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by Lucy
Aug 19, 2016 1:54PM EDT
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(Full season review) Orphan Black continues to be one of the most inventive, well written and brilliantly acted tv shows currently on air, season 3 built on the fantastic season 2 and developed more substantial plotlines and did some great world building for all the characters to develop through. This series of the show features both female clones (the Leda part) and male clones (the Castor part of the project and super military) as well as Delphine’s rise to Dyad Big Boss™ and the return of the neolutionists. Lots of plot lines and new characters to introduce, and on the whole it was handled very well :) New clones, with distinct mannerisms and personalities as well as Shay, Coady, Mrs S’s mother, Ferdinand and the return of Susan Duncan :O Lots of new plot lines to cover this series, mainly the introduction of the Castor clones. I’m really glad the series decided to focus on Sarah’s mission to keep her sisters safe and have the Castor clones as a sideline for the majority of the season. The strained relationship between Helen/Sarah was particularly well done and the episodes set in the military camp were incredibly tense and brilliantly acted. I loved the fact that the female clones have a biological defect and the male clones have a neurological one, very interesting science there! In fact, the science this series has really stepped up a notch with genomes, protein synthesizing sequences, chimeras and pathogens all being casually dropped into conversation. Team science of Cosima and Scott (endless grateful he is now in Clone Club and a main cast member) had a lot of science to process on their own this series and it was great to see them working as a team and not keeping secrets from each other. Shout out to Scott for also being developed as a character this season, in particular his relationships with Cosima and Rachel. He’s proved to be quite the adorkable smart cookie and having a scientist on the show without a significant clone club connection certainly helps plot wise. Rachel recovering from her injury took up a large portion of her storyline this season, but her devious mind was still working. Playing a farmville style board game to ‘help’ her recovery with Scott, whilst secretly feeding each other info were fab scenes to watch. Her eventual body double switch out was so typical of her character, but now being placed in the care of the Neolutionists for the next season, I am actually CONCERED FOR HER WELFARE. Great to see some more emotional depth in Rachel this season too, she’s definitely won me over as a character. The return of Paul as a major character also revealed that he is technically a triple agent?? And briefly explored a few more connections to other organisations who are interested in clones (please let the brief CIA references become reality next season!) Buuut his sacrifice felt a little too cliche, however handy it was for the plot. Military doctor Coady was a villainous character who seemed prepared to stop at nothing to protect “her boys” but how she got involved with the Castor project and why she was so protective over them was a bit of a plot hole - more info on her back story next season please! Felix and Sarah being the dream team once more was a great return to form! Their investigating double act and overall sibling-ness is a joy to watch and seeing how far Felix will go to save his sister/s is heart-wrenching at times. Mrs S got a fair bit of screen time this season, discovering more about her past, including a trip to London was very insightful (and shock episode ending, omg). I did not see it coming how much she fitted into the clone club storyline. Lots of new characters added to an already large cast did mean some characters didn’t get so much screen time this season as previously. Cal and Kira relocated to Iceland for the series and Alison and Donnie’s screen time was limited to their own storyline, without much interaction with the other clones. However their drug dealer storyline was pretty fab (I will never look at soap in the same way again) and how they supported Helena (an so some extent Gracie) was lovely to see. Cosima and Dephine’s break up and relationship angst was fuelled further by Cosima’s new love interest, Shay - who DEFINITELY has a back story that will hopefully be revealed in series 4, otherwise her character has little to do other than causing a point for arguments this season. However, the shocking assassination of Delphine and the revelation of neolutionists working in Dyad will definitely warrant a more military background/investigation. And with the death of Paul, Shay might become the Clone Club’s military contact perhaps?? Some things I wasn’t so keen on this season was the revelation that Art was in fact in love with Beth and this was his motivation to help the clone club. It felt a bit shoehorned in and I rather he was helping the clone club in meory of his partner or because he’s curious to find out move/because of his job rather than a weak love triangle :S Also HELENA’S BABY yes was mentioned this series but that baby has been under such an ordeal, please can someone tell me it’s okay and Helena will be having medical tests done at some point?? Overall, season 3 of Orphan Black still managed to do what it does best; showcase Tatiana Maslany’s incredible acting talent with a script that leaves you with a cliffhanger EVERY EPISODE. Definitely top of the binge watch tv list, it hooks you in from start to finish. Although the finale this season wasn’t as strong as season 2, I’m very keen to see where both sets of clone stories, the expanding story lines of the clone club and the scientific discoveries go to in season 4 (Hopefully the science won’t get much crazier)
