Thursday, March 31, 2016

Orphan Black Season 3 recap – “Transitory Sacrifices of Crisis”

“Transitory Sacrifices of Crisis”


Rudy picks up a girl – Patty – and takes her back to his hotel room.  They start having sex, when Seth joins them.  Rudy explains that they were taught to share.

The next day Paul shows up at Rudy and Seth’s room to administer a test of word associations and videos of their eyes.  Rudy passes, but Seth has problems.  Paul them gives them their orders on getting back to base.  Rudy wonders if the orders came from “Mother,” Virginia.

Art is back on the job and has taken Patty’s case.  He calls Sarah who shows up when Art is taking her home.  She pretends to be Beth, and gets Patty to talk a bit.  She explains that they copied down the details from her license in a book and took a hair sample.  Art really doesn’t like that Sarah did that, but he does tell her that Rudy and Seth have the same tattoo of a two headed horse.

Nealon sets up a meeting with Cosima.  She’s doing better, but she needs to get back in the lab.  At the meeting, she and Scott ask if the original sample was truly lost.  Nealon explains that the Duncans brought the female and male genomes to Dyad from the military, but never revealed the original sources. 

At a soccer game, Ramon – Alison’s old drug and arms dealer – shows up.  He says that he’s closing his business and going to college.  Alison figures she and Donnie could take over his business.  Alison cashes out their retirement plan, and they make a deal and buy all of Ramon’s product as well as his client list.  Most of whom, will be voters in the election.

Helena is being waterboarded by Castor clone Miller and a bunch of other military guys.  They take blood samples to see how it changes under stress.  But they’re stopped by Virginia who comes in saying Helena is pregnant. 

Mrs. S. feels she’s failed.  Felix talks her back into her game of mysterious contacts.

While waiting to be picked up, Seth starts glitching; there’s pain in his head and he starts punching a car.  He gets a call from Rudy who says he’s not going back to base, but finishing their mission, which was to find the original genome from Ethan.  Rudy breaks into Felix’s and starts searching for clues.

Cosima and Cal, separately, start looking up two headed horses and Castor.  Apparently the tattoo is for a black ops unit.  Cosima suggests Sarah talk to Mrs. S. to get in touch with Paul, but Sarah doesn’t like that idea.  But she eventually visits with Mrs. S. who tells her that Paul has gone dark.  She also tells Sarah that she needs to take Kira away for safety.  Sarah doesn’t want to hear that.

One of the soldiers runs the same kinds of tests on Helena, although she is more interested in getting food, pissing off Miller, and talking to Pupok than taking a test.  Virginia comes in and takes Helena for a talk.  Virginia explains the Castors came to her when they were very young.  She also tells Helena that it was Sarah who sold her out.

Cal is still unpacking his new house he bought to be closer to Sarah and Kira when Paul breaks in and they have a talk about Sarah and Dyad.  Paul reveals that he knows some dark secret of Cal’s.  He also tells him that Sarah needs to stop digging, or things will go bad and that Cal needs to take her away.

Cal tries to call Sarah – who has Kira at Felix’s – but she doesn’t hear her phone.  Rudy captures Kira.  He asks if Ethan gave Sarah tissue samples of the Castor original, but isn’t happy when she doesn’t know anything.  Cal shows up, only to be stopped by Seth.  They start to fight, but Seth starts glitching and screaming.  Rudy runs downstairs to see what’s happening to him, leaving Kira behind.  Rudy sees Seth, and shoots him to end his suffering.  He then takes Seth’s notebook, and leaves.

Cal – with the help of Mrs. S’s contacts – takes Kira to Iceland to hide her from all of this. 

The only one they know who might lead them to Castor is Mark, so Sarah starts looking for him.  He and Gracie are in a motel, and he’s – literally – burning off his tattoo.


The first time I saw this I was getting a little worried that there were too many characters and that it would be hard to keep track of them all.  Then they killed off Seth and sent Cal and Kira to Iceland, which I figured was a good way to have them still be part of the show without being in every episode.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Orphan Black Season 3 recap – “The Weight of This Combination”

“The Weight of This Combination”


This season starts with Helena dreaming about all her sestras having a suburban, backyard party.  But then she wakes up in a box with an imaginary scorpion she calls Pupok – Ukrainian for bellybutton – who talks to her about being tested again.  At the end of the episode, one of the Castor clones unlocks her from the box after an older woman – who we later learn is Dr. Virginia Coady – tells him to.

Sarah is talking with Felix about her meeting with Marion and the Castor clones.  But Marion has gone off to Europe to smooth things over.  Marion sends Delphine back to take over for Rachel.  However, Topside is sending a “cleaner” named Ferdinand to check everything over to make sure the clones aren’t a threat to Topside.  He can’t know that Rachel has been injured.  Delphine wants Sarah to impersonate her, but she doesn’t want to.

