ORPHAN BLACK: Clone Club Implodes (2013)


"Orphan Black"

“Orphan Black”

In last week’s episode “Entangled Bank” we saw Sarah, Cosima and Allison (all played by Tatiana Maslany) spiraling out in their lives.  Cosima took a giant leap and seduced her monitor Delphine (Evelyne Brouchu), which only gave Delphine the perfect opportunity to snoop around and get a good look at Cosima’s notes on all the clones.  Then Allison revealed that her and her husband Donnie (Kristian Bruun) were getting a divorce, which led to drunken binging and sleeping with her suspected monitor’s husband.  And Sarah, trying to hold the clone club together, decided to enlist Mrs. S (Maria Doyle Kennedy) into the club and see what information she could provide.  Unfortunately, little Kira (Skyler Wexler) bore the brunt of all the clones’ secrets when she happily took Helena’s hand for a walk, which ended tragically.

With the noose tightening around them, Sarah, Allison and Cosima were not exactly playing it safe.  They seem to have decided it was every clone for themself and devil be damned with the consequences.  While Sarah has always been a bit reckless with her welfare and in her decisions, it was startling to see how easily Allison and Cosima embraced walking on the wild-side and put themselves and everyone else at risk in order to appease their own carnal appetites.  So as the rest of the world began chipping away at the clone club secret, the clones themselves were allowing their own worlds to implode.
After Art (Kevin Hanchard) and Angela (Inga Cadranel) paid Mrs. S a visit inquiring about Sarah, it made sense to enlist Mrs. S’s aid and let her in on the big secret.  But Paul (Dylan Bruce) returning to try to fool Olivier (David Richmond-Peck) and Dr. Leekie (Matt Frewer) into thinking that he was still playing the part of Sarah/Beth’s monitor did not make much sense.  It only put him right smack in the thick of it again.  Even Felix (Jordan Gavaris) seemed caught up in the imploding mess as Art was able to figure out that it was Felix who called about Beth from the night club.


"Orphan Black"

“Orphan Black”

Needless to say, with the Neolutionists being perhaps the source of the cloning experiment and pulling the strings, a religious order circling around to exterminate each of them as abominations against nature, and now the police starting to figure out that there’s a link between a string of deaths involving women who all look alike, clone club seems to have been blown wide open.  Dr. Leekie and Delphine have figured out that the clones are in communication with each other and, if not already, will soon figure out that the clones have identified their monitors.  But what if Dr. Leekie is not the one behind the clones and is merely an opportunist who stumbled across them and assigned monitors to track their lives?  Adopting that theory, that leaves us to wonder then who originally created the clones and placed them in their lives?  Is that how Helena then came to be living amongst a religious organization and why Dr. Leekie and his group seems wholly unaware of Helena?  It would also explain the mystery of Sarah.  She was another one that got away – that is until she happened across Beth on that fateful train station platform and assumed Beth’s life.

But for now the bigger mystery is Kira.  How is it possible for the little girl to have been born at all?  Particularly as all the other clones are infertile and unable to conceive children.  Does that make Kira a miracle child, or does it perhaps mean that Sarah was the original and not just a clone?  If Sarah were the original and not just a clone, that would certainly explain why she was secretly placed and hidden away for years under the protective care of Mrs. S.


"Orphan Black"

“Orphan Black”

With this week’s episode called “Unconscious Selection,” we can speculate that perhaps modifications were made to each of the clones.  Some were deemed superior and some inferior and granted different attributes and environments accordingly.  Was Sarah a reject that should have been destroyed years ago when she was a child?  Was her deficiency the fact that she was too close to being human and not advanced enough genetically?  Or does she fall on the superior side of the spectrum?  After all, her blood did not match the rest of the clones’ blood.

Regardless of all the esoteric questions awaiting answers, at this point, we just want to see if Kira will be okay.  For Kira is more than a miracle; she is an angel.  Even the mentally unhinged Helena could see that.   Kira’s implicit trust in Helena and unreserved affection for her showed that Kira could see what no one else sees:  Helena craves to be loved.  Whereas when Kira first met Allison, she knew Allison was not her mother because Allison did not desperately desire to be loved by Kira.  Only her mother Sarah would feel that way – and now Helena.  Kira reads emotions quicker than most people.  She is the perfect empath that way.

On the precipice of this penultimate episode, we are all hoping and praying that Kira survives.  She may be the one link that keeps clone club together.  She is the promise that they are all more human than they had been led to believe.  But even if they are human, that does not make them safe.  With Dr. Leekie and Brother Tomas (Daniel Kash) at odds about how the fate of the clones, none of them are safe.

To see how this collision course with destiny plays out, be sure to tune for an all new episode of ORPHAN BLACK on Saturday, May 25th at 9:00 p.m. on BBC America.  (Then first season finale will air the following Saturday, June 1st.)


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