W. W. N. Double D?
Written by The Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski
Directed by James McTeigue
Sun (Doona Bae) finally arrives at prison. She gets off the bus looking a bit apprehensive, because who knows what’s coming next.
Nomi (Jamie Clayton) and Amanita (Freema Agyeman) are on the roof of a parking structure. Nomi wants to find out what’s going on, but she needs to level the playing field to get there, so she’s making contact with one of her old hacking buddies. Neets asks if she can trust this guy, and Nomi finally tells her girlfriend that this was the guy who should have went to jail for hacking the Pentagon, but she took the fall instead because she was a juvenile and had rich parents, so she got off with community service. The hacker finally shows up in an old van: a dude named Bug who’s looking for his buddy Mike. Well see, Bug: there’s been a few changes since the last time we met…
Sun is finally shown to her cell—which is really a room she shares with three women. They all look at Sun and began making remarks about how she stole so much money and embarrassed her family… The older comes closer, pats her in a motherly way on the cheek, and tells her well down. They have a tea service and Sun discovers that the other women are all in for murder: two for killing their husbands and one for killing her father. The oldest woman says that sometimes the only brave women you’ll find in Korea are in prison. Suddenly, Sun doesn’t feel so worried.
Lito (Miguel Ángel Silvestre), Herando (Hernando), and Daniela (Eréndira Ibarra) are out to dinner together. Henando is pretending that he’s Lito’s bodyguard, so it’s cool they seen are together. This works well when a group of girls come over to takes selfies with Lito, and Hernando even manages to chase off some photographers, totally getting into the act. Daniela is excited, and the guys manage a hand holding moment over what transpired. En route to Iceland:
Riley (Tuppence Middleton) is on her way home to see her father, and Capheus (Aml Ameen) pops in for a look out the window. He’s never been in a plane and flying above the clouds is an exciting experience for him. He says she’s lucky, but she feels it’s more privilege than luck. He comments that she’s lucky she can see her father again, and that while his is gone, he still has his mother. She wonders if something terrible will happen, but Capheus is like: what if something wonderful happens instead? Mexico, DF:
The Happy Trio make their way back to Lito’s and Hernando’s and the guys are over the moon ‘cause they were out on a date together! There is making out in the elevator.
RT: I love that they get to do “normal” couple stuff for once. I really feel for them and the fact they can’t be themselves out in public 🙁
CF: Lito should move to LA and work TV there. No one would care about his life. But it is a shame that he can’t be himself because of what would happen to his career.
RT: Absolutely agree! maybe he will in Season 2? *crosses fingers*
CF: They are filming in 15 cities for Season 2, so it could be some of them are finding new homes.
Riley gets off the plane and there’s her father Gunnar (Kristján Kristjánsson), playing Baba O’Riley on a ukulele. This dude is so lovable you can’t help but like him as soon as you see him.
Everyone gets back to the apartment and starts breaking out the booze, and it’s only then that anyone notices the guy in the wrestling mask sitting in the living room drinking, mostly because he greeted them. It’s Joaquin (Raúl Méndez) being a scary asshole, and being a little drunk doesn’t help. He wants to know how how it is Lito got Daniela away from him, and what he did wrong. Well, she points out that he used to hit her which he doesn’t see as a big deal. He also wants to watch Lito fuck Daniela, and that’s all she needs to make for her phone so she can call the cops. There’s a struggle, her purse gets dumped, and Hernando throws Joaquin out.
Nomi has her gear in place and is down for some business while Amanita is running lines like she’s writing blurbs for action novels. Maybe that would be steady work… Nomi is surprised Amanita’s mother is taking everything so well, because she’s probably worry about someone who says they’re hearing voices, but Mom is chill about it: she’s heard a few herself during the 60s and states that at one time people who heard voices were considered close to the gods. She tells Nomi about how she once found a young Amanita in a crowd because she sensed her close by, and figures there are things about humans that simply aren’t understood yet.
RT: I love Amanita’s mum 😀
CF: Such a hippy kid. “Oh, so you’re the trans girlfriend of my lesbian daughter and you’re hearing voices? Would you like some tea?” She gives no shits at all.
RT: The way EVERY mum should be!
