This week’s episode of Orphan Black dropped a mother lode of information on us! We thought it’d be a little easier to process if we broke it all down and took a hard look at the specifics. So join us as we examine what we learned from “Ease For Idle Millionaires”:
The Fountain of Youth
Meet LIN28A! It’s a real gene that is thought to regulate the self-renewal of stem cells (according to Wikipedia). In the world of Orphan Black, P.T. Westmorland found a boy named Yanis in an orphanage in Latvia who expressed the gene (also known as the Fountain of Youth Gene) and had accelerated healing. Later, Susan Duncan synthesized the LIN28A gene and inserted it into the Leda genome, hoping the clones would get the healing powers Yanis exhibited. They didn’t, but Kira (the unexpected second generation of Project Leda) did (and Helena’s twins possibly?). Now P.T. wants to harvest Kira’s eggs and implant them into a whole mess of surrogates, clearly hoping that the offspring will be carriers of the key to eternal life.
Neolution’s Founding Father is a Fake
P.T. isn’t as old as he claims to be, because of course he isn’t! He hasn’t yet discovered the secret to the longevity he’s been chasing, but he has all his followers in the village believing he can cure cancer and tumours (he can’t, he just treats them with gene therapy). He’s got them believing in a Fountain of Youth that doesn’t exist…yet. All so he can extend his own selfish, miserable life, because apparently he’s dying? It seems like a pretty petty reason to conduct brutal experiments on children, and produces whole lines of cloned humans only to discard them on a whim, but that’s good old P.T. for you! Honestly, I think he likes being the Neolution demigod as much as anything else, and playing dress-up in his weird taxidermy museum of a house. P.T. is the worst!
The End Game
So obviously Cosima wants to put a stop to all this, but Delphine (bless her heart) is three steps ahead of her. She’s working with Felix and Adele in Geneva, Switzerland on a secret project — all we know is “they’re making inroads there” — and coordinating with Mrs. S and her shadowy network to stop the surrogacy program in its tracks. It’s good to know that Delphine is truly on Clone Club’s side! I mean, I figured she was, but she had me going for a bit there this episode — phew! Bonus: she and Cosima are on the same page, romantically and professionally, which is excellent. Cophine is back on track!
I guess we know how P.T. hooked Rachel now: he’s been reassuring her that she is the most worthy clone, just like that creepy Proleathean priest was doing to Helena in the early days. Honestly, I think Rachel is a lost cause. She’s sadistic and twisted and greedy and she’ll never be a part of Clone Club. Her loss!
Ira is glitching, poor baby! I know there are some fans who aren’t, well, fans of the Castors (i.e. their rapey activities) but I really felt for them, and I especially sympathize with the characters of Mark Rollins and Ira. If the Leda clones have exploited and coerced, the Castor clones have been left out in the cold to die essentially. Virginia Coady was the only one who cared about them, and only as far as they could be used to give her a piece of the action. Can Cosima’s inoculation save Ira in time?
Glad to see that Kira and her mum are on the same page and I’m really curious to see what their psychic training session will look like. Imagine if all the clones could sense each other and communicate somehow when they are apart? They would be an unstoppable force!
How do think Delphine and the others plan to take down Neolution? Share your speculations down in the comments!
Orphan Black airs Saturdays at 10 p.m. ET on Space Channel and BBC America.
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.