After a season which seemed to have rather neglected El (which is odd given she’s the one with the woo-woo) we finally have an episode that focuses on her
I’m also going to start calling her Jane, as it is the name she starts using, the name her mother gave her, rather than the number that her captors and tormentors tatooed on her arm.
She’s with her aunt Becky and describes the vision her mother Terri shared with her - they focus on the girl who was in the rainbow room with her and believe this is why Terri wanted her to come. When Terri was looking for Jane she produced many files about missing children, including a girl of Indian descent kidnapped from London - Kali.
Jane uses her powers to search the darkness for Kali and has a clue to her location. While she’s doing this Becky tries to call Jim (who is busy with other drama) since he may be able to help them find Kali. But Jane is worried about her contacting home and decides to run
She takes a bus to Chicago and doesn’t exactly fit in in the big city - but she has a confidence that comes from being able to kill people with your mind. She follows her vision to find a gang of people squatting and tells them she’s looking for her sister.
They recognise Kali from the picture, and one of them, Axel, threatens Jane, worried that she’s managed to find them even though Mick is less happy with him threatening a child. Surprisingly it isn’t Jane smashing the weapon from his hand that stops Axel, but the illusion of being covered in spiders which does it
Kali has arrived
Janes introduces herself -as Jane (and why I’m not calling her Eleven any more) and shows her abilities to Kali and explains who she saw Kali. She sounds much more confident. She mentions the Rainbow room and shows the tattoo on her wrist: Kali has the number 008
They call each other sister and hug. And I’m as happy with this as I am curious about the other 9 children.
Jane gives Kali a bit of history - especially how she doesn’t really remember anything - but that Jim is looking after her and thinks he can make a deal with the Ominous Lab to keep them safe. I would share Kali’s cynicism of this if it wasn’t for the Kindly leader last episode. As well as suspicious (she warns Jane they’ll always be “monsters” to them), Kali also notes that Jim isn’t exactly encouraging Jane to develop or encourage her powers. Kali also explains her own powers - she has the ability to make people see (or not see) anything. And she shows off a pretty version of it with a beautiful butterfly
I like that she’s showing Jane some joy from their gifts - as well as describing how she feels “whole” around Jane.
The rest of the gang somewhat mocks Kali’s “hick” sister - but Kali points out that Jane can find people with nothing more than a picture - which is just what they need for their mission. So much that they’re willing to go out tomorrow to keep hunting - though there’s some concern that they’re still “hot” after killing one of their targets
Their targets are people who worked for Hawkings Lab - the Ominous Lab. Any of the mena and women who hurt the children and experimented on them - it’s a revenge quest. Kali quiets that concern - saying that Jane is “hurting” and needs this. I think there’s a definite sense that Kali is projecting a LOT on Jane - that doesn’t mean she’s wrong but still she hasn’t known Jane very long for deciding she knows what Jane needs. Especially since we see Jane picking up a heartfelt message from Jim about being sorry.