“Sense8”, Season 2, Episode 3, “Obligate Mutualisms”

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Yes, I am getting this out a couple of days late. You can think a load of personal crap and an equally crappy Internet connection to blame for that. But here I am, recap a-blazing as we get into Episode 3 of Sense8. And things getting interesting…



Obligate Mutualisms

Written by Lana Wachowski and J. Michael Straczynski
Directed by Lana Wachowski



Somewhere unknown/Amsterdam:

After the cluster busted in on the meeting with Croome (Clive Wood), Whispers (Terrence Mann) is in some deep shit and the BPO people have them locked away in the same room where he met Will (Brian J. Smith) in the previous episode. Will shows up to speak with Milt, as he likes to call him, and he’s relating to the rest of the cluster just how down Whispers seems.

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Ever the opportunists, Whispers congratulates Will as, he says, it was one of the first times one of us managed to find one of them. Will isn’t impressed that Whispers is now comparing himself to the very people he’s hunting, and he chides him for having “sensorium pride” by requesting a fist bump. (Personal Note: The look on Whispers face during the scene is hilarious, as he has probably never been asked for a fist bump in his life.)

Whispers once again tries to tell Will that he doesn’t know what he’s up against, but Will is having none of it. He has Nomi (Jamie Clayton) find personal information on Croome, including the fact that he sent flowers to his mistress, and the BPO official comes into the room. Will starts laying out terms relayed through Croome’s phone: they want Whispers on ice and they want a meeting with Jonas and a meeting with Croome—this last in person. Whispers advises against this; Croome is sick of Whispers’ bullshit by this point and some BPO goons come in and give Whispers a ninety-night shot.

With Whispers unconscious Will realizes he’s free of his observation for the first time in months. Together, the entire cluster leaves the apartment and walks out into the bright Amsterdam day, finally able to stop hiding and be with each other in public.

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Sun (Doona Bae) wakes up in her prison cell: one of her mates tells her that she was singing in her sleep.


Mexico DF:

Lito (Miguel Ángel Silvestre) shows up for meeting with his agents, one of whom seems to be a little cooler toward him and she has been in the past. Lito starts to pitch an idea about a movie when he’s flat out told the studio is not interested in any other concepts, but the one they pitched originally was rejected. However, they have a shit load of bad scripts for Lito to look through, so maybe he’ll find a good movie and there. Before Lito leaves, looking slightly dejected, his agents remind him he still their guy. Let’s remember, Lito: agents deal in bullshit. And that’s what you’re getting.


San Francisco:

Nomi and Amanita (Freema Agyeman) are going a little stir crazy on the Bug Boat and decide what they need is a night out. So both get dressed up and are prepared to head out for some Italian food, something that Bug (Michael Sommers) heartily approves.



Sun is awaken taken from her cell. One of her cellmates looks at her as if she believes shall never see her again—


San Francisco:

As Nomi is preparing to leave Sun appears before her pleading for help. Nomi tells Amanita that Sun believe she’s about to be killed. Amanita ain’t having any of that shit.


Transition Moment:

All sensates are present as Sun is led off to remote part of the prison, seen only by one of the person, a prisoners mopping floors. She’s taken into a room where there is no camera access: Nomi pleads with her not to go into the room Sun begins to fight the guards—who are likely goons hired by her brother—she’s tasered. Not once, not twice, but three times. And every time she’s tasered, the rest of the cluster feels it, so when she goes down, they all go down—something that is seen through quick shots of the other cluster members.

She’s dragged into the room and hung by her neck, with the guards will likely say she committed suicide. As she strangles to death the rest of the cluster members are feeling her die, with all fighting for air. And just what it appears that Sun is about to pass on, a broken broom handle appears thrust through the chest of one of the fake guards, placed their by the woman who’d seen Sun being dragged off. With the help of the cluster Sun manages to take out the remaining guards, using one as a taser shield before snapping the neck of the other.

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Sun thanks the woman for saving her. The woman tells Sun that she needs to leave as soon as possible and not to worry about her; as she’s an old woman the worst they can do is add more time to her sentence. Sun has a better idea: she slips out of the handcuffs with Will’s help and retrieves keys from one of the guards. What’s her plan?

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Sun makes it into the prison yard but the only vehicles present are a bus. Fortunately, Capheus (Toby Onwumere) can drive a bus, and the two women pile in. Only one small problem: they need to get someone to open the gate for them. While Lito feeds the gate attendant some bullshit—


San Francisco:

—Bug puts together a quick hack and since the new orders to the prison. As he began singing Born Free, the gate opens and Sun drives off.


Transition Moment:

Free of the prison the cluster helps Sun look for a car to steal. Capheus finds an old truck that he knows is untraceable and Wolfgang (Max Riemelt) uses a wire to unlock the door before hot wiring the truck. Sun’s fellow escapee, Min-Jung (Yuh Jung Youn), wants to know how the daughter of a banker knows all these criminal activities, and Sun tells her that she’s had many lives before this one.



Wolfgang and Felix (Max Mauff) show up for the meeting with Sebastian Fuchs (Lars Eidinger), arriving at his condo. They engage in some small talk while Sebastian makes drinks. He introduces his right hand person, Lila Facchini (Valeria Bilello), and asks her to get the papers for the club that he is giving to Felix.

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While they are waiting for her to return she quickly sneaks up on Wolfgang and begins acting playful with him just as she walks back into the room with the papers. Surprise! She’s from another cluster.



