Lots of clean up this week, but it didn’t feel like one of those episodes where the writers have a huge list of things to wrap off and check them off one by one. The episode was exciting, cohesive, and left me waiting very impatiently for the next season of awesomeness.
The center of the episode was Leekie’s offer of contracts to his clones. We’ll leave you alone, you agree to medical testing. It sounds like a good deal. On top of that, each clone gets an appropriate carrot. Alison’s monitor is (allegedly) lifted. Cosima gets her (allegedly) complete sequenced genome. Sarah is released from police custody and promised protection for her and Kira. Alison is the first to sign, which makes sense. She is the most conventional of the clones, and the one who most wishes it would all go away. Sarah is ready to sign for Kira’s sake until Cosima calls her with the shocking information that the clones have been patented. It is clear the Neolutionists think of them as property, not as people.
It’s great to have Cosima back in town. Unfortunately, she seems to have developed whatever lung disease Katja had. If she dies next season, I will be extremely pissed off. It’s great to have our three main clones back in one scene. They don’t do it too often (it takes them 17 hours to film a scene with the three of them) but it’s lovely when they do it.
The deaths in this episode are particularly horrific. Amelia is killed by Helena so suddenly and so horribly. Sarah is forced to kill her own twin sister because she’s dangerous and insane. Alison watches Ainsley die. That’s the worst one for me. I watched it once and every subsequent time I’ve watched this episode, I’ve fast-forwarded through it. It’s not just because (much like Billie) I have a distaste for the whole something gets caught in the garbage disposal thing. Why didn’t Alison do something? It would have been so easy to flip off that switch, but she doesn’t. She watches her previously best friend strangle to death. Obviously her actions here aren’t malicious. I’m not convinced she makes a conscious decision to let Ainsley die. In addition, she still believes that Ainsley is her monitor. Still, I love Alison and it’s not an easy thing to watch someone you love do.
So, it turns out Donnie, not Ainsley, is Alison’s monitor. I knew it wouldn’t be Ainsley, but I had gotten over my initial suspicion of Donnie. I figured it would be one of Alison’s friends or possibly Chad, Ainsley’s husband. Donnie seems to be the only monitor who can do his job. He watches Alison while avoiding her suspicion and not abandoning his bosses for the love of his clone. Unlike some people...
Are Delphine and Paul really both in love with their clones and ready to abandon everything for them? Doesn’t this seem a little convenient? I’m really hoping one of them is still on Leekie’s side, playing their clone for information. I just can’t decide which one I’d rather have it be. Paul and Sarah have great chemistry, but I also really want Cosima to be happy.
Despite all of Sarah’s efforts, the Neolutionists know about Kira. Have they known all this time or is this a new revelation? Did Delphine or Paul tell them? What about Mrs. S? Kira and Mrs. S have absconded into the night. The heavy implication is that it was Mrs. S Rachel called. Does this mean Mrs. S was Sarah’s monitor? Or is it just a misunderstanding? Did maybe Mrs. S sense danger and took off with Kira to keep her safe? (Please, don’t let that be the truth; that would be so dull.)
|I'm also proud of putting the circle in the picture.|
I noticed something I’m particularly proud of. It’s like a Josie-level observation. Well, maybe not quite that profound, but I’m still proud. The caption on the back of Amelia’s photo says “Project Leda.” Which got me thinking about that really odd piece of artwork Mrs. S has in her kitchen. You know, the swan.
Leda and the Swan is a Greek myth centered around the rape (or possibly seduction) of Leda by the god Zeus who takes the form of a swan. You know, because what woman wouldn’t want to have sex with a swan? Leda and Zeus’s children were Helen of Troy (the one who the Trojan War was started over) and the twins Castor and Pollux (although some traditions Castor is fathered by Leda’s mortal husband Tyndareus). Make of this what you will.
Bits and Pieces:
I wish Sarah had been able to tell Art the truth. I feel like the clones should have someone fighting for them on the outside.
Someone on Tumblr pointed out how lovely the now-sick Cosima looks standing next to the word Terminal. Let’s hope this isn’t foreshadowing.
I always talk about how amazing the scenes with multiple clones are because Tatiana Maslany’s performances are so nuanced; but can we all just take a minute to appreciate the special effects they use to get three Tatiana Maslanys in one scene?
Vic puts at least four sugars in his coffee.
Alison lives at the corner of Black Oak and White River.
The song that plays when Delphine shows up at Felix’s is “La petite mort” by Cœur de pirate, whose albums you should definitely buy and listen to ad infinitum.
Helena wearing Sarah’s London Calling shirt was a great and suitably subtle callback to the pilot.
Is that supposed to be Mrs. S in the picture? I can’t tell.
Can you legally patent the result of an illegal experiment?
Let me point out that Paul escaped with Sarah.
Sarah: “I don’t want to be your sister, meathead.”
Felix: “God, you three are weird enough.”
Felix: “It’s Delphine! She’s got baggage.”
Felix: “You know, if Sarah were here, she’d kick your willowy ass.”
Donnie: “They had no right to intervention you like that.”
four out of four proclones
sunbunny, who is probably not played by Tatiana Maslany