Grading the Season Finales 2014: Orphan Black

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Title By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried (2.10)

Written By Graeme Manson

What Happens? In an attempt to gain access to Kira after she was kidnapped by Rachel, Sarah surrenders to Dyad, and upon her surrender she’s interrogated about her sexual and reproductive history and forced to allow Dyad to harvest her eggs. Kira has her own plans for getting out of Rachel’s clutches; she steals a cell phone to call Cal, who appears at Mrs. S.’s house with plenty of revelations of his own: He’s figured out that Sarah is a clone, and he’s been in contact with a mysterious source who brings up the name Castor, which seems to mean something to Mrs. S.

Sarah and Kira aren’t Rachel’s only captives. She visits her father to try to get him to reveal the secrets to his genetic sequence, but he poisons himself with his own teabag before they can get any more information out of him. In a fit of rage, Rachel shows up at Sarah’s bedside before the surgery that will remove one of her ovaries, and she smashes the tubes of bone marrow Kira donated to help Cosima. The connection between Kira and Cosima has grown to be stronger than just bone marrow, though, and a drawing Kira made of a science lesson her Aunt Cosima taught her leads Sarah to a projectile device rigged up by Cosima and Scott. She frees herself (and ultimately Kira) by putting a pencil through Rachel’s eye with the help of a fire extinguisher.

Momentarily safe from Dyad, Sarah is able to enjoy some time with her sisters, introducing Cosima and Alison to Cal before Felix brings Helena home to meet her family. The sisters, Kira, and Felix are able to enjoy a night of family bonding (aka one big dance party) before chaos resumes in the morning.

Helena is kidnapped by men who are somehow connected to Mrs. S. and Paul, and the last we see of her, she is being put onto a military plane as they watch. Back at Clone Club Headquarters, Cosima experiences a near-death vision of Delphine before Kira wakes her. The little girl brings her aunt the book Rachel’s father gave her, and Cosima sees that his formulae and sequencing codes are hidden in its pages.

Meanwhile, Sarah visits Marian and meets her adopted daughter Charlotte, the only child to survive the 400 attempts to continue Project Leda and create new clones. Marian explains that Project Leda was never really shut down, and it has a brother project continued by the military: Project Castor. As Sarah sees one of the Project Castor clones, it’s revealed that Mark—the ex-military man who helped Gracie escape the Prolethean compound and married her (knowing she was carrying Helena’s child/children)—has plenty of “brothers” that he may or may not know about.

Game-Changing Moment The entire sequence of events at Marian’s home featured one big, game-changing moment after another. For two seasons, we assumed that Project Leda was finished, we assumed that any and all clones would be the same age as Sarah, and we assumed they would all be played by Tatiana Maslany. The introduction of Charlotte, a Kira-aged clone with Sarah’s DNA, blew all of those assumptions to bits. And the introduction of Project Castor changed the game in perhaps an even bigger way. Not only did it add a military angle to the scientific/political/religious debates this show brings to light every week; it broadened the entire scope of the show’s universe by adding a whole new set of clones into the mix. I don’t think their stories will pull too much focus from the female clones we already know (we first discovered Project Castor through Sarah’s eyes, after all); the producers know what’s working for them and probably don’t want to mess too much with that formula. But it will open up some interesting new avenues of storytelling for the show’s third season (which will hopefully be announced soon, pretty please!).

Finale M.V.P. Tatiana Maslany is the best and most versatile actress on television right now, and she turned in what I think was her best performance in this finale. I will say this until I’m hoarse because it’s true: It would be easy to dismiss her performance as a fancy parlor trick, a gimmick. However, it’s not the sheer quantity of roles she plays that makes her work so impressive; it’s the quality she brings to each role. If she only played Sarah or Helena or Alison, I would still think she’s a phenomenal actress. There’s a relatable vulnerability and sense of humanity that lies at the heart of all of the characters she brings to life on this show, but what’s so incredible is the way she brings that vulnerability to life in ways that are unique to each character. Of course, I loved the way each clone’s dance style reflected who they are, but I was struck even more intensely by the way each clone’s emotional moments were handled so uniquely and so truthfully to who we know them to be: Sarah’s tough exterior cracking as she was asked about having an abortion; Alison’s proper façade softening as she watched Helena with Kira; Cosima openly embracing Helena at first sight; Rachel throwing a tantrum as her father died in front of her; and Helena’s radiant joy upon seeing Kira again. The most impressive of these moments from a purely performance-driven perspective was the conversation between Sarah and Cosima in bed. The way Maslany was able to reflect such genuine warmth and vulnerability between two characters while playing both characters astounded me. There have been plenty of scenes featuring multiple clones before, but none have asked for the kind of sustained emotional intimacy that this scene asked for. And, of course, Maslany stepped up to the plate in that moment and delivered the acting equivalent of a grand slam.

