Sense8 has been slow-burning its overarching narrative all season long. With “Just Turn The Wheel And The Future Changes,” Sense8 ramps up the pace and sets the stage for its finale. These are no longer just individual stories with the occasional visitation, but rather plots coalescing into a larger story, one that’s still shrouded in secrecy. There’s a good chance that the finale is going to leave us all begging for a second season and more answers.
There’s been a lot of talk about choices in the past few episodes. Every sensate has had to look toward his or her future, as an individual and as a member of their cluster, and contemplate the move they want to make. This episode is those choices being made, so it makes sense that it’s packed with action and puts the narrative into overdrive.
Everything is hurtling toward a confrontation between Whispers and the sensates, with Riley now in the hospital. There are two potential paths here: 1. Whispers has been monitoring Jonas and is heading to Iceland to nab Riley from the hospital and is luring Will there, or 2. Jonas is actually working with Whispers to track down all the sensates and eliminate them.
The latter is what Yrsa tells Riley, but both Nomi and Will trust Jonas. Bug shows up at Nomi’s apartment with a bunch of equipment to get her back into the hacking game. He doesn’t want any money but rather a chance to get in on the action. Plus, he realized that if BPO is shooting at Nomi, you “can’t shoot back without any bullets.” Thus, he gives her a bunch of tech in order to keep Riley safe for the time being.
Kala’s tough decision has been the same all season long: Should she marry Rajan, a man she doesn’t love? Now it’s not just whether or not she should marry him, but also if she should tell him that right before his father died he had hoped Kala would call off the wedding.
Kala decides to tell Rajan and he praises her for her honesty. In fact, he’s know for some time that his father didn’t approve of their marriage but wanted to marry her anyway. Kala balks at that a bit, suggesting that Rajan choosing to marry her is an act of rebellion. He assures her he loves her and that’s where we’re left. We still don’t know if they’re getting married or not. Judging by the way she tears up later in the episode when Wolfgang is set to put himself in harm’s way, it seems clear she’s meant to be with the thief.
What’s more startling for Kala than this decision though is that when she returns to the temple where Rajan’s father was killed, she’s greeted as a hero. The worshippers there celebrate the death of the non-believer who was working to ban certain religious practices. “God knows violence is sometimes necessary,” says the worshipper’s leader. It’s a disturbing scene, one that shows the dark side of faith. Where Kala’s faith is good, a useful guide in her life, in the hands of fanatics it’s deadly, and morally bankrupt.
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