In episode 2, Florian learns more about Sylvain Bernard and the plight of the transfers, as he works the case of two transfers who’ve escaped from the Transfer Center. He and Béatrice search for a missing man who was a young Chinese paraplegic. He had a legal, therapeutic transfer into the body of an able-bodied young white man. Now, he faces prejudice from his family and the community.
Florian also continues his reunion with Sophie and his children, with mixed results. He spends an evening with the family, which goes well. He and Sophie try being intimate, which is a disaster. They both need more time to adjust to Florian’s new situation.
As Sylvain’s coworkers try to figure out the changes in him, we learn that he wasn’t universally liked. We also learn that he had some questionable ethics. We get to know the members of the BATI better, and visit the Transfer Center, where the people they arrest are sent. As part of the investigation, this episode gives us our first look into the world of underground illegal transfers.
As episode 2 begins, Liza, the girl from the end of episode 1, ties a ribbon around her ponytail, then surveys the rest of her hair ornaments, of which there are many. They all disgust her.
She can hear her parents arguing downstairs about the changes they’ve noticed in her. Mom thinks she’s a transfer. Dad thinks their little girl is just growing up.
They aren’t the first parents to wonder if their preteen child is a changeling. In this case, they’re correct.
Liza takes care of “her” parents to ensure their silence, then eats breakfast as their blood drips onto the carpet.
Béatrice is feeling troubled about everything that’s happened with Sylvain recently, so she goes to her at-home confessional to talk to Father Luc, the leader of the anti-transfer Church of the Holy Spirit, where she is a follower. As the electronic kneeler comes to life, the screen reminds Béatrice that it can help her with confessions, donations, weddings, baptisms, and the online store.
Father Luc has no problem with commerce.
Father Luc’s face appears onscreen and tells Béatrice that he’s ready to listen to her. She confesses that she loves Sylvain Bernard. She knows she shouldn’t admit it, but she’s glad for the amnesia. Sylvain used to be the one to take care of her, but now he needs her. She can teach him that they are in love. Father Luc tells Béatrice that God is testing her as an opportunity to reaffirm her love. She and Sylvain can rebuild their relationship into one that is stronger than before.
Father Luc is a romantic who doesn’t mind a little manipulation in the name of true love. So is Béatrice.
Béatrice goes on to explain that before he was shot, she and Sylvain had an argument, and he broke up with her. He doesn’t remember any of that now. If she tells him the truth, she’ll lose him again. But if she doesn’t, they can start over and come out of it better and stronger than before, just like Father Luc said. So maybe this amnesia is a fortunate turn of events, in the long run.
Father Luc smiles approvingly at Béatrice and tells her that a lie on the altar of love isn’t a sin. Sylvain is a lost sheep and she’s meant to be his shepherd.
So, maybe the two of them are okay with a lot of manipulation, and even some stalking, if it’s between friends. It seems like a few commandments are bound to get broken with this plan.
Florian/Sylvain is in Sylvain’s bedroom with his (Florian’s) wife, Sophie. He’s still so uncomfortable in his new body that he can’t stand to have her look at him naked, but they try to reconnect through physical intimacy, anyway. They go slowly, and it seems to go well.
But when they are actually in the act of making love, he becomes overwhelmed and pulls out, saying, “I’m sorry, I can’t.” Sophie consoles Florian, “It doesn’t matter. It was too soon, that’s all.” Florian is distraught, trying to hold himself together.
He was probably feeling like he was watching his wife have sex with another man, and he was the other man, but he was also himself. He wants her to enjoy having sex with him, but not with someone else, so is this cheating or not, is he himself or not?
This is the stuff reversions are made of, when the transfer can’t figure out who they really are any more. Sophie’s right, he not ready yet for something that requires so much confidence in his body and identity.
