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What Is Human? is the tenth episode in season 1 of Sense8. It was released on Netflix June 5, 2015.


Will learns more about his origins and the threat to his future, while Wolfgang's actions catch up with him, even as his bond with Kala strengthens.

Plot Edit

Wolfgang, Will, and Ensemble Edit

Wolfgang walks through the holocaust museum, struggling with a decision. He catches fleeting glimpses of all his fellow sensates, walking through the stone aisles. He catches a glimpse of Kala. He stands in front of a slab with writing.

Will reads the German writing. "Is the holocaust an aberration, or a reflection of who we really are?" Wolfgang asks Will why it's so loud where he is, and Will says that it's independence day. Wolfgang asks, "What is best in life, huh?" (referring to a quote he shares with Felix). Will says that he doesn't understand and Wolfgang walks away saying, "You wouldn't"

Will Edit

Will is walking in a park. He sees Jonas' face appear on a digital billboard. They talk. Jonas is still held prisoner in a lab. He suggests that Will find a safe place to talk.

In a museum, Will and Jonas talk about having multiple allegiances. Will asks if sensates are human. Jonas asks, "What is human?" and says that sensates are more human because of their increased empathy.

Jonas says that he was once in Will's place, where the father of his cluster was telling "bullshit" about psycillium, and what it meant to be sensate. Jonas says that sensates are biologically extremely similar to humans.

Jonas points out that a flock of birds or a mushroom in a forest can communicate by groups. He says that sensates were probably around during the time of early humans.

Jonas says that Whispers will try to use him to get to Will and the rest of his cluster. Will realizes that the reason Angelica committed suicide was to protect the cluster.

Jonas explains that, since humans are emotionally disconnected from each other, it has made their species the most successful killers ever.

Sun Edit

Sun is in prison, being visited by her lawyer. He delivers paperwork from his father, who will give testimony that will lead to Sun's freedom. He hands the pen for Sun to sign. Sun asks what will happen to her brother Joong-ki. The lawyer says that the court will probably make an example of him. As Sun holds the pen, she returns to wandering the holocaust museum with Wolfgang.

Sun says, "I want to believe that the past is done with us, the moment we're done with it." She signs the document.

Wolfgang Edit

Wolfgang is sitting over Felix. Steiner enters with his cronies. Wolfgang stands in anger. Steiner says that he has close friends in the hospital, and suggests that something could easily go wrong for Felix. Wolfgang tells him that he'll get his diamonds back, and he'll give Wolfgang and Felix a pass. Steiner agrees.

Wolfgang returns home, takes a gun and ice cubes out of the refrigerator. He microwaves the ice and strains the water, revealing the diamonds.

Wolfgang pulls up to the meeting spot in his B.M.W., taking the bag of diamonds. He exits the car. There are two cars full of Steiner and his men. They search Wolfgang for weapons and find none. Steiner says to search him again, and they find the bag of diamonds. Steiner asks him how he opened the safe, and Wolfgang says he cracked it. Steiner punches him in the gut, and kicks him several times. Steiner says that he doesn't believe him. Wolfgang crawls slowly to his car. Steiner points a gun at his head, and asks, "do you think I'm stupid?" Steiner prepares to pull the trigger. Wolfgang stops crawling, and eyes a gun stashed under his car, out of reach.

Lito, lying in his bathtub, becomes aware of the situation.

Wolfgang and Lito Edit

Wolfgang and Lito analyze Wolfgang's body from a distance. Lito is impressed that Wolfgang predicted the situation so well. Wolfgang says, "All I needed was a little space." Lito tells him to keep talking, and Wolfgang says that he cannot. Lito says, "May I?"

Lito takes Wolfgang's body. He tells Steiner a story of how Felix got the combination by sucking the cock of the Indian. Steiner loves it. He walks back to his cronies and they laugh together. Wolfgang takes the opportunity to grab the gun, taking out a few of Steiner's men before reaching cover behind his car. Wolfgang shoots another from behind cover. Steiner and his remaining men peel out in their car. Wolfgang opens his trunk, revealing a rocket launcher. He aims and fires, obliterating Steiner's car in a giant fireball.

Lito cheers. Wolfgang thanks him. Lito says, "Lying is what I do." Wolfgang says that when you make a mistake, "you live with it or you fix it."

