After an entire week of tweets like this: “Thought last week was mind-blowing? NOTHING could prepare you for the first 5 minutes of tonight’s all-new #OrphanBlack. It’s must-see OB” from Orphan Black’s creators, cast, and crew, my expectations going into this episode could not have been higher. Were they met? Abso-freaking-lutely.
Meet the new clone. Same as the old clones? Not exactly. The sisterhood has gained a brother. When we first glimpsed Tony, I assumed we were seeing a clone, but I figured it was a flashback to Sarah’s criminal life. Sarah and Tony have similar slouches. And similar criminal tendencies. Actually, Tony and Sarah are the two most similar clones yet. He’s more pushy than Sarah (I don’t see her demanding to be drawn a bath in a stranger’s apartment) but they both have similar confrontational natures. Tony said “Jesus Christ” when he first encountered Sarah, one of her favorite phrases. He also said “You’re damn right,” like Beth, and “Where is Beth?” like Alison.
Tony is likely the result of Tatiana begging the writers of Orphan Black to make her job as difficult as humanly possible. At first, I honestly had problems seeing Tony as anything but Sarah Manning doing a mumbly American accent while wearing a press-on goatee. Anyone else have this issue? We didn’t really see enough of Tony for me to form an opinion of his personality. So far 90% of my feelings for him are caused by my immediate affection for all characters played by Tatiana Maslany. It doesn’t look like Tony will be a main character, for now at least. He does have a clone phone (does Felix just have a bunch of spares in case of new clones?) so he’ll be back...eventually. Probably next time the writers need someone to pop in with game changing exposition.
My favorite part about Tony was probably how little he was thrown by the whole clone thing. As a trans man, he’s spent enough time thinking about his identity to know exactly who he is. The fact that he has a bunch of women running around with his face is more a curiosity for him than a crisis. It brings up an interesting question. Why is having clones of yourself so upsetting? If one was completely confident in who they are, would it necessarily matter to them that they are the product of an illegal experiment?
Tony stops by just long enough to give some mysterious exposition that will no doubt make sense soon. It was sort of like Tony had a giant envelope with ‘PLOT TWIST FOR SEASON FINALE’ written on it. Tony’s message: Sammy told him to tell Beth “Keep the faith, Paul’s like me. He’s on it. He’s a ghost.” Anyone who can tell me what that means gets a cookie.
I have some serious questions about Sammy and Tony. Questions like: Was Sammy Tony’s monitor? Did Sammy know Beth? Did Beth know Sammy was Tony’s monitor? Why was Dyad after Tony and/or Sammy? How many licks to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?
A lot of the internet seems very into the idea of Felix and Tony as a couple (their ship name is Felony) but them kissing really grossed me out. It seemed downright incestuous. Felix, he is a literal clone of your little sister. Just...gahhhh. I’d love to know how Tatiana and Jordan felt about playing that. They have so many different sibling-y dynamics together, it must’ve been odd to play anything romantic, right?
Meanwhile, Alison and Donnie find themselves bonding over common experiences, by which I mean accidentally killing people. Alison, always the critic, has a few harsh words for Donnie when it comes to his actions. Very sloppy murder technique, Donnie, very sloppy.
Cosima had quite a lot to do this week, although her stuff felt very overshadowed by the new clone introduction. She finally gets Delphine high and the pair exchange I love yous (awww). She also comes out of the clone closet to Scott, who handles the revelation pretty damn well.
Cosima collapsing was a center piece of this week’s promo, but there was surprisingly little of that in the episode. It turned into our big cliffhanger for next week. Color me annoyed but thoroughly unsurprised. Hopefully now that Dr. Duncan and his floppy disc that will save the world are in the house, Cosima will live a long life. Not so confident about Duncan’s chances, though.
Rachel seems to have reacquired her ice queen demeanor only to lose it when she finds out that she can never have children. I can’t be alone in feeling that being thwarted in her desire for kids is not what set her off. The idea that someone designed her in order to limit her authority over her own body is troublesome, to say the least. It makes sense, however, that the scientists in charge of Project Leda would want the clones to be infertile. They wouldn’t want their altered genomes interfering with the ‘normal’ population.
Neolutionist Bits and Proleathean Pieces
Helena was again absent this week.
I remember seeing that Tatiana was asked about the possibility of playing a trans clone at Comic Con last year. I wonder if that influenced his introduction or if Tony was already in the works.
I was wondering why they didn’t give Tony shorter hair. According to a behind the scenes featurette that aired during the episode, it was decided that stuffing all of Tatiana’s hair under a wig would look unnatural. They have a point.
How long until one of the clones has to impersonate Tony? Can it PLEASE be Cosima?
The book Duncan was reading to Kira was The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells, a story of a man who creates sort of people out of animals using vivisection. So yeah, not at all appropriate.
Tony calls Felix “Fifi.” Rachel calls Sarah a tramp.
Donnie was too drunk to pick his wife up from rehab. I know I make jokes about how Donnie can’t do anything right, but he really can’t do anything right, can he?
Felix: “My work as a child smuggler is done for the day.”
Rachel: “Paul, your absence is inconvenient and your silence is irksome.”
Felix: “Holy Tilda Swinton!”
Sarah: “We need Auntie Alison, stat.”
Donnie: “And I’m sorry for hating your mother!”
Alison: “Everybody hates my mother.”
Sarah: “You’re the very best of us.”
Felix: “I know.”
three and a half out of four press-on goatees
sunbunny, who is probably not played by Tatiana Maslany