Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday dear sensates
Happy birthday to you.
Yes, it is 8 August, and that is the day all our sensates drew their first breaths at the same moment—as it was also on this date last year that Netflix announced Season 2 with nearly all our sensates—Tuppence Middleton, aka Riley, is missing from this video—and a couple of their friends wishing everyone a happy birthday.
To commemorate their birthday I’m doing something special, and this is part of that “special thing”—you’ll just have to wait for the rest.
But now we are in penultimate episode territory, and as dark as things were getting in the last episode, we have a whole ‘nother darkness waiting for us now…
Just Turn the Wheel and the Future Changes
Written by The Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski
Directed by Tom Tykwer
Somewhere Cold and Snowy:
There’s a lone figure walking in the blowing winds, struggling to get up a mountain…
Riley (Tuppence Middleton) is in a hospital bed complaining of being cold. Her dead husband Magnus is standing over her begging that she come with him. He fades out to be replaced by Yrsa (Lilja Thorisdottir) who calls her a stupid girl and lets her know she’s going to die here—
Nomi (Jamie Clayton) come right out of sleep and is instantly awake. She knows Riley is in trouble; she knows they’ll find out what she is; and she knows someone will lobotomize her. They need to help her.
Capheus (Aml Ameen) brings Amondi to Jela’s house and asked him to watch her. He says someone will be by to pick her up later, and it sounds like he might not be doing the pickup. She finally asks him if he’s coming back, and he says Van Damme always comes back—though Jela doesn’t seem so sure. He leaves, for there’s a debt to settle.
Kala (Tina Desai) and Rajan are walking along the seaside, taking a break from the hospital. Rajan is a bit nervous about the reason why Kala wanted to speak with him in private, and she finally tells him why his father came to visit. He doesn’t seem surprised: he tells her that a lesser woman would have lied and he would have been aware of the lie. This doesn’t set well with Kala, who discovers that Rajan knew his father didn’t want the marriage and wonders if Rajan was simply rebelling. He says that he loves her and that’s why he wants to marry her—and he wants to know if she still wants to marry him. Kala looks a bit worried and concerned, but we don’t get an answer—
RT: Just say it woman!
CF: She can’t. And you know why.San Francisco:
Nomi is on line and back in business. She’s fixed it so that anything going out with Riley’s name on it will look like spam, which should buy them some time. Amanita remarks about how Riley’s father is with her, and Nomi pops in to see him singing Baba O’Riley to his daughter. Neets asks how Riley is doing and Nomi says she’s not alone as we see Will there holding her hand and stroking her hair. Nairobi:
The Van Damn heads through the city and Capheus drives towards his meeting. He arrives at The Superpower headquarters and the leader comes out to greet him. He thinks Capheus is a smart man, only… there’s no girl. Capheus tells him his quarrel is with him, not Silas or his daughter, and they need to settle up, like men. The leader grabs a machete and asks like he’s going to kill Capheus, but he doesn’t.
Sun has a visitor in the middle of the night: it’s her douchehole brother. He’s happy to see her, which smells like bullshit and she knows it. He’s got some bad news: dad was drinking and getting down on himself and saying he deserved to die, and… dad killed himself by sucking down some monoxide. I’m so sorry this happen, sister— And sister is totally not buying this shit. She sheds a few real tears of sorrow before launching herself over the table and beating the shit out of him—
RT: Just when you think her brother can’t be more of an arsehole he pulls the monoxide card 🙁
CF: I’m really hoping in Season 2 Nomi hacks up evidence to put him away forever and get Sun out of the joint. This douchehole needs to die.It takes a couple of guards to pull her out of there and all the way she’s swearing revenge, saying she’s going to get him. She will do it somehow—maybe though someone else using their computer to dig up dirt on his ass? Nairobi:
The Superpower leads Capheus back to their machine shop. The leader yell, “Bring out the bitch,” and we see they have Silas (Peter King Nzioki). So the leader is going to give Capheus a choice: cut off Silas’ head, or die. Silas knows these idiots aren’t fucking around—they’ll both die if Capheus doesn’t do this—and tells him to do it quick. All the while this asshole leader is yelling at him— Seoul:
Sun can’t sleep and she starts pounding on the walls of the detention cell she’s in. Capheus is there with her, for he’s just as upset.
The Superpower leader is getting tired of his waiting around shit and wants to know what’s the matter. He starts calling him a bitch—
—and Sun isn’t down with assholes saying that. She says call me bitch one more time—and Capheus finishes with “And I will kill you.”