Back at Lito's apartment, Lito calls Hernando again with a purpose. He says that he will fix things.

Lito majestically returns to the bar. He drinks six tequila shots. He tells the bartender that he made a mistake. He grabs the bartender, and they kiss. Lito admits that the bartender's offer was well received. But, Lito says that his heart belongs to another. Lito leaves.

Lito drives his car into Joaquin's garden. He demands that Dany come home with him. Joaquin threatens to release the pictures of Lito and Hernando. Lito says that he doesn't care. Joaquin stops Dany from leaving. He delivers a punch to Lito's throat. Lito tries to fight back, but barely gets a punch in. Lito throws flower pots at Joaquin. Joaquin knocks him to the ground and begins to leave with with Dany.

Wolfgang appears and helps Lito to his feet. Wolfgang tells Joaquin, "we're not done". Wolfgang takes a punch without flinching, then delivers a series of blows, before finally knocking out Joaquin with an uppercut. Wolfgang says, "fighting is what I do."

Lito comes to Hernando's apartment, his face covered in bruises. Lito tells Hernando that he was right, and that Lito made a terrible mistake. He then says that he fixed it, and Dany enters. Lito and Hernando kiss. The three of them go home together.

Kala Edit

Kala waits in the hospital with her father. She tells him the truth of why Papa-ji met her at the temple, that he was reconsidering the marriage. Kala has not yet told Rajan this. Kala's father suggests that she tell Rajan, because it may be Papa-ji's last wish. Kala's father admits that it's a hard decision.

Capheus and Kala Edit

Capheus is watching Lionheart, when he finds himself visiting Kala. Kala introduces herself. She sits on his couch. She observes that he has a very large TV, and ask why people in the slums buy large TVs. Capheus says, because the TV "takes you out" of the slums.

Kala says that the movie is violent, and Capheus says that life is violent. Kala did not used to think that life was violent, but she does now.

Will and Riley Edit

Will carries a basket full of beer and sausages towards the docks. He runs in to Riley. In Iceland, Riley is in the lobby of a concert hall, waiting to see her father. Will says he's going to see his father as well. Will tells Riley that it's dangerous for her to be in Iceland. Riley thanks Will, because without him, she wouldn't be there. They kiss.

Riley meets up with her father and his friends outside the concert hall. They are smoking pot. Riley offers them ecstasy and they accept.

Will arrives at his father's boat, where he has the grill ready. Night falls and they relax to enjoy the fireworks. Will's father tells him how proud he was when Will became a cop.

Ensemble - Birth Memories Edit

Riley sits in her seat at the concert house. Will and his father watch the fireworks explode above them. Nomi is in bed, making love to Amanita. Sun and Capheus join Will to watch the fireworks.

At the concert hall, the performance starts. Riley's father dances his fingers across the piano keys. Riley begins to feel something coming over her. Will, Kala, Sun, Lito, Nomi, Wolfgang and Capheus each appear to be watching the show as well.

Each of the sensates has a flashback to their own births. Riley remembers her father playing piano into a phone as her mother listens and labors. Will remembers his birth, in the back of a police car, illuminated by road flares. Kala remembers her birth, on a rainy day, next to a statue of Ganesha. Lito remembers his birth, where his extended family is all in the same room watching television. Sun remembers her mother visiting a graveyard, then falling to the ground in labor, delivering Sun next to the graves. Nomi remembers her mother, sedated in a hospital, delivering by C-section. Wolfgang remembers his mother delivering in a birth pool. Capheus remembers his mother with a doula, delivering him in a hut.

Each of them is immensely happy at their memory, with the exception of Nomi, who is pained.

Riley remembers another birth, the birth of her own child. In the memory, Riley is crying and injured in a freezing, overturned car. She remembers the car crashing into a snow bank. Back in the present, blood pours down Riley's nose, and she faints.

Memorable QuotesEdit

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Behind the Scenes Edit

  • The Wachowskis filmed actual, live births for the birth scene montage.[1]
  • The song that plays during the fireworks scene is Keep It Close by Seven Lions.
  • Regarding the relevance of each sensate's method of birth, J. Michael Straczynski said "Their births are tied to their lives (so Wolfgang loves water, Lito went into telenovelas, etc.)."[2]

References Edit


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