As Béatrice, Florian and Gabe drive out to the Transfer Center for a case, Gabe tells the story of a mother in her fifties who had a terminal illness and was transferred into the body of a gorgeous 26 year old. She was now physically younger than her daughter. The daughter’s boyfriend dropped his girlfriend in favor of her mother, even though she’s a transfer.
Total urban legend, for sure. Someone needs to debunk it on snopes.com. Why would the hot 26 year old bother with her daughter’s leftovers?
Gabe and Béatrice are in the front seats, laughing over the story, while Florian is in back wishing he could disappear. Protesters block the causeway to the Center, forcing Gabe to stop the car. Gabe swears at them and thinks of ways he wants to kill them. Both Gabe and Béatrice yell at them as Gabe forces the car through the crowd, while the protesters bang on the car and get in the way.
None of the team have been to the Transfer Center before and are appalled to discover that it’s more like a luxury resort than a prison. They think filth like the transfers should be locked up tight, after all the trouble they go through to arrest them.
They are met by army Colonel Paul Zylberman, a legal transfer who stepped on a landmine after 33 years of active duty. He explains that the transfers at the center are there by choice and are not locked up or coerced inside the grounds. They have horseshoe brands on their left forearms to show that they are legal. The illegal transfers wear ankle monitors, but also move around the grounds freely. There are surveillance cameras, and the perimeter of the center is guarded. After Béatrice asks, Paul tells her that they don’t have any child transfers at the center.
He tells them that the two missing transfers were both legal, so it took a week to realize they were gone, since they aren’t monitored or guarded. The first, Bao Gang-Li, had been at the center for 4 months and seemed to have settled in. His only contact with the outside world was his sister, Benlai. The other, Francois Bertier, was a loner who had no visitors, but he didn’t pose a threat. Bao arranged their escape in a delivery truck.
The transfers at the center are considered to be in quarantine, and under medical supervision. They are all medicated to help prevent reversions. Florian asks if Bao or Bertier showed any signs of reverting.
Dr Vautier arrives just in time to answer his question. Florian tries to act normal. Vautier, who is used to living a double life, is fine.
Vautier tells them that Bertier is intelligent and emotionally stable, while Bao is depressive and emotionally volatile. Since Bao hasn’t had his medication is a week, they can’t guarantee his emotional condition. But, he reminds “Sylvain”, very few transfers revert, and as long as they don’t revert, they’re not dangerous.
Paul adds, “They’re men, like you and me.” The suggestion that he might have anything in common with a transfer sets Gabe off again. “Like you, Colonel, like you,” he responds.
Béatrice asks why Bao and Bertier would escape together, if they hardly knew each other. No one has an answer for that.
Bao is hiding in his family’s storage room, waiting for Bertier to come back for him. He tells his sister that Bertier promised to help him get out of the country, if he helped Bertier get out of the center. Benlai tries to convince Bao that they don’t need Bertier, they can escape the country on their own. She tells him that she’s the only one he can trust.
She notices that Bao has tried to cut out his horseshoe brand. He says that he doesn’t want to be a transfer anymore. Bertier told him he should cut it out, so he wouldn’t be obvious. Bao is afraid of what they’ll do to him if he’s caught and taken back to the center. Benlai promises she won’t let him go back, then moves to take care of his wound.
It’s decided that Béatrice and Florian will search for Bao while Gabe looks for Bertier. Gabe can tell that Béatrice asks to be partnered with Sylvain because she wants to rekindle their relationship. He tells Florian/Sylvain to go for it. Béatrice rolls her eyes.
Liza digs a hole in the backyard to bury her parents. She killed them at the top of the stairs, so she has to push Dad’s body downstairs as a first step toward getting them to the yard. His head hits the wall, hard, which is very cringe inducing. Liza doesn’t cringe.
As Béatrice and Florian set out through Chinatown to question Bao’s family, Florian asks Béatrice if they were ever involved. She assumes he’s starting to remember, and tells him that she’s glad. She confesses that she wasn’t particularly interested in joining the Bati, until he came along looking for new recruits. She says that she found him irresistible, and their relationship is ongoing, as long as he still feels the same way. Or, she suggests, they could start over and relive all of their relationship firsts.
