Monday, June 20, 2016

Orphan Black Season 4 recap – “From Dancing Mice to Psychopaths”

“From Dancing Mice to Psychopaths”


We start with a flashback to the end of last season.  Krystal is following Delphine and sees her get shot by Duko.  Before he can finish the job, Krystal’s phone rings and he goes to investigate.  But then he hears traffic and leaves.  Krystal goes to help Delphine when Evie’s doctor/right hand Ian Van Lier – who I don’t think was named before – shows up and sends Krystal away and gets Delphine medical help.  She ends up in a cabin with the old guy from Rachel’s visions.

In the present, Cosima and Susan have succeeded in making their stem cells and are well on their way to having a cure.  Cosima calls Sarah to share the news, but then she sees that she is locked out of the computer and then her connection freezes. 

Krystal is having lunch with a friend and sees a news report on the BrightBorn stuff and sees Ian announce he is interim CEO.  She calls Felix with news about what happened to Delphine, but wants to be told everything.

Ira can’t get in touch with Susan so arranges a helicopter to take them back to the island.  Sarah calls Rachel wondering what is going on, but Rachel says they are having trouble getting in touch with Susan as well.  Sarah and Rachel start arguing over Ian and why things are still going on, when Felix hangs up to tell them that Krystal has info on Ian.  They figure there are two branches of Neolution – clones vs bots – and they need all the info they can get.

Cosima is talking with Charlotte when her nose starts bleeding.  She then has a dizzy spell.

Ferdinand shows up at Rachel’s hotel room.  He’s ready to get back to the top of Neolution with her holding his leash.  But she says she doesn’t feel anything now.  But he pushes her and she starts canning him.  She talks about neolution and he seems worried she’s gone over to them, but she kind of forces him to back her.  They’re interrupted when Ira comes back saying Susan will call.

Evie is talking to the Neolution Board, saying that this is all just a minor setback.  They want her to sign everything over so that the technology won’t be tainted by her scandal.  She refuses, and Ian activates her maggotbot and she dies.

Helena, Alison, and Donnie are hiding out in Helena’s shack.

Krystal shows up at the Rabbit Hole.  Felix tries to talk her out of knowing everything, but she refuses.  He takes her downstairs where she sees Art and Sarah introduces herself as Krystal’s clone.  But Krystal doesn’t buy it, thinking they look nothing alike.  But she tells them what Ian did.

Cosima goes looking for Susan and finds her in Rachel’s room talking to Rachel.  She says that they can now restart human cloning.  Cosima confronts her, and Susan locks her in the room so she doesn’t interfere.

Ferdinand ties Ira up so he and Rachel can go to the board, behind Susan’s back.

Ian is talking to the press when Krystal shows up asking about Delphine and neolution.  He ditches the press and asks if she wants to talk, but she says to meet around the corner.  He goes and Mrs. S. takes him to a car where we see it was Sarah, not Krystal.  He tells them about the Board and how Rachel is cutting Susan out of everything.

Rachel talks to the Board saying Susan is out of touch.  She wants to restart human cloning – in countries where the clones would have no legal rights – and implant them with the maggotbots to turn them fully into lab rats.  So they can do whatever tests they want to further the technology.

Rachel then goes back to the island to get the cloning stuff, leaving Ira behind.  Sarah talks him into giving her the helicopter he had planned to use.  They put him with Mrs. S. and Kira.

Cosima is going around the room and knocks over some paintings Charlotte had done.  One is of the island showing a boat and a group of huts on the other side.  Charlotte then breaks Cosima out saying Susan told them to leave and go to the boat.  Cosima asks if there are other people on the island, and Charlotte says they can’t go there.  Cosima makes a small detour to the lab.

Rachel arrives on the island and finds the man from her visions in the house.  He tells her not to waver.  She goes in to talk to Susan and asks who that was.  Susan called him The Messenger.  They talk and Susan says she’s disappointed by Rachel who – sees an image of the swan’s head – so she grabs a knife and stabs Susan.

Sarah arrives at the island and goes in the house.  She follows the bloodtrail to Susan, bandaging herself in the lab.  She puts down her gun to help, but Rachel was waiting and starts beating on Sarah with her cane.  She also takes the knife and stabs Sarah in the leg.  Susan grabs the gun and threatens to shoot Rachel, but Rachel calls her bluff.  But Sarah manages to escape.

Cosima and Charlotte get lost in the woods.  When night falls, they sit down to rest and fall asleep.  They are found by The Messenger, who takes them to the huts where Cosima is reunited with Delphine.

Rachel patches Susan up, and ties her to a wheelchair.  Rachel asks about who made her eye and the visions.  Susan says it’s the man behind the curtain, Westmoreland, who is still alive well over a century after writing his book.  Rachel says that’s impossible, but Susan says not for him.  Rachel then locks her in the room.

Cosima wakes up hearing Delphine talking with The Messenger.  Westmoreland apparently isn’t happy with the situation and Delphine won’t be allowed to stay with Cosima.  But for now she is her patient.  After he leaves, Cosima gives her the cell line she stole from the lab so Delphine could cure her.  Delphine tells her not to tell anyone.

Sarah calls Mrs. S., but Ferdinand is there holding them at gunpoint.

Rachel talks with Ian who says that Westmoreland will see her now.  There is then a ring at the door.


At the end of last season we saw Nealon take some worm out of his mouth and try to force it on Delphine.  I was a tad worried that things were going a little too sci-fantasy for my tastes.  But this season they explained the maggotbots and I no longer have an issue with that.  With that in mind, I’m cautiously optimistic that the “immortal” Westmoreland or whatever will be satisfactorily explained next season.  We’ll just have to wait and see.  I’m still concerned about the psychic Kira and am still waiting for a good explanation of that.

One question I have is if Ferdinand has gone over to the Neolution side.  It looks that way with him holding Mrs. S. and Kira hostage, but it could also be him just getting their attention as he explains that he thinks Rachel has gone off the deep end.  I guess we’ll have to wait until next season.

My plan is to rewatch this season, then write up my thoughts on it and any predictions I have for the fifth season.  I should hopefully have that out by the end of the week.

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