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Review: Orphan Black, Season 2, Episode 10

Sarah_Orphan_Black_Season_2_Episode_10After an entire season of looking out for a new clone, a male clone or a whole new set of clones, the season 2 finale of Orphan Black is a dream come true, especially after the disappointing introduction of Tony in episode 8. We’ve played the new clone beat time and time again, but by adding a new clone set, and a set of males at that, you get a thrilling game changer that moves the science forward quite a bit.

The big moment is impeccable. Marian Bowles (Michelle Forbes) drops the bomb in a rather understated manner by saying,“While the Dyad carried female clones to term, the military faction carried the males,” but immediately after, the soundtrack shifts and the camera moves in on Sarah to up the intensity in preparation for the mind-blowing follow-up. The information is out there and now we can actually see a piece of Project CASTOR, but the writers can take it even further.

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Review: Orphan Black, Season 2, Episode 9

Cosima_Orphan_Black_Season_2_Episode_9Episodes where the clones are off doing their own things have marked some of the weaker installments of Orphan Black’s season 2, but that’s not the case with ‘Things Which Have Never Yet Been Done.’ Sarah, Alison, Rachel and Helena all have their own immediate concerns, but this time, they’re especially refined and share just enough overlap to make the second to last episode of the season one of the most cohesive and engaging yet.

The moment only lasts a mere minute, but the Skype conversation between Cosima, Sarah and Alison is key to the success of the episode. Even though our core clones are apart, this serves as a reminder that they still care deeply for one another. And by doing that, their relationship establishes a connective tissue of sorts between their individual agendas.

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Review: Orphan Black, Season 2, Episode 8

Felix_Orphan_Black_Season_2_Episode_8Why not just get right to it? We have a new clone! Even though there are just two episodes of Orphan Black season 2 to go, the writers have given us Tony, our 12th clone and the first to identify as transgender.

There’s an inherent thrill that comes with the reveal of a new clone, and Tony’s reveal certainly has that effect. Still, his introduction begs the question – did we really need him this late in the season? Where ‘Variable and Full of Perturbation’ leaves off, we’re under the impression that Tony is now on a bus and long gone. If that is the case, what was the point in introducing him to begin with? There could have been many other ways to deliver Sammy’s message that Beth needs to keep the faith because “Paul’s like me. He’s on it. He’s a ghost.

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Review: Orphan Black, Season 2, Episode 7

Alison_Sarah_Orphan_Black_Season_2_Episode_7Cosima said it in episode six and episode seven just proved it; the clones are stronger together.

The material in the rehab center exemplifies what makes Orphan Black so special – it’s ability to strike a unique, entertaining and incredibly satisfying balance of honesty, humor and suspense. The show’s been busy building Family Day hype, the importance of Vic’s return and the threat of Angie’s determination to catch a clone – and in ‘Knowledge Of Causes, And Secret Motion Of Things’, all three come to a head (and at the very same time nonetheless).

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Review: Orphan Black, Season 2, Episode 6

Helena_Jesse_Orphan_BlackEpisode five gave the impression that characters were finally going to converge and work together to find a cure, safety and answers, but episode six, ‘To Hound Nature in Her Wanderings’, did the exact opposite and suffered for it. The entertainment value is still high enough, but this episode had the least momentum of Orphan Black season two thus far.

If you’ve been keeping up with these reviews, you know how I feel about Helena – the more, the better – but for the first time, the writers took her playfulness a bit too far. Seeing Helena try to share her can of beans with Sarah is one thing, but the shadow puppets, fart and sing-a-along is too much. Helena’s always been a prime source of humor for the show, but it’s humor with a darker touch and that’s what lets the character maintain that enthralling intensity. When Helena tells Sarah, “If you knew where Swan Man was, you’d leave me behind,” it hits hard, but had it not been embedded in such goofy jokes, it would have resonated more.