Florian doesn’t respond directly. He points out that they’re at Bao’s house. Béatrice, who apparently believes in being very direct, most of the time, says that she can’t believe that he’s uncomfortable around her now. Florian had walked away, but he comes back to her, and looks her in the eye, to tell her that he means it when he says that she’s very attractive and he can see why they were together, but he can’t…
She interrupts him to say that she’s heard all of this before. They didn’t make any commitments to each other. She wants to pick up where they left off. “When you want me, I’ll be there for you.”
That sounds like a totally healthy relationship. 🙈😜
Béatrice grabs a red scarf before they go into Bao’s house because the Chinese see red as a lucky color. She hopes it might help loosen them up.
She asks Bao’s parents and sister if they know where Bao might be. His father says that the man they’re looking for isn’t his son. Benlai tells them that Bao won’t come home, because no one there would help him. Florian notices a photo of Bao in his original body, in a wheelchair, and asks about him.
His parents loved and were very proud of their son. But they feel that he died the day he was transferred. His father says that Bao ruptured the harmony of this incarnation and cut himself off from his ancestors. Benlai blames her parents for rejecting Bao. Bao’s mother says that they didn’t know who he was in his new body, especially since he’s in a white body. He was no longer their son.
Florian says that inside, Bao is still the same person as before. Benlai says that she loves him the same as before. Béatrice pulls Benlai aside to question her alone about Bao’s whereabouts, but Benlai sticks to her story that Bao wouldn’t endanger his family.
As she walks them out, Benlai tells Béatrice that they believe that red brings good fortune, except when bad news is being delivered. She’s insulted Bao’s parents. Once they’re on the sidewalk, Béatrice asks Florian if he wants to come over for drinks. He tells her that he’s going for a walk.
His walk takes him to his children’s school, where he watches as they’re released for the day. Liza joins him for a moment and chats him up. She points out the friends she’s waiting for, who just happen to be Florian’s children. Liza walks home with Thomas and Julie, while Florian watches them walk away.
That evening, Florian shares his doubts with Sophie. He’s not sure he can go on working with the BATI, since he feels like a hypocrite and disagrees with their objectives. He wonders if he should turn himself in to be put in the Transfer Center. Sophie convinces him to keep going through the difficulties.
Florian says that he at least needs to see the kids, to keep him going. Sophie doesn’t want to bring a new boyfriend home yet, with her husband barely in his grave. Florian is desperate, so she agrees.
Florian/Sylvain has his first appointment with Viviane Metzger, the psychologist/ nun. As he looks around her office, he discovers a book called Transfers: An Evolutive Psychology, which he flips through. He’s still holding it when Viviane comes in. He wonders when they’ll start making films about transfers, since they’re writing books already. She tells him there was a hit film called Second Life last year, and assumes that his amnesia is causing his ignorance.
Florian tells her that Gabe briefed him on who she is, including that she is a novice, not fully a nun yet. Gabe also told him that Sylvain doesn’t like nuns. Viviane tells him that she has recordings of all of their conversations and is recording this one as well.
They talk about his memory issues. Viviane rules out Korsakoff’s syndrome, the most common type of surgical shock, as the source of his amnesia. She mentions that his colleagues thought he seemed disoriented during the hostage situation with Novak at the hospital. He agrees that it’s possible, but reiterates that he feels fine now and remembers everything since the surgery.
He’d supposedly just woken up from his coma and discovered he had amnesia when Gabe pulled him out into the hall to face down a lunatic shooter. You’d think Viviane would give Sylvain a break on his disorientation at the hospital.
