to see all these things, too, though. :(
Renée: Sense8. Riley Blue.rogueslayer452 on July 13th, 2018 01:02 am (UTC)
Netflix did Sense8 so dirty, and while I appreciate at least getting a special finale to wrap things up, I'm still bitter and angry since it should never have been cancelled in the first place. I want to believe that somehow we can get more stuff, since Lana mentioned briefly during an interview that she was writing a third season just in case. I don't care if it's more seasons/episodes or in book/comic form. This show meant so much to me and so many other people and there are so many more stories to tell with these characters.

Now, though, I just want the DVDs to be released already. The fact that they haven't yet is a crime in and of itself....

Edited at 2018-07-13 01:07 am (UTC)
verdande_miverdande_mi on July 14th, 2018 10:46 am (UTC)
Thank you for sharing all of this. I agree with it all :D
Renée: Sense8. Riley Blue.rogueslayer452 on July 14th, 2018 11:11 am (UTC)
You're welcome, I'm glad you enjoyed reading. :)

There's just a plethora of things that we could have had, along with things that can probably still happen should the series continue elsewhere, because there are so many possibilities of where the story could have gone and areas to explore re: the characters. It's left me with so much plotbunnies in terms of wanting more of this beautiful show and these beautiful characters.
Profiterole: Sense8 - Nomi and Amanita_profiterole_ on July 14th, 2018 07:34 pm (UTC)
What a great post! <3 Netflix really wasted a lot of potential when they cancelled this show.
Renée: Sense8. Riley Blue.rogueslayer452 on July 14th, 2018 09:03 pm (UTC)
Sense8 had such a unique plot, but at its core it was about the characters and their relationships with each other, the love and acceptance and unity, of learning and growing from each other's experiences. That was the beating heart of the show, that positive and uplifting message. And the fact that Netflix shat all over it (along with the fans) still makes me so angry and bitter.

There were so many places I know they could have gone, so many areas to further explore, from the plot to the characters and how everything would have evolved. I want to believe that the story can continue on, somehow, just in a different medium.
sarrensarren on July 15th, 2018 04:07 pm (UTC)
YES to everything you just said. At some point when I get back to posting I wanted to rave about the show, would love to just point to your posts and say THIS OMG THIS.
(if that's okay)

Sense8 is absolutely my fave show of all time for all those reasons you mentioned, love and belonging and acceptance and omg soul bonding.

I am so very very bitter that it was cancelled when there was clearly *at least* five seasons worth of storyline, and also so grateful we got the finale movie, even if we can see all the cracks where they've had to condense stuff way tf too much, I'd rather we can see where there should have been more, so we can write and talk about and explore, rather than that they had just removed plotlines or relationship development.

Kala/Wolfgang/Rajan are my jam now, I was refreshing the tag in A03 for the first two weeks after i watched the show. I am so happy they did that and it's probably the thing i most regret missing out on seeing develop in 'real time'.

i was surprised that Lito/Hernando/Dani became a threesome, I mean, yay, but I did love their found family relationship dynamic as it was. I wonder whether we are meant to assume that's the way it is now all the time, or if it's more of an occasional celebratory when they're in the right mood? I mean, I'm not an expert in male sexuality but my impression was that the Lito and Hernando are pretty solidly on the gay end of the scale?

...I kind of like the idea of Lito being the first in the cluster to give birth :)
Renée: Sense8. Riley Blue.rogueslayer452 on July 15th, 2018 09:01 pm (UTC)
At some point when I get back to posting I wanted to rave about the show, would love to just point to your posts and say THIS OMG THIS.
(if that's okay)

Oh, absolutely! Go right ahead. :D

love and belonging and acceptance and omg soul bonding.

The fact that Sense8 is the very definition of soul-bonding in a unique way makes me so happy. Because they absolutely are bonding on an emotional and psychological level, they read each other's emotions, they know how the other is feeling, when to know when someone needs help, that is something I find so utterly fascinating. The entire show as a whole being about love and the sense of belonging, of being accepted for who you are and not being judged, of feeling not so alone. They all found each other not because they were in a cluster, but because they understood each other and would absolutely defend one another without any hesitation. Seeing characters who went through the wringer only to come out stronger because they have a newfound family is so heartwarming to me.

I'd rather we can see where there should have been more, so we can write and talk about and explore, rather than that they had just removed plotlines or relationship development.

Exactly. With the limited time they had with this movie special they had to crunch five seasons worth of character and plot development into two and a half hours, and it sucks that we'll never see some of these things fully develop as they should have been, but actually seeing that yeah, it was somewhat included just wrapped up, it leaves you wondering how precisely it would have been done had the show had their five seasons, or just a full completed third season. It also allows us to speculate what could come in the future, as I just did in this post, because it left a certain open door for such possibilities.

I am so happy they did that and it's probably the thing i most regret missing out on seeing develop in 'real time'.

Seriously, I liked how naturally it just happened in the special especially when you rewatch it, and then go back to rewatch the entire series. It's something that developed in a way that I don't think was the initial plan from the beginning, but like most things it's something that kind of happened organically and it just....makes sense, y'know? Hell, even if what happened completely retconned everything they planned on doing it still makes sense because, well, I cannot see it happening any other way? Also, love triangles turning into poly relationships rarely happens in fiction, and it just makes sense that Sense8, a show about breaking stereotypes, decided to go in that direction.

It just makes me sad that we'll never truly get to see this development, unless there is an extended version of the special somewhere (if we ever get it on DVD). I just want to see Kala/Wolfgang/Rajan in a very domestic situation, helping each other out, fighting together, just being adorable and making it work as I know they will. :)

I wonder whether we are meant to assume that's the way it is now all the time, or if it's more of an occasional celebratory when they're in the right mood?

I actually do want more clarification on this because it's definitely clear that they are in a poly situation, they're family with each other, but I've always assumed Dani had a more platonic relationship with them than anything else. I mean, she clearly gets off on Lito/Hernando getting it on without actually expecting or wanting any kind of sexual experience wit them, hence why the arrangement was perfect. I think that last scene was more of a sensual moment, not sexual. I know that poly relationships are all different but are all based off of the mutual agreements and consent of everyone involved, and they clearly have a good thing going with the three of them. I also know that Lana mentioned that all the Sensates were pansexual, though I've always believed that is only with each other due to their connection with each other, which is how they can share these really intense passionate moments, i.e. a shared psychic orgy with each other.