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Review: Orphan Black, Season 2, Episode 5

Sarah_Orphan_BlackClones and other main characters are reuniting to hunt for answers together, making ‘Ipsa Scientia Potestas Est’ an Orphan Black season 1 reunion of sorts. Despite Helena’s protests and snarls, she makes quite the team with Sarah and Felix. One of the earlier scenes of the trio in Felix’s apartment is one of the strongest comedic sequences of the season because the humor comes out of a completely honest interaction and culminates in a valuable step forward – they’re becoming a family.

And the more Helena is part of that family, the better. She’s the driving force of episode 5. Not only is she the one responsible for pushing the narrative forward, but she’s also pulling more heart and emotion out of Sarah than ever. No one can connect to Helena quite like Sarah and the more Sarah comes to realize that, the more she feels responsible for Helena, much like a big sister.

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Review: Orphan Black, Season 2, Episode 4

Helena_Orphan_BlackThe beauty of a ten-episode season is that there’s no time to waste and just like they did in season 1, the writers behind Orphan Black are filling every minute of season 2 with vital plot progressions, some of which are major reveals one would expect to be held for the end of the season. In fact, the grand finale of episode 4, ‘Governed As It Were By Chance,’ introduces such significant game changers that from this point on, every character’s circumstances change.

First off, Helena just couldn’t die. Every clone is a standout in her own right, but whereas Sarah, Alison, Cosima, and even Rachel for that matter have a relatable competence that lets the viewer play along and track their every move, Helena is a total wild card, and a particularly intense and captivating one at that.

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Review: Orphan Black, Season 2, Episode 3

Cal_Orphan_BlackStorylines still aren’t coming together just yet, but the lack of character crossover in Orphan Black season 2 is no longer an issue, because in episode 3, ‘Mingling Its Own Nature With It,’ every single clone’s situation becomes so robust and all-consuming that there’s no time to think about anything else.

At the start of the episode, Sarah, Felix and Kira are seemingly lost, roaming in the middle of nowhere for a safe place to lie low. However, little do Felix and Kira know, Sarah is familiar with the area and even more so with a certain someone in it.

Kira’s father was bound to come into the picture at some point and now we’ve got Michiel Huisman’s Cal. Even though he’s only been in a single episode with limited screen time, Cal’s already bonded with Kira, hated Sarah, come to accept her and then slept with her. The change of heart might not justified, but with Felix off to buddy up with Alison and Mrs. S’s loyalty up in the air, Sarah’s going to need someone, so Cal’s arrival comes at an optimal time.

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Review: Orphan Black, Season 2, Episode 2

Prolethians_Orphan_BlackEven though episode two of the new season of Orphan Black still attempts to cover just as much ground as the premiere, ‘Governed By Sound Reason and True Religion’ is a tighter experience because there’s more depth to each clone’s situation and they’re becoming more and more intertwined. Should that trend continue, season 2 could rock quite the build.

We’ve known for a while that Kira, Sarah’s daughter, is special. Clones can’t reproduce, but for some reason Sarah can, so naturally her offspring is one of a kind and therefore highly valuable to the various interested parties.

Watching Sarah react to Kira’s disappearance has been gut-wrenching, but by ditching the missing Kira plot early on, we can get to the juicer parts of her curious situation. And it’s those juicier parts that are responsible for the large majority of the connective tissue between scenes, scenarios and characters in ‘Governed By Sound Reason and True Religion.’

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Review: Orphan Black, Season 2, Episode 1

Orphan_Black_Season_2_Episode_1From day one, Orphan Black had the benefit of having a highly intriguing story to sell. When Sarah Manning (Tatiana Maslany) first spotted Beth Childs on that train platform, only to watch her newfound identical twin jump to her death, it pulled you right in. How would you react if you bumped into someone who looked exactly like you? And then, what would you do if you had the opportunity to find out why she looked exactly like you? 

What made Orphan Black such a standout from that point on was how it expanded upon that inciting incident. The slow reveal of additional clones and their search for answers proved to be a very natural, sustaining progression. The trouble is, where do you go from there?

The new clone game could only last so long and it seems as though the writers figured that out because, at a point, the introductions stopped and the character-building began. The thing is, during season 1, everything was new. They could stick to scratching the surface of the science and politics behind the situation and still satiate an audience.

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