Then she brings up Pr Delattre, the doctor who performed his surgery and was killed during the hostage situation. She wants to know how he feels about Delattre’s death. Apparently he should feel guilty? Florian says that he doesn’t really feel anything. Delattre got in the way and got shot. He continues, saying that Delattre was the one who damaged Sylvain’s memory, so why should he feel bad?
Viviane gives Sylvain a hard look and tells him that he hasn’t changed at all, but then she’d be surprised if he did. Men like him never do. She authorizes the return of his weapon and reminds him that he’ll have to pass an evaluation at the firing range. But he’s a crack shot, so it shouldn’t be an issue.
Bao wakes up in the storage room and checks his brand. It has healed and looks the same as ever. His wheelchair sits nearby. He erupts in anger.
Florian visits Bao’s father again and asks him to further explain his position on transfers. Florian doesn’t understand why saving a life is out of the question, according to their beliefs. Bao’s father explains that according to the Tao, “If you have the possibility of living, and you live, it is a gift bestowed from above. When the time comes to die and you die, it is also a gift. But if you can live and do not live, and if you must die, but do not die, it is not right.”
So, according to the Tao, humans shouldn’t make life or death decisions for themselves. They must allow fate to choose and accept it as a gift. There’s a huge gray area in how those life and death choices are made that needs to be addressed, though. The eternal question is- how much medical intervention is allowable before you’ve cheated death? Transfers are a new point on that continuum, but each medical advancement has felt like cheating death as it’s been developed.
Bao’s father continues, saying that he has compassion for his son, but it’s his job to preserve the traditions of their ancestors. Bao has severed his connection to his roots, and now he is adrift.
Bao has been listening at the window. Hearing his father’s rejection echo what he’s feeling inside, he runs away. Florian chases Bao, trying to get him to stop and talk. He catches Bao, and tries to reason with him. Bao is afraid that he’ll be hurt or killed if he goes back to the center. Florian asks who will hurt or kill him, but Bao’s father appears and the conversation is over.
Bao’s father refuses to speak to him and calls for his arrest. Bao runs away again. This time, several people in the crowd notify the BATI, who are there in moments to arrest him. He is taken without being harmed.
Béatrice shows up at Florian’s house that evening unannounced, with a bottle of liquor. Florian tells her he doesn’t drink, which is news to her. She drinks a shot for each of them, then tells him that Gabe is questioning Bao, because he hasn’t found Bertier yet. After that, Bao will be sent back to the center.
Then Béatrice rubs up against Florian and kisses him, trying to get him to remember what being with her was like. He pulls away, telling her that he can’t, and that it has nothing to do with her.
At the firing range, Florian tries to fake it, but misses the target more than he hits it. Gabe is shocked at how bad he is and helps him out. He does have his bad shoulder to blame the change on, as well as his memory loss. Gabe gets him to relax into it and let his muscle memory take over, and he drastically improves. He still flinches every time he fires.
When they’re done at the firing range, Florian asks Gabe, “Won’t I put your lives at risk?” Gabe tells him not to be stupid. Getting back into the field will help jog his memories and Gabe will be there, should anything go wrong.
Those two have quite a bromance going. Gabe won’t leave Sylvain behind, no matter what.
Florian asks if Gabe has made any progress on finding Bertier. Gabe says that the center’s descriptions of Bertier don’t match what they know of him. After Bertier had polio and became handicapped, he gave up studying and let his mind vegetate. But at the Omega Center, he developed his intellect, studying philosophers like Nietzsche and Descartes. No one understands what happened. Florian wonders if the transfer changed him, but Gabe says firmly that transfers don’t change.
Gabe is wondering if an illegal transfer stole Bertier’s body. It seems like a strange thing to do, since Bertier has the brand marking him as a transfer, and had to stay in the center.
Could be a good way to hideout in a safe place for a while. No one would think to look in the Transfer Center.
Florian asks what Bao told Gabe. He says that Bertier convinced Bao that the BATI and the center staff want to kill all the transfers. Gabe thinks that’s a great idea, but they haven’t gotten to that point yet.
