Sense8 (S02E01) "A Christmas Special" - Spoilers

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  1. Cainebj

    Cainebj Well-Known Member

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    I enjoyed it - although if you asked me the least likely show to have a Christmas Special episode it might be Sense8.

    It does seem a little off the characters storyline to suddenly have them celebrating the holidays...

    Apparently the internet is freaking out about what they are calling the Christmas Orgy and the recasting of Cepheus. The recasting threw me for a loop at first and I am not sure the new guy has quite the same endearing quality. Apparently the original shot 2 or 3 episodes for season 2 before he either quit or was fired.
     
  2. madscientist

    madscientist Deregistered Snoozer

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    I thought the orgy happened during their birthday celebration, not Christmas? Also I don't know why the internet would freak out about that after the orgy during Season 1.

    The recasting of Cepheus was old news; it happened last spring some time so I wasn't surprised by it. He had very little plot and few scenes in this episode, so not much for me to judge him by. I did think it was funny the wink and nod they did by having Jela say "you look very different now". The reason for his being replaced is even now not clear (to me) although it's safe to say that Aml and at least one of the Wachowski's did not get a long at all.
     
  3. Rob Helmerichs

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    I thought the new Cepheus was a major letdown. The old one was so...joyous. This guy just doesn't have that same certain something.
     
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    Agreed. It totally sucks that they had to recast the role, and the change definitely affected my level of enjoyment for the Christmas Special. The original actor always had a huge smile on his face and naturally exuded happiness. This guy just seems ordinary. I'm hoping it's just a matter of getting used to the new actor. It's not like we have a choice. :(
     
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    gweempose

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    I loved the use of meta humor in this episode. The line about how Cepheus suddenly looked "different" has already been mentioned, but I also thought it was really funny when Felix said, "What are they going to do, shoot me again? That would be terrible plotting!" :D
     
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    Craigbob

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    I enjoyed it as well. and I agree with the new actor is just missing some element that made Capheus such a joy to watch. I also loved the meta nods. I loved Lito's mother.
    I can't wait for the rest of the season.
     
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    SWFan

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    Until I read this thread I missed that the actor playing Capheus was different. :oops:
     
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    TAsunder

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    I enjoyed this, but some friends hated it. I must admit it felt more like an epilogue than a new season. I was hoping that the intensity of the finale would continue forward.
     
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    Rob Helmerichs

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    To me, it didn't really feel like an epilogue or a prologue. It felt like a middle-of-a-season episode. Very out-of-place for a special.
     
  10. Bighouse

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    hmmm....I could say something but I won't.
     
  11. Bighouse

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    I agree with everyone about the actor now playing Cepheus. Here's what one website had to say about it: The circumstances behind Ameen’s exit are murky but sources indicate that there had been some sort of conflict between Ameen and Sense8co-creator/executive producer/director Lana Wachowski that flared up at the Season 2 table read in Berlin and worsened as filming progressed in India, leading to Ameen’s exit a couple of episodes in and the recasting of the role. Creative differences may have played a role in the departure.

    That might explain why he didn't have a lot in the original season.

    While I enjoyed much of the Christmas special, some of it felt forced, or like it was written by someone who was doing a "after-school special"...it just felt odd to me at times like they had lost their original writers.

    My favorite arc is the story of the woman in prison...and how she helps those who are in need of some kung-fu magic. Next would be the Russian kid, followed by the bus driver, gay actor or the trans coder. My least favorite arc? The heroin-using cop.

    I'll keep giving it a go though and hope it gets more interesting.
     
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  12. markp99

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    Missed this; did not know it was returning. Off to locate a copy.
     
  13. sushikitten

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    Well the episode was titled Happy F****** new year!" :)

    Enjoyed it so, so much, but was very much distracted by the new actor. He just didn't have the same aura.
     

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