I Have No Room In My Heart For Hate
Written by Lana Wachowski and J. Michael Straczynski
Directed by James McTeigue
Transition Moment, plane to Chicago:
Riley (Tuppence Middleton) is somewhere in the air on her way to Chicago and Will (Brian J. Smith) is freaking the fuck out. He’s pacing in London; he’s pacing up and down the aisle of the plane; and he’s pacing at the cabin in Northern California where Nomi (Jamie Clayton) and Amanita (Amanita) are trying to comfort the sensate couple. Nomi tells Will to chill, the ID she fabricated for Riley was good enough for her to be able to board without detection.Will is still nervous: getting out of England was going to be a problem, but with the paranoia back in the States generated by Homeland Security, he’s worried she’s not going to make it through customs. Nomi tells him to chill once more, that this is the absolutely best fake ID she’s ever put together. Will wants to know how she so good at creating IDs and it simple: Nomi is made plenty of fake IDs for transgender people were unable to get IDs the regular way—because some states tend to be real assholes about giving transgender people legitimate IDs.
Kala (Tina Desai) storms in on Rajan (Purab Kohli) with a stack of manifest. She’s feeling a bit of dismay as she’s discovered, through her intricate tracking, that everything on the manifest is bullshit: that the company is shipping out old meds. Rajan sets her down and explains the facts of life, or lease the facts of how a pharmaceutical company works, which is not letting old inventory stay on the shelves. But he tells her not to worry, because none of this old stuff being shipped out is in India: all these crappy antibiotics and HIV medication are going to places like, oh say… Nairobi? Yeah, that’s just what Capheus (Toby Onwumere) wants to hear, and does. Needless to say Kala is ready to disembowel her asshole husband.
Capheus has taken Zakia’s (Mumbi Maina) advice and shows up at the headquarters of the political party that wants him to run for office. Like it or not, another of the sensates is going to become very public very soon.
Plane to Chicago:
Riley discovers a woman in Hare Krishna robes and a shaved head with a tree tattooed on the back of it sitting across the out from her. They exchange a few pleasantries, but it becomes evident to Riley that this person is another sensate—the one who was at the rave and who says she cannot help Riley because Riley is too intent on trying to change things.
Nomi is present as Amanita and her mother are conversing with Amanita’s three dads. There’s plenty of banter with a lot of joking, I as the three dads talk about how at one time they were all bad ass revolutionaries, Black Panthers ready to fight the man, and now they grow quinoa. And while Amanita’s mother talks about how she wanted to free women’s bodies from the shackles of the Patriarchy, one of the dads jokes that she did it by fucking every homie from Oakland. Nomi loves that none of the dads were concerned about whom was Amanita’s real father, but as one of the dad says, when you look at this girl smiling at you, how could you not love her?
Our Intrepid Trio—Lito (Miguel Ángel Silvestre), Hernando (Alfonso Herrera), and Daniela (Eréndira Ibarra)—return home while chanting “We’re here, we’re queer, get used to it!” And you know who else is here? That worthless shitbag Joaquin (Raúl Méndez) who just so happens to have brought Daniela’s parents with him. Her parents are dismayed to discover that she’s living with a couple of degenerate gay men and they want her to leave and resume of loving relationship with that degenerate cocksucker Joaquin. Her father is threatening to cut her off from her trust fund if she doesn’t leave with them right away and he orders Joaquin to grab her bag. He does just as Lito does, and there is a minor struggle between the two. Joaquin as Lito if you’d like his ass kicked again: Wolfgang (Max Riemelt) shows up with a huge shit eating grin on his face and asked Joaquin if you’d like his ass kicked—again.In the end, Daniela let’s her parents know that she’s already with her family and blood kin can just fuck off.
Nomi and Amanita are cooking dinner when Will shows up. Riley will be landing soon and he’s nervous as fuck. For like the elevenly millionth time Nomi tells him to chill–which is when Amanita gets an alert on her phone: the TSA has just raised their security level due to a mass shooting in the US. Hey, good to know there’s still one thing we do well. If Will was nervous before, he’s about to lose his fucking mind now.
Capheus and Zakia show up at the school where his mom, Shiro (Chichi Seeii) teaches. The two women exchange pleasantries and Zakia asks Shiro if she’s happy about her son running for political office. Which is mother didn’t know about. Oops!
