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Audrey Benedetto

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Have the weekend free? Going out is overrated! Binge-­watch one of these shows instead:   If you want to laugh:   Shameless See all reviews for Shameless It only takes one episode to get hooked on Shameless . A bold claim, I know, but give it a shot - it’s like a trainwreck that you can’t look away from, but is also instantly charming. The cast is excellent, led brilliantly by William H. Macy as Frank, the absent, alcoholic father and Emmy Rossum as Fiona, his eldest daughter who is stuck raising her five younger siblings. The lengths the Gallagher family will go to survive in the South Side of Chicago are absurd and well, shameless. Expect lying, thieving, scheming, and more than one fist fight. The first seven seasons are available on Netflix.   If you want to scream:   The OA See all reviews for The OA If your worst fear is being kidnapped and held in an underground lab, maybe skip this one. Otherwise feel free to devour the surreal world Brit Marling has created. True to her previous works (Another Earth and Sound of My Voice are my personal favs) the atmosphere is eerie, other-worldly, and visually stunning. Marling stars as Prairie, a young blind violinist who reappears seven years after she went missing with her sight restored and a strange story to tell. As her tale unfolds, the lines between life and death are blurred, and you’ll find yourself questioning what is fact and what is fiction - or if that even matters. Season 1 is available on Netflix.   If you want to cry:   The Fosters See all reviews for The Fosters I’m a sucker for family dramas, but The Fosters is unique in that it doesn’t shy away from controversial topics - it showcases them. The show follows a lesbian couple and their five kids - one biological, two adopted, and two fostered - as they navigate issues ranging from puberty and dating to marital issues and losing a parent, transgender and immigrant rights to gun control and the state of the foster care system. This show has something for everyone, but at its core it is about family values and creating a home that is a safe-haven in a turbulent world. Seasons 1-5a are available on Netflix.   If you want to think:   Dear White People See all reviews for Dear White People Based on the movie of the same name, Dear White People takes a deeper dive into the stories of its cast - a group of students of color who attend a largely white liberal arts college. A blackface frat party sets the wheels in motion for social unrest, urging the students make their voices heard on campus while simultaneously attempting to balance school, love, and family. The writing is smart, witty, and extremely relevant to current events, and the performances are strong - each new story brings a different perspective to the same events. Season 1 is available on Netflix.   div.post p { text-­align: justify; }
Have the weekend free? Going out is overrated! Binge-­watch one of these shows instead:   If you want to laugh:   iZombie See all reviews for iZombie Don’t be fooled by the silly name! Veronica Mars ’s Rob Thomas has created a smart, funny show that is surprisingly original considering it’s a mix of the most trite TV genres: zombie procedural dramedy. Liz Moore (Rose McIver) is a med-student-turned-Zombie after an unfortunate boat party. She finds work as an assistant medical examiner, conveniently providing her with the brains she needs to pass for Living. She explains away her brain-induced visions by claiming she’s a psychic and eventually teams up with a homicide detective to help solve murders in Seattle, which becomes increasingly zombie-infested as the series progresses.   If you want to cry:   Rookie Blue See all reviews for Rookie Blue This show is very dear to my heart. Andy (Missy Peregrym), Traci, Chris, Dov, and Gail start as rookie cops in Toronto - and the chemistry among the cast right off the bat is what had me hooked. Their relationships grow and change throughout six seasons, but in some ways the group realizes they’ll always be rookies. The emotional highs and lows make these characters so relatable, but the occasional car chase, bomb diffusion, or drug raid provides enough action to keep you engaged. I miss these Rookies!   If you want to scream:   The Magicians See all reviews for  The Magicians Based on the series by Lev Grossman, The Magicians is a darker, more mature Harry Potter . Like, imagine if those kids grew up and went to grad school in upstate New York. You’d land somewhere in the realm of Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy. Quentin Coldwater (Jason Ralph) finds himself in the midst of magicians, something he’d always dreamed of given his lifelong obsession with Fillory, a Narnia -like fantasy land. Despite the skepticism of his peers, Quentin maintains that if magic is real, Fillory must be real too. It turns our he’s right, but Quentin discovers that the wonders of Fillory come with terrors more dangerous than he could have imagined.   If you want to think:   Orange Is the New Black See all reviews for  Orange Is the New Black I think most everyone who’s seen Orange Is the New Black agrees it’s a success, but the most recent season stepped it up in a way that was smart, culturally relevant, and extremely timely. Much of the season deals with the loss of a beloved character (no spoilers), using it as a jumping off point to tackle issues of race, police brutality, and capitalism, just to name a few. The standoff at the end of Season 4 escalates into a riot that lasts for the entire season, giving this "bottle season" more focus and intention than we’ve previously seen from OINTB . The performances are strong as always, particularly from Danielle Brooks as Taystee. Trust me, just watch it!   div.post p { text-­align: justify; }
The mystery of who shot Delphine has finally been solved! It was Duko! And it only took an entire season for us to find out. I guess they had to build up Duko's backstory this season before he could be revealed as the shooter. That's one thing I didn't particularly enjoy about this season — that characters were introduced in the flashback pilot that we were supposed to believe were "there all along." Bringing Beth back was a smart way to incorporate the new storylines, but as much as they tried to weave them in, characters like Evie Cho, Duko, and MK still felt a little clunky to me. I understand that for the sake of the plot, it needed to seem like they'd existed in the Orphan Black universe from the beginning, but if you're going to introduce a new character, I'd rather it be done upfront, like with Adele. Similarly, we learned that the man who picked Delphine up was none other than Evie Cho's personal physician, Dr. Ian Van Lier, who brought her to the island to be treated by Swan Man. Van Lier has popped up in the last few episodes, but I don't think he's been named until now. He's another that we're supposed to accept has been around at least since the end of last season, when he rescued Delphine. With Evie's downfall, Van Lier is taking over as interim CEO of Brightborn. Krystal sees the news story while out to brunch with a friend and recognizes Van Lier as the man who rescued Delphine, so she calls Felix and teases that she has intel, but she'll only share it if he brings her into the loop about what's really going on. Krystal swaggers into Rabbit Hole Comics, and after she and Felix pantomime a spy meeting his informant for a bit, he takes her down to the basement lab. Felix and Art introduce Krystal to Sarah, bracing for the inevitable freakout when Sarah bluntly informs her, "I'm your clone." But it never comes. Krystal haughtily insists she and Sarah look nothing alike. She sits them down and explains to them that "this is about human experiments and two factions fighting to control them." They all look around kind of stunned because, as Art stammers, that's exactly right. Krystal knows nothing about the bots vs. clones showdown that's dividing Neolution right now, and is under the delusion that Estee Lauder is in competition with Neolution — a Swedish cosmetics company, apparently. I'm tired of all the jokes made at Krystal's expense. She figured out the jist of what's going on, she's just off on some of the details. It's a lot farther than Sarah would've been able to get on her own. Don't hate on Krystal! Meanwhile on the island, Cosima