A water vendor comes by and Capheus stops him and so he can buy two containers. The vendor tells Capheus he needs more money: it’s election time and the price of everything is going up as the politicians are getting the maximum amount of skim they can.



Wolfgang and Felix are having lunch with Sebastian and Lila. While Sebastian discusses the intricacies of money laundering, Lila and Wolfgang become involved in some naughty out-of-cluster foreplay. She asked him if he’s ever played with anyone outside of his own cluster, but Wolfgang is just too fucking turned on to reply coherently. Sebastian asked for Wolfgang’s help in avoiding a gang war in Berlin that could disrupt all the money laundering and Wolfgang says he might be able to help.


Mexico DF:

Lito, Hernando (Alfonso Herrera), and Daniela (Eréndira Ibarra) are looking for a new apartment for Lito and Hernando. They don’t care for the first one they see, but fall in love with the second. Only problem they see: it’s nearly twice more than what they wanted to spend. However, Daniela comes to them all excited—after seeing a tub big enough to fit all three of them at the same time—and says she could give up her apartment, which would allow them all to live here. She suddenly realizes that she may have overstepped her boundaries by asking to move in, but Hernando realizes that if the tub in this apartment is big enough to hold all three of them, it must be a sign they were all meant to live together.



Min-Jung takes Sun to see her old friend from prison, Mrs. Chow (Young Lan Lee). She trust her and knows they can hide out there for a while.


Den Haag, The Netherlands:

Riley (Tuppence Middleton) and Will travel to the Den Haag Central train station to meet with Jonas (Naveen Andrews). He shows himself to Will and explains he has two reasons for being here. One, if there were any trouble Riley and he could hop onto any train and vanish, and to, the train station reminds Jonas of the first time he met his cluster father, a man who birthed nearly eighty sensates. The cluster shows up and begins asking questions. It appears that being a sensate is genetic, but not everyone can become one. The known number of sensates could be anywhere from thousands to tens of thousands; no one seems to know. Jonas indicates that the thing driving BPO the most is fear: there are many in the organization who believe Homo sensorium is a direct threat to Homo sapiens.

(Personal Note: I had to do a bit of investigating to find out where this scene was filmed. The only thing I had to go on was a sign in the background instead Central Station, but I knew it wasn’t filmed in Amsterdam’s Central Station because I’ve been there. That meant it was either filmed in Rotterdam’s Central Station or Den Haag Central Station, both of which I’ve also visited. I have to say, however, that I had forgotten what both stations look like, but photos online proved that they had filmed this scene in Den Haag.  Oh, and it was also during thi scene that Will sort of does a bit of tone policing on Kala [Tina Desai] because he believes the question she asked may not be that important.  Don’t do that, Will:  your cluster is gonna call you on that bullshit, dude.)



Over dinner Mrs. Chow and Min-Jung talk about their time together. Mrs. Chow relates that her husband had been a degenerate gambler who’d got himself in deep with the Korean mob, and after he killed himself the mob put pressure on her to run drugs out of Japan to pay off his debt. She was caught and sent to prison and is now estranged from her son, who is embarrassed by her. Sun listens closely and says little.



Will meets with Croome at the Rembrandt Museum, speaking while sitting before the masterpiece, Militia Company of District II under the Command of Captain Frans Banninck Cocq, better known as The Night Watch. (Personal Note: I’ve stood in front of this very painting and it is impressive as hell.)

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Croome began speaking of how when The Night Watch was first painted it was considered a hot mess—so much so that the sides of the painting were actually removed as it wasn’t considered important. He says things that were heard and seen hundreds of years ago are not heard and seen the same way today, and that is because of one reason: senses evolve. And Croome believes part of this evolution has been brought about by the appearance of Homo sensorium.

The discussion turns to BPO. Will, getting information from Nomi, relates how they know the company was created by Ruth le-Saadawi, who Croome knows as a brilliant scientist. She believed that Homo sapiens and Homo sensorium were obligate mutualisms (title callout!), That each required the other in order to survive. Will wants to know why BPO doesn’t have the same view today and Croome says the organization changed after 9/11, growing fearful that Homo sensorium was becoming a threat to the rest of mankind and need stopping.

Croome wants to change this: he wants to return to the days when BPO didn’t see almost sensorium as a threat. He gives Will a bottle of pills that can be used to block outside clusters from coming in contact with him—something that Whispers uses on a regular basis. Will and he agreed to begin taking steps toward working together and shake on their deal.

Annnnnnnnnnd that’s when a woman shows up and stabs Croome in the neck with a paint brush.

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Only it isn’t just a woman: it’s that fucker Whispers. Someone’s let him off the leash and he’s doing the zombie thing again.

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He goes after Will trying to kill him, but Will is a better fighter and manages to subdue the woman under Whispers’ control.

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Realizing this isn’t a battle he can win, Whispers forces the woman to drive a paint trowel into her neck, killing herself as Will looks on in shock—



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Tuppence Middleton — Riley Gunnarsdóttir, Amsterdam
Brian J. Smith — Will Gorski, Amsterdam
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
Terrence Mann — “Whispers”
Alfonso Herrera — Hernando
Eréndira Ibarra — Daniela
Max Mauff — Felix
Michael Sommers — Bug
Valeria Bilello — Lila Facchini
Lars Eidinger — Sebastian Fuchs
Yuh Jung Youn — Min-Jung
Mrs. Chow — Young Lan Lee
Clive Wood — Richard Wilson Croome
Naveen Andrews — Jonas Maliki


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