Kala is hanging out at her parents home and Sun (Doona Bae) shows up to spend a little time with her. They don’t get to speak long, however, as Rajan shows up with a big bouquet of flowers.
Riley arrives at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport and is met by Diego (Ness Bautista), Will’s old partner. He doesn’t so much recognize Riley as here’s her speak and realizes she’s the girlfriend with the weird accent. He takes her to Super Dog, where Will and he always ate, and they do the same.
It’s here that Riley tells Diego the truth about Will and her being connected, which means everything she hears will is hearing as well. Diego tells Will to go take a flying fuck and Riley lets Diego know that he’s about to get a call. It’s Will, who begins to explain himself.
He asks Diego how many times he was questioned by the Feds and Diego lets him know it was more times and he can remember. Will says he couldn’t tell his ex-partner anything, because the truth is Diego is a shitty liar and if Will had told him anything, Diego would lie about it and get caught, and get busted, and get kicked off the police force. And Will couldn’t live with that. So he had to keep him in the dark, because that’s how you protect your best friend.
With apologies out of the way, all that remains now is for someone to tell Riley when and where to meet to get the information on Whispers.
Rajan has a heart-to-heart with Kala. He tells her that is not perfect, but perhaps there are things about him that he should have said that were never brought out—things that are probably a lot different than, you know, having the voices of seven other people in your head, one of whom is this dude in Berlin who you fucked in your mind, but I digress. Needless to say, Rajan is feeling as if he’s actually deceived Kala and not been as open with her as he could’ve been before they were married.
Capheus and Shiro have a discussion about his upcoming political run. She’s nervous, because she remembers his father acted the same way about becoming involved in the miner’s strike back in the 1990s—the same strike that got him murdered. In the end, however, she doesn’t tell Capheus not to run; she does remind them, though, that he is all that she has left of his father and she needs him to be careful.
It’s early morning and Sun goes to the cemetery where she visits the graves of her mother and father.All sorts of memories come flooding back to her, and with them comes the feeling that she is somehow been a failure to both her mother and father. To her mother, she simply wasn’t strong enough to raise her brother correctly. And to her father… By being in prison and forced him to come see her and admit that he was going to out her brother—and for that he was murdered. She shouldering all the blame, all the guilt, and she feels completely alone…
The rest of the cluster begin to appear, to speak and comfort her. They remind her she was not responsible for how her brother turned out: any number of them could have taken a similar path, but didn’t. Capheus admits that at one point after his father died, he stole a pistol and prepared to go after the murderers so that he could kill them. Before that could happen, he asked his mother why she did not seek retribution and she tells him, I have no room in my heart for hate (title callout!). Capheus ended up dumping the pistol in the lake and giving up on his revenge.
The cluster comes together and reminds each other that they are strong as one, and that no matter how hard life may become for any single one of them, the others are always there to give support.
Lito shows up at his agent’s office, happy as hell. He wants to know if his agent saw the YouTube video of him at the Pride Parade in São Paulo, but his agent doesn’t look as if he’s in the mood to look at YouTube videos. As a matter of fact, he’s there to let Lito know they’re letting him go. Apparently too many of the big name clients stated if the agency was going to continue to represent Lito, they were going to walk, and he agency isn’t about to lose a number of big-name clients because of a gay action star.
Lito leaves the building devastated, but on the ride down in the elevator a young actor recognizes Lito and hugs him, evidently expressing his happiness for Lito coming out and perhaps making it easier for people like him.
Before Sun has a chance to leave Detective Mun (Sukku Son) shows up. Apparently he’s been hanging out at the cemetery every morning hoping to catch Sun—but he’s not to arrest her. He tells her they know your brother is dirty, that he’s probably moving money in and out of the country through their business illegally. The bitch is they have no way of catching him because he has too much protection and it’s impossible to gather the evidence needed to build the case. Detective Mun tells Sun that if she helps him he’ll find a way to protect her. Needless to say, Sun is calling bullshit on his plan and decides to leave.
Ah, but it’s obvious Detective Mun has watched a lot of anime and knows that the way to get a girl to listen to reason is to fight her! So he proposes a match: if she can defeat him she walks away, but if he defeats her, she will come with him and help him bring down her brother. At first son is in hip to this but after the detective throws a few punches her way she figures, what the hell?