and Susan finally succeeded in developing a cure! When Cosima calls Sarah and S to share the good news, she gets an "Access Denied" message on her computer and then their Skype call freezes. Sarah learns from Rachel that they can't get in touch with Susan either, but she brushes it off as bad service issues on the island. The timing seems suspicious — how convenient that the island went completely dark as soon as Cosima told them about the cure. Rachel has more pressing matter to deal with: She informs Sarah that Van Lier is doing damage control at Brightborn. She hints that Susan may not be the automatic choice for Evie's replacement, but after last episode's bait and switch, Rachel's allegiance is unclear for the moment. One thing is crystal clear, though: Evie's out. At a Neolution board meeting, Evie expresses her plans to recover from the Brightborn "setback," but the board doesn't want to take any chances on her. They plan to oust her in order to save the company, but Evie throws a tantrum and refuses to sign her severance papers. Van Lier calmly triggers the bot he had implanted in her cheek to cure Evie of a case of shingles. As she's dying he murmurs, "Technology is subject to natural selection too, it changes and adapts." All the board members shuffle out, business as usual. Cosima overhears Susan on the phone with Rachel and Ira, so obviously she is able to override the shutdown somehow. Is Susan the one who took the island offline? She tells them about the cure, although it's not the cure she's truly excited about, but the ability to resume human cloning. Susan is confident that the board will recommend her as the new head of Neolution, and Rachel asks, to whom will they make their recommendation? In other words, who is pulling the strings? Van Lier? Delphine? Swan Man? Cosima enters the room and accuses Susan of using her and of not caring about the cure. Susan mumbles something about the cost of progress and locks Cosima in the same room in which she held Rachel. Cosima searches the room and finds a painting Charlotte did detailing a map of the island. The drawing includes a village on the north side of the island, presumably the one Rachel saw in her visions and where Swan Man took Delphine. It also shows a boat tied at a dock much closer to the house. That's where they head when Charlotte comes to collect Cosima from her prison. Dr. Van Lier steps out onto the street to a swarm of reporters. One voices carries shrilly above the rest, however; it's Krystal waving her phone lazily and shouting out questions like, "Are you a Neolutionist? What does Neolution have to say about deformed babies? Do you have a comment on the attempted murder of Dr. Delphine Cormier?" That gets Van Lier's attention and he pulls Krystal aside before the press can pick up her line of questioning. She tells him to meet her around the corner and when he does, Van Lier is greeted by Mrs. S holding a gun to his back. She ushers him into a truck and Krystal is actually Sarah!! Well played Orphan Black ; even I was fooled. The real Krystal is back at Rabbit Hole impatiently playing board games with Hell Wizard and Scott. Van Lier tells Sarah that he passed Delphine along to get the medical attention she needed, i.e. from Swan Man. Sarah questions why, when Evie had sent Duko to kill Delphine. Van Lier says his orders don't come from Evie, but that begs the question, from whom does he get his orders? It's becoming clearer that there is a puppet master at work here, but who is it? Van Lier assures Sarah that Susan isn't the one they should be worried about. Rachel has reconvened the board without Susan's knowledge. To the board, Rachel offers congratulations, human cloning is back on the table. The board asks what Rachel can offer that Susan and Evie couldn't. She details her plan to combine Susan's baseline with Evie's implanted tech. She delivers a chilling speech about taking away clones' right to citizenship, to personhood. She says, "If we want to know if our lab rats' tails will grow back, we damn well will cut them off and see!" Rachel's passion is terrifying — it's almost as if she's forgotten she's a clone herself. Is that due to denial, self-hatred, or because she honestly believes she's the exception to the rule? Rachel travels back to the island to retrieve the cell line so she can cut Susan out for good. After her conversation with Van Lier, Sarah realizes Rachel's intentions and races to the island to stop her. When Rachel arrives at the house, she meets Swan Man. He advises her, "Susan is in the kitchen, do not waver." Was he really there or was she just seeing things? When she asks Susan who he was, Susan merely replies "a messenger." She tells Rachel she has no idea what she's done. Power doesn't not equal free will, she warns, and her actions have betrayed Susan, her sisters, and Rachel herself. Rachel snidely comments that Susan should be happy, she did raise her to be her heir after all, and she's following in Susan's footsteps. Susan admits that raising Rachel self-aware was not her idea. Again, whose idea was it? Who is pulling the strings?? Susan delivers the final blow: "I regret making you." Rachel sees the glitching image of a severed swan head again, and it is all too clear what she has to do. She takes a kitchen knife from the block and plunges it into Susan's abdomen. Of course, Cosima and Charlotte are outside the kitchen at that exact moment, attempting to make their escape. When they witness Rachel stab Susan, they flee the house. Sarah lands on the island while Cosima and Charlotte search for the boat. Cosima's condition is worsening, she coughs up blood into the snow and it's too cold for them to get very far. Soon they get lost and Cosima stops to rest against a tree. Sarah enters the house, following a blood trail down to the lab where Susan attempts to patch herself up. Rachel took the cell line, but she's still in the house! She beats Sarah with her cane, disarming Sarah of her gun. They struggle and Rachel ends up stabbing Sarah in the leg with the same knife she used to stab Susan. Susan picks up Sarah's gun and aims it at Rachel from the floor. Sarah uses the distraction to run out of the house. She ends up broken and bloody on the beach, but no one is coming for her. Cosima and Charlotte are rescued by Swan Man. He takes them to the village where Cosima and Delphine are finally reunited! Delphine takes her vitals and climbs in bed with Cosima to warm her up. Cosima tells her she finished their work — somehow she got the cell lines before Rachel did! Delphine warns her that it's not safe for Cosima here. She can administer the cure, but Cosima can't tell anyone about it. Swan Man's motives are so fuzzy — how can he be helping Rachel, Delphine, and Cosima all at once? What does he want? Susan wakes up groggily in Rachel's wheelchair. I was afraid we were about to get into some Hannibal type stuff here, but Rachel merely explains to Susan that she was led by the Messenger. She asks who he is, and Susan refers to him as the "man behind the curtain." He's the one who built Rachel's eye, which is how he was sending her messages, he is… P.T. Westmoreland. WHAT?! HOW?? That is crazy, even by Neolution standards. I can't wait to hear the explanation for that one, in the next and final season. Rachel returns to the kitchen, washes and replaces the knife, and pours herself a glass of wine. She calls Van Lier, tells him the science is secure (but how, if Cosima got at least one of the cell lines?), and he responds, "Mr. Westmoreland will see you now." Then the doorbell rings. Wow, what a finale! I wonder if Rachel will answer the door and it won't be Swan Man. I am very confused by him and his motivations, but I guess we'll just have to wait and see! Overall this season was good, but not as strong as last season. I think Season 3 was so tight because the dichotomy of Castor and Leda was built into the plot, which was always so interesting to watch. Plus you had Ari Millen playing so many complex roles, while in this season his presence was greatly diminished with Ira. Last season was also very Helena-heavy, and she is suuuper watchable to me, so I think the season suffered from her absence as well. There was so much going on this season that some storylines felt unresolved, especially Kira being psychic and Adele and Felix's relationship. Hopefully the last season will tie up all the loose ends and end the series on a high note!
