“We Will All Be Judged by the Courage of Our Hearts,” the eighth episode of Sense8, is the slowest moving episode of the season. Not since the first episode has the plot felt so stagnant and rudderless. That’s not to say that this episode doesn’t have its moments, but rather that after a few fun episodes, Sense8 takes a step back here and focuses on smaller character moments.
Just about every sensate is in a place of sadness and rumination. The episode opens on Nomi and Amanita, who are watching the sunrise over the city. Nomi talks about the dissonance she’s experiencing, that feeling that everything in this moment is beautiful and yet everything’s changed after what they witnessed the night before, when Bolger killed himself, or rather Whispers prompted Bolger to kill himself.
Nomi explains it as hearing everyone in a movie theater laughing at a joke but not understanding what’s so funny. The scene then cuts to Kala sitting in a theater with her family, everyone howling with laughter and yet she has tears in her eyes. She excuses herself and goes to the bathroom where she encounters Wolfgang, also stricken with grief.
Wolfgang is by the bedside of Felix, who’s just barely survived the drive-by shooting in the previous episode. The scene is purposeful for two reasons: it gives us some welcome backstory in terms of the friendship of Felix and Wolfgang, and also enforces the bond between Wolfgang and Kala.
Wolfgang mentions that he can’t change the past, and that him and Felix are brothers, “not by something as accidental as blood” but by choice. It’s a touching moment and drives home the very idea of the sensates. These are people who are connected not by blood, but by some strange force currently beyond their understanding. But just because you don’t understand it doesn’t mean it isn’t there.
Thus, Wolfgang’s talk of connection is not just about Felix, but about him and Kala. He’s providing clarity to Kala, who is having an existential and spiritual crisis. She may not understand why Wolfgang is in her life or why he showed up at the moment when she was set to marry a man she didn’t love, but she can’t deny that his presence means something and that they share something special.
This moment of connection bleeds into the next, where Will and Riley visit each other and show off their homes. Riley shows Will the house she grew up in. He sees a picture of her mom, who passed away at some point, and sees Riley interact with her dad. He gets to experience the warmth and love of her home while Riley marvels at the city life of his apartment. There’s a subway that surely keeps him up at night, and Will laments how small the place is while tidying it up.
Riley likes it though, or rather she likes spending time with Will. It’s remarkable that the show can get so much out of characters just being around one another; Sense8 boasts simple pleasures in that way. As Will and Riley stare out the window, their hands touch and they kiss, and it’s a tender, steamy moment—seriously, this show knows how to do hot kisses and sex scenes. It’s also a hilarious moment because the camera cuts to Will’s partner who’s watching Will make out with nobody, like a nervous grade-schooler practicing their kissing skills before a big dance.
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