So the asshole with the gun to Capheus’ head calls him a bitch, and what you expect to happen happens:
Wolfgang (Max Riemelt) pulls up in front of the hospital where Felix is being kept and takes out of one Steiner’s goons who are there to watch. He finds the other one asleep, so he go in and starts unstrapping Felix. Looks like a change of venue may be in order.
Kala returns to the temple where her almost father-in-law was almost killed and finds a small memorial to Rajan’s father set up. It doesn’t take her long to figure out that these people are honoring her for bringing the father to the temple and she freaks. Since she’s really not good at getting her threats on Will does it for her, and the people at the temple are smart to take her warnings. She thanks Will for helping; he’s pretty impressed that he’s in India, and she asks where he is—
Will says Chicago but this thoughts are with Riley, and Kala and he are in her room. Will is worried someone’s going to find out what she really is, and Kala asks what will happen after that. Will doesn’t know, but they both probably have good ideas.
While escaping the rest of The Superpower, Silas thanks Capheus for not handing over Amondi and for saving him. Capheus sort of half-ass blows it off, not telling Silas his real plan for the day. They get stuck in a traffic jam and that gives The Superpower time to catch up and finish the job. It looks pretty shitty for both Silas and him…
He pops into Riley room and finds Will and Kala. He tells them he thinks he’s about to die. Will says that ain’t gonna happen—
Will grabs the first guy sneaking along the bus and blows him away with his own pistol.
RT: I love the episode still above; he seriously got kicked by Van Damn 😉
CF: There was one earlier when they were on the highway when Capheus backed into the dude, and it looked like a slow-motion Van Damme kick to the body. But that seen above–I was laughing my ass off ’cause you knew it wouldn’t end well for the dude on the bike.
Wolfgang drops Felix off at a private clinic and has people look after him. The attending physician wants to know what to call their new patient: Wolfgang says Conan. Is that a first name or last name? Yes.
Capheus makes it back to Jala’s in the shot up Van Damn and helps Silas inside. Jala is happy to see Capheus; Silas is happy to see Amondi. Mrs. Jala looks worried, because who wants a bloody gangster in their house? Just another of her husband’s motherfuckers who keep coming round.
Riley is dreaming about being driven at night along a snow-covered road. The doctors are a bit freaked out by the MRIs of her brain, seeing the same conditions that Nomi had. Riley dreams of being in a car wreck while the doctors and dope her into unconsciousness. Will hears that the doctors have not heard back from the neurologists—
—and he asks Nomi if she did that. Of course: hacking is easy, it’s what she does. Will asks if she did this as well, making the Australians aware that she was in the country:
Nomi says she’s an all-access type of girl, and she figured it would by them more time. Will wonders how much they have, how much Riley has, and Jonas (Naveen Andrews) shows up with the answer: none. The problem is Whispers knows about Riley, but Nomi doesn’t know how. It’s easy: Nomi knows about her, Will knows about her—and he knows them both. And Whispers…Whispers knows Jonas.
Whispers is manipulating Jonas into speaking with Will and he’s playing him. Will doesn’t understand why Whispers doesn’t just go to Iceland and get Riley, and it’s because, Jonas says, he knows Will is thinking about doing the same.
Wolfgang pulls up to the entrance to his uncle’s estate. Kala is in the passenger seat and she doesn’t not like this place. She doesn’t want him to do whatever he is going to do, he could just leave. Why don’t you give us the title shout out, Kala?
She’s in the detention cell with Sun who tells her that she can feel what Kala feels, but that this is what life is: fear, rage, desire, love. You can’t stop feeling your emotions because that means you want to feel death. Kala wants to know what she should do. Sun says she takes everything she feels, everything that matters, she puts it into her fist… and she fights for it.
And there you have it: the penultimate down, and the finale to go, and things are looking dire for at least a couple of our sensates. As always leave a comment below and tell us what you think!
Tuppence Middleton — Riley Blue (née Gunnarsdóttir), Reykjavik
Brian J. Smith — Will Gorski, Chicago
Doona Bae — Sun Bak, Seoul
Aml Ameen — Capheus, Nairobi
Max Riemelt — Wolfgang Bogdanow, Berlin
Tina Desai — Kala Dandekar, Mumbai
Miguel Ángel Silvestre — Lito Rodriguez, Mexico DF
Jamie Clayton — Nomi Marks, San Francisco
Freema Agyeman — Amanita, Nomi’s girlfriend
Peter King Nzioki — Silas
Terrence Mann — “Whispers”
Naveen Andrews — Jonas Maliki
Lilja Thorisdottir — Yrsa