I mentioned last week that I am a fan of Rachel and Ira's growing relationship, but now that they're off the island they are really operating as a team — they're like alternate universe Sarah and Felix. Rachel is still experiencing visions of Swan Man, and it's clear she has kept Ira in the know about them. She sees him walk through the woods and he beckons her to follow him. When Ira rouses her, Rachel says she thinks the man was somewhere on the island — are her visions really happening? Later on, Rachel glimpses Swan Man's camp and realizes he is one of many people who live on the island. They're armed with guns and they chase the swan around the camp, eventually beheading it. Is there really a swan somewhere on the island, or is it just symbolic of the death of Leda and its ostracized leader? Speaking of sister-brother teams, Felix and Sarah meet with Rachel to discuss their reluctant alliance and their plan to reinstate Susan as the head of Neolution. Felix makes it clear he feels they got the bum end of the deal when they traded Cosima for Rachel. She chooses to ignore him and gets straight to business: Evie is very publicly painting herself as a small-town hero by building a new Brightborn research facility in her hometown of Tisdale. The town saw financial ruin when the local factory shut down, but Evie Cho plans to swoop in and salvage it by creating new jobs. Meanwhile, her true intentions are to make her tech available to the public within three years. Once she achieves this, Evie can change the DNA of her clients' children without their consent. Why? We still don't know. Maybe Evie just has a God complex, but I suspect there's a more sinister reason. After all, Evie developed her tech using illegal human trials — which is exactly how the Clone Club can take Evie down. Rachel plans to expose Evie by finding Tabitha and Kendra, two carriers who recently fled the Brightborn lab. Before they escaped, they armed themselves with a video of a Brightborn doctor euthanizing a newborn. They blackmailed Evie with the video to dissuade her from following them, but Evie is not one to back down from a fight. So, in addition to Sarah pursuing them on Rachel's behalf, Evie sends the EMS couple, Roxie and Frank, to track down Tabitha and Kendra. Who will find them first? Sarah enlists Art's help and he comes through with a matching description of the escaped women, one of whom has already had her baby. They arrive at the women's shelter where the escaped women were last seen, but it's already been roped off as a crime scene. Art enters alone and learns from Detective Collier that Tabitha committed suicide, killing herself and her unborn baby. Given that we know Collier is in Evie's pocket, you can bet Tabitha's "suicide" was staged. Sure enough, Art discovers defensive wounds on Tabitha's hands, but when he probes Collier about it, Collier casually asks Art if he's seen Duko. It's like a game of chicken and neither of them wants to back down. Sarah catches up with Trina as she leaves the shelter — posing as Beth, of course. Tabitha texted Trina to meet her moments before her death, so Trina isn't buying the suicide story the cops fed her. She tips Sarah off that Kendra and her newborn baby might have gone to a relative's house in Tisdale, which coincidentally is her hometown. Collier notifies Evie that Sarah is tracking Kendra, while she and Art head to Tisdale. While Sarah and Art knock on doors, Rachel calls with information on Kendra's older son. Sarah shuts her down and denies her help, but the phone call is enough for Ira to trace their location and he follows them to Tisdale. Sarah and Art finally find the right house, but when no one answers Sarah picks the lock. They follow the sounds of a baby crying, but before they get near the child, Kendra pulls a gun on them. Although the child isn't biologically hers, Kendra is fiercely protective of him, and rightly so. She and Tabitha fled Brightborn because they heard rumors some of the babies were born with deformities. Once they manage to talk her down, Kendra shows Sarah and Art the video she used to blackmail Evie, and the baby in the video appears to have the same facial deformity as the one Cosima helped deliver, or else it's the same baby. Kendra's son Jacob was born blind, but otherwise perfectly healthy, but Kendra knows he would've been killed if she hadn't run. Sarah urges Kendra to come forward with the video, but she's afraid she'll be killed just like Tabitha was. Rachel calls again to suggest using her son's location to force Kendra to step forward, but Sarah is disgusted by Rachel's methods and instead wants to take Kendra to the safe house. Just then, Evie's cronies storm the house, and while Sarah and Art are busy with them, Rachel calls the house, blackmails Kendra, and forces her outside to where Ira is waiting in the car. While Art cuffs EMS lady Roxie, Sarah questions where her usual partner in crime is — not realizing until it's too late that Kendra left with Ira. EMS guy Frank had his own mission from Evie. While Roxie was tasked with tracking down Kendra, Frank parked his ambulance outside the Hendrix house! He binds and gags Donnie and is about to implant Alison with a bot when out of literally nowhere, Helena bursts in and shoots Frank in the neck with a bow and arrow. She called Sarah earlier in the episode to check in, but Helena hasn't been seen or heard from since she left in Episode 4 — until now! Leave it to Helena to make an entrance like that. Sarah and Art meet Ira in his hotel room and he informs them of Rachel's plans to meet with Evie. He insists that Kendra and Jacob are safe — yeah, I'll believe it when I see it, Ira. Sarah suspects Rachel is playing them and that she couldn't care less about restoring Susan to power — all she is after is power. I fully agree with her, and it certainly seems to be playing out that way. Evie is busy prepping for her press conference to announce her new technology, when Rachel arrives and demands an audience with her. Evie begrudgingly takes the meeting, but she makes it clear Project Leda and Susan Duncan are off the table. Rachel agrees, she only wants a seat at the table, and tells Evie she has Kendra and her baby at her hotel room. But that's not right — Sarah, Art, and Ira are in her hotel room, so what's Rachel playing at? Turns out Rachel was playing the long game the entire episode! She's recording her conversation with Evie while Ira monitors the playback and is ready to send it to the press as soon as they get something damning out of Evie. It doesn't take Evie long to profess her evil plan in true villain fashion, when she says that "euthanizing severely deformed newborns was the most humane way forward." It isn't until Evie delivers her speech that Ira deals the fatal blow and sends Rachel's recording as well as Kendra's video to the press. Rachel looks on from the back of the room as Evie is swarmed by reporters. If Evie weren't so despicable I would have almost felt bad for her. Rachel and Ira are only growing closer now that their mother has turned her back on them and due to their less-than-stellar relationship with the rest of Clone Club. Similarly, Sarah and Felix are on the mend and back in action. We even got to see Sarah and Art team up and return to crime-solving mode! But rather heartbreakingly, Felix and Adele continue to grow apart with each episode. Since she remains in the dark about the existence of clones, each shady excuse or hasty explanation from Felix seems like a betrayal to Adele. She's not an idiot — after meeting Alison last week, and Helena this week, Adele knows Felix isn't being honest with her. They built up such a meaningful relationship in such a short amount of time, but it can't survive unless Felix comes clean about what's really going on. Unfortunately, that's not his decision to make. After her triumph over Evie, Rachel realizes her visions aren't a glitch. They're a message from someone trying to show her the island and the people who live there. And who is the message from? Delphine!! I'm so intrigued by Rachel's visions, probably more than I am about Delphine's return. Perhaps this is setting up for the next season? MVC of the Week: Rachel, for so convincingly playing the villain until the last possible second when she actually came through and took down Evie Cho. She had everyone fooled, but will her actions continue to be so noble going forward?
Family is obviously a big theme in Orphan Black , but one familial relationship I didn't expect to see grow was between Rachel and Ira. However there is a budding camaraderie amongst them that can't be ignored (and I am loving every second of it). Rachel plays the family card to convince Ira to join her bid to revitalize Leda and resume developing a cure. She stands independently and says clearly, "You're my brother and I'm beginning to think that means something." Apparently Ira does too, because he supports Rachel when she goes up against Susan. Rachel demands a new plan of action, sounding much more like her old self, but her call for action is interrupted when MK hacks Susan's computer system and patches Sarah through. She's seen Susan's Skype call with Evie, courtesy of MK, so she knows Susan was ousted from Neolution and that Evie is running the show now. Susan admits that her attempts at developing a cure are hopeless without the original. Sarah gives her an alternative to the original: Cosima. Cosima takes over the conversation with Susan and issues her an ultimatum: she'll share her research with Susan, but only if Rachel has nothing to do with it. Ira's out too, for good measure. I think this will only bring Rachel and Ira closer together and further from Susan. Susan had better watch her back — her rift with Rachel, and now with Ira, is not to be underestimated. Once Rachel and Ira leave, Susan, Cosima, and Scott begin brainstorming based on their combined knowledge of the science behind Leda. Cosima has the brilliant idea to create their own embryo. They had some success using Kira's stem cells, but Cal's contribution to her DNA took it too far away from the Leda DNA to be very effective. Why not bring it back to the source? They can combine fertilizable Leda eggs from Sarah with Castor sperm from Ira, resulting in both sides of Kendall's DNA together in one embryo from which they can harvest stem cells. Ignoring the ethical complexities of this, Cosima's plan is wonderfully elegant — but will it work? After Duko orchestrated his arrest in the middle of Gemma's birthday party last episode, Donnie finds himself in prison. As much as I love Donnie, I'd say he's the least likely of this bunch to fare well in prison. Seriously, think of anyone else — Alison, Felix, Cosima — even Scott would probably do better. To make matters worse, he's accompanied by a Neolution thug Evie Cho planted to "keep an eye on" him — nice Neolution pun there. Poor Donnie is in way over his head and his chances of making it out unscathed look pretty slim. Felix calls in Adele to act as Donnie's lawyer, but Alison is skeptical of her abilities — especially when she shows up late and drunk to their meeting with Donnie. However, with their assets frozen Alison doesn't have much of a choice and Adele's price is right. Adele nearly loses it when she first sees Alison, but Felix hastily explains that Alison is Sarah's twin sister. She makes a valiant effort, but it's impossible for Adele to really understand what's going on when she's still in the dark about the existence of clones or that Neolution is pulling the strings on Donnie's case. Meanwhile, S is on a mission of revenge. Kira catches her packing up her rifle to go "run an errand." She reports what she sees to Sarah, but S is already tailing Duko by the time Sarah pulls herself away