Most Memorable Lines
Cosima: You’re very beautiful.
Helena: Thank you. I like your hairs.
Cosima: Thank you. I like your hairs, too.

What Didn’t Work I don’t like to feel emotionally manipulated. I love feeling moved by television, but there’s a distinct difference between a genuine moment of emotion and a moment specifically designed to get a rise out of the audience and nothing more. That’s how I felt with the tone of Cosima’s storyline in this episode. I know that it’s realistic to have her come close to death considering her condition, but the “last dance” feel of the big dance scene and the vision of Delphine all felt a bit overwrought when the episode ended and she was still alive. (Which was great—don’t get me wrong. She’s my favorite clone, and I don’t want her to die.) There was a bit of a “Gotcha!” feeling to the moment when Kira approached what looked to be a dead Cosima only to have her wake up and feel well enough to read to her.

I suppose I should be happy, though, that my reactions to Cosima were as strong as they were because it means I care about her as a character. On the opposite end of that spectrum, we have Paul. Things have certainly changed from Season One, when I found his mysterious allegiances compelling. Now, I felt absolutely nothing when he showed up alongside Mrs. S. His loyalties are so mysterious that I can’t even be bothered to try to untangle them anymore. I think some of my growing disinterest comes from the fact that I care so much more about Mrs. S.’s allegiances. In terms of characters with soft spots for Sarah whose loyalties keep me guessing, Mrs. S. is just so much more compelling than Paul. And in terms of love interests for Sarah, Cal is so much easier to root for. I feel like I’m supposed to care about Paul more than I do, which isn’t how I want to feel about any character on this show.

What Worked Orphan Black is the first show since Alias’s early days to completely engage me on both an intellectual and emotional level every week. I think so much of that has to do with the fact that it does what great science fiction is supposed to do: It makes these stories personal. This finale gave my brain a workout, but it’s the workout it gave my heart that I’m still feeling all these days later. A show can have plot twist after plot twist and tackle important topic after important topic, but if it doesn’t ground those things in real, human emotions, who’s going to care? That’s what’s so beautiful about Orphan Black: It makes you care.

I could talk at length about how crazy the twist was at the end of the episode, but that’s something I really don’t think I can analyze until we see how it all plays out. I know some people are worried about this decidedly feminist show bringing male clones into the mix, but I’m not one of those people. There are plenty of deep issues with governmental control over men’s bodies, too—such as the idea of a military draft. And male military clones could be used to address the way men are surrounded by a culture of violence and aggression. I’m excited to see how male clones will play into the already deep themes this show has built in its first two seasons.

Instead of spending too much time predicting the outcomes of the episode’s big twists (male clones, Charlotte, and Helena’s abduction), I want to focus on the character development that happened in this episode. I like shows that can make my jaw drop, but I love shows that make my eyes fill with tears. I enjoy shows that thrill me; I remember shows that move me. This finale worked because it moved me even more than it thrilled me.

I was emotionally engaged from the very start of this episode—from Felix’s guilt over not knowing “Sarah” was really Rachel to everything involving Sarah’s surrender. Orphan Black is fearless in the way it directly addresses the attempts by many parts of society to control women’s bodies, especially their reproductive rights. This scene was perhaps its most fearless yet. The invasive, deeply personal questions Sarah was asked (When did she first become sexually active? Did she ever have an abortion?) reflect common questions people use to judge a woman’s worth. And Dyad’s power to force Sarah to give up her eggs and their attempt to remove one of her ovaries made a powerful statement about the way women’s reproductive rights are often controlled by people other than the women themselves.

These issues matter on a global scale, but they also matter on a deeply personal scale. And Maslany never lets you forget at any point during those agonizing first minutes that this is personal for Sarah. Maslany’s answers to these unscripted questions were completely improvised, and the vulnerability she gave each one—from her broken admission to having an abortion to her tears when asked about mental illness—spoke to how well she understands Sarah. In stripping Sarah of all of her defenses in that scene, Maslany made her resonate as more than just a symbol or a vehicle for plot movement; she’s a character we feel a genuine, emotional connection with.

