For possibly the first time in Orphan Black history, I feel underwhelmed.
The season began at a breakneck pace and hasn’t slowed down for a minute since until this episode...the season finale. The pacing just seems odd to me. Everything slowed down very rapidly and then suddenly boom! major plot twist. I feel like I’m betraying my favorite show here, but I’ll say it: it could’ve been better.
So much got resolved in this episode with such little fanfare. Cal just happened to figure out the whole clone thing. Cal conveniently met Marian Bowles online and she was totally willing to help Sarah because...that was never explained. I mean, her daughter’s a clone (which makes her, what, Sarah’s aunt?) but is that the whole reason she betrayed Rachel in such a stunning manner? And who is in charge of Dyad? It feels like a free for all right now. Leekie’s dead, Marian’s good, Rachel is going crazy. Doesn’t seem like a great time to be a low level employee of Dyad.
Rachel Duncan is probably the most complex of the clones, which is saying something as that group includes Helena. One second she seems cold and heartless and then she breaks down. She’s scheming and calculating and then loses it. Her relationship with her father was interesting. She claims to not remember the sensation of feeling loved, but seems genuinely upset when he dies. I don’t think all that was about losing the information he had in his head. And then she destroys Kira’s marrow sample out of pure spite, putting Cosima’s health at serious risk and nullifying Kira’s sacrifice. They can do the procedure again in six weeks but does Cosima have that long?
In a much anticipated scene, Helena finally meets her sisters and it could not have been more perfect. Cosima goes straight in for a hug and talks to Helena kindly. Alison has no idea what to do with a Ukrainian serial killer wearing her face. She’s polite but obviously uncomfortable. The dance sequence was wonderful. So sweet, yet somehow extremely tense. It was so happy I just kept waiting for something terrible to happen. One of them to collapse, one of them to rip off a wig and announce herself to be Rachel, a bomb to come through a window - something. But nothing bad happened and it was a fun exhibition of Tatiana’s acting talent and her grasp of all the clones characters; they all dance so differently.
Also meeting for the first time: Kira and her Auntie Cosima. Skyler Wexler does a really great job with Tatianas different characters. She really feels like Sarah’s daughter and she’s clearly apprehensive when around Rachel, but it was her scene with Cosima that really got me. Kira is comfortable with Cosima but in a different way. Kira reacted to her in an unmistakenly familial way, but she didn’t treat her like a mother. Definitely a fun aunt vibe there.
It seemed odd how very little Delphine there was in this episode. And the scene where Cosima hallucinated her was bizarre. That has to be foreshadowing something, but what? Is Cosima going to die? Is Delphine going to die? Are they both going to die? If they do both die is there any conceivable way we can blame Joss Whedon for it?
As I and frequent commenter Morgan had predicted/hoped, Paul, it turns out was undercover for the military the whole time. It remains to be seen if he’s in the game for good or evil. He does conspire with Mrs. S to kidnap Helena, which doesn’t look great, but maybe he has a reason. Maybe it’s somehow a good thing?
The military’s been lurking over the mythology of Orphan Black for a long time. Last season it was just Paul’s mysterious background, but this season we met Mark and Sammy who both had served in the military, plus we learned of their involvement with Project Leda. It never occurred to me there was a parallel cloning experiment with male clones, but it makes perfect sense. So much of this show is about duality and mirroring. It remains to be seen how the female and the male clones are related. Is their DNA nearly identical or do they have completely separate genomes? Also unanswered: did Henrik know Mark was a clone? Does Mark know he’s a clone? Are you already ‘shipping’ crazy captive clone with Helena? And who the hell keeps a crazy person locked in their home (in a room outfitted for that express purpose, complete with observation window) when they have a young child?
In an interview earlier this year, Tatiana Maslany ‘joked’ that there were now 16 clones. There are, in fact, 16 clones. Stay with me here: Sarah Manning, Beth Childs, Katya Obinger, Cosima Niehaus, Danielle Fournier, Aryanna Giordano, Janika Zingler, Alison Hendrix, Helena, Rachel Duncan, Mark Rollins, Jennifer Fitzsimmons, Tony Sawicki, Charlotte Bowles, Crazy Guy Clone, and Soldier Guy Clone.
Neolutionist Bits and Proleathean Pieces
Delphine is in Cosima’s computer as “Eskimo Pie.”
They took Duncan prisoner but no one examined the stuff he had in his pockets?
I really can’t wait to see Rachel in a stylish eyepatch next season.
This episode marks the first time Cosima, Sarah, and Alison have been in the same room all season.
I knew all that stuff Cosima was telling Sarah from Donald in Mathmagic Land.
They’ve shown a lot of the Rachel as a child home videos this season
Cosima now has Duncan’s mysterious sequence thing I don’t understand because science is confusing. Will it make a difference though? Without her lab will she be able to save herself?
Delphine: “I love her! And if you let her die without me, it is personal.”
Please don’t be foreshadowing, please don’t be foreshadowing.
Mrs. S: “If I say you’re making a car bomb, you will bloody well make a car bomb.”
For my own peace of mind, I’m choosing to believe Mrs. S was angrily discussing alcoholic beverages with whoever she was on the phone with.
Art: “Well, I can tell you I just came home to find someone at my table.”
Felix: “What do you mean? Who?”
Art: “She’s eating.”
Cosima: “You win the experiment! You win science!”
Cal: “It’s clones only tonight.”
Felix: “I know. That means me too.”
two and a half out of four boy clones
sunbunny, who is probably not played by Tatiana Maslany