Sense8, Season 1, Episode 5, “Art Is Like Religion”

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Today’s episode is kind of a change of pace after the revelations of the last episode, but just when you think it’s going to be a light-hearted romp–well, you’ll see.  Let us begin:

 

Art Is Like Religion

Written by The Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski
Directed by James McTeigue

 

Mexico, DF:
Lito’s (Miguel Ángel Silvestre) in his dressing room having makeup applied, and he’s not a happy camper. He doesn’t like the idea of shooting the end of the movie now? It’s ridiculous. I don’t think the makeup woman’s gonna know, dude.

Seoul:
Sun’s (Doona Bae) laying in bed as her dog licks the bottom of her foot. She finally crawls out of bed, not looking too happy either. She walks over and looks closely at herself in the mirror—

Transition Moment:
—and Lito does the same, remarking that he feels a little bloated. Sun must be feeling the same way, because she looks disgusted while she sits on the toilet. Could it be . . ? Yes, Shark Week has come to pay her a visit, but guess who else is feeling like shit? Lito asks for some Advil, and once the makeup woman is out of the room, Sun head out of her bathroom and walks in front of a mirror, and Lito is like, why is there a strange woman in my dressing area?

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Sun is seeing this, too, as begins playing some great Marx Brothers shit with his reflection. They both wonder if they are real, speaking to each other in their own languages for the first time.

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Like that the moment is broken, and the makeup woman arrives with a bottle of water and Advil for a surprised Lito. (Note: I’ll have more to say about this and other parts of Lito’s scenes at the end.)

Chicago:
Will (Brian J. Smith) is in his captain’s office getting his ass ripped over, ‘cause his captain got his ass ripped open by the Feds due to Will’s little venture where he tried to piss in Homeland Security’s pond. The captain is letting it be known: no more fucking around. Will more or less acts like he’s concerned, apologizes, and gets the fuck out.

Berlin:
Wolfgang (Max Riemelt) is summoned to a meeting with his uncle, who obviously think he’s some kind of Bond supervillain with all the garish shit he has around the joint. The uncle is slightly upset: seems there were some black market diamond that got lifted before his son Steiner could rip them off, and the poor boy is whining up a fuckin’ storm that’s bothering him something awful. What the uncle finds most interesting is that the safe was cracked, and that it was a S&D safe: the same kind that fucked Wolfgang’s father. Wolfgang is playing it cool, ‘cause he’s figured out his uncle is trying to figure out if he cracked that safe. But he says nothing and eventually leaves, but not before the uncle puts him in his place by reminding him, in an off-hand way, that he should remember who he is—shorthand for, “You’re a small-time hood.”

Nairobi:
Capheus (Aml Ameen) has the bag and is making his way to the address he was given.

London:
Riley (Tuppence Middleton) is in a flat working on her computer.

Transition Moment:
Both look up and to their sides, and there they are facing each other. As with Lito and Sun, Capheus speaks Swahili, which Riley doesn’t understand, but he does speak English, very good English, too.

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Neither understand who the other is, or where they are, though Riley can feel the heat.

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Capheus tells her she’s in Nairobi, and after he mentions how cold he feels she lets him know he’s in London, home of the Queen and Harry Potter. He sees her tea and asks if he can try, which he does. Right after he sips the tea they both see bright lights—

Nairobi:
And hoodlums come to relieve Capheus of his bag. Not gonna happen: he goes into his stance, talks some Van Damme shit—and then goes on his ass when he tries a roundhouse kick. After the hoodlums finish laughing they give him a good beat down before leaving. He gets up and quickly makes up his mind about what to do: he runs down the road in the direction the hoodlums went.

RT: Poor Capheus, it’s a hard way to learn that the Sensates aren’t always available at the drop of a hat.

CF:  And he might get Lito next time who could act him out of trouble . . .