Maslany is so good at making you care about these women and their relationships with the people around them, especially with each other. That’s why—no matter how intriguing those final twists were—the greatest part of this episode was the block of time spent in Felix’s apartment, when the show took a deep breath amid the breathless pace that usually accompanies a season finale and let these women deepen their connections with each other and, in the process, with the audience.

It all began with Cosima and Alison meeting Cal—a lovely bit of levity in what had been a pretty heavy finale up to that point. I’m not shy about how much I love Cal. (Please don’t let me get burned for this later, Orphan Black.) I think Maslany has great chemistry with Michiel Huisman, but, more than that, I love that Cal accepts Sarah for who she is and hasn’t given her any reason to doubt his feelings for her or Kira. I want Sarah to be able to choose her own partner and for someone to choose Sarah knowing everything that comes along with that choice. Right now, Cal seems to be someone who is able to give her that.

The real magic of the scenes in Felix’s apartment center around a clone other than Sarah, though. Helena’s introduction to her sisters and her reunion with Kira were so stunning I couldn’t help but cry—a lot. I loved that Cosima hugged her because that’s who we know Cosima to be (and why she’s my favorite clone); she’s warm and open and sees the beauty in everything around her. Helena just wants a family, and with one hug Cosima made her feel loved. Maslany did a brilliant job of contrasting Cosima’s openness with Helena’s awkwardness and creating a real sense of connection between these two big-hearted (and big-haired) women who aren’t as different as they might appear to be.

The tears really started flowing, though, when Kira ran to Helena. Kira was the first character to show Helena kindness, and their relationship is so important and was treated that way in this moment. Maslany warmed my heart even as she was breaking it with just the changes in her facial expressions—from overwhelming surprise to pure love to glowing affection. Helena is such a complex character, but Maslany is more than up to the challenge. She’s a feral killer who is also capable of the gentlest kind of maternal love, and somehow she feels believable.

The rest of the scene was one big, fun dance party filled with cool little character beats, but the emotion carries over into the moment Sarah opens up to Cosima about not wanting to lose her. These two characters have developed such a beautiful relationship—to the point where they really do feel the most like sisters out of any of the combinations of clones. Maslany was able to show how much these two women have come to love each other in ways that felt honest to both characters, and it was done with a quiet tenderness that absolutely floored me.

That’s what stuck with me about this finale: It was just as powerful in the moments it whispered as it was in the moments it screamed. It wasn’t afraid to take time to develop its characters in the middle of the action. And it reinforced every belief I’ve ever held true about television: The good stuff makes me think, but the great stuff makes me feel.

Questions to Discuss for a Long Time Does Mark know he’s a clone? What will happen now that Sarah knows about both Charlotte and Project Castor? What are Paul and Mrs. S. doing with Helena? Will Cosima be able to decipher the clues in the book in order to find her cure before it’s too late? What happened to Delphine? Will Rachel have to wear an eye patch now?

Finale Grade A. This finale was compelling on both a plot-driven and a character-driven level. It allowed the greatest actor on TV to show exactly what makes her so great. And it grounded a smart plot in moments of real emotion as only the best shows can. This was a fitting finale for what’s become one of the best shows on television.

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14 thoughts on “Grading the Season Finales 2014: Orphan Black

  1. What a trip. I’d been hearing about how amazing this show was for quite some time, but I didn’t want to get hooked to something else when I knew I couldn’t really spare the time to watch it, so I waited patiently until my workload became more bearable… Which was the brightest idea and the worst mistake ever: binge-watching the whole two seasons just as they went into the summer break has left me with the worst case of withdrawal symptoms I’ve ever felt about any show/film/book. The very same weekend I got into this brilliant universe, I ran out of episodes to watch.
    I’m very overwhelmed about it all. I feel like I have a lot of opinions, questions and remarks but I find myself struggling with how to put them into words because everything is too… raw? I don’t know, I’m sure I’ll enjoy and comment in your recaps for next season. Right now though I just want to say that watching over a couple of days 20 episodes of what is definitely one of the best shows I’ve ever seen has turned into a crazy rollercoaster of emotions and I don’t think I’ve recovered yet.

    • First of all, welcome to the Clone Club! 😉

      I totally understand the overwhelming feeling of binge-watching this show. I watched all of Season One in two days right around Christmas, and my brain and my emotions were fried afterwards. I can’t imagine the rollercoaster of watching both seasons all at once.

      I’m so happy you love this universe because I also consider this show to be one of the best I’ve ever watched. I can’t wait to talk more about it!

