Review: Sense8 Finale “Amor Vincit Omnia”

the cast of Sense8 in a group scene in a bus

Sense8 came back with a 2 1/2 hour finale Amor Vincit Omnia or Love Conquers All that was a love letter to the fans and a glorious exit for a sprawling, heart-filled series about true connection.

The fans demanded more of Sense8 when it was cancelled. Our demands were met. The finale was definitely for the fans, as this tweet indicates.

For the fans, the Sense8 cluster vanquished their enemies and had a big party meant to bring everyone together and make us smile and cry tears of happiness. It was a wonderful goodbye from the Sense8 team.

Almost everyone who had a role in Sense8, even the small roles, came back into the finale. There were blood-spurting gun battles, meticulously choreographed fights, conversations across space as only the Sense8s can do, great numbers of director Lana Wachowski’s excellently lit kissing scenes, a big naked sense8 group lovefest, a wedding, computer hacking of everything and anything, and even a few surprises.

Doona Bae, Max Riemelt, Max Mauff, Purab Kohli, Brian J. Smith, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Eréndira Ibarra, Tuppence Middleton, Tina Desai, Jamie Clayton, Toby Onwumere, and Ki-Chan Lee in the Sense8 finale
Sense8s, friends, lovers, and members of another cluster all join together in the fight

The questions and themes at the nub of everything were about love, acceptance, trust, and believing in your own self-worth. I don’t know of any other series that has ever been so open about all kinds of love, all kinds of sexuality and gender, and the acceptance of everyone as valuable. All the sci-fi and action aside, Sense8 is about finding your tribe, loving yourself, and loving others.

Brian J. Smith and Tuppence Middleton in Sense8
Will and Riley look for answers and help

Brian J. Smith as Will and Tuppence Middleton as Riley were important to the conclusion because Will was inside the heads of both Jonas (Naveen Andrews) and the evil Whispers (Terrence Mann). Destroying Whispers without destroying Wolfgang was an issue in the finale.

Max Riemelt and Valeria Bilello in Sense8
Lila Facchini (Valeria Bilello) thinks Wolfgang can be exchanged for Whispers. What could possibly go wrong?

Wolfgang (Max Riemelt) was both a fighter and a lover in the finale. The lover part carried some nice surprises during the final moments of resolution.

Purab Kohli and Tina Desai in Sense 8
Kala loves Rajan. She also loves Wolfgang. Hmmm.

Kala (Tina Desai) as usual saved the day with pharmaceutical concoctions. Her husband Rajan (Purab Kohli) arrived just in time to make things with Wolfgang awkward.

Speaking of people who showed up, Sun’s (Doona Bae) wanna-be boyfriend Joong-Ki (Ki-Chan Lee) showed up. Felix (Max Mauff) came in from Germany. Folks from Iceland appeared, including Riley’s dad with his ukulele. Parents came to celebrate a marriage, ate pot brownies, and turned into humans. Angelica (Daryl Hannah) made a few appearances.

Alfonso Herrera, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, and Eréndira Ibarra in Sense8

Capheus (Toby Onwumere) still drove like a dream. Capheus’ girlfriend and mom and the rest of his supporters came to the party.

Lito (Miguel Ángel Silvestre) still had both Hernando (Alfonso Herrera) and Daniela (Eréndira Ibarra) on his arms. These three are the poster children for happy threeples. You never know when someone will benefit from good role models.

Jamie Clayton and Freema Agyeman in Sense8
Nomi and Amanita kiss in front of the tourists

Nomi  (Jamie Clayton) and Amanita (Freema Agyeman) did the computer work with help from Bug (Michael X. Sommers). The finale was set in Paris. Amanita had big dreams about kissing while at the top of the Eiffel Tower. Why not have a big celebration there and make Amanita’s dreams come true?

A big thank you to creators and directors J. Michael Straczynski, Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski and everyone involved in making this ground-breaking tale. I’m sorry it ended. It was wonderful while it lasted.

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