Orphan Black Makes Art

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Last night’s “Guillotines Decide” was heart-wrenching! I knew that, as we came to the end of this season of Orphan Black there would inevitably be some major character deaths. Something about this episode, perhaps the reflective, familial spirit of it, had me on guard from the very beginning. Or maybe it was because Ferdinand was on the loose, like a rabid Rottweiler with really good diction.

Rachel’s uncertain loyalty had me on edge too. Even as Mrs. S was handing her the keys to Neolution’s destruction I was crossing my fingers and hoping that Mrs. S was ten steps ahead of Rachel, anticipating her every move. This whole episode was a nail-biter to the end!

But the biggest clue that one of our beloved characters was not safe was Felix’s beautiful speech at his art opening about the “galaxy of women” who nurtured him. What bigger star in that galaxy than the woman who literally nurtured and raised him? Poor Siobhan’s fate was surely set in stone from that moment (although a small part of me is hoping beyond hope that the statistics she quoted at the end turn out to be true).

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Speaking of Felix’s artwork, I loved how it tied up the show’s guiding philosophy in a neat little bow: that all of us are “mysterious works of chance,” as Felix puts it, containing endless possible futures that are shaped by our environments as much as our individual natures.

But nothing is set in stone, clearly. Rachel’s actions prove that, as do the actions of each of the Leda Clones as they grew closer together, and the actions of the galaxy of other humans who gathered round to support them. That’s a really beautiful thing to watch, even if it is just a story.

Sorry, I’m feeling quite sentimental now that the eve of Orphan Black is upon us! I hesitate to list my predictions for the last two episodes that remain, so instead I’ll throw it over to you the reader. What are your thoughts about this episode? Do you like where the show is heading? Let me know in the comments!

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

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