  2. This was a great season finale. I was interested in the plot but LOVED all the great character interaction we got. Helena meeting her sisters and reuniting with Kira (and the subsequent dance party) will be what I remember most from this episode in the long months before the show returns. I loved everything about her and Cosima’s warm hug and adorable compliments and Alison completely not knowing what to do with Helena because it fit her so well. Each of the clones is so fully-formed and I am so impressed with what Tatiana Maslany manages to do with each of them.

    I’ll be interested in what we do with the male clones because like you said, there are a lot of interesting issues to explore there. My one complaint is that I find Mark really unsettling so I don’t necessarily want more of him.

    • I love what you said about the clones being “fully-formed” because it’s so true. They have such distinct personalities, mannerisms, and motivations, and they have from the very beginning. I loved getting introduced to all of them last season, but I really loved watching them grow and develop this season.

      I’m so glad I’m not the only one who finds Mark unsettling. His whole aura kind of freaks me out (but maybe it’s just his connection to the Proletheans, who terrify me), so it will be interesting to see how I feel about seeing more of him in more variations next season.

      • On Mark — It was very interesting to me that he was supposed to be killed in the episode when they are in the bar by Paul. I find my season long distrust of him now well served because we are left with the uncertainly of his sincerity towards Gracie. Is he a plant or does he actually have feelings for her? Does he know more about project Castor? If so, does he know Paul prior to their encounter at the bar? I do think the realm of possibility is intriguing. I think the choice is less based on the creepiness he brought to Mark and more about something they saw in the actor to give complexity to the next set of clones in the Castor camp. As a matter of fact if we have clone club for the women of Orphan Black I totally believe the men should be referred to as Castor Camp.

  3. I really enjoyed the finale. I have to say that at the end I guessed they were going towards a “male clone” reveal, but I was convinced it was going to be Paul who was the clone. I didnt think for a second it was going to be Mark. So I guess Paul just continues to take up space. I hope they give him something to do soon if they plan on keeping him around.

    This isnt a show I usually fangirl over, but I have a huge amount of respect for it. It leaves me more in awe than giddy, but I like that. Its just good unique, imaginative, thoughtful, well acted, scripted television.

    • I was completely convinced that Paul was going to be the clone—and I was not-so-secretly hoping for it because of purely aesthetic reasons. 😉 I found him to be a very interesting character by the end of last season, but it seemed like they couldn’t find a way to make his particular brand of ambiguity work as well this season.

      The respect I have for this show is incredible, and for it leave me in awe like it does week after week is pretty big achievement considering I’m really picky when it comes to “genre TV.” It’s a show I recommend only to people I think are thoughtful enough to appreciate it, which is the highest compliment I can give a TV show.

  4. As a surprise to no one — I am gleeful that you adore Orphan Black with the same complete abandon I do. I appreciated your take on it and the questions the show laid out for the future. Last year when I recapped season 1 (back when I had time to blog about my obsessions on the regular) these were some of the questions I had coming out of season 1:
    – Kira – Who took her? Was it Mrs. S working for Rachel? Speaking of Kira what super human healing power does she have and how does it tie back to being a child of a clone?
    – Rachel – How is she the only clone in on everything that is happening and apparently running a great deal of it, even beyond Dr. Leekie?
    – Who is Mrs. S? How does she factor into the cloning?
    – How was it possible for Sarah to have Kira and who is Kira’s father?
    – How will the Neolutionists vs. Prolethians back history evolve?
    – Will Cosima survive?
    – How many clones will show up next season? Is there a parallel study of a set of male clones on the horizon?

    As I looked back on those questions I was pleased to see we got a good many of the answers, some of which led to new questions and mostly I was stoked that I predicted a parallel study. For me the best written mystery is that of Mrs. S. I think that because as I looked over the many questions I had about her at the end of last year, I have no less this year and many of the complexities of the questions I did have remain. Yet she is a character I feel connected to and want to know more about every time she is on screen. The nugget of truth that they did give us this finale was revealed in the conversation she had with Sarah – that regardless of what side Mrs. S. is on she has always sought to protect Kira. Outside of that I remain baffled by Mrs. S. involvements and connections. It’s a deft set of storytelling and acting to keep me invested and intrigued.