Mexico, DF:
It’s time to shoot and Lito’s a little off his game. He has an idea for how he wants his character to act, but the director just wants heat and sexy. The cast and crew get into place, action is called, and a beautiful woman makes her way down the starts towards Lito—who begins crying. The director is losing his shit, because what’s with the fucking tears? Lito laments about how all beauty is fleeting and he’s feeling so emotional. Will someone bring this man some makeup so he can go on?

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Mumbai:
Kala (Tina Desai) is having her mehndi applied by he mother and others, and her aunt is there, too, and Kala looks like she’s got flaming hemorrhoids or something. She wants to know if her mother loved her father, and we find out that theirs was an arranged marriage. Mom is happy, though, because Kala is the first in their family to marry for love, and Kala takes this news looking like someone just punched her in the stomach and told her they were going to feed her raw eels.

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Seoul:
Sun is working out with her teacher, who isn’t in the best of moods, either, because he senses there’s something that’s preventing Sun from concentrating. He ain’t got time for this shit, and lets her know when she’s ready to get her head back into training, she should come see him.

Mexico, DF:
Lito is on the phone to Hernando and is freaking right the fuck out, PMSing like a madman with cramps in his tummy and raging ass emotions, zipping back and forth between tears and road rage.

RT: I was laughing my arse off at poor Lito.

CF:  I was too, particularly at his “plastic-tit, cheep weave whore.”  I’ve know a few women drop something like that at times.

Seoul:
Sun hears him screaming and asks him to stop—

Transition Moment:
And now he’s in Seoul beside her while she practices, and she’s sitting in the passenger set of his car, and Lito’s screaming about a Korean woman in his car, crying. Of course she tells him she’s not crying, just like he’s not yelling!

Mexico, DF:
All this fun ends when Lito runs into the back of a BMW and looks like he doesn’t know what the fuck to do.

Nairobi:
After running his ass off Capheus find the hoodlum’s packed vehicle. No time for subtlety: he grabs a big rock, throws it through the back window of the SUV, grabs the bag, and runs like a motherfucker.

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Chicago:
Will has Nomi’s mother on the phone, trying to get information on the missing girl. Mama Cuntface is up to her old bullshit, deadnaming and misgendering, and blaming those strange-ass hormones on make “him” crazy. Will can see that Nomi has been in trouble for hacking in the past, as we see Will now sitting somewhere other than his station house—and we also see that Nomi (Jamie Clayton) seems to be sitting in Chicago listening to her mother run at the mouth—he finally lays a little smack down on the bitch:

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Thank you, Will: that’s how you stand up for your clustermate.

RT: Amen!

CF:  I gave the screen a fist pump and “Good!” at that one.

San Francisco:
Amanita (Freema Agyema) comes walking towards Will, bu she tells a slightly confused-looking Nomi that she’s heard from Disney—one of her friends, not The Mouse—and hands her a coffee. She can tell Nomi’s bother, and she finds out why: for a moment, while Amanita was walking towards her, Nomi didn’t know who she was, and that’s not possible. Amanita says that there’s a lot of impossible things in the world—like them falling in love—but she should remember: Impossibility is a kiss away from Reality.

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Mumbai:
All the women are talking and Kala hears about when her mother kissed her father for the first time. He’s taking it in good strides and comes out with shahi tukda for his daughter, which she begins eating—and actually looks happy for the first time.

San Francisco:
Nomi tells Aminita that while drinking her coffee it suddenly tasted like a sugary desert, which Neets doesn’t consider a bad thing, but Nomi feels that maybe their is something wrong with her brain. Aminita sees two possibilities: one, there is something wrong, and it’s going to kill Nomi—which Nomi isn’t digging on at all—or, two: the whole story about her brain is bullshit. However, if there isn’t anything wrong with her, then why all the drama at the hospital? They need to find out the why.

