The end is coming up quick, which means there’s a sense of urgency in these last few episodes. Or… is there?
If All the World’s a Stage, Identity Is Nothing But a Costume
Written by Lana Wachowski and J. Michael Straczynski
Directed by Tom Tykwer
Kala (Tina Desai) is going over the production of the psi blockers with Riley (Tuppence Middleton), who’s somewhere over the Atlantic on her way back to England. She’s not certain how they’re going to work, but Riley assures her they can be tested on other members of the cluster—she says she’ll come to Mumbai after she wraps up business in London for testing.
Then Kala wants to ask a question and Riley already knows it: what’s it like between Will (Brian J. Smith) and her. It’s personal, it’s close, it’s intense. You feel what the other feels all the time. (Personal Note: I sense J. Michael Straczynski’s writing here, as there was a similar scene in the Season 1 of Babylon 5, Mind War, where the telepath Talia Winters describes what it’s like when two telepaths made love.) Kala wants to feel the same with Wolfgang (Max Riemelt)—
Whom she finds hiding out at the key shop. She knows what she feels for him and what he feels for her, and she wants to be with him, but at the same time, she needs to be honest with Rajan. She wants to come to Berlin, but Wolfgang says it’s too dangerous: he’ll come to India instead. Kala won’t have it: she can’t be with him like that in her city. They agree they’ll meet in another city as some point…
Lito (Miguel Ángel Silvestre), Hernando (Alfonso Herrera), and Daniela (Eréndira Ibarra) are in Los Angeles for Lito’s audition. He meets with Kit Wrangler (Andy Dick), who doesn’t seem that interested in Lito: he flat out tells him he doesn’t give a shit about box office, if Lito doesn’t move him he doesn’t get the part. He begins his reading and it starts out a disaster—and it doesn’t help he’s being distracted by Sun (Doona Bae), who is on-site the day of her brother’s big party and needs help making a Sidecar. Lito jumps in, saves her day, then has the favor returned as he pulls on Sun’s sense of loneliness and changes the scene from one of wanting to be with the character he’s supposed to love, to telling them to leave, because they’ve always been alone and they don’t know how else to feel. Tears, baby, tears.
Lito and Co. show up at Kit’s house for one of his parties. They meet Kit and his Oscar and he tells them the stories are true: the night he won it he came home, lubed it up, and shoved it all up his ass—’cause, hey, who hasn’t wanted to do that with their Oscar? Then Mark Jacobs (played by himself) shows up and recognizes Lito from São Paulo Pride. At Kit’s suggestion he begins taking apart Lito’s appearance so they can create the character he’s going to play in Kit’s movie—and Mark tells him, “Don’t worry. If all the world’s a stage, identity is nothing but a costume.” (Title callout!) After “Jordi” is created they meet three-time Oscar winner Blake Huntington (Cheyenne Jackson), who will play opposite Lito in the movie. Not only has he seen the São Paulo Pride video, but he began watching Lito’s movies and sees in them many of the same things Hernando see, which lites up Hernando like mad.
But not everything is perfect. Sitting on the beach, Lito tells Hernando he’s afraid people will discover he’s not a good actor. But Hernando turns it back on him: this is his dream and isn’t his dream, like art, a bit risky. They strip to their underwear, swim, and kiss in the oncoming surf—as Lito says, it’s From Queer to Eternity!
With the election coming Capheus (Toby Onwumere) needs to make a speech before a large crowd and he’s feeling overwhelmed. While Jela (Paul Ogola) tries to relax him, it’s not helping much Capheus is worried he’ll not make much of an impact.
This pressure builds as he reaches the stage where the rally is being held. He acts almost as if he doesn’t want to speak, but Jela comes and tells him, “Just drive the bus.” And he does. He tells the crowd about how his family comes from different tribes and his father died because of tribal actions. Of how Jela’s parent come from different countries. And what is good is that when people aren’t divided by differences they can do incredible things.
But then trouble starts and Superpower’s (Lwanda Jawar) in the middle of it. Security rushes Capheus off the stage, but one member is working for the other side and tries to stab Capheus. Will and Sun both attempt to help, but Will is such a fucked up mess at this point that he blows it and Capheus receives a nasty cut on the arm. Just before he’s shot and killed, Superpower comes up and shoots the guard in the head and spirits Capheus away. After Will assures Capheus he won’t be harmed because Superpower as the safety on for his pistol, he asks why? Superpower is like, why not? We are legendary together and I’m not ready for that to end. Now get the fuck outta my new car.
Capheus finally makes it back home, feeling that he was a failure. Silas (Peter King Nzioki) isn’t so sure. He understand people and he feels they listened to what he had to say before the rally turn into a riot.
Will, as stated, is a fucking mess. Riley knows he’s in pain from the death of his father, but it doesn’t help that he can’t get better ‘cause that asshole Whispers (Terrence Mann) is there, taunting Will, reminding him about what a fuck up he is. It’s making Will get deep into the drugs and that’s one of the things that kept him from helping Capheus. The Cluster finally comes to him and says they need him to get well, to help them—
Sun know the end game against her brother is about to happen. She knows this may not work, that she could be walking into her own death, or at the least back to prison. She asks Will if he’ll try to stop her and he says that there comes a time in every police officer’s life when they know they have to defend themselves no matter want—and this is one of those times. As Sun gets ready, so does will, getting clean and shaved just as Riley arrives—
The Cluster is together. They’re going to help Sun. They are learning the security and while Will is checking out shit on the ground, Nomi (Jamie Clayton) is getting into the computers and doing her shit there. They think they’re only one way they can get Sun’s brother out, but they need a confession and Will knows a coerced confession is shit—so Wolfgang says they’ll trick it out of him. And they know it’ll work, because as long as Sun’s alive, her brother knows what he knows, and they’ll keep coming at each other.
Kala curls Sun’s hand into a fist: they are going to fight to make this right.
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Tuppence Middleton — Riley Gunnarsdóttir, London
Brian J. Smith — Will Gorski, London
Doona Bae — Sun Bak, Seoul
Toby Onwumere — Capheus, Nairobi
Max Riemelt — Wolfgang Bogdanow, Berlin
Tina Desai — Kala Dandekar, Mumbai
Miguel Ángel Silvestre — Lito Rodriguez, Los Angeles
Jamie Clayton — Nomi Marks, San Francisco
Freema Agyeman — Amanita
Alfonso Herrera — Hernando
Eréndira Ibarra — Daniela
Lwanda Jawar — Superpower
Paul Ogola — Jela
Peter King Nzioki — Silas
Terrence Mann — Whispers
Andy Dick — Kit Wrangler
Cheyenne Jackson — Blake Huntington
Marc Jacobs — Himself