from the Neolution drama and finally listens to Kira. She puts the ever-trusty Detective Bell on the case, but Art learns from IT Raj (!!) that Duko has turned off his GPS and is AWOL. Duko drives to a remote location and S has the shot all lined up, when who should appear but Alison! Is she a double agent? No, but she is desperate enough to meet with Duko if it means getting Donnie out of jail. She wants to know why Neolution has it in for Donnie, and Duko admits it has nothing to do with her or Donnie, they simply were caught in the crossfire between Sarah and Neolution. He proposes a deal: Donnie will be released safely if Alison reveals Sarah's location. Will Alison give up Sarah to ensure Donnie's safety? With her revenge plot foiled, S fills Sarah and Felix in on what Alison's meeting with Duko could mean. The three debate how far Alison is willing to go, whether she'd play double agent, and which will win out — her love for Donnie or her loyalty to Sarah. As if on cue, Alison calls Felix. She asks where Sarah is — not a good sign — but when Felix plays dumb, she backs down and asks him to come by the church to help her with her production of Jesus Christ Superstar . We've seen the stress of musical theater tip Alison over the edge before, and it looks like she's falling into old habits; Alison rifles through her makeup box during rehearsal and unearths an airplane bottle of vodka. This was the point in the episode that had me shouting "No, don't do it!" at the screen, but true to fashion, Felix arrives just in time to prevent Alison from falling off the wagon. They dance around the subject of Sarah for a while, neither willing to admit they know more than they're letting on, but in the end Felix makes sure Alison knows her sisters have her back during this difficult time — including Sarah. Duko arrives and Alison ducks out of rehearsal to talk to him. She holds her head high and claims she doesn't know Sarah's whereabouts. Duko's ready though, and hands her his phone. Donnie's on the other end, with Neo thug and his cronies holding him at shiv-point in his cell. Alison appears to cave and tells Duko that Sarah will be at Rabbit Hole Comics that night, but I think she's got a plan up her sleeve. Sure enough, when Duko follows Sarah into the store, he is met by Mrs. S, Art, and Sarah. They force him to call off his thugs — a call that comes just in time for poor Donnie. Sarah texts Felix, who gives the signal to Alison that Donnie is OK. Relief and joy radiate from her face as Alison belts out the last few notes of her song. S's chance for revenge is finally in her grasp. While she has him tied up, she may as well get some information out of him. Duko admits that Evie wants Sarah out of the way because she considers her a threat. She finally has approval for her bots and is poised to implant them in millions of people under the guise of gene therapy. Unfortunately Duko doesn't know the real purpose of the bots, so Evie's true purpose remains unknown. Duko thinks he's off the hook, but S shoots him point blank — a moment that I thought was unique in the show's history. Our characters are usually on the defensive; any lives they've take have been in self defense or in reaction to the impossible circumstances they've been forced into. S didn't have to shoot Duko. She got valuable intel from him and got to torture him in the process. But she killed him and it was presented pretty unemotionally. Sarah or Art could've stepped back into the room and said, "You don't have to do this!" But they didn't. I like the moral ambiguity of it all. It feels more realistic than, say, MK backing down at the last minute after dowsing Ferdinand with gasoline earlier this season. There have been a lot of "almost kills" in Orphan Black history, but this is one of the few times that someone actually pulled the trigger. Since Cosima denied her access to her research with Susan, Rachel has a new purpose in mind. She wants to join Sarah to stop Evie Cho and restore Susan as the head of Neolution. Funny how after being cast aside by her creator Rachel's next move is to attempt to raise her back to power. I think she has other motives that have yet to become clear. It seems like Rachel and Cosima will be switching places for now, with Cosima flying to the island with Sarah's eggs in tow, while a mostly recovered Rachel will head into the city and back into the fray. Whatever Rachel's planning, she'd better do it quick. Her visions of Glitchy the Swan are worsening, manifesting in a mysterious bespectacled old man and a gruesome severed swan head. MVC of the Week: It was a bit of a team effort this week, so I'm going to recognize Rachel for walking on her own for the first time, Donnie for literally taking one for the team, Alison for remaining sober in a time of crisis, S for finally offing Duko, and Cosima for coming up with such an elegant solution for the Leda cure.
Rachel has gained quite a bit of mobility since we last saw her — she's strolling around with the assistance of walking canes when her door clicks unlocked. She struggles up a staircase and discovers a beautiful and modern home. She glances around the seemingly abandoned room, noticing the scenic ocean views and a book displaying an illustration of Leda and the swan. All of a sudden Susan Duncan pops up from the couch, declaring cryptically, "It's all over." The vagueness continues when Susan welcomes Rachel to the Island of Dr. Moreau. She informs Rachel that the original is dead, and the cure along with it. Rachel refuses to accept it — Leda is the cornerstone of Neolution and with her health improving she is nowhere near ready to give up on a cure. Susan halfheartedly gives Rachel a history lesson, explaining that the book On the Science of Neolution was written by industrialist P.T. Westmoreland, who created a secret scientific society that eventually became Neolution. The Leda girls aren't faring much better than Susan: Sarah's falling back into old, self-destructive patterns, Mrs. S blames Sarah for her mother's death, Cosima blames herself for both Kendall and Delphine, and Alison can't get through writing a sympathy card for S before she breaks down crying and gets on her knees to pray. Donnie picks Alison up and tells her to take as much time as she needs to be with her sisters. He suggests canceling Gemma's birthday party, but Alison is determined to keep things as normal as possible for her kids. All that goes out the window, though, when Donnie is arrested in the middle of Gemma's slumber party. To add insult to injury, Duko makes an appearance simply to tease Alison about the loss of Kendall. Duko may not be pulling the strings, but he deserves everything that's coming to him. When Felix learns from Mrs. S and Kira that Sarah is gone, he immediately goes out to find her. He's seen how much progress Sarah's made since finding her sisters, becoming a better mother to Kira and a better daughter to Mrs. S, and he's not about to let her throw all that away. He knows that Sarah is the glue that binds everyone and that they're stronger together, so he promises Kira that he'll bring Sarah back. Meanwhile at Rabbit Hole comics, Hell Wizard assesses the damage done to their systems and tells Scott that nothing is recoverable. Cosima despairs that the loss of their data means they're back to square one, but Scott encourages her to think outside the box. Cosima produces the bot she swiped from Evie's office after she extracted it from Sarah. Cosima thinks that since the bot was programmed to activate the "disease switch" in Sarah, maybe by implanting it in herself, it could turn her switch off. Scott warns her it's too big a risk to take with so little information on how the bot works and Cosima seems to agree, until she locks herself in the basement to perform a solo implantation! Sarah is equally reckless, drinking her sorrows away at a bar, until a vision of Beth behind her stops her short. She shakes it off and orders another drink. Dizzy shows up at the bar, because apparently all grifter types congregate at the same hole-in-the-wall bar. Sarah makes friends with a nearby couple and the three of them share a dance before they retire to a more private room to do drugs, make out, and make other questionable decisions. Dizzy is not into it, so he stays at the bar, where he runs into Felix showing Sarah's picture around in the hopes of finding her. Dizzy feigns ignorance, but Felix asks him to let Sarah know he's looking for her. When Sarah emerges, her new friends pick a fight with Dizzy. She stands up for him and the two go to his apartment for more drinks, pills, and some hanky panky — you know, just what Sarah needs more of right now. Dizzy admits that he had an ulterior motive when he helped Sarah find MK. He wanted to learn more about what happened to his friend Ed (Kapra), who also had an implant and was killed for trying to remove it. Once Dizzy realizes Sarah's implant is gone, he demands to know how she got rid of it. Sarah isn't in the mood for talking, though, and when Dizzy denies her advances she gets upset and leaves. I doubt Dizzy is invested in all this implant stuff purely to get justice for Ed; I think he also has an implant. He seems way too curious to find out how Sarah removed hers, almost to the point of being frantic. Before she leaves, Sarah catches a glimpse of Beth again in the mirror. Kira's psychic powers are tingling; she tells Mrs. S that she doesn't think Sarah's coming back because she's "following Beth." Mrs. S knows enough to take Kira's warning seriously. She calls Felix, but as she's relaying Kira's message he gets a call from Scott. He explains to Felix that Cosima is about to do something drastic, so Felix talks her down with information he learned from Krystal. Krystal saw Delphine get shot, yes, but she also witnessed someone pick her up alive. We don't know who it was yet, but Delphine could still be alive! Cosima sobs in relief and ceases her shotgun surgery. With that crisis averted, Felix moves on to the next one. He finds Sarah alone on a bridge in the middle of the night. Not the best place to be when she's in such a fragile state. Beth appears to Sarah again — she seems to be haunting her in earnest now. When Sarah asks if Beth will follow her for the rest of her life, Beth replies ominously, "Tonight's our last night — I hope." As she leans over the railing, Sarah is torn between Beth whispering in one ear and Felix in the other. Beth tells her they're connected by more than biology, while Felix urges her to be stronger than Beth was. Once Sarah steps down off the ledge, she collapses into Felix's arms, while Beth advises, "Bring us together Sarah, we need you." Curious that she said "we" — does that mean Beth's ghost will be sticking around? Regardless, Sarah and Cosima are out of danger, but unfortunately I don't think they're out of the woods yet. Back at the safe house, Kira's Minecraft game is interrupted by a Skype call from MK. Much like with Beth, Kira seems to already know MK, although they've never met. Kira calls her "the girl in the shadows." Hmmmm, what could those two be up to? It seems like they could get into a lot of trouble together. Meanwhile at Chateau Moreau, Rachel takes a tumble down the last few steps and hallucinates a swan. It flickers in and out and appears pixelated. Is Rachel glitching? Can Leda clones glitch? Is it something to do with her robotic eye? The questions just keep on coming... MVC of the Week : Felix, for not giving up on Sarah even when Kira and S had turned their backs on her. Also for simultaneously coming to Sarah and Cosima's aid when they were both in crisis. Despite finding his biological sister this season, Felix is no less loyal to his extended family and ready to pitch in when necessary.
