As an avid television viewer I have seen some major uproars from fans (whether over a cancelation, major character death, or finale), but never one that caused such a dramatic divide between the network and consumer as the June 1st cancelling of Netflix’s Sense8. Millions of people (myself included) took to Twitter to express their outrage and grief at the loss of such a brilliant and diverse show at time when the world needed it most (and I wrote a scathing criticism of the social implications of the network’s decision). Petitions were signed, hashtags were trending, celebrities jumped in the fight, and Netflix’s complaint box was filled to the brim, but still the streaming giant insisted that the show would not be returning.
But in a shocking turn of events, yesterday Netflix announced that they would be reviving Sense8 for a 2 hour finale special!
There was a global rejoice at the news, and rightly so after we had to endure the thought of the show ending where it did, on a major cliffhanger that left so many unanswered questions. I was certainly part of the worldwide celebration!
And truthfully that was what really struck me — just how massive the movement to save this show really was. It was the first time (for me, at least) that I felt our voices as a collective fanbase actually made a difference. I felt like I was part of a movement that simply could not be ignored. We as a fanbase stood up and fought for a piece of art that was being destroyed before it even got the chance to be completed, and despite the fact that reversing cancellations is a near impossible thing to do, we did it. I also give huge props to the people at Netflix who made it possible, because I feel that it is so rare that networks/creators step up and address, much less listen to the concerns of their fans.
This has taught me that when people love something enough, they will not stop fighting for it, even if it’s something as simple as a TV show, because it made a difference in their lives. That is what I think is so brilliant about the power of fandom — it’s a gathering of people who share a common love, who have been so moved by a story or a character that to lose them would be to lose a part of themselves.
I am so proud of what we accomplished here. We saved a show that wholly promoted love, diversity, inclusivity, and courage. WE DID IT SENSATES! Here’s to the Global Cluster!