    Paul vs. Cal
    I adore Paul and was extremely invested in him last season. I believe he cares about Sarah independent of his place straddling Leda and Castor. I think his character was most sacrificed this season a) for the sake of the plotline on the fish people ranch and b) to make room for Cal. While I was not pleased with how they landed him in his current position, I am pleased that he is the connective tissue for Castor and I did enjoy his scenes with Mrs. S. immensely. I am eager to find out where he lands now that Castor is out in the open. I also believe that if the masterminds behind this show can rehabilitate Helena, they can shift the trajectory of any character. Which leads me to Cal. It’s simply to easy and convenient. His adaptability to all that has happened, his hi-tech connections and the convenience of being able to figure out the massive puzzle piece of how the money runs to Project Leda so quickly and with minimal leads. I don’t necessarily think he’s a bad guy, but he knows more than we think he does (or have been told at this point). For now, I remain unconvinced. But I am happy to be dissuaded next season.

    Ain’t no party like a clone party.
    From the moment Helena enters the loft magic happened. I have been shouting her name from the rooftops since episode 2 of season 1. Her embodiment of these characterizations is a feat on its face for sure. However what I find so compelling about her performance is the levels of specificity she gives to each of the clones, not simply in their look but in their mannerisms, reaction shots, posturing. These characters are unique and I appreciated the moment of bringing them together because it offered such a marvelous display of that specificity. What struck me so profoundly was the embrace between Cosima and Helena. In that moment Helena had finally found home her awkward amazement to it was heartbreaking. The immediate acceptance of her as their sister and the complete absence of judgement spoke to Cosima being the soul of the clone sisters. She is the only one who has truly embraced their biology. That acceptance allows her to see past the violence of Helena and only see someone who is a reflection of her. Having the four clones together made me think of the undercurrent that is the age old discussion of nature vs. nurture. Their DNA my bind them, but their personalities are driven by circumstance. I hope this is something that is dealt with in some capacity next season. I also like you adored the full circle they brought the bond that Helena and Kira share. Nothing in season one put me on the edge of my seat more than Helena taking and then letting Kira go only to have her hit by that car. Kira is the only person to merely embrace her without agenda or cause. Her feelings are pure and Helena’s entire being changes in her presence because Kira sees her as human. It is what also makes Helena’s decision to leave her harvested eggs in the loft powerful. Helena in spite of everything has found a space in her life of trust among her sisters and she pays it the highest deference by leaving the thing she holds most precious in their care. Like I said before, it was everything I didn’t know I wanted. I also appreciated that the magnitude of the moment didn’t change Alison, it softened Sarah. Sarah has more time and investment in Helena. She’s come a grueling distance with her so to bring her into the fold by bringing her into the loft was a significant moment of growth for Sarah. Alison being polite, welcoming but distant read perfect. Had she been more open, I think it would have cheapened the moment.

    I am of the camp who loved the dance party – for all the reasons you captured. I also loved that Felix was the connective tissue among all of them.

    The scene with Sarah and Cosima is one I re-watched immediately as it aired. Partially because of its poignancy and partially because it was in that moment that I realized just how much Sarah and Cosima are tied to one another. Over the course of two seasons the only person Sarah has trusted immediately and without qualification was Cosima. Sarah is driven to keep Kira safe first, but is then driven to the truth, not for understanding, but to unearth the threat that looms over them. Cosima seeks the truth to understand who they are. Both need each other because Sarah’s cynicism has kept them alive and ahead of the real threats that Project Leda have caused. Cosima’s appreciation for the biology and science that goes into who they are as clones keeps Sarah honest and grounded. Cosima is probably the only transparent character on the show. She was honest with Sarah when she became involved with Delphine and looks at the world empirically. Sarah’s life is driven on emotion that is riddled in distrust. While she may be fearless, she isn’t without fear. Cosima’s bravery comes from her grounded belief system. Together they are the heart and soul of the show.

    The Unsung Hero
    For as loud as I shouted about Maslany, I want to offer equally loud love and applause for Jordan Gavaris. I can not fathom Orphan Black without him. He gets justified credit for all the comic relief he offers and the amazing delivery of some of the show’s funniest lines. But that cold open really showed his power and intrinsic importance, both to the show and Sarah as he sat blurred in the forefront of the chaos between Mrs. S and Sarah hunched over and devastated that he didn’t know it was Rachel taking Kira. In the crazy universe that is Orphan Black, Felix is the Scarecrow to Sarah’s Dorothy. I marvel at the ease of which Gavaris embodies Felix with a flare and sincerity that challenges any viewer not to adore him.