I loved this episode! It felt like the action and suspense of three episodes packed into just one short hour. I've found Season 4 to be a little lackluster, especially compared to last year's Castor/Leda showdown, but this episode did not disappoint! Hopefully it's onward and upward from here and the second half of this season finishes strong. We are finally privy to what Beth experienced while she masqueraded in that blond wig. The keycard she cut up after returning to her apartment turned out to be an ID to enter a fancy Brightborn event (we now know the logo on the card is the Brightborn logo)! How she acquired the ID remains to be seen, but she's in regardless. Beth spots Susan Duncan and Evie Cho casually chatting over drinks about Evie's progress (or lack thereof) with her implants. Beth bumps a waiter as he hands Susan her drink, forcing her to excuse herself to freshen up in the bathroom. There is some shady eye contact exchanged between Evie and Beth — could Beth be in league with Evie??? Beth confronts Susan in the bathroom and draws her gun. In the present, Cosima is getting real about her progress in developing a cure. She admits to Sarah that she and Scott have hit a wall in their research. Cosima may not have much time left and the reality is they need Susan Duncan's help if they hope to develop a cure. If they allow Susan access to Kendall's genetic material, she can resume human cloning and pick up where Cosima left off on the cure. Susan is invested in finding a cure, but I don't think it has anything to do with the Leda girls' well-being, nor is it a sense of responsibility to clean up her own mess. No, Susan wants the original genome to cure Ira, who seems to be stable for now but could start glitching any day. That presents a problem though; if Sarah and the others give Kendall's samples to Neolution, they'll not only have what they need for a cure, but they'll have the potential for a biological weapon capable of sterilizing women. Because of Kendall's chimera DNA, they can't give Neolution the means for a Leda cure without also giving them the Castor sterilizing pathogen. It'll be Virginia Coady all over again, and nobody's got time for that. Cosima has a plan, but it is very risky. Sarah goes to Brightborn to give Evie, Susan, and Ira the rundown. This is the first time Sarah's met Ira and their interaction is less than chummy (although I love seeing Tatiana Maslany and Ari Millen onscreen together, whomever they're playing). Evie finally explains the specific function of Sarah's implant. Since Sarah is immune to the Leda defect, the bot is trying to isolate the disease by activating specific genes. Sarah assumes that her good health is a sign the bot has yet to succeed, but Evie bluntly informs her that if the bot had succeeded, she'd already be dead. Sarah will give Susan and Evie the original genome in exchange for the extraction of her implant. Here's where Cosima's plan comes in, though: Since Kendall's cancer is only present in the Leda cells, they can use the cancerous cells to isolate just the Leda genome, therefore providing the key to the Leda cure without giving Neolution access to the Castor pathogen. Ira is not pleased with this turn of events, and he expects Susan to back him up and refuse to comply with the plan. Susan agrees — I guess she didn't really love Ira that much, but with some conditions — she wants Cosima's research and to be present when they collect Kendall's samples. She sends Ira to fetch a hard drive, and like a kid throwing a tantrum, he goes only after getting in the last word. He teases that Sarah is not the first of her sisters to make it this far. Flash back to Beth, who still has Susan on her knees at gunpoint. Susan warns Beth that if she kills her, Neolution will replace Susan with someone who won't protect Beth and her sisters. As their creator, Susan has devoted her life to keeping Leda safe, to protect them from her own mistakes — the defect — but the new head of Neolution wouldn't be so benevolent. Susan is just trying to stall, but her words ring true and Beth leaves without harming Susan. After learning all this from Susan, Sarah and Art discuss Beth's motives over the phone. Sarah watches the surveillance footage of Beth returning from the Brightborn event, telling Art that once Beth couldn't pull the trigger on Susan she couldn't live with herself and that pushed her to commit suicide. Art points out that if she didn't shoot Susan, why did she have blood on her hands? Very astute, Detective Bell. Mrs. S, Scott, and Kendall wait at Felix's loft for Susan to arrive to supervise the collection of Kendall's samples, while Cosima accompanies Sarah to Brightborn to assist Evie in the implant extraction. Evie begins the extraction by putting the bot to sleep so she won't trigger its defense mechanism. As she begins to remove it, the bot begins leaking toxin! Cosima quickly and calmly plugs the leak and she and Evie remove it together — Cosima to the rescue! With Sarah finally bot-less, Scott isolates the cancer cells to give to Susan. Sarah heads to the loft to assist in transporting Kendall, while Cosima stays at Brightborn. She will leave once Susan has Kendall's genetic material in hand. However, when Kendall reaches the van outside, she and her driver are attacked! Sarah arrives at the loft, sees the blood, and connects the dots. She races upstairs and dowses the samples in bleach right before Susan's eyes. She tells the others that Kendall is missing, but Susan swears she's not behind it. They take Susan with them — Cosima is still at Brightborn, waiting for their call. When Evie asks for Cosima's research, Cosima probes her for information on Delphine. Evie plays dumb, but I'm pretty sure she knows more than she's letting on. Cosima hands over the hard drive just as Roxie comes in to announce Susan's gone dark. Cosima's phone rings but Roxie takes it and restrains Cosima. How did things get so out of hand so quickly?! Kendall wakes up in the back of the van to see her kidnapper — it's Detective Duko!! He's obviously not the one pulling the strings; Kendall attempts to offer S's services to hide him, but he's not having it. Is he being blackmailed? What could it be for? Scott calls Sarah at the safehouse where they're holding Susan. A virus introduced by the Brightborn hard drive is wiping his and Cosima's research. With the samples destroyed and all their research gone, Evie now holds all the cards. She doesn't care about Kendall's genome, she just wants to see Project Leda destroyed. Evie arrives to where Duko has Kendall, with Cosima in tow. Duko has been working for Evie all along! But he's not the only one who was manipulated by Evie Cho. It turns out she was the one who ordered Beth to kill Susan. When Beth can't pull the trigger she turns her gun on Evie instead, realizing Evie has been playing her. But it's too late now; Evie threatens that if Beth tries to run her sisters will pay the price. The only way to save them is for Beth to kill herself. Beth hits Evie with the butt of her gun, explaining the scar on her cheek, before Duko stops her. Beth escapes, but not truly — we all know what she did next. All this time we thought Beth cracked under the pressure of everything she knew, that she committed suicide because she just couldn't take it, but in reality she sacrificed her life to save her sisters. Evie explains to Cosima that clones are obsolete. She needs to eliminate Kendall to cease any further development in human cloning and make way for her implant technology to progress. Cosima begs Evie to spare Kendall. She desperately asks, "Kendall, what can we do?" Kendall just responds, "No tears Cosima." I found it fitting — and heartbreaking — that it was Cosima who was there with Kendall. Kendall became a reluctant mother figure to all the clones, but the two of them had the closest relationship by far, with Cosima's life literally depending on Kendall's willingness to share her DNA. Kendall asks Cosima to tell Siobhan that she's done right, and to tell her sisters she was proud to have been part of them. Cosima turns her back as Duko shoots Kendall and lights the van on fire to destroy any of her DNA. While Cosima is still in shock over Kendall, Evie cruelly informs her that Delphine was shot dead in the Dyad parking garage. She returns Cosima's phone so she can relay to Susan that the original is dead (we still don't know by whom — but Krystal might). As for Sarah, Evie warns that she'd better drop it, or Beth will have died for nothing. When we first met Evie I didn't expect her to be the villain she turned out to be, but Susan was right — her successor doesn't care at all about the well being of the Leda clones. Things are looking pretty bleak for our girls, I don't know how they'll get out of the hole Evie Cho has put them in. My only complaint about this episode is that Krystal's storyline is being played solely for laughs. Which is not necessarily bad, but she's becoming the butt of the joke and I don't like that. When we first met Krystal last season, I loved how she was a little bit ditzy, but also strong, optimistic, and genuine; her character had depth but that's been diminished in favor of making her the punchline. Just because someone is ditzy doesn't mean she's stupid. We've heard several times now that Krystal is "harmless," but I still think she shouldn't be underestimated. For all we know, she'll be the one to come out of nowhere and save her sisters from all this nonsense Evie's put them through. MVC of the Week: Kendall. She was hesitant to get involved in the fray in the first place, yet she ended up giving her life for Cosima and her sisters. She managed to salvage her broken relationship with her biological daughter, Mrs. S, while also becoming a mother figure for the clones — especially for Cosima — something they desperately needed with all the chaos going on around them. We salute you, Kendall Malone.