CF: I would have loved a cool mom like that. Unfortunately… 🙁Chicago:
Will (Brian J. Smith) and Diego (Ness Bautista) are with Deshawn—the kid Will saved—for a gang meet. Unfortunately for Will, the gang dude he’s seeing is someone whose significant other was someone Will once tried to fuck. There’s a few tense moments with a lot of alpha male flexing, but Will manages to cut a deal—
Nomi has hacked Metzger’s records and discovers he’s been all over the world performing the operation he was going to do on her. He did three in the Bay area recently: two died, and the third, Niles Bolger, is in what they call a facility—
The gang has their lookout—the kid who was seen in the video outside the building where Angelica died—show Will the pictures he made of the people who were their. They have a body and—there’s the guy in charge, someone Will knows as Whispers. And they have the plates on the van.
Nomi and Amanita visit Niles Bolger at his facility. He’s watching Night of the Living Dead, which is quite the coincidence since he’s pretty much a fucking zombie, too. Nomi can only manage to pretend to be his niece for about ten seconds before she bolts. Neets catches up with her outside, where she’s crying over the realization it could be her.
RT: This made me feel all the feels 🙁
CF: Any time you move to the “Please kill me” stage of a relationship, it’s painful. And you know Amanita would do it, but she might take her own life after. Their bond is that strong.
Will finds the van and once it’s opened he sees Angelica, dead, in the back. It’s just a vision, but it scares the fuck out of him.
Kala (Tina Desai) is hanging with Lord Ganesha. She’s talking about the wedding—which is still on, so yay?—but mostly she’s going on about the visions she’s having of different people in different places—but there’s one in particular of this white guy who keeps showing up, and he’s got a large… trunk. She wants Ganesha to help her see what she must do—
And that’s when she finds herself standing in the rain in front of a cafe in Berlin talking with Big Trunk Guy.
Wolfgang (Max Riemelt) tells her that the gods don’t give a shit, and he knows this from experience. The conversation goes from the cafe to a rooftop in Mumbai, and he wants to know if her god has ever helped. She believes that Ganesha sent him to stop the wedding. She’s also trying to understand how she can sense and feel things in two different places, and in a way she considers it a miracle.
Riley comes downstairs after a sleep and finds her father practicing the piano. She says it was the best sleep she’s had in a long time, and he lets her know he made pancakes.
Capheus waits for Amondi, watching her get treatment. He remembers a moment in his life when the people of his old village want to drive him out because of his father, and his mother packs up and they leave.
Sun is going to get instruction on “female vocational training,” and she’ll first learn to sew, because why not? Since Sun doesn’t know how to sew—because her mother was dead, okay, Guard Bitch?—so Soo-Jin, the young girl in her room, offers to help.
There’s those pancakes! Gunnar loves that his daughter is doing well as a DJ, but she sort of blows it off as not even in the same league as what he does. He sees it as she makes music, and that’s what’s important. He leaves to go to rehearsal, and once he’s gone Riley hears a woman’s voice saying she should not have come back.
Kala recounts to Wolfgang about how she was afraid as a child: quite and darkness bothered her. And since she doesn’t like being alone, that’s one of the reasons she always loved he festival. She flashes back on a memory of being at one as a young girl and getting separated from her parents, but a young boy pulls her into the float of Lord Ganesha, and at the top she sees out on to the festival through Ganesha’s eyes.
Felix (Max Mauff) pulls Wolfgang back to the cafe. Felix has good news: they’re selling the rest of the diamonds. Wolfgang is thinking that once he has the money he’ll get out of Berlin—maybe go to India.
RT: Not unexpected at all.
CF: I’m surprised he waited as long as he has.
Sun is coming along with her sewing, but it’s slow. One of the women in class comes up with her work and put it in Soo-Jin’s basket, then hands in those clothes. Sun doesn’t understand this, but Soo-Jin doesn’t seem too put off by it.
Capheus drops off Amondi and is invited up for her party. Silas (Peter King Nzioki) wants Capheus to come with him, and as they walk to another part of this huge building he’s talking about how people think he is weak because he loves his daughter. “Like this asshole I have a couple of my goons holding down: he thought he could rip me off.” Silas pulls out a machete and chops the dude’s hands off, and gives Capheus another warning about what happens when you fuck him. If by now if Capheus hasn’t gotten the message, he’s the dumbest motherfucker in the world.
