For the first time all season, when the episode was over I did not want to retreat into a blanket fort with an army of stuffed animals and a pint of strawberry ice cream.
It was touch and go for awhile. Helena is the wildest of wild cards and I honestly wasn’t sure what was going to happen when she had her sniper rifle trained on Rachel and Paul. The only thing I knew for sure was that she wouldn’t hurt Sarah. But Sarah was able to talk her down from any Helena-like actions very sweetly. Although a large part of that speech was probably a manipulation to get Helena to drop the gun, I think Sarah really has come to care for her sister. She hasn’t tried to kill her again and that has to mean something, right?
Helena loves Sarah just as much as ever and even begins to warm up to others this week. Felix she connects with quite quickly. She’s already calling him “brother sestra.” It’s not hard to see why. Felix does have a rather nurturing nature about him. He also has the patience of a saint. Art does not. The first thing he does is put her in handcuffs. It’s an understandable move (she did once shoot him in the past) but it does nothing to endear him to her. Helena escapes after incapacitating (not killing) Art. I think that’s character growth, don’t you?
The fact that she took Felix’s pen breaks my heart. She’s been so abused and mistreated her whole life, her default setting is “I’m in danger, I must arm myself.” She tells Art pointblank that she doesn’t like to be touched, which is common in the abuse victims. She’s perennially vulnerable. Up until this episode, I’d been thinking that her early childhood in the Ukrainian convent had at least been not horrific. I was wrong. Even the nuns abused her. Is it any wonder she’s the serial killing basket case she is? I’m really hoping the rest of the season provides her a redemption arc of some kind. She deserves it, having lived through hellish experience after hellish experience. I mean did you see the storage locker?
Helena doesn’t start up again with her last season serial killer stuff (the fortune teller, the barbie head) until Art starts questioning her rather intensely about what Henrik and his followers did to her. Perhaps retreating into her serial killer persona was a defense mechanism? After she had another flashback she drew the stick figure on Art’s aquarium. Maybe all the trappings of her life with Tomas make her feel, well not safe, but safer? He was a monster, there is no doubt, but he never sexually assaulted her.
The stuff at the ranch was downright Hannibal-esque. Okay, maybe not that bad, but pretty gruesome all the same. Gracie’s lips were literally sewn together as punishment for trying to kill Helena? for letting Helena escape? Something like that. Is Henrik her actual father? I really hope not, though I suppose either way is just as creepy. I can’t believe they’re threatening her with being forcible impregnation. That’s...there are no words. How old is that girl? Sixteen, maybe? Sorry I need to go Lysol my brain. Not that the idea of them doing it to Helena is any better. As scary as the Neolutionists are, the Proleatheans are the ones that send chills up my spine.
Last season I wasn’t sold on the Neolutionists as villains thing. They just weren’t scary enough. Well, they certainly are now. I like the clarifications that occurred in this episode. Rachel isn’t necessarily in charge of Leekie, but she outranks him. Leekie, who has never been particularly threatening is the softer side of Dyad. He’s the reasonable one. Rachel is the big threat.
Her actions this week...I don’t know what to make of her. Last week her character was softened because awww, look she was a normal kid. This week she demands to see the bloodied body of her murdered lover, exhibits no reaction to said body, attempts to frame my favorite non-Tatiana Maslany character for murder and has sex with Paul in a way that really, really pushes the limits of consent if not just ignoring them outright. I caught myself wondering if it really would be so bad if Helena killed her. I mean, would it?
Once again, Paul turned his coat. Dyad does have incriminating information on him and they’re clearly not above using violence to get what they want out of people, but he seemed so unrepentant when he was getting Felix’s prints on that gun.
Does anyone else find it strange that Cal just happened to have a fake ID and fake registration papers for the RV with him? This road trip was totally last minute. What’s up with that? Oh yeah, and he also has a gun. And a large supply of cash on hand. And a gas mask. Paul and Rachel were talking about Cal and his “anti-corporate leanings.” Hmmm.
Neolutionist Bits and Proleathean Pieces
No Alison this week.
Kira is both adorable and really creepy sometimes. “Someone’s coming.” I mean, geez, what is up with this kid?
Scott referenced the patenting procedures common in the study of genetics in the 1980s. Not much to make of it right now, but I’m positive that’s going to be an important point later.
Felix: “I’m sure I’ve got a Ukrainian folk costume in here somewhere.”
Felix: “Just don’t kill my rubber ducky.”
Delphine: “Hi Scott! Bye Scott!”
Kira: “I’m not a monkey anymore. I’m a leopard.”
Cop: “Better hope we don’t find anything incriminating in your friend’s place.”
Felix: “He won’t. Probably.”
Felix: “Playing for Team Rachel now, huh? Got the corrupt arm of the law in her clutch purse?”
Leekie: “The entire project is essentially an orphan.”
I see what you did there, show.
Sarah: “You saved my life. You’re my sister. Helena, I thought I killed you. I couldn’t tell anyone what I lost. You came back.”
three out of four tiny powdered sugar donuts
sunbunny, who is probably not played by Tatiana Maslany