Krystal is back and she is on a mission. She is more determined than ever to get to the bottom of what happened to her and has connected Seth, Rudy, and her boyfriend (monitor) Hector to Dyad. She is also taking charge of her life by BEASTING in self-defense training. Have I mentioned how much I love Krystal? Meanwhile, the members of Clone Club are compiling research of their own. Sarah and Mrs. S examine a flowchart that Alison put together which links Dyad, Evie Cho, Leekie, Neolution, and Brightborn all under the Topside umbrella. Sarah notes that Geneconnexion, the service Felix used to find his bio sister Adele, is owned by Brightborn, and her suspicion of Adele grows exponentially. Mrs. S wants to give Adele the benefit of the doubt, but Sarah can't let it go. She asks Scott to run a DNA test on Adele to confirm she and Felix are siblings. Both Sarah and S are upset, though, when Felix brings Adele to the safehouse. Felix feeds her some story about immigration troubles to explain the clandestine location, which Adele seems to buy, but I have to agree that, bio sister or not, it was unwise to bring Adele to the safehouse. An awkward family dinner is made even more awkward when a call from Scott interrupts Sarah's impromptu interrogation of Adele. He confirms that Adele and Felix are indeed siblings. Whoops. I'm still not convinced Adele's intentions are completely pure. It's just too much of a coincidence that Geneconnexion is owned by Brightborn. Donnie goes undercover again, but this time it is Cosima who accompanies him to the Brightborn orientation for prospective parents. Cosima poses as their surrogate and hopes to gain access to Brightborn's lab to uncover the science behind the seemingly miraculous Brightborn treatments. I was surprised they weren't more concerned about Cosima being recognized and sure enough, it presented a problem when Evie Cho herself addressed the crowd. Due to her involvement in Neolution, Evie would certainly recognize a Leda clone. Evie shares her backstory about being born as "the girl in the plastic bubble," which she overcame due to gene therapy that put her into remission. She credits her parents for their tireless efforts to cure her and wants to continue their legacy with Brightborn. She explains that the Brightborn technology identifies and enhances the most viable embryos in order to avoid conditions like Evie's. Now that we know the maggot-bots are used to deliver gene therapy, I wonder if Evie Cho received her treatment through an implant. She does sport a small X-shaped scar on her cheek which I hadn't noticed until this episode — curious. Cosima ducks out to avoid being recognized, but despite Cosima's best efforts, Evie does recognize a clone. Krystal struts into the orientation like she owns the place, fashionably late, of course. Evie reports to Susan Duncan, accompanied by Ira, who is on the premises to discuss the incident at the dental clinic. Evie may be able to recognize a Leda face, but she doesn't know one clone from another and mistakes Krystal for Sarah. Susan goes to investigate, but it is Donnie who finds Krystal. While Donnie is holding a bona fide Brightborn baby as part of the orientation, Krystal comes up right next to him to admire the baby. Naturally, Donnie freaks out. Susan does not come up completely empty-handed; she finds Cosima by the pool. Cosima asks Susan about the embryonic enhancements Evie mentioned while deftly snagging Susan's keycard. Susan tells her that they are eliminating genetic risk factors, which really means they are altering the embryos' DNA. Cosima is concerned with the ethical implications of this, but Susan speaks casually about it. She is colder and more calculating than Rachel ever was and is definitely not someone to be underestimated. Susan informs Evie that the clone she mistook for Sarah is Cosima, not realizing there are two clones running around. She advises Evie to stop her, as Cosima is not only self-aware but a biologist who could do a lot of damage in a facility like Brightborn. Cosima continues her search for the lab, now aided by Susan's keycard. Donnie is busy trying to intercept Krystal, who could unknowingly blow their whole operation. He poses as a Brightborn employee and awkwardly offers Krystal a massage appointment. Oh, Donnie. During the massage, Krystal shares her suspicions with Donnie that Dyad and Brightborn are connected. It seems like she may be onto something, but then she starts spouting theories about human experimentation through stem cells in cosmetics. When she mentions Delphine, however, Donnie blows his cover. He tries to calm her down by calling Krystal by name, although she hadn't given it to him, but it backfires. She unleashes some of her self-defense moves and escapes the massage room. But poor Krystal bumps right into Roxie, of the EMS couple, who had been tailing Cosima on Evie's orders. Roxie brings Krystal in instead of Cosima. These Brightborn people really can't tell one clone from another! Susan haughtily informs Evie that she's messed up again by apprehending Krystal, who is naive to the fact she is a clone and, although annoyingly persistent in her investigation, mostly harmless. Meanwhile Cosima has scrubbed up to disguise herself and finally finds the lab. She ducks into an observation room full of very pregnant women. They are test subjects of a pregnancy study, but they seem to be treated more like prisoners than participants. It is definitely a far cry from the ritzy facade Brightborn presented for the orientation. Cosima is accidentally pulled into a delivery room to assist with a carrier who is in labor. The woman delivers a baby with a deformed face. So I guess they haven't worked out all of the kinks in the Brightborn treatment yet. As the nurses quickly take the baby away, Susan Duncan finally spots Cosima. The two speak in Susan's office and Cosima criticizes her trial-and-error methods. Cosima argues that the babies can't give their permission to be part of an experiment, just like Cosima herself never gave permission to be part of Project Leda. Susan reasons that no one gives permission to be born; she still doesn't seem to understand why what she's doing is wrong, or maybe she just doesn't care. Susan does agree that the use of carriers and maggot-bot implants are brutal tactics, however they are the only alternatives to Project Leda. Cosima sees where she's headed with this and assures Susan that they'll never give her Kendall Malone's genetic material. Bonus Moments: Kira may have a psychic and/or emotional connection to the clones. She tells Sarah she can feel what Sarah's sisters feel: She knows when Cosima is sad, when Helena is lonely, and when Rachel is angry. Kira says she can feel some clones she's never even met. Another piece of Kira's creepy puzzle has fallen into place… Susan and Ira have an Oedipal encounter in the Brightborn pool. She is his creator, so she is actually his mom, even if not biologically. Yuck. MVC of the Week: Cosima. Even when faced with her own mortality, Cosima refuses to give in to Susan Duncan. She is a scientist, but she is also deeply in touch with her moral side. While Susan can discard the ethics of her actions in favor of the greater good, Cosima will do what is morally right every time, even if it leads to her death.
