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Major developments in the Maggie Chen investigation. In “Natural Selection,” we are told that Beth saw cell phone but reacted gun, killing Maggie Chen accidentally. Here it is revealed that the cell phone in Chen’s hand was planted there by Art after the shooting to help clear his partner. The suggestion is that Beth was so whacked out on a litany of prescription drugs, she shot first, not giving herself the chance to ask questions.
None of this puts Beth in a very favorable light. Sarah, on the other hand, shines. She manages to quickly memorize the Maggie Chen case file, and does well in the hearing, all while being blackmailed by Beth’s partner. Sarah for the win.
Actually, Sarah gets multiple opportunities to show off this week. Her reaction to Katja’s death suggests that she’s never seen a person shot through the head before, but she quickly figures out how to handle the situation. Ditch the body, clean the car. Plus, she pulls a total Sydney Bristow to get into Katja’s hotel room. Rock and roll.
So now Sarah knows of more doppelgängers. Besides Katja and Beth, we now have Cosima, Alison, and three unseen Europeans. What the heck is going on? Again, I remind you that this is a spoiler free blog. The next episode reveals the big secret; I trust you all can wait that long.
We only see Cosima (the one with the dreadlocks) for a second, but we do get to spend a little time with Alison Hendrix. As likable as Sarah is right off the bat, Alison is unlikable. She is uptight, bitchy, and abrasive. Don’t worry; she grows on you. For the first time, Tatiana Maslany really gets to display her truly awesome acting ability. It’s so easy to forget when she’s in a scene with herself that it’s all her. Every one of her characters speaks differently (it’s not just the writing), walks differently, stands differently. I literally forget Alison and Sarah are played by the same person. And no, I’m not going to stop fangirling over Tatiana Maslany anytime soon.
Also introduced this week are Mrs. S (the inimitable Maria Doyle Kennedy) and sweet little Kira. The scene between Mrs. S and Felix is largely expositional. We learn that Mrs. S moved Felix and Sarah to Canada from London for reasons as yet unknown and that she and Sarah have a rocky relationship at best. Like I said, most of this episode is just set up for eventual awesomeness.
Bits and Pieces:
The title of this episode is “Instinct.” What instincts is it referring to? Sarah’s and Alison’s desire to protect their children? Sarah’s desire to avoid being suspected by the police in Katja’s death?
I love the way Sarah’s hair gets all curly and frizzy when she’s sweating burying Katja’s body. Score one for realism.
Although it was suggested that Vic was not Kira’s father in the first episode, here we definitively learn he isn’t. Who is then?
Found in Katja’s hotel room: a Bible and a headless Barbie. Might be important later...
Sarah refers to Alison’s Scarborough address as “practically local.” I dutifully looked it up and you can get from Toronto to Scarborough in about half an hour.
For the record, Toronto suburbia looks nothing like southern California suburbia.
Cosima: “You need to get rid of the body.”
Sarah as Beth: “How? Like how?”
Cosima: “I don’t know! You’re the cop. Like buy a shovel.”
Vic: “Love is imperfect. Love is imperfection itself.”
Felix: “If that’s your definition, no wonder she jumped.”
Felix: “Vic! I have a knife and I will stab you in the face!”
Felix: (to Sarah) “Aren’t you supposed to wait like three days before rising?”
Paul: “And why are you suddenly dressing like a punk rock ho?”
Felix: “She is trying. Badly, granted. But in her own way, she is, she’s really trying.”
Sarah as Katja: “Rock and roll.”
Security Guard: “Rock and roll? The sink is broken. What the heck is wrong with you?”
Avery: “Are you enjoying the city?”
Sarah as Katja: “It’s killing me.”
Sarah as Beth: “I had to go to Bed, Bath & Beyond, okay? Nobody wants to admit that.”
Sarah as Beth: “Does that sound stoned to you?”
Psychiatrist: “Glitched sounds stoned?”
Sarah as Beth: “Uh, tweaked, gakked, spun?”
Felix: “Don’t stop. Someone might speak to us.”
Felix: “You know, my skin just breaks out every time I leave downtown. [...] Tiny little suburban stress zits emerging in direct proximity to bad architecture.”
possibly season one’s weakest hour; but still three out of four pink phones
sunbunny, who is probably not played by Tatiana Maslany