Nairobi:
Capheus arrives at his destination with the bag, and a bunch of scary looking dudes let him inside—where he finds Silas Kabaka watching a movie. Turns out it was all a test: Silas wanted to see how far Capheus would go to defend—he opens the backpack—two coconuts. He has his lackey hand over a big shipment of AIDS medicine that’s the real deal, and Capheus heads back out into the night, happy as hell.

Berlin:
Wolfgang and Felix (Max Mauff) talk about the meeting with the uncle, and Wolfgang eventually has to go off to piss.

Mumbai:
Kala is getting ready for bed and hears something—

Transition Moment:
—That something being Will belching up some good German beer. She calls out and Wolfgang hears her, and they began talking as she thinks he’s some customer who’s wandered up from the restaurant (she’s staying at her parent’s place), and he thinks she’s some lost babe in the wrong WC. He can’t find her while she recognizes his voice: he’s the singing man from her dream. Wolfgang is confused—

Berlin:
—But Felix, who’s wandered into the bathroom, snaps him back to reality with a puzzled question of his own: what language were you speaking? In that moment we realize that while we heard them speaking in their own languages, it was likely that Wolfgang was speaking Hindi and Kala German . . .

Mumbai:
Kala’s aunt comes knocking on the door—a knock that Wolfgang hears—and wants to know if everything is all right. She also wants to know if Kala would like to talk about those “things” that happen on a girls wedding night. Kala’s like, it’s okay, Auntie: we have the Internet. Where you’ll learn everything you need to know about sex—and more . . .

Mexico, DF:
It’s time for the big action scene, and Lito and the director are talking about it before shooting starts. Lito wants to know if they are going to rehearse and the director’s like, fuck no! I want action and chaos—and it’s also likely a rehearsal isn’t in the budget. That’s means it’s time to rock and roll, baby!

Chicago:
Back at the station Diego gets a hit on the kid seen walking back the abandoned building where Angelica was shot. Will’s on his feet: time to roll—

San Francisco:
Amanita’s and Nomi’s friends show up, and one of them is the person who helped out Aminita at the hospital. They give the bad news: there’s a cop out front watching their place, but it’s possible they can get back in through a back entrance.

Chicago:
Will’s on his way to get this kid—

Mexico, DF:
Lito’s ready for the big action scene—where the Don he’s suppose to meet gives the title shout out: Art is like religion. For believers it’s everything: for anyone else, it’s just a pile of stinking bullshit.

Transition Moment:
But it’s Will walking up on the actor while at the same time he’s knocking on a door in Chicago and finding Lito there with a prop gun.

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They both snap back into their reality:  Will chasing a kid, Lito going all bullet time and wire-fu for his big action scene that is incredibly over the top and fun to watch.  Every so often they find themselves changing places, but in the end Will loses the kid he was chasing, and Lito makes his director very happy.

Seoul:
Sun walks through the streets of her city

Nairobi:
Capheus walks though the streets of his city.

Transition Moment:
They meet and find themselves speaking in their own languages to each other—first in Nairobi—

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Then in Seoul—

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He knows she’s the person who helped him fight, and that she has a great spirit. She says he doesn’t know anything about her and wants to leave. He lets her go, but he can’t seem to leave her. Capheus knows there’s something wrong—is she in trouble? She says she might be in the morning. She tells him a little of her trouble, and he speaks of the promise he made to his mother, how he’d take care of her no matter what. She says that she made a promise to her mother that she’d take care of her family: it was the last thing she told her before she died. Capheus knows she must keep this promise, for if she doesn’t, it becomes a lie. And she knows this as well—

Seoul:
As she remember Capheus last words—”Is it we who makes the choice, or the choice that makes us?”—she receives a call from her father as a tear runs down her cheek . . .

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Mumbai:
Kala dresses for her wedding, looking incredible.

Seoul:
Sun walks down a quiet street with her dog.

Mumbai:
Kala dresses for her wedding, looking incredible.

Seoul:
Sun walks down a quiet street with her dog.

Transition Moment:
Kala enters a yard in Seoul while Sun, for a moment, finds herself being carried into a magnificent Hindu wedding in a cart.