    If Mrs. S. is a mystery then Marian is the riddle. I really have enjoyed the introduction of her character. It was stealth and unassuming and never in a million years did I have her connected to Project Castor or peg her for having a jr. clone. It was a packed final 7 minutes with so much hanging in the wind that I was left breathless when I watched. I am not convinced that Marian and Cal aren’t connected somehow and can we talk about whether or not Rachel survived the projectile pencil? I agree with others that Mark was creepy this season, but he was designed to be so and with the change up for his character’s direction, I think they did a good job of pivoting him to take on the clones he will embody. The question is how much does Mark actually know, especially given the fact that we know he was ex-military. But more importantly, how does Marian have one in her basement? And lastly, why did Castor want Helena of all the clones? Does Mrs. S know about jr. clone? Paul has limited information but obviously is without the complete truth as well because of his willingness to deal with Mrs. S. Just that run of questions proves to me that in an uneven season (there was too much ranch time for my taste) it is a credit to the powers that be at Orphan Black that I have so many questions but remain so deeply satisfied with where the season ended.

    • First of all, this comment makes me wish I reviewed this show every week because I want to have these kinds of discussions all the time. I’m so thankful that you planted the idea in my head about watching this show last year because it’s been such a fun ride so far, and I really do think it’s one of the best shows on television—if not the best show on television.

      I’m incredibly jealous that you predicted the parallel study because I didn’t even see it coming until it was right in front of me. Sometimes I get so caught up in my emotions concerning this show that I don’t stop to think about its mysteries (the showrunners of Lost taught me well). As you said, though, the show’s most compelling mystery is Mrs. S. It’s a mystery we feel deeply connected to because it has ramifications not just for the plot but for these characters we’ve come to care about. But it’s a mystery grounded in one truth, and that’s Mrs. S.’s love for Kira. It’s the one part of her character I believe without question, and it’s the only thing I need to believe in order to keep me invested in her.

      It’s the same reason why I love Felix so much. Yes, he’s witty, but he has such heart, and Jordan Gavaris strikes that balance perfectly. I never doubt his affection for not just Sarah and Kira but for this new little family that he’s an integral part of. He’s a much deeper character than he appears at first glance, and those are my favorite characters to root for.

      Like you, I adored Paul last season. This season, however, I found him far too often in the background of my thoughts (if in my thoughts at all). I wanted to know more about his feelings and motivations, which I know might ruin some of the mystery, but in order for me to care about him the way I care about Mrs. S., I need to continue to feel how much he cares about Sarah. I felt it last season; I thought it was absent this time around. But I am really looking forward to how he factors into Project Castor; it’s the kind of twist his character needed.

      I also totally see where you’re coming from in terms of Cal being too convenient. I think there’s much more to his story than we know right now. However, I do believe his feelings for Sarah and, especially, for Kira are genuine. Maybe I’m just being naïve, but I’m buying what he’s selling in terms of how much he cares about them. And I will continue to wait in fear of being proven wrong every week. 😉

      There’s little I can say to your analysis of the scene between the clones in the loft besides YES. Every interaction was so true to who we know these women to be, and it showed just how beautifully different they are. You made me a little misty-eyed with your analysis of Sarah and Cosima, too, because they are my favorite characters for all of the reasons you laid out. They represent such opposites, but they’ve come to truly appreciate and need each other—and to be willing to admit that. They remind me of any pair of sisters who seem so different on the outside but are so connected on a fundamental level, and that’s why I love them.

  5. What stays with me from this this season beyond the plot twists is the family relationships. They showed us that family is not always simple (especially in that situation), that there could be misunderstandings but also that if there’s real love and loyalty things can be resolved, even in a messy way. I loved the opening flash back scene of Sarah and Mr S arguing for Kira that ended up in that hug. The scene between Sarah and Cosima made me cry because I felt it so close to my personal experiences, I’ve spent so many nights on a bed talking about serious stuff, laughing or crying with my sisters. I had the same crying reaction for the Cosima/Helena and Helena/ Kira meeting. Tatiana performances always leave me speachless but there’s some kind of magic in her siblings or mother/daughter scenes and I love her for that.

    • Thank you for the comment, and I completely agree with you about the magic of this show’s mother/daughter and sibling bonding scenes. There’s such warmth in those moments, and it really grounds the show. I’m very close to my sister, and I’m always struck by how few shows on television nowadays feature realistic relationships between adult sisters. While these women may not be “traditional” sisters (except Sarah and Helena), I think Orphan Black does the best job in the business at capturing the reality of relationships between sisters.

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