Clone Club took some hard knocks on last week’s episode of Orphan Black and“The Antisocialism of Sex” was all about the aftermath. Each of the clones had their own way of dealing with the tragic loss of Kendall and all Cosima’s vital information on their genome. Mr. S blamed Sarah for her mother’s death, Sarah blamed herself, Cosima blamed herself, and Alison was desperately trying to keep it together for the kids. This episode was mostly about emotions and the individual struggle of the main characters, but there were some plot advancements as well. Evie Cho confirmed that she will be clearing Leda house and clones are not welcome in her new regime. Also, Clone Club has identified Count Duku as the source of all their sorrow and they intend to take him out. He may be low on the Neolution totem pole, but at least he’s close at hand. In the meantime though…
As anyone with a suburban soccer mom can tell you, they’re no delicate breed. Alison was having a crisis of faith, but she was also determined to soldier on and put on a brave face for her family. She had a slumber party to throw for her daughter and nothing, not even tragedy, was going to get in the way of her soccer-themed decorations! Alison planned every detail–except for the part where the cops busted to arrest Donnie mid ghost story.
Meanwhile Sarah was visited by Our Lady of Clone Sorrows. I didn’t quite know what to make of Sarah’s latest hallucination of Beth. She seemed to be partly a manifestation of Sarah’s guilty conscience and partly a wise guide from beyond the veil sent to put Sarah back on the right path. Perhaps she was both? When Beth appeared to Sarah last season, she basically told Sarah that she is the glue that holds Clone Club together that she has to keep fighting to protect her sisters. I like that the show is ambiguous about whether Beth is really communicating with Sarah from beyond the grave or just a projection of Sarah’s belief that she needs to take up Beth’s mantle. Either way, it seems like Sarah has finally accepted that this is her purpose.
Poor, sweet Cosima! I felt for her the most of all the clones. Not only did she have to deal with the double blow of losing Kendall and Delphine, but she had also lost all hope of a cure. That would drive anyone to desperate measures, so it’s understandable that Cosima decided to see what implanting a worm bot into her cheek would get her. Couldn’t be any worse than the death sentence she had, right? I even considered for a second that this might be a brilliant idea, though Scott didn’t think so. Fortunately, though, Felix had good news: Delphine is still alive you guys! Our faith has been rewarded! Maybe when she recovers from the lead poisoning she can make crazy science with Cosima again?
There was a time when I couldn’t wait for Rachel to denounce her evil ways and have a Helena-like redemption. Now, though, I wouldn’t let her into Clone Club if she crawled her way there! Can you believe that girl tried to get herself on Team Evie after all the crap she and her new Neolutionist regime pulled? Basically offered to pull another Helsinki and eliminate the rest of the self-aware clones–herself not included OF COURSE? But that’s Rachel for you. Still, her interactions with Charlotte continue to humanize her somewhat for me. Hopefully all her talk about it being practical to let Charlotte die is just that, talk. I think it’s significant that she squared with Charlotte about her probable demise. Not a conversation you would usually have with a child, but considering Rachel’s upbringing, I think this is her attempt to confide in her young clone.
Speaking of confiding in children, Mika decided to reach out to Kira, our resident clone psychic, child genius and dreamer of prophetic dreams (remember how she dreamed about one of the clone’s burning?). Understandably, Mika is a bit wary of Clone Club but she obviously still feels a responsibility towards them. If Kira was any other child, I would say no, but Mika could do a lot worse than allying with Sarah’s daughter right now.
Still M.I.A. I’m thinking it’s because Tatiana Maslany needs a bit of a break from the Angry Angel. which, fair enough. I’m holding out for Helena’s explosive reentrance near the end of the season though. My crystal ball is showing me Helena with an ammunition belts crisscrossing her swollen belly, a machine gun under each arm, and a crazy smile on her face. I don’t know what that vision means right now, but it sure makes me smile!
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Hermione Wilson is a Junkie when it comes to all things Orphan Black, Game of Thrones and Supernatural, the show that introduced her to classic rock. She is a graduate of Humber College's journalism program, a current staff writer at Dovetail Communications, and an avid reader of sci-fi novels.