“Blood is thicker than you think.”
This episode manages to cover the tragic, the hilarious, and the shocking, while still remaining a fairly standard episode of Orphan Black. I’m not speaking ill of this episode; I’m speaking well of Orphan Black.
This might be the hardest to watch episode of the first season. Between Sarah’s grief and worry over Kira and Tomas’s cruel treatment of Helena, it’s one of those hours of television I watch ready to fast forward through anything too upsetting. Let’s talk about these moments quickly, so I don’t have to dwell, okay? Kira’s fine, likely because there’s something different about her. Helena is caged like a wild animal by her...uh...Tomas, but finally turns on him when he makes her choose between him and Sarah. It’s all very well-acted by Tatiana Maslany and Tatiana Maslany, but it’s also seriously distressing.
Helena and Sarah are twins. Raise your hand if you saw that one coming. It’s okay, I didn’t either. I want to take this as proof positive Sarah is not the original. Leekie calls Helena “the lost clone,” and, if one twin is a clone, the other is a clone. If one is the original, the other is (another) original. So, Sarah is (I think) not the original. I like this. I would be extremely upset with Sarah being the original. Why? Because of the inherent message that Sarah’s ability to reproduce is what makes her the original, what defines her as real. Please don’t do this, show.
Let’s talk about the Neolutionists. Are they frightening? Do they make viable villains? The scariest thing they’ve done so far is killing Olivier (who totally had it coming). They don’t seem to be out to hurt the clones. The monitors are just instructed to observe, not to take any action. Is that really so very bad? The Neolutionists created our clone club, which is illegal, but I find myself asking is that evil? No, it’s not. Creepy? Yes. But, in my mind, the Neolutionsists aren’t very effective villains. Leekie peacefully interacts with Cosima and Sarah. He’s not the most comforting of people, but he just doesn’t rate with my favorite TV villains. Sloane. Angelus. Lucifer. A lack of scientific ethics just doesn’t seem the same. Hopefully the Neolutionists will scary up next season.
Alright, enough of that, onto my favorite part of the episode: Alison and Felix. I love Alison and Felix, even more than Sarah and Felix. The two characters play off each other so well and it’s so nice to see Alison with a genuine friend (you get the idea that’s a rather new experience for her). The ill-fated intervention was just priceless. I loved Alison facing off against her entire neighborhood, with only Felix in her corner. Felix started off the series hostile to Alison and her suburban lifestyle, while she did not appreciate his babysitting technique of teaching her children about cross-dressing. They’ve really come together as the season has progressed. I like it. Paul’s constant presence in Sarah’s life might have meant Felix was sidelined as a character, but this, thankfully, is not the case.
Bits and Pieces:
Sarah keeps saying the car ran Kira over when really it hit her and she bounced. I’m guessing they were planning on Kira’s accident being more dramatic, but toned it down in post-production.
What the hell was on that ultrasound?
Felix’s face when Alison says she’ll only talk to him is priceless.
Why does Felix have such an expensive vacuum cleaner?
Tomas says it’s not possible that Kira is Sarah’s daughter.
Felix: “I need to change. Fetch me something gay.”
Sarah: “Cosima, Kira’s not a lizard.”
Sarah: “I worry about scientists more than science.”
Mrs. S: “One of the great things about this country: hunting’s not just for the rich.”
Felix: “Felix. Gay friend.”
Alison: “Acting coach.”
Reverend: “Oh, that’s perfectly fine here.”
Felix: “Which one?”
Delphine: “You know, I’d never been with a woman before.”
Cosima: “Yeah, it showed.”
Felix: “That went very well.”
Alison: “I think it went well.”
three out of four Kira lizards
sunbunny, who is probably not played by Tatiana Maslany