Orphan Black: Coming To Terms

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This week on Orphan Black, after seasons of violent confrontations, Rachel finally managed to get her hands on Sarah’s daughter. It seems Kira trusts Auntie Rachel enough to let Dyad experiment on her, although Sarah was none to happy about it. And who can really blame her? Rachel may be purring like a house cat now, but she definitely hasn’t been declawed. She may be a P.T. Westmorland devotee now (I need to know what he said to her at their meeting!), but she’s not so zen that she won’t wield her powers as the founder’s right hand woman for a little pettiness, I guarantee it. At least Helena is still on the loose, God bless her! I sincerely hope she stays that way.

Despite the fact that I’m 99 per cent sure Rachel is out for herself and herself only, as usual, I like that all the Leda clones are having to work together now. It’s like they each have a piece of the puzzle and Rachel, through Dyad, has the resources to put it all together. Cosima has knowledge of the genetics side of the equation and the cure for her illness is the key to their survival, and the twins Sarah and Helena — and their incredible offspring — are proof that the clones are the key to humanity’s bright genetically improved future. And Allison — well, I don’t really know what part of the puzzle she has, but I’m sure we’ll find out soon enough!

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And what is P.T. Westmorland getting out of all this? I wonder if Kira was thing result he was hoping to get when he started the whole cloning experiment. Clearly he sees himself as the steward of the engineered evolution of the human race, so perhaps Kira and Helena’s twins are the first members of that new improved race. Hence why Rachel is so keen on restarting human cloning.

But I’m sure we’ll soon discover that all will not be joining hands and singing Kumbaya for Sarah and her fellow Ledas if they play nice with the Neolutionists. I’m betting it will ultimately come down to Neolution’s plans for the clones versus their right to make their own choices as individuals, as humans. Part of the reason I’ve always strongly identified with Orphan Black is that the clones’ struggle against Neolution echoes the ongoing struggle of women around the world to have sole power over their bodies.

One thing about this episode that left a sour taste in my mouth was Ferdinand Chevalier’s brutal murder of M.K. I was somewhat charmed by Ferdinand last season, until I discovered he was the one who oversaw the killing of all those clones in Helsinki. I really wanted to see M.K. at least given the chance to get her revenge before she succumbed to clone-sickness. Tragically, M.K. gave her life to give Sarah and Kira a head start on Rachel, only to die IN VAIN because Kira refused to run. Such an unsatisfying end to a fantastic character, I have to say, but Tatiana Maslany must be relieved that she has to play one less character.

Next time…

  • If anyone knows what’s going on behind the Neolution scenes, it’s Delphine. What will she have to say to Mrs. S I wonder?
  • Looks like Kira is not the only one with superpowers. Helena’s twins aren’t even born yet and they’re already doing a Wolverine!
  • Speaking of Kira, she must know something we don’t about Rachel’s intentions if she has decided to trust her now. What has changed?
  • I’m voting for Ferdinand to get a Dr. Leekiesque death scene in the next episode.


How do you feel about the death of M.K.? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Orphan Black airs Saturdays at 10 p.m. ET on Space Channel and BBC America.

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