(Full season review) Orphan Black continues to be one of the most inventive, well written and brilliantly acted tv shows currently on air, season 3 built on the fantastic season 2 and developed more substantial plotlines and did some great world building for all the characters to develop through. This series of the show features both female clones (the Leda part) and male clones (the Castor part of the project and super military) as well as Delphine’s rise to Dyad Big Boss™ and the return of the neolutionists. Lots of plot lines and new characters to introduce, and on the whole it was handled very well :) New clones, with distinct mannerisms and personalities as well as Shay, Coady, Mrs S’s mother, Ferdinand and the return of Susan Duncan :O Lots of new plot lines to cover this series, mainly the introduction of the Castor clones. I’m really glad the series decided to focus on Sarah’s mission to keep her sisters safe and have the Castor clones as a sideline for the majority of the season. The strained relationship between Helen/Sarah was particularly well done and the episodes set in the military camp were incredibly tense and brilliantly acted. I loved the fact that the female clones have a biological defect and the male clones have a neurological one, very interesting science there! In fact, the science this series has really stepped up a notch with genomes, protein synthesizing sequences, chimeras and pathogens all being casually dropped into conversation. Team science of Cosima and Scott (endless grateful he is now in Clone Club and a main cast member) had a lot of science to process on their own this series and it was great to see them working as a team and not keeping secrets from each other. Shout out to Scott for also being developed as a character this season, in particular his relationships with Cosima and Rachel. He’s proved to be quite the adorkable smart cookie and having a scientist on the show without a significant clone club connection certainly helps plot wise. Rachel recovering from her injury took up a large portion of her storyline this season, but her devious mind was still working. Playing a farmville style board game to ‘help’ her recovery with Scott, whilst secretly feeding each other info were fab scenes to watch. Her eventual body double switch out was so typical of her character, but now being placed in the care of the Neolutionists for the next season, I am actually CONCERED FOR HER WELFARE. Great to see some more emotional depth in Rachel this season too, she’s definitely won me over as a character. The return of Paul as a major character also revealed that he is technically a triple agent?? And briefly explored a few more connections to other organisations who are interested in clones (please let the brief CIA references become reality next season!) Buuut his sacrifice felt a little too cliche, however handy it was for the plot. Military doctor Coady was a villainous character who seemed prepared to stop at nothing to protect “her boys” but how she got involved with the Castor project and why she was so protective over them was a bit of a plot hole - more info on her back story next season please! Felix and Sarah being the dream team once more was a great return to form! Their investigating double act and overall sibling-ness is a joy to watch and seeing how far Felix will go to save his sister/s is heart-wrenching at times. Mrs S got a fair bit of screen time this season, discovering more about her past, including a trip to London was very insightful (and shock episode ending, omg). I did not see it coming how much she fitted into the clone club storyline. Lots of new characters added to an already large cast did mean some characters didn’t get so much screen time this season as previously. Cal and Kira relocated to Iceland for the series and Alison and Donnie’s screen time was limited to their own storyline, without much interaction with the other clones. However their drug dealer storyline was pretty fab (I will never look at soap in the same way again) and how they supported Helena (an so some extent Gracie) was lovely to see. Cosima and Dephine’s break up and relationship angst was fuelled further by Cosima’s new love interest, Shay - who DEFINITELY has a back story that will hopefully be revealed in series 4, otherwise her character has little to do other than causing a point for arguments this season. However, the shocking assassination of Delphine and the revelation of neolutionists working in Dyad will definitely warrant a more military background/investigation. And with the death of Paul, Shay might become the Clone Club’s military contact perhaps?? Some things I wasn’t so keen on this season was the revelation that Art was in fact in love with Beth and this was his motivation to help the clone club. It felt a bit shoehorned in and I rather he was helping the clone club in meory of his partner or because he’s curious to find out move/because of his job rather than a weak love triangle :S Also HELENA’S BABY yes was mentioned this series but that baby has been under such an ordeal, please can someone tell me it’s okay and Helena will be having medical tests done at some point?? Overall, season 3 of Orphan Black still managed to do what it does best; showcase Tatiana Maslany’s incredible acting talent with a script that leaves you with a cliffhanger EVERY EPISODE. Definitely top of the binge watch tv list, it hooks you in from start to finish. Although the finale this season wasn’t as strong as season 2, I’m very keen to see where both sets of clone stories, the expanding story lines of the clone club and the scientific discoveries go to in season 4 (Hopefully the science won’t get much crazier)
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