Considering we left last season wondering if Cosima would live or die, we’ve seen remarkably little of her so far this season. Orphan Black has encountered the same problem Game of Thrones faces on a weekly basis: too many characters, not enough time. Thus far, OB seems to be handling it rather well. Despite each character getting minimal screen time in each episode, everyone always has something to do.
It seems like the division of our three leading ladies is going to be a big theme this season. While there was more actual contact between them this week (a phone call between Cosima and Alison), they are all so wrapped up in their own very real problems they can’t be there for each other. It’s expressly no one’s fault. Cosima may be dying of a lung disease she hasn’t told her sisters about, Alison is going through a full on breakdown and is convinced she has a new monitor, and Sarah is desperately trying to keep Kira safe. Each of their dramas is equally important.
This week, Cosima learns about an eleventh (!) clone named Jennifer Fitzsimmons who died of whatever Cosima has just a few days ago. A few days? So while the rest of clone club was bonding over Alison whacking Donnie on the head with a golf club, Jennifer was slowly dying with only her fake boyfriend/actual monitor at her side. Cheery, isn’t it?
And yet, Alison is the one my heart truly broke for this week. The pills, the booze, the “new monitor.” She was headed for a crash from her first appearance this episode. Hopefully her very literal crash off the stage will be enough to jolt her back to normalcy. Or at least what qualifies as normalcy when you’re the product of an illegal human cloning experiment. I did tear up when Felix left Sarah to be there for Alison. Thank God she has someone who truly cares about her and is able to be there for her.
Which leads me neatly to Felix. Oh, Felix. He is quite literally the only non-Tatiana Maslany character I truly trust on this show, even if he is bafflingly well adjusted. I loved his confrontation with Sarah. It was so mature. He was basically saying, look, I love you, but I can’t do this anymore. Besides, someone else needs me more. Felix is the one who has always been there for everyone. He is absolutely within his rights to tell Sarah kindly but firmly ‘no more.’ And it’s not as if he’s leaving her and Kira totally alone. Sarah is capable of taking care of herself and now she has Cal. I felt for Felix when he told Sarah how betrayed he felt about her not telling him Kira’s father’s identity. That’s a big piece of information to keep from the person closest to you. Still, Felix didn’t turn it into a big melodramatic fight. He expressed himself calmly and rationally and did what he thought would be best for himself and Alison and, arguably, Sarah.
Is Cal Kira’s father? I want to believe it, but I do wonder if our little con artist extraordinaire is manipulating Cal just so he’ll help her. I hope not. He seems like the kind of guy who would help her even if Kira wasn’t his. And I don’t see Sarah lying to Kira like this. She stretches the truth to make her feel safer sometimes but out and out lying about something this important is entirely different. I am surprised they introduced Kira’s father so early and I’m surprised at how normal he seems to be. There’s no proof he’s not affiliated with Dyad (although one would think they’d buy him a nicer place) but somehow I trust him. Not entirely; but he’s somewhere between Delphine and Mrs. S on the scale.
The physical clash between Sarah and Daniel might be the most tension packed scene in the series to date. Once again Sarah’s Mama Bear instincts came out to play. No one is getting Kira if she has anything to do with it. I do wonder why the hell Sarah thought it would be okay for her daughter to walk out of sight even for a moment when she knows they’re being hunted. It’s one of those necessary concessions to plot, but it still irks me. And then Kira starts screaming and Sarah’s like oh what now? A normal way for a parent to react, maybe. Not a normal way for a parent to react when she is up against this sort of thing.
It honestly hurts me to think about Helena right now. I’m assuming the handfasting was the Proleathean equivalent of a wedding. And, can I just say, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. The episode ended with a truly chilling shot of Henrik carrying an almost unconscious Helena off in an old fashioned white dress. They must’ve put drugs in her food, right? There’s no way she would be that out of it from her wounds alone. This is the woman who pulled a piece of rebar out of gut last season. I want her to fight back, to kill Henrik and escape the creepy farm and meet up with her sisters. And what’s up with Grace? I don’t know quite what to make of her but I think she’s going to be important.
Orphan Black is running at breakneck pace towards an unknown but somehow definite ending. For the first time in maybe years I have complete faith in a show’s writers. I believe they know where they want to go and how they want to get there. Orphan Black has yet to make a serious misstep and, if the first three episodes have been an indication of the rest of the season, it doesn’t seem likely to falter soon.
Neolutionist Bits and Proleathean Pieces
Absent this week: Rachel, Paul, and Mrs. S.
Cal is played by Michiel Huisman, who was recently replaced Ed Skrein as Daario Naharis on Game of Thrones.
Speaking of Cal, did he seem way too okay with suddenly finding out he had a school aged daughter?
Sarah teaching Kira how to shoplift was adorable and heartbreaking at the same time.
Raise your hand if a loved one has ever pulled the passive aggressive noise making “Oh were you asleep?” routine.
Is that all we’re going to get of suburban Angie? I was hoping for more. I barely recognized her all perky and without the aviator sunglasses.
Alison’s almost hysterical rehearsal made me want to laugh and cry at the same time.
RIP Cal’s nice cop friend. :(
Cosima imitating Leekie: “Great Scott, I’ve created life itself.”
Henrik: “Man schemed for years to build her, but only God could make her fertile.”
Helena: “I’ve already got a family.”
And I cried.
Kira: “Are you my dad?”
What is wrong with this child? How does she know so much?
Felix: “Alison’s musical opens tomorrow. She needs me.”
four out of four new clones
sunbunny, who has yet to come up with something witty to put here