The harvest of the seventh episode of The Wachowskis’ metflixum opus: one great, wild guest star, one kiss that almost happens, one lollipop, two hands, and finally one antagonist reporting for duty.
Sun has taken the blame for her brother’s crime and ends up in prison. There she finds herself sharing a cell with three roomies in light blue jumpsuits. The Wachowski sense of style’s present even behind the walls of incarceration. So what kind of labour do women do in a women’s prison? Sew, obviously.
Riley’s trying to escape her life, friends and she doesn’t find pleasure in music anymore either. She travels to her father – judging by his accent he’s Scandinavian. On the flight over there, she gets company from Capheus, who can’t believe he’s on a plane. He isn’t, really, because it’s one of those typical Sensate tricks. When Riley steps off the plane, her father’s waiting there, singing a song on a little guitar for her. It’s been a long time since they’ve seen each other. When she’s having breakfast in his house, a woman appears behind her, saying she should’ve never come, and immediately vanishes again.
Capheus doesn’t just occasionally pop up on aeroplanes, he’s also still the babysitter of the daughter of a powerful man. How powerful exactly, that’s what the man wants to show Capheus. On an empty floor of one of his buildings, a small army of bodyguards is standing around a chair. On that chair sits a guy, with a bag over his head. A traitor. The powerful man wants to make it abundantly clear to Capheus that he doesn’t like it when people take matters into their own hands. If you do, say goodbye to those same hands.
Wolfgang and Kala
The love affair between Wolfgang and Kala seems to go to the next level, when they continuously switch from rainy Berlin to sunny Bombay, while having a conversation about science and religion. Not quite a sexy subject, if you ask me, but apparently it doesn’t matter what they talk about; they’re drowning in each other’s eyes. As their heads slowly turn into what should’ve been the kissing position, their bubble’s rudely bursted by Wolfgang’s friend Felix. He’s just heard their buyer wants the rest of the diamonds he and Wolfgang stole together. However, shortly after, the buyer’s gone and Felix gets gunned down by a mean looking guy with an even meaner looking gun.
Will’s doing police work, walking the streets, and bumps into someone he’s got history with, but more importantly, he gets to see a picture taken of ‘Whispers’. When you least expect it, Sense8 suddenly drops the antagonist into the fold and puts the hammer down.
Lito’s got a different picture to freak out about. After a nice, romantic dinner with his boyfriend Hernando – who’s actually his undercover lover, acting like his bodyguard – and other lightning conductor Daniela, the three of them come home to find Daniela’s ex sitting on the couch, wearing a mask, no less. Still not over her, Joaquin wants to see her and Lito have sex. Something about making sure Lito’s indeed better than he ever was. A bit thin, and lame, from a writing standpoint, but he might not have been serious anyway; maybe the whole point of his visit was to nick Daniela’s phone, which he did. In there he finds a picture taken of Lito and Hernando, in a pretty compromising pose. Blackmail is only one click away.
The most interesting storyline is Nomi’s. She’s convinced there’s a conspiracy and she’s determined to figure out who the famous ‘they’ are. She gets help from an old friend, called Bug. A brilliant character; this is what a guest role is all about. Michael X. Sommers makes the absolute most of his appearance as wild, quirky, funny, likeable hacker goofball. He provides Nomi with some highly advanced hardware thingie, which allows her to bug Dr. Metzger. While uploading software onto his computer in his apartment, she and Amanita (who like to take turns sucking on a lollipop, which is the most distracting thing happening in the entire episode) get caught. First by Dr. Metzger, who’s frozen by fear when Nomi mentions the name of a ‘Dr. Matheson’, then by a hitman – looking just like Nomi’s catatonic nephew. Is it ‘Whispers’, taking over somebody else’s body? Doing a shapeshifter trick? Whatever or whoever it is, he shoots Dr. Metzger first, then turns the gun on himself. It looks like the premise of the show, namely somebody’s hunting down the Sensates, has finally gone into effect.