And that’s when events sort of turned into an episode of Ranma 1/2, with Sun and Mun go at it, throwing punches and kicks and generally trying to beat the shit out of each other. (Personal Notes: It’s only now as I write this that I realize the characters involved are Sun and Mun, or, if you like Sun and almost-pronounced-like Moon. Get it? Why didn’t I see that before?) And just like in an anime, after both characters have been fighting each other for a while, they stare into each other’s eyes, move closer, and share a kiss while covered in sweat and blood.But for the majority the time Sun spend her time going at Mun as hard as she can as she—
KicksHis Ass. In the end she wins and walks away after telling the detective that, yes, you have improved your fighting.
Riley and Will speaking with each other, he in London and she at the edge of the Chicago River where they first kissed, so naturally Will shows up to kiss her again. They both wonder when she’ll be contacted, but there’s no need to wonder anymore as the Old Man of Hoy (Sylvester McCoy) appears. The Archipelago has spoken and they have an address where Riley is to meet an informant.
Nomi is woken by Amanita, who’s been checking alerts on her phone. She just saw video of the mass shooting, which took place in a mosque in New York City. The person who is speaking—one of the victims—at one time worked with Dr. Ruth el-Saadawi, and the person who did the shooting? It was Todd, the member of Angelica’s cluster who did not want to be a sensate. And there’s more…
Riley and Diego had to the address given her and it’s one they both know well: the abandoned church where Angelica killed herself. (Personal Notes: The church used for this scene is the City Methodist Church in nearby Gary, Indiana.) Will and Diego are both not digging a shit and Will does not want Riley to go in, but fuck that, she came all this way, she’s going in.
There’s nobody inside, but that’s not a surprise. Just then Nomi shows up to tell will and Riley about the shooting and how they discovered that Whispers has more or less been in prison, but that he somehow zombied this Todd dude to perform the mass shooting. Riley thinks she hears something and heads over to a staircase leading down. Will and the other sensates smell a trap, but Riley is keeping her head and says this is not the way BPO operates: if it was a trap she’d have been taken by now. As Diego waits in the car, Riley and the others go downstairs.
There she finds an enormous devastated space with a table upon which sits a glass and a psi blocker, as well as a message: “Drink Me.” It’s a test, and Riley grabs the psi blocker and downs it.
And that’s when The Assistant (Janet Ulrich Brooks) appears.
It turns out this older woman not only worked for Professor Kolovi, but she was there when BPO started and she worked closely with Dr. Ruth el-Saadawi. She said in the beginning they did incredible work, but no one seemed to understand just how quickly BPO was changing at the top. And it was during this time Dr. Kolovi and she met someone—
She said she had hoped Professor Kolovi would continue with Dr. el-Saadawi’s work, but he seemed more intent on following the path that Milton chose. Riley wants to know why Angelica joined BPO and The Assistant says it was so she could find her children. She shows Riley her right arm covered with scars, just as Riley’s left arm is covered. She says it was Angelica who named Milton Whispers, as she stated the one who tells you to cut, the one who tells you which veined open, doesn’t shout at you, they whisper.
And now that she’s given the name she gives Riley one last thing: the address where Milton lives.
They now have his ass.
All the pieces are in place. Will stands in the trees outside Whispers’ house where he is joined by Sun and Wolfgang.
It’s go time, kids, and Will is ready to bum rush the joint, find Milton, and slit the fucker’s throat. He’s tired of running: he’s ready to put an end to this.
And that’s when a voice asks, “Are you really prepared to kill a man in cold blood?” And who is asking this?
Which begs the question: how exactly is this motherfucker alive?
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Tuppence Middleton — Riley Gunnarsdóttir, Chicago
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, Mexico DF
Jamie Clayton — Nomi Marks, San Francisco
Freema Agyeman — Amanita
Purab Kohli — Rajan
Alfonso Herrera — Hernando
Eréndira Ibarra — Daniela
Ness Bautista — Diego
Chichi Seeii — Shiro
Mumbi Maina — Zakia
Sukku Son — Detective Mun
Janet Ulrich Brooks — The Assistant
Sylvester McCoy — Old Man of Hoy
Raúl Méndez — Joaquin
Naveen Andrews — Jonas Maliki