Delphine shows Sarah security camera footage of Rudy and his brother Seth – neither named in this episode – trying to abduct another Leda clone, Krystal Goderitch.  They were able to save Krystal, but Seth escaped and Rudy killed a couple of guards.  Now he’ll only talk to Sarah.  She goes into his cell and they talk a bit and he says that they have all sorts of information on her sisters and her family.  Sarah doesn’t take that well.  As she leaves, he tells her to “count her sisters.” She calls and Alison is fine and Cosima is looking better.  But there’s no sign of Helena.

Mrs. S. returns home and is jumped by Seth.  She tells him that she and Paul had a deal, but he tells her he’s not working for Paul.  He’s looking for Ethan, and isn’t happy to hear that he’s dead.  He then wants to know about his research, but Mrs. S. figures that’s at Dyad.  Seth seems to be having some issues.  He leaves before Sarah and Felix show up, and Mrs. S. tells them about her deal with Paul, which really upsets Sarah.

Amongst all this, Alison decides to run for school board.  The incumbent Marci Coats is apparently planning on changing the district boundaries making Alison’s kids have to go to another school.  Alison’s plans on running are complicated when Donnie tells off his boss and is fired.  He suggests she go work for her mom at her store Bubbles, but Alison really does not like that idea.

Dr. Nealon removed the pencil from Rachel’s eye.  He later tells Delphine that there was some damage.  Part of why Marion sent Delphine back was to avoid a Helsinki situation, and she’ll need Nealon’s help.  Later, once Rachel wakes up, Delphine tortures her to find out what she and Ferdinand are up to and learns that she knows about Helsinki, even though she isn’t supposed to.

Sarah will impersonate Rachel for Delphine as long as Delphine promises to help look for Helena.  They think that all she needs to do is say hi to Ferdinand and then let Delphine handle matters, but Ferdinand wants to talk to them both, and then go see “Sarah.” He sees Alison impersonating Sarah, and then wants to discuss matters privately with “Rachel.”

Ferdinand goes over to Rachel’s apartment, and we learn that he and Rachel have some sort of relationship.  We also learn that Helsinki refers to a time when Topside killed a group of clones who were aware.  Another Helsinki is in progress.  The plan is that after they take Sarah’s ovary, they’ll just kill her, they’ll stop treating Cosima and she’ll die, and Ferdinand’s goon is on his way to kill Alison and her family with a fire.  Sarah tries to call Alison, but only leaves a message. 

She ends up spanking, and then choking Ferdinand with his own belt – which he likes – before Delphine comes in.  She points out that Topside would blame him for the Helsinki – they wouldn’t blame Rachel – so they blackmail him into calling off his goon and telling Topside that everything is fine at Dyad.

Seth then manages to kill the guards around Rudy and freeing him.

Some other things happen as well.  Delphine – having to take over for Rachel and loving all the Leda clones – breaks up with Cosima.  Scott is ready to quit because of military clones, but then Cosima shows him Ethan’s Island of Dr. Moreau with all the notes, so he’s ready to stay.  Until they crack it, they won’t tell anyone about it.  Kira has Helena’s container of frozen embryos.  Also, Cosima is a bit confused about how Kira “saved” her last season.


When I first saw this episode, I wasn’t sure about it, it seemed to shake everything up and I wasn’t sure it would all work.  Then I remembered that was how I felt about the first episode of the Second Season, and the Second Season worked out pretty good.  And the Third Season worked out great. 

Since Virginia wasn’t named this episode, I also wondered if she might be Susan Duncan, Rachel’s mother that Leekie reportedly killed.  But it turns out she’s just a Castor Doc.

Delphine torturing Rachel made me wonder if they were trying to get the audience to feel sorry for her.  Well, that probably was the idea, but I wondered if it was to set up Rachel’s turn to the good side like Helena being shot.  I guess that still remains to be seen.

There are a series of Orphan Black comic books dealing with the Helsinki storyline.  I haven’t read them, but I did start looking up information on them on Wikipedia, and discovered a spoiler for Season Four.  So if you’re really interested, I’d say check them out at your own risk.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Orphan Black Season 2 Overview

After watching this season the first time, I wondered if they were setting Rachel up to be a more sympathetic character.  Much as how Helena was the villain for the first season, but then came around to being with her sestras.  Would Rachel be similarly redeemed in the Third Season?  Having seen the Third Season, I’ll say Rachel’s story is far from finished.  It’s easy to say she’s a hopeless case, but you could have said the same about Helena.  What will the Fourth Season show?  We’ll have to see.

Some of the questions I had at the end of the season, such as how Marion ended up with Rudy, if Mark knew he was a clone, stuff like that, were answered in the Third Season.  Of course, these answers just opened up giant new questions.  That’s the mark of a good show. 

I’m not sure what else to say.  I really want to get into the Third Season, not just because it’s good, but also rewatching the episodes and writing up these posts are taking up a lot of time.  I probably should have started earlier.  But hopefully, my already written reviews for the Third Season should be more like the reviews I’ve been writing, so there shouldn’t be as much revision.  One can hope, at least.

Here are the links to my reviews for each episode of Season Two.