It looks like Netflix decided to change its sense of direction.
Despite previous encouraging signs, including the cast getting options for another season, the streaming service has decided to end its sci-fi drama series Sense8 after only two seasons. Season two of the Lanna and Lilly Wachowski and J. Michael Straczynski series was released on May 5.
The show follows eight strangers who find they are interconnected despite being at various points around the globe. This psychic connection allows them to interact with each other. Because of the story’s setting, it involved an ambitious production schedule which included locations in the U.S., Iceland, Germany, Mexico, Kenya, South Korea, and India, just to name a few.
Netflix Original Content VP Cindy Holland had this to say:
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, kick ass, and outright unforgettable. Never has there been a more truly global show with an equally divers and international cast and crew, which is only mirrored by the connected community of deeply passionate fans all around the world.
Season two had debuted nearly two years after the series premiere which allowed the options Netflix had for the cast lapse. Netflix did reach out to the core actors and negotiated new contracts to make them available for a potential third season. However, numbers for the show were not high enough. Sense8 did not become a pop-culture hit like some of the other Netflix shows, but it did gain a loyal fan-base who were drawn in with the series dense mythology.
The cancellation comes a day after Netflix CEO and founder Reed Hastings told CNBC at the Code Conference that he thinks the content platform hasn’t cancelled enough shows. “Our hit ratio is way too high right now,” he said. “I’m always pushing the content team; we have to take more risk, you have to try more crazy things, because we should have a higher cancel rate overall.”
Sadly, this risk and globe trotting didn’t pay off and has joined the other four shows Netflix has decided to drop.