WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!
Let me start off by saying I’m sorry for the hiatus. Sorry I’ve been slacking on my Orphan Black recaps but I needed a break and then I got Season 2 and well, you know…when Season 2 falls into your lap, life itself stops to watch the show. I successfully finished so now it’s time to get back to my photo recaps. Where did I stop? Ah yes, Big Dick Paul finds out Sarah is not Beth. I’ve been chastising Paul all this time for not catching on that his girlfriend was another girl but he’s known the whole time! Hindsight is 20/20 and after watching Season 2, I know now that Paul is a double agent. He isn’t truly shocked when Sarah reveals herself. He is just acting it. Sorry Paul, I underestimated you. Another person that shouldn’t be underestimated is Alison Hendrix. Chick will not rest until she gets what she wants.
Episode 5 is titled “Conditions of Existence” but it should really be called “Mindblowing” because that is what you will experience when you watch this episode. Not only do we discover that Donnie is talking to a mystery person about Alison, but we also discover that Paul is a monitor. He has been allowing scientists to come in during the night and experiment on Beth. SAY WHAT?! I never trusted Paul which is why I wasn’t totally surprised by his reveal but I didn’t think it was a double blind situation. Paul doesn’t know why he is a monitor. He just follows orders.
In the midst of all the distrust and paranoia in the episode, we get this special gem:
I love, love, love Sarah’s relationship with Kira. Kira brings out a softness in her that no other person can. Their relationship gives Sarah depth as a character. While I love her rough edges, it’s great to see that Sarah is more than that. She is a mom who just wants to hug her little girl after school.
Every great TV show has a turning point when it goes from good to excellent. The show finds its original voice and the storytelling is all engrossing. Some refer to this turning point as “Growing the Beard” and it typically happens around episodes 4-6. In Battlestar Galactica, it’s “You Can’t Go Home” and in Fringe, it’s “The Arrival.” These episodes really standout for me because each one marks the point in the series when the show dives into the overarching story/theme, having already introduced the characters in the first couple episodes. The moment Orphan Black ‘grows its beard’ is in 1×04. Helena is introduced as a clone brainwashed to kill the others, her ‘sisters.’ She is the season’s ‘big bad’ but the line between evil and good is not so clear cut. She wasn’t born evil. She was influenced by her environment, therefore, should she be killed because of that? Even if they did have a chance to terminate Helena, could they? Perhaps not, since Sarah let Helena escape out the window, but she is definitely not afraid to injure Helena. Episode 4 begins with Helena in the bathroom of a stranger’s house cleaning her wound after being impaled by Sarah. It seems like the opening of a Stephen King novel.
You came back! Yay!
In “Variation Under Nature,” Sarah finally learned why there are four women who look just like her. She is one of quadruplets! 28 years ago, Sarah Manning’s mom was Nadya Suleman of the 1980s. She offered herself to science and had quadruplets. Then, to protect the kids from ever being discovered by the Sith, she hid them. One girl was given to relatives in the desert, the second went to an influential senator, the third was given to an orphanage and the fourth was raised by scientists . Now, they have found each other and will work together to bring balance to the Force!
Actually, they are clones.
Not too long ago, I asked the internet if I should write Orphan Black photo recaps, because that’s what I always do when I have to make important life altering decisions. I ask the internet. And the response was yes. I can’t promise you these will be as funny as Louise’s Fringe recaps, but I will do my best. Here we go!
“Instinct” picked up exactly where the first episode left off. Sarah was looking at a dead body that looked just like her, and reacting VERY WELL. If I was in her boots and stylish leather jacket, I would’ve been freaking out and calling Tom Cruise to protect me from the pod people invading Earth. Sarah went a slightly different route and buried Katja Obinger, following the advice of a stranger calling the pink phone. The whole situation is like a frightening TomTom commercial. Drive 5 miles to escape the shooter. Turn right. Drive 10 miles until the paved road ends. Turn left into woods. Drive 100 feet. You have reached your destination to bury Katja.
Special thank you to kissthemgoodbye.net for the screencaps.