Everyone’s in a good mood this morning at Casa Happy Trio. Lito gets a text from Daniela, which puzzles the shit out of Lito as she’s maybe four meters from him. She’s also puzzled because she doesn’t have her mobile… Uh, oh. Lito gets a—well, I guess it’s a dick pick, but it’s hard to tell because the dick is buried in someones ass, and that ass belongs to Hernando. It’s an Oh, Fuck Moment: Joaquin must have picked up Daniela’s phone when it fell out of her purse. Much yelling and shit about why Daniela is taking pictures of them having sex—dudes, come on, you didn’t know she would?—and now Lito is scared to death that Joaquin is going to blackmail him.
RT: And this is why the Sensates can’t have nice things 🙁 I hate Joaquin pretty bad at this point.
CF: He was a scumbag from the start. I wish they’d just tossed his ass of the balcony that night and said he was drunk and went over on his own. Cops would have believed it.
Nomi and Amanita are hanging out in a coffee shop—the Atlas Cafe, probably because Cloud Atlas Cafe was taken—waiting for Metzger, who comes in this place at the same time every day because people don’t know how to change up their routines. Like clockwork there he is, and Nomi’s about to clone his phone the moment he checks his email, which she says everyone does when they’re waiting in line for coffee. Sorry, Nomi: I don’t. But I’ll give you my phone number if … never mind. He gets a phone called and suddenly looks scared shitless, after which he runs out. Nomi decides to call back this “Dr. Matheson” and when they connect he asks if this is Nomi, which scares her and she hangs up. Metzger is on a flight out to Chicago, which means he won’t be home, which means Nomi has a chance to get into his home system, and this leads up to an suddenly excited Amanita laying up the title shout out:
This leads to our Nomi the Hacker and her faithful lesbian lover Neets the Sneak breaking into Metzger’s place, with Amanita crowbaring her way through the lock because she read about it in a book. Sounds like the sort of books one would find inside a TARDIS.Metzger’s got a nice place because making zombies pays well. It turns out he’s friends with Cheney and a fan of Nancy Drew but there’s nothing at all interesting on his computer.
Wolfgang heads over to Felix key shop, and Fee is shitting his pants. Abraham, the guy who was going to buy their stash, is missing. He’s gone, and this doesn’t set well with Felix. A girl tries to get help for a key, and when Felix goes to help her, Steiner rolls up in a van and pump a shotgun round into the guy. Wolfgang and his cousin see each other for a moment before Steiner drives off and leaves Wolfgang with a dying Felix.
RT: This bit broke me up pretty bad. While Wolfgang’s and Capheus’ storylines were ones I had followed more for the other characters rather than their own stories outright, this scene made me realise that I was completely invested in each and every one of the Sensates stories, regardless of what I thought.
CF: Both guys are pretty low key, but they’re also in such morally ambiguous areas, too. Both just want a better life, and both have a ton of baggage holding them back. And they’re surrounded by crazy people. It’s just lose-lose for them almost all the time.San Francisco:
Nomi’s in his system and downloading shit when—oops! Guess who came home? Metzger. He finds Nomi waiting for him and tries to give her some bullshit about her being smart enough to come back for treatment. Aminita pops up with mace and a hammer, and suddenly Metzger’s not looking so well. He knows about their visit to see one of his patients, which he thinks explains why his trip was canceled. Nomi asks if Matheson canceled his trip, and he freaks when he find out she spoke with him. And that’s when Jonas shows up— He tells Nomi she has to get out because he’s coming, and when she repeats the name Whispers Metzger knows they’re about to die. But it’s too late to leave now ‘cause he’s here—
Niles Bolger walks in wearing a suit and tie and sporting a gun, but before he can shoot Aminita maces his ass. Metzger fights him as Nomi waits the last few seconds to get the download finished. It finishes and they’re out the door, with Metzger close behind. They try to get someone to let them into an apartment, but no one is answering doors—and her comes Bolger. He shoots a bystander and gets a round into Metzger. He back him down to the end of the hall and puts a round in his head, then sticks the gun in his mouth—only, Nomi sees in the mirror it’s not really his mouth—Bolger blows his brains out and Nomi and Aminita are left sobbing, wondering what in the name of Zeus’ butthole is really going on.
That’s Episode 7, and I have no personal things to say other than holy fuck, shit is certainly getting real. As always, tell us what you think by leaving a comment below.
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
Alfonso Herrera — Hernando
Eréndira Ibarra — Daniela
Max Mauff — Felix
Ness Bautista — Diego
Raúl Méndez — Joaquin
Kristján Kristjánsson — Gunnar
Peter King Nzioki — Silas
Naveen Andrews — Jonas Maliki