So, Bertier convinced Bao of the truth, as far as the BATI. And as for the Omega Center…
Vautier enters a secret lab with extra biosecurity. It’s filled with transfers who are in glass cubes which are so small that they can’t even lie down. They all have strange medical masks on their faces and are stripped down to their underwear. The masks are connected to tubes which pump drugs into the transfers heads and spinal columns.
Bao is in a separate space, strapped to a backboard and stood up straight, but he too is receiving drugs through tubing that goes directly into his spine. Vautier tells Bao that the transfers are all there for their own good. Then he takes a scalpel and slices into Bao’s spine, without giving him anesthesia.
It appears that Dr Vautier is more like Dr Mengele than one would hope, and has no empathy for the transfers.
Florian drives to visit Vautier. On his way, he hears a radio announcer discussing the recent transfer cases in the news, Novak, Bao and Bertier. The announcer says that this brings up the ongoing question of the Omega Center’s true purpose. “Is it a preventive care establishment or is it a state prison?”
Florian tells Vautier that he doesn’t want anything to do with the work of the BATI, after seeing what happened with Bao. Vautier brushes him off, saying Florian needs to treat it like any other job. He and Sophie needed to find Florian a body, and Sylvain’s was the one that became available. Vautier thinks it’s a good cover for Florian, anyway, because all of the other transfers are being hounded by the BATI, but Florian isn’t.
Florian tells Vautier that Bao is terrified of the center, and wants to know why he’s afraid. Vautier brushes him off again, saying that the Omega Center fuels rumors and speculation. The truth is, the residents are bored, so he sedates them to help keep them from becoming restless. They’re locked in as a precaution, that’s it. He promises Florian that he personally ensures that the transfers come to no harm. Bao was manipulated by Bertier into escaping with him.
But when Florian asks to see Bao, Vautier says that Bao has reverted and must be kept in a state of deep sedation. This is all he can do for the transfers who revert, until he finds a cure. In the meantime, he continues his transfer research.
Vautier cautions Florian to take care of himself, since he has Sophie and the kids to think of. It won’t be long before he can move on from this situation. Something about what he says causes Florian to look twice at him, as if Vautier has made a veiled threat.
As Florian walks back out through the Omega center, an announcement can be heard: New steps have been taken to increase your safety. From now on, all private visits will require prior approval. Communication with the outside world is now prohibited.
That was fast. Florian has Vautier nervous, and he really doesn’t want anyone to find out about his experiments. He’s taking steps to make sure he can continue his research without outside interference. The transfers apparently all know about the research he does. Maybe Bertier discovered it and took Bao to take a peek, then Bao spread the word. But Paul seemed like he’d known all along, and was on board.
Florian, Béatrice and Gabe are assigned to investigate a rogue, DIY transfer case where several people died. The scene of the crime is outside in an abandoned industrial area. The transfer set up is still there. Bertier is one of the bodies. The victims have been dead for several days, since around the time Bertier and Bao escaped. Florian is sickened by the smell.
The detectives quickly figure out that Bertier interrupted a transfer in progress in order to have himself transferred into a new body. When the transfer was done, he killed the witnesses, so that no one could identify his new body. Now he could be anyone. Gabe picks up some cigars off the ground and says that their main clue is that Bertier smokes cigars. No matter what body he’s in, he maintains that bad habit.
Cut to Liza having a smoke and a glass of whiskey while watching a televised debate between Damien Volber and Father Luc, about the pros and cons of interning transfers at the Omega Center.
Damien: “We opposed the Omega Center’s opening from the start, because it is simply a prison. Let’s not play with words: prison, holding center, quarantine unit.”
Father Luc: “We must care for these lost souls, these social outcasts.”
Damien: “And why are they social outcasts?”
Father Luc: “You can’t wait to tell us why.”
Damien: “No, no. What is your view, Father Luc? Why don’t the transfers integrate into our society?”