Seoul:
Sun speaks with her teacher and leaves her dog with him. She pets the animal with a touch of sadness. She’s made her choice.

Mumbai:
The wedding is huge and colorful and just a bit overwhelming—

Berlin:
Wolfgang swims naked in an indoor pool, surrounded by silence.

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Mumbai:
Kala has been taking steps in a circle around a fire on a stage, and she’s coming close to the end of her vows with her husband-to-be.

Chicago and London:
Will walks through a bar; Riley sits in a club. He passes her and for a moment she seems to sense him.

Nairobi:
Capheus lays back as his mother makes dinner. They both look happy.

Seoul:
Sun speaks with her teacher and leaves her dog with him. She pets the animal with a touch of sadness. She’s made her choice.

Mexico, DF:
Lito sits on the sofa with Hernando and Daniela, talking and enjoying themselves.

San Francisco:
Amanita and Nomi enter their apartment. It’s been tossed by professionals and it’s a wreck. They hug each other and cry.

Berlin:
Wolfgang finishes his swim and emerges from the pool, only to stop once he’s clear of the water—

Mumbai:
Kala reaches her last vow, for all the world looking like she’s being led off to be shot before the sun comes up. A happy bride this woman isn’t.

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But before she can speak there’s Wolfgang facing her, naked as all hell.

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He’s like, what the fuck are you doing? You’re not in love with him. Kala says nothing and faints, falling backwards, because how many times do naked dudes from Germany show up uninvited? And in Germany, Wolfgang faints, too.

Well, then:  guess the wedding’s off for now!

 

Personal Notes: What I loved about this episode is how you finally got to hear the different members of the cluster speaking in their own language at last, so you know they aren’t all speaking in English. You also find out that, as Jonas said would happen, they are also able to speak the other languages as well—as with Wolfgang probably speaking Hindi when he was in the bathroom while conversing with Kala. It’s a great little touch, and it’s what helps keep the show rooted in reality.

The opening with Lito being affected by Sun’s period . . . I did laugh, but only because I was reminded of something I’ve said to some of my female friends who have husbands who bitch about how moody they get when they’re on their periods, which is that guys should try a month on estrogen, because they’d then understand just how this can mess with you.

When I began hormone replacement therapy two years ago I had to sit with my doctor and go through a pros and cons list of everything good and bad that could come about from taking estrogen. There were the physical changes, of course, and we touched lightly upon the emotional changes—mainly that you could feel a slight euphoria after taking your shot, and that estrogen could worsen your depression, or even make it start.

What wasn’t mentioned was that for a few months after you started your injections you were going to spend about half the month as a fucking emotional basket case. Seriously, until recently I’d start going through some ups and downs a few days after my injection, and those would last for about three to four days, and then, about four days before I needed my injection, I’d feel down and moody and on the verge of crying from time-to-time. If you do the math that’s seven or eight out of fourteen days: like I said, half the month. And you’d feel crazy and high and manic one minute and then you’d feel like you were going to cut a bitch the next and then start crying right after that. And I do mean cry: for a while I’d sit at work and cry for about fifteen minutes every day just because I had a “bad thought,” and there was one time when after walking home from work, because of something I was thinking about ten minutes before, I came into my apartment, walked to the center, and fell to the floor crying my eyes out. And that wasn’t the last time—

Estrogen: it can be hell. So I can totally relate to what Lito was going through, because I’ve been there. As I’m sure just about every woman has . . .

 

That’s Episode 5 wrapped up. As always, leave us a comment and tell us what you think!

 

Sensates:

Tuppence Middleton — Riley Blue (née Gunnarsdóttir), London
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

Others:

Freema Agyeman — Amanita, Nomi’s girlfriend
Alfonso Herrera — Hernando
Eréndira Ibarra — Daniela
Max Mauff — Felix
Paul Ogola — Jela

 

 

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