We really shouldn’t like Sarah. She’s a drug dealing thief who basically abandoned her daughter for nearly a year. She watches a woman jump in front of a train and then proceeds to steal her purse with little pause. And yet, we like her. Or at least, I do. Maybe it’s that the first thing she does is accidentally swear in front of the child. Who hasn’t been there? And hey, she apologizes, that has to be worth something.
Sarah’s character is established quickly and well. She’s a
The montage of Sarah preparing to steal Beth’s identity set to MIA’s “Bad Girls” is my favorite part of the episode. It makes me like Sarah more than anything. She’s smart, she’s resourceful, she can think on her feet. She’s the petty criminal version of Sydney Bristow. I’ve heard some complaints regarding Tatiana’s Sarah accent, but, being American, it sounds fine to me. I love that Sarah as Beth doesn’t have a perfect North American accent. You can hear bits of British pronunciation slip in every once in a while. It’s an impressive bit of acting, which could be said of virtually everything Ms. Maslany does in this show.
We also meet Vic (aka Vic the Dick), Sarah’s ex-boo, who might as well have ‘trouble’ stamped across his forehead. It was so cathartic watching Felix slap him. Speaking of Felix, how much do you love him? Correct answer: SO MUCH. Jordan Gavaris (who is NOT British, let the record show) makes Sarah’s gay artist foster brother immensely likable, interesting, and (lest we forget) hilarious. In this family, he is clearly not the screw up. He lives la vie Bohème to be sure, but he didn’t abandon his family like Sarah. He seems to have more or less control of what goes on in his world.
I love Sarah’s realization that the woman she is impersonating is a cop and her obvious discomfort at being anywhere close to that many police officers. Clearly, Sarah’s had less than ideal brushes with police in times past. The hearing and investigation into Maggie Chen’s death is dealt with more completely in later episodes so I’ll leave further mention of it until then. I will also hold off on any substantive discussion of Paul. While he does seem to accept Sarah as Beth, he does notice some things are off, until that is, she creatively distracts him...
Sarah’s faux-neral is funny at first (she and Felix chat about what everyone’s wearing) but quickly becomes incredibly sad when her daughter (isn’t she adorable?!) and Mrs. S show up. Sarah panics at the thought that Kira might think she was dead. No, Sarah won’t be winning any mom of the year awards, but she cares for her daughter. A lot.
So we have two women who look exactly like Sarah: Beth and Katja. Plus there was mention of an Alison Hendrix in the safety deposit box. What is going on? (Gentle reminder that we are a spoiler free blog. If you know the answer, please try to contain yourself. I know it’s hard.)
Bits and Pieces:
The title of the episode is “Natural Selection.” “Survival of the fittest, bro. And right now [Beth] ain't looking too fit.” (Sorry, Angel reference.)
If Beth had so many prescription drugs at hand, why jump in front of a train instead of overdosing?
The birthdays on the birth certificates Sarah finds in the safe deposit box are as follows: Katja Obinger (March 24, 1984), Alison Hendrix (April 7, 1984), and Elizabeth Childs (April 1, 1984). They all have the astrological sign Aries. I hope they do something with this in future.
Although it’s never explicitly stated, the show is set in Toronto.
The soap drinking/vomiting scene makes me gag. Gross!
In Canada, cops get paid enough to afford Jaguars? It’s stated in a later episode that the apartment is Paul’s, but who pays for that car?
Two women who look exactly like Sarah: Beth and Katja. Triplets celebrated at birth or something else?
Felix: “Oh! You robbed her body.”
Sarah: “No, she left her bag on the platform.”
Felix: “Isn’t that essentially robbing her body?”
Felix: “Sarah, who is Elizabeth Childs?”
Sarah: “I don’t know. Just a girl who looks like me. Girl with a pretty nice life.
Felix: “If it was so nice, why’d she kill herself?”
Felix: “Do not snap towels at me, Bobby. I had a very traumatic childhood.”
Felix: “Collin. Can I call you Collin?”
Collin: “My mom does.”
Felix: “Morgue water. It’s delicious.”
Felix: “Deep down, we all hope we’re special.”
Sarah: “Yeah, the last thing I am is special.”
Felix: “Oh. You’re gonna disappear again.”
Sarah: “Yeah, I have to, Fe. It’s dangerous shit in this life. Somebody keeps texting her.”
Felix: “Oh, texting! My God, how terrifying!”
Felix: “Tell it to the angels, Sarah. You’re already dead.”
Paul: “The Clash?”
Sarah as Beth: “Oh, yeah, uh...London Calling. The Clash rock.”
Paul: “Yeah, but you don’t.”
Felix: “Why, Vic? Why are you such a dick?”
Vic: “Sarah had a big heart. It was always fight or flight with her. You guys remember how she was right? This is all based on facts. She was the kind of person you want to hang...onto but she would not be held with you.”
as far as pilots go, this one was excellent: four out of four bags of stolen cocaine
sunbunny, who is probably not played by Tatiana Maslany