Father Luc: “Because they’re dangerous, as you know.”
Damien: “I don’t.”
Father Luc: “It’s not just “reversion.” They’re dangerous by nature. I mentioned lost souls. Transfers are science’s aberration.”
Damien: “Stop right there.”
Father Luc: “You play at being God.”
Damien: “Science gets the blame. Didn’t science discover transfers, leading in turn to the discovery of the soul? That’s the source of your influence on society.”
Father Luc: “It’s your science that authenticated the soul. And you resent that. You’re retreating because you can no longer deny it: God exists. You proved it.”
Damien: “Man exists. Man exists and has a mind and a body. For months, Father Luc and his followers have peddled religious propaganda. The government laps up everything you say.”
Father Luc: “You have lost your way, my son.”
Damien: “Don’t “my son” me.”
Father Luc: “Are you able to show that transfers are not dangerous?”
Damien: “We only have to look at history, whenever innocent people have been locked up on the grounds that they could one day be a danger to society. By which dark yardstick do we judge what’s happening?”
Father Luc: “The transfers are treated well. Most agree to go to the Omega Center. The BATI is doing good work to combat illegal transfers, which, as everyone recognizes, is the worst form of criminality.”
Viviane and Béatrice shop in the Church of the Holy Spirit gift shop, and talk about Sylvain. Béatrice asks if he seems calmer and more thoughtful to Viviane. Viviane tells Béatrice that she prayed for Sylvain to die while he was in surgery, for Béatrice’s sake. She’s not going to help perpetuate Béatrice’s self-destructive fantasy.
Béatrice tells Viviane that Father Luc approved her second chance with Sylvain. Viviane says that Béatrice must have amnesia, too, because this is at least their 5th chance, not their second chance. She’s surprised Béatrice has forgotten what he did to her. He’s toxic. Béatrice says that maybe she’s a martyr, but she’s also head over heels in love with Sylvain.
Florian finally gets to visit with Sophie and the kids at home. He brings the kids presents and Sophie flowers. He’s introduced to his children, then goes inside and looks at a photo collage on the wall that includes pictures of himself, before the accident. Sophie asks Julie to give Florian a tour of the house. Thomas looks unhappy about his mother having a boyfriend over.
When the family sits down to dinner, Florian sits in his usual spot. Thomas is annoyed, because he’s taken over that spot since Florian’s been gone. Florian starts to give Thomas the seat, but Sophie tells him to stay where he is.
At the end of the evening, Florian tells Sophie she’s done a great job raising the kids. He says that it’s weird to be leaving at the end of the night. She tells him that Thomas has driven off any other men she tried to date. They kiss goodnight, as Thomas watches angrily from an upstairs window.
Florian arrives home to find Gabe and three other members of the BATI, all dressed in black, waiting for him in his kitchen. Gabe must be able to get past Sylvain’s security system. Gabe threateningly asks Florian who he is. When he doesn’t answer, they tell him that it’s time to refresh his memory, and take him to a car.
Gabe drives the crew to the home of Daphné, the woman who works with Damien Volber and refused to cooperate at the PDL office. Gabe saw Damien on the TV debate, standing up for transfers. He’s put together a team, the way Sylvain normally would, for a home invasion. They all put on gloves and balaclavas, and Florian is handed a baton. Gabe says that they disabled the surveillance cameras.
Daphné and the man who’s with her are yanked out of bed and brutally beaten. Florian can’t stand to be involved and runs outside, pulling off his balaclava. Gabe follows him, making him put the hat back on so that he can’t be identified. He drags Florian/Sylvain back inside.
Florian leaves again, this time running away. He goes back home, to the house he shared with Sophie and the kids. He has a meltdown, telling Sophie that he won’t spend another minute in Sylvain’s life. He asks her, “Is that the kind of man you want? Because I’ll tell you now, that isn’t me. I don’t want this body. It disgusts me.”
