The journey continues as these eight singular hearts and minds weave in and out of each other's lives finding deeper connections, learning darker secrets about one another and struggling to identify with more than just oneself.

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The journey continues as these eight singular hearts and minds weave in and out of each other's lives finding deeper connections, learning darker secrets about one another and struggling to identify with more than just oneself.

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Lana Wachowski is seen in the scene of New Years Eve in Berlin walking through Wolfgang and Felix on the streets near the end of the episode. See more »

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When Whispers finds Will and Riley, Will applies a tourniquet on his arm in order to inject heroin. The purpose of the tourniquet is to stop the flow of blood from the arm to the body, to make the veins swell up. But after injecting the heroin, Will does not release the tourniquet, meaning that the drug does not reach the rest of his body. Despite this, he passes out as if affected by the heroin. See more »

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celebration on multiple levels
31 December 2016 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

The first thing you notice is that the whole idea of a X-Mas special is usually reserved for "Senior" shows that have been around for a while and want to strut their stuff for the long-term fans. Dr. Who has X-Mas specials. SNL has X-mas specials. But it is a bit brazen for an off-network "experimental" show to take this route....? Then you realize that the producers are killing several birds with a single stone. On the one hand, they are providing a transition for fans of the series, to compensate for the fact that the show has been off-air for several months and will not resume for several more months yet.

Then, as you watch, you realize that the producers really are celebrating. They are celebrating their success. The Wachowski clan set their sights high -- that not only wanted to produce a kind of show that had never been done before, but they wanted it to be a success too. In the crazy land of TV, those are actually two different goals. Usually you can achieve one but not the other. They nailed both.

The 2 hour special is itself a work of art. It starts with an underwater sequence backed by a full-track rendition of a popular song done by a popular artist. If you are paying attention, you realize that it takes great confidence in what is coming to run a full track, most directors would have cut or shortened the segment. But the Wachowskis let it run full length. But they knew what was coming was worth the wait.

And it was. The first hour or so is, as promised, a "celebration" of both the characters and the season. Seeing them interacting so much (not to mention the hottest orgy scene in the history of TV) simply reminds the viewer that this show contains more strong characters -- actors who could hold down an entire series by themselves if they had to -- than 10 ordinary series.

(BTW, of all the superb performances, Doona Bae is the "glue" that keeps the stories together. Every good series has someone who is the "glue" but with this many strong characters, it takes an exceptionally strong actor to pull ahead like Bae does. She is the conscience of the show.)

The second hour (approximately) nicely segues from the joy of the starting sequences into the the individual problems of the characters and sets up the coming season., Prediction: however long this show runs -- and I wish it a very long run -- it will be treasured as a cult find by viewers of the future for many years to come.


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