This week’s episode of Orphan Black was actually called “Human Raw Material,” but it should have been called “Operation Bright Born Phase!” Clone Club has this gig down to a science now, only this time Cosima was subbing for Felix and using her science brain to suss out the real story behind the fertility clinic’s shiny high-tech facilities and luxurious birthing suites. And lo and behold there were some truly nefarious (and not quite consensual) goings on! Evie Cho is the new Dr. Leekie, only she has much clearer motivations for messing with the human genome. This woman is committed and woe to anyone who gets in her way. In other news our favourite Leda clone beautician Krystal made an appearance (one of many this season I hope), Cosima seems poised to make the proverbial deal with the devil, and Sarah continued to piss people off left and right. Cheek worms’ll make ya tense!
I loved this episode of Orphan Black so much I couldn’t just pick a few moments, so instead I decided to give a status update on each of the clones:
She didn’t have much to do this week, but Alison’s presence was still felt, and not just when she and Sarah were snipping at each other for the thousandth time (I feel like these two are just predestined to clash, they’re so different). When Donnie was going gaga over that baby at Bright Born, I could just see in his eyes that he was thinking about the fertility issues he and Alison have been struggling with. Similar to Alison’s scene last week with her neighbour, I felt like some genuine emotion leaked out past Donnie’s disguise.
Wow Sarah. Wow. I thought she would eventually warm up to Felix’s bio sis, who is actually quite a nice person, but Sarah was not having it. She was doing the most this episode to piss Felix off and get a rise out of the seemingly unshakeable Adele. Things devolved into a food fight and Mrs. S had to give them a time out. But I see you Sarah! It was so painfully obvious that she is terrified of losing Felix to this fabulous new stranger who seems to have more of a natural connection to him. I think she really was genuinely concerned that Adele was conning Felix, but also taking great delight in the possibility of busting his bubble. Still, my heart broke for her when she found out Felix and Adele are legit related. It was so sweet that Kira sensed her mother’s distress and immediately came to her rescue. Sometimes I’m not sure who’s the parent and who’s the child.
*Also, BONUS! Kira confirmed that she’s psychic in a Leda-clone-specific way, which is insane! I was surprised at how chill Sarah was about that revelation.
I know Cosima was the right person to sleuth around Bright Born, and she’s probably been going stir crazy in the lab based on how fast she volunteered for undercover duty, but she is seriously in no shape to be getting snatched up by some shady organization right now! Who cleared her for field work anyways?! But what actually happened might have been ten times worst, because Susan Duncan’s offer puts Cosima in an impossible position. If she convinces Clone Club that they should turn over Kendall (or maybe just vials of her blood?) so Susan can possibly save Cosima’s life, there’s a big chance their creator will use that genetic material to make new Ledas and Castors.
Krystal Goderitch is back b*tches! Girl is taking self defence and she is not going to be taken again! Krystal is such a breath of fresh air you guys. She is hilariously misinformed, but I feel like she’s not as useless as she first appears. I’m just waiting for her to be inducted into the clone sisterhood. Also shout out to Tatiana Maslany (for the 6 millionth time) because I’m convinced that anyone else playing this character would be gratingly annoying, but Tat (I call her Tat. We’re tight like that, NDB) somehow makes Krystal’s valley girl voice and dumb blonde conspiracy theorizing incredibly endearing. Never change girl (Krystal or Tat)!
Helena has run off into the night before, but at least this time she bothered to let her twin know she was OK. I know this girl can take care of herself, but I miss her already. Come back Meathead!
What did you think of “Human Raw Material”? Do you think Krystal is ready to join Clone Club? Let us know in the comments!
Orphan Black airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET on Space 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.