Mika doesn't just time her phone conversations for security purposes — she has her entire routine planned out to the last second. Her morning is punctuated by alarms going off, signalling the start of the next task, whether it's brushing her teeth, doing some light morning hacking, or constructing a bomb. This character is so complex and layered even though we've seen so little of her. MK is specifically hacking Dyad employees; she adds Marion Bowles — Charlotte's former guardian — to a tree of Topside board members. Most of them she's marked as deceased, including poor Marion, but so far the only information MK has on Ferdinand is his name. Meanwhile, Ferdinand also wants answers about MK. He questions Sarah and Mrs. S about who tipped them off in Iceland, reasoning that if their source knew about Neolution's movements their connection must run deep. Ferdinand gives Sarah Rachel's message, which is encoded on a thumb drive, in the hopes that their source can recover Rachel's location from it. Sarah agrees to talk to MK, but she doesn't make Ferdinand any promises, nor does she reveal MK's identity. She arrives at Dizzy's apartment, hoping to see MK in person, but she is once again disappointed when MK only appears on a computer screen, allotting her the usual three minutes. Sarah quickly explains that Susan Duncan is holding Rachel. From MK's reaction, it is clear she didn't know Susan Duncan was alive. MK is someone who has all the answers, and if she doesn't, she digs and digs until she uncovers them. This is the first time we've seen her in the dark about something. Sarah inserts the drive into the USB port and, in exchange for the information it provides, asks to meet MK in person. MK agrees to meet at Beth's apartment in an hour. (I love that they've brought Beth's apartment back as a set piece — it nicely calls back the events of the pilot as well as the first season every time we see it.) However, when Sarah shows up at Beth's MK calls her. She's discovered that Ferdinand is the one who delivered Rachel's message and is outraged that Sarah would trust someone from Topside. MK tells her, "We're finished. I can't trust you now," and hangs up. Desperate for answers, Sarah returns to Dizzy's apartment. She needs to know what the implant does and how to remove it, and Sarah believes that the only way to do that is with MK's help. Dizzy refuses to help her until she levels with him. In her panicked state Sarah finally caves. She tells him that she and MK are clones, two of the nine (I guess they're including Charlotte in this number) still living, 22 known in all. Dizzy accepts this pretty readily and they work together to pinpoint MK's location. When they arrive at MK's trailer, Sarah smashes a brick through the window and nearly has one foot in the door when Dizzy stops her. He points out a bomb underneath the threshold, the bomb MK constructed in the opening, and the two enter the trailer more cautiously. Sarah trusts Dizzy very quickly — you'd think after everything she's been through, she'd be a little more skeptical, but now he's saved her life so I suppose that solidifies his trustworthiness. My judgment's still out on Dizzy, but for now I'll have to take his intentions at face value and trust that he's just a good guy trying to do the right thing. While Dizzy attempts to hack MK's password — you'd think this would be more difficult — Sarah finds her personal computer. The background is a photo of MK and another clone. Could there be a new Leda clone? Dizzy finally unlocks MK's password and they realize that MK hasn't been tracking Susan Duncan, but Sarah instead. MK sent a text to Mrs. S from Sarah's phone in order to draw Ferdinand out. Ferdinand arrives at Beth's apartment, where MK's false text had told him to meet Sarah. He realizes it is a trap, but stays when MK entices him with information about Susan and Rachel. He sits, but in doing so he triggers a pressure-sensitive bomb, which seems to be MK's weapon of choice. If Ferdinand gets up from the chair, the bomb will detonate. Back at MK's trailer, Dizzy realizes that any information on Susan Duncan has been wiped clean, while Sarah finds a newspaper clipping from Helsinki. She realizes MK and the blond clone from the picture were not part of Project Leda, but Helsinki. MK was the only clone to escape Helsinki, although it was believed until now that all of them were dead. No wonder MK is so secretive! MK reveals to Ferdinand that she is Helsinki by showing him the burn scar on the side of her face previously covered by her hair. He recognizes her as Veera Suominen and realizes this is revenge for the death of her sisters, especially Niki, the blond clone in the photo. MK dowses Ferdinand in gasoline as Sarah races to Beth's apartment to stop her. She arrives just in time, although not before MK transfers Ferdinand's $3.7 million nest egg to her own account. MK disappears and Mrs. S arrives to disarm the bomb. Ferdinand is penniless, but at least he's alive; Sarah will need his help if she's ever going to remove the implant from her jaw. As for the purpose of the maggot-bots, Cosima may have figured that part out without Ferdinand's help. Alison thoughtfully wrapped up Leekie's head for Cosima and Scott to examine and the two extract the tumor-encased bot. Although Leekie is long-dead, the tissue in the tumor is still living, apparently it continued feeding off its host even after Leekie died. When Scott discovers the tumor glows in the dark, they realize that the maggot-bot had introduced foreign DNA. Once its host (Leekie) died, it all congregated in the tumor, hence the bioluminescence. They hypothesize that the bot is used as a gene-therapy delivery system, which means the bot in Sarah's jaw could be altering her DNA! That implant can't be extracted quickly enough as far as I'm concerned. The B-plot this episode featured our usual cast of characters, Alison and Donnie, but this time they were joined by Felix. It was mostly fun and played for laughs, but we also learned some really valuable intel. After Alison meets her BFF, the delightful Sarah Stubbs, for coffee, she is mistaken for Beth (there are many cases of mistaken identity this season) by Trina, the formerly pregnant, former Neolution girl. She's opted for a more mom-friendly appearance, sans white eye, although also sans child. She is furious at "Beth" for continuing to investigate at Club Neolution and at Lifespring Fertility. Alison obviously has no idea what she's talking about, but she recovers fast. Trina says she told Beth she "was a carrier in confidence," whatever that means, and storms off. A carrier of what? Her baby? More biotech? Alison snaps a sneaky photo of Trina and relays the incident to Sarah, Mrs. S, and Felix, who has finally been brought up to speed about Sarah's implant. Alison, Donnie, and Felix team up to investigate Lifespring Fertility, but since Beth has already been there, Alison will undoubtedly be recognized. So it's up to Donnie and Felix to go undercover as a couple interested in surrogacy. Initially Donnie goes in with a stereotypically gay persona, but Felix quickly nips that in the bud. He asks Donnie if he has any gay friends and when Donnie says no, Felix informs him that statistically 5-10 percent of his male friends are gay. Felix shuts him down with, "You can't tell, so don't act gay." Yaaaas, Felix! The pair have to provide a sperm sample, but on the way to his room, Donnie spots an acquaintance, a very pregnant Portia Grossman. He quickly calls Alison and she confirms that the Grossmans had given up on IVF and were considering adoption. Donnie insists that Portia is five or six months pregnant. Hmmm, I smell something fishy going on at this clinic… Alison makes sure to "bump into" Portia outside the clinic and tearily asks her to talk. While Alison is definitely playing it up to get information from her, seeing Portia pregnant is difficult for her, just like seeing Helena pregnant. There is real pain in her voice when she admits, "I just want to have my own baby." It is her vulnerability that finally cracks Portia. She advises Alison to see Dr. Bosch and to ask for the Brightborn treatments. Back inside the clinic, Donnie and Felix do just that. They receive an information packet that includes a DVD that Felix and Cosima watch later on in her lab. The DVD features Dr. Evie Cho, CEO and founder of the Brightborn Group, who we first met in the pilot episode with Dr. Leekie. Evie's mission sounds a lot like Susan Duncan's words to Rachel last week: "Our purpose is in service of the greater good, to control human evolution." Evie promises not only a fast inception, a smooth pregnancy, and a healthy newborn; she also ensures that the baby will be stronger and healthier using the Brightborn treatment. I guess that's what Trina meant when she said she was a "carrier." I'm simultaneously curious and terrified to know what one of these Brightborn babies is like. This episode took a creepy turn, although realistically scientifically engineered super-babies are a thing of the not-too-distant future, rather than science fiction. MVC of the Week: Felix, for ditching his new-found sister to help out his adopted ones and for going undercover with the adorably clueless Donnie. Felix can always be counted on to be a team player, no matter how begrudgingly he does so. div.post p { text-align: justify; }
