Just about every episode of Sense8 has had some sort of thematic throughline. That’s especially true of the last few episodes as the show has settled into its pace and built its world, allowing character moments to establish those thematic connective threads. “W.W.N. Double D?” (also known as “What would Nancy Drew Do?”) has a thematic throughline that explores privilege and power, especially sexual, in intriguing and compelling ways while the narrative continues to gain speed.
The first instance of power that we see is when Sun is transferred to prison at the beginning of the episode. She’s put in a cell with three other inmates and at first it seems like she’s in for some trouble. “You’re the one who embezzled money from investors and shamed your brother and father” they say before pausing and concluding with, “well done.”
All of these women have rebelled against their male counterparts (be it husbands or fathers), killing them because they couldn’t take the abuse anymore. One of the inmates mentions that in South Korea, the only place to find a brave and honest woman is in prison. It’s a powerful statement, one that speaks to the imbalance of power in terms of gender in the country, but also gives a new perspective to Sun’s decision to take the fall for her brother and father.
Sun isn’t the only one who’s taken the fall though. Nomi, who’s ready to get back to her days as a political hacktivist, contacts Bug, an old hacker friend of hers that she once took the fall for. She did it because she was a minor with rich parents and knew she’d have no problem getting a lesser punishment. Bug shows up and meets Nomi for the first time, having only known her as Mike before.
While Bug clearly is on Nomi’s side and helps her by giving her some hacking equipment, he also sexualizes her immediately. He talks about how hot she is now, how he would “totally bang” her, but like, not in a degrading way, but as a compliment. Nomi shrugs this off and it’s indicative of not only the “trans body as public property” idea that I mentioned in a previous recap, but also a case of the way casual misogyny pervades society.
Bug isn’t trying to be a misogynistic asshole, but he is, and Nomi sees no choice but to shrug off the disgusting comments. If that’s not an obvious replication of the way women have to deal with catcalling and sexual harassment in their workplaces, on the street, and at home, then I don’t know what is.
Nomi and Amanita take their gear and use it to track Dr. Metzger’s phone, which leads them to a conversation with “Dr. Matheson,” the strange bearded man that came after Angel in the first episode. While Nomi and Amanita raid Metzger’s apartment and copy his hard drive, “Dr Matheson” shows up on the form of a lobotomized patient of Metzger’s. Jonas warns Nomi just in time, telling her that “Dr. Matheson” is actually named Whispers, and clearly anyone with that name is a dangerous man.
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