They decide to leave town immediately, so that Florian doesn’t have to continue living Florian’s life. Sophie wakes up the kids and tells them to get ready to go away on a trip. She hurriedly packs. Florian continues to rant about Sylvain and the BATI. Sophie multitasks, trying to calm him, pack, and get the kids ready.
In all of the chaos, Thomas slips out and rides to Liza’s house on his bike, then explains the situation to Liza. He’s there because he doesn’t want to go away and leave her. Once Liza determines that Sylvain is the man involved, she decides to go back to Thomas’ house with him and grabs her bike.
They ride down the deserted country lane toward Thomas’ together, until Thomas rides a bit ahead of Liza. Then she turns her bike wheel into his just enough to send him dramatically flying over the handlebars and into a field. He lies unconscious on the ground, while Liza looks on with a satisfied look on her face.
I’m not actually for or against transfers, I just need to play devil’s advocate with the characters’ reasoning sometimes. The argument for being given a new body is as complicated as any of the real life or death arguments we face that involve unanswerable questions like when exactly does life begin or end. Medical ethics are fascinating and important and they affect all of us, so I love seeing a show really chew on them.
Gabe is volatile, prejudiced person who is a really good friend. But then, the BATI only see the transfers who turn into murderers, so they think all transfers are murderers. Gabe and Sylvain clearly routinely went overboard into unnecesary violence instead of just enforcing the law. They should be sentenced to years in prison for attacks like the one on Daphné.
Béatrice makes her position known in this episode, while Sophie continues to hold Florian at arm’s length. Even when they are intimate, she has a distant quality to her, like she’s imagining she’s with his old body. Béatrice is all in with Sylvain’s body, but what about its current occupant?
It’s not clear if Béatrice has even noticed a difference in Sylvain yet, the way Gabe has. Béatrice and Sylvain’s relationship seems to have been about sex and about her chasing him while he was emotionally withholding with her. Florian is still withholding, so maybe she doesn’t notice much of a difference.
Viviane was so busy looking at “Sylvain” through the filter of her own negative expectations, that she saw what she expected. Florian just had to say a few of the right things to convince her.
Damien Volber needs to collect some statistics regarding the number of transfers who revert and the number who remain average members of society. Also knowing the crime rate among transfers vs the crime rate among the gen pop would be helpful. But, given the immense level of prejudice against transfers, the crime rate is almost certain to be higher, because they’re going to be denied jobs and services, leading to poverty and the social ills that follow.
The transfers don’t seem very different from any other marginalized group, except they are also frequently rejected by friends and family, putting them into even more of a pressure cooker. They might settle into their new identities more easily, without reversions, when their loved ones and communities accept their new bodies and aren’t waiting for them to turn into homicidal maniacs.
I’m glad that Damien calls the Omega Center what it is. Paul and Vautier make such a big deal about the transfers not being forced to be there, while the BATI are authorized to use as much force as they deem necessary to capture transfers so they can be locked up. That doesn’t sound voluntary. We saw them drag away a legal transfer from the steps in episode one.
It doesn’t matter how nice a prison is on the inside, it’s still a prison. And the Omega Center isn’t the first prison to put on a good show for visitors while hiding ghastly conditions in the back. The German concentration camps did that, too. Corrupt institutions for the mentally ill and the disabled have done it in the US.
The Eglise Saint Esprit store is quite eclectic, with iconography from many religions. I really want one of those “Mon corps, Mon âme” t-shirts.
We probably shouldn’t examine the physics of that bike accident too closely. Obviously, Liza is a genius at determining the correct speed and angle for the bike wheels to buzz together to cause Thomas to fly the proper height to cause enough injuries for her purposes. But, dear readers, I will spoil you now, if the Nietzsche, Descartes, whiskey and cigars didn’t already tip you off. Liza is an evil genius.
Wait, where was Fausto? I expect double the Fausto in episode 3 to make up for her deplorable absence in episode 2.
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