Family reunions are great. Potato salad, deviled eggs, relatives you may or may not actually know, embarrassing stories and/or baby photos — what's not to love? Not all reunions take place at picnic tables or in living rooms, though. Sometimes they happen in creepy underground cells. Sometimes they happen in skate parks. Families are weird, but even more so when they include clones! Rachel Duncan gets her very own family reunion on the regular, it seems, because not only does baby clone Charlotte oversee her eye treatments and physical therapy sessions, but Ira, the forgotten Castor brother, administers them. Rachel's recovery is speeding along and although she is still confined to a wheelchair, she is as sharp as ever. Ira has missed their last three sessions, but it's not out of concern that she questions his whereabouts — there is no love lost between the two of them. She is convinced Ira left to get Professor Duncan. Rachel remains in the dark about her own location and it's been six weeks since she's seen her mother. Rachel hates being out of control, and I suspect her feeling of powerlessness is growing now that she's regained some motor abilities, yet still has no control over her own fate. Rachel takes her frustration out on Ira, mocking him and questioning his manhood (ouch). Ira lets it roll right off though; he and Rachel seem more alike than dissimilar. Both are cold, clinical, and intelligent, and both are separate from their fellow clones. Rachel was the only clone raised self-aware and has often played the villain to the rest of her sisters, while Ira states that he has never met his brothers and certainly doesn't fit the image of Castor we're used to seeing. He was raised outside of Project Castor by Professor Duncan as part of Neolution. I'm sure there's more to Ira than meets the eye and I'm excited to see Ari Millen on screen again. Rachel soon gets her wish when Susan Duncan returns to crash her physical therapy session; and in this case, more is not merrier. It is a cold and prickly family reunion: Rachel, Susan, Charlotte, and Ira. I can't quite figure out the relationships between them. Out of everyone, Rachel and Charlotte seem to spend the most time together, but their bond is nowhere near as strong as Sarah and Kira, or even between Kira and any of her aunties. Charlotte and Rachel act more like reluctant allies than long-lost family members. During her absence Susan searched for the Leda original, but Mrs. S has successfully kept Kendall Malone hidden. She reveals that Rachel and Charlotte are closer than just being sisters — Charlotte was cloned from Rachel. Rachel seems genuinely surprised by this, and orders Susan and Ira out of her room. Perhaps it's because of her infertility that the news has such an effect on her. I like seeing Rachel's vulnerability. If there's one thing I admire about Orphan Black , it's the ability to give antagonist characters emotional depth. Her relationship with Charlotte may be complicated, but that doesn't stop Rachel from using it to her advantage. As the two sit painting together, their easel faces away from the surveillance camera. Rachel lifts the painting to reveal a question: "Did you get my message out?" Charlotte responds, "Yes." Who is Charlotte in communication with? What was Rachel's message? The two paint over their words and proceed as if nothing happened until Charlotte coughs and splatters the painting with blood. Rachel is horrified, but Charlotte is unfazed. It seems the Leda defect has already taken hold of Charlotte. Meanwhile at Rabbit Hole Comics, "Hell Wizard" the store clerk keeps Kira busy with a board game while Cosima takes an ultrasound of Sarah's maggot-bot implant. Although it is organically grown, it contains a non-organic core and appears to have latched on to Sarah, potentially penetrating the maxillary artery. As to the actual function of the implant, Cosima and Scott are at a loss. They'd need a way to study it further, but so far they have no way of extracting the implant without triggering the defense mechanism. Sarah decides to find the guy from the club, Dizzy, who showed her the extraction video in the hope that he'll know how to remove her implant. Kira is in some sort of dazed trance before she pushes the board game to the floor just as Sarah emerges from the basement. Is she just tired of being left out of the loop or is something else going on? Hell Wizard covers for her and Sarah leaves to go fill Felix in before she meets with Dizzy. Meanwhile in the 'burbs, Donnie checks Alison for an implant, but she's all clear. Cosima mentions that Neolutionists get the implants voluntarily and a horrible idea sparks behind her eyes: they're going to dig up Dr. Leekie's body from under their garage. Since when were the Hendrixes the most badass characters on this show?! The two spend the episode painstakingly (and hilariously) exhuming Dr. Leekie to retrieve his implant. Their efforts are punctuated by a visit from Detectives Linstein and Collier, who are investigating the murders of the drug dealer Pouchy and his crew. Little do they know that they are face to face with the actual killer, Helena, who once again impersonates Alison. Although her performance hasn't improved much over time, Donnie gets her through the interview until she pulls the names of Alison's campaign workers out of thin air, effectively convincing them of her identity and throwing the detectives off the trail. Donnie returns to the garage where Alison has exposed Leekie's face, revealing his implant. She calls Cosima to come collect it and the Hendrixes finally come clean about their assassination and disposal of Dr. Aldous Leekie. When Sarah arrives at Felix's loft she meets Adele, Felix's biological sister. She is simultaneously nothing and exactly like Felix; she is a lawyer, outfitted in a minidress and heels, but with the same affinity for booze and pills as her younger brother. Felix is tired of being Sarah's sidekick, so Sarah leaves to see Dizzy alone, while Felix and Adele head to the skate park for an urban picnic and sibling bonding. All Dizzy can tell Sarah is that there are many possible reasons for the maggot-bots, but he believes they are placed in the jaw for proximity to the brain. What is Neolution playing at — mind control? He identifies the man in the extraction video as Alonzo Martinez. Sarah shows the video to Art to enlist his help investigating Martinez. Art tips her off to a dental clinic specializing in implants that Martinez visited, so Sarah sneaks into the back, where a hygienist mistakes her for Beth. Apparently the hygienist had previously worked with Beth, maybe as an informant, but she's caught between a rock and a hard place. She unwillingly witnessed implantation procedures, including Martinez, and she signed a nondisclosure agreement, so she can't help Beth anymore. Sarah (as Beth) implores her to extract her implant and the hygienist reluctantly agrees, although she warns it will be dangerous. I'm surprised Sarah is so trusting, but I guess she's desperate to get the implant out at this point. While Sarah begins the procedure at the clinic, Mrs. S waits for Benjamin to meet her with a potential doctor for Sarah. But instead of Benjamin, Ferdinand arrives. He assures her Benjamin is fine, but he's concerned about why S and her network are researching Neolution biotech. Ferdinand proposes a deal, but before they can agree to terms, Art calls S. Sarah missed her check-in time with him and he's afraid she's in trouble. He tells S about the clinic, and just in time, because the hygienist drank the Neolution Kool-aid. She punctures Sarah's implant and urges her not to move so she doesn't trip the bot's defense mechanism. Once she has Sarah under the knife, she tells Sarah that she's already called her superiors and they're on their way. But — surprise! — it's Ferdinand who actually shows up. I guess he and S worked out a deal, I only wonder what it cost them. He calmly slits the hygienist's throat and unceremoniously removes the dental tool from Sarah's mouth. Nothing happens. Turns out the hygienist was bluffing about puncturing the maggot-bot. Ferdinand informs her that he heard from Rachel — it was Ferdinand whom Charlotte contacted — and reveals that Susan Duncan is alive! I want to talk about what's happening with Kira. After dazedly toppling the board game at the comic book store, she describes a waking dream she had to Cosima. She says all her aunties were there — whether that includes Rachel, I don't know — and they set Sarah on fire. Cosima assures her that they would never do that to Sarah, but Kira explains, "You had to, she was changing." Whatever's going on with Kira just keeps getting more ominous. I'm not sure if they ever checked Kira for an implant, but if she has one, maybe that's behind the shift in her mood? Experiencing trances and mood swings is never a good sign, and unfortunately with everything going on, Kira's emotional state has flown under the radar. Even a few episodes back she creepily predicted Neolution's arrival in Iceland, so whatever is changing in her has been building for a bit. Maybe it is Kira, not Sarah, who is changing. MVC of the Week: Alison and Donnie. That corpse looked naaaasty and I enjoyed all the physical comedy involved in digging up the body. It was a nice way to offset all the drama that was playing out elsewhere. Hopefully Leekie's implant will pave the way for the removal of Sarah's. div.post p { text-align: justify; }