Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Orphan Black Season 4 recap – “The Mitigation of Competition”

“The Mitigation of Competition”


Rachel and Ira are in a hotel room.  She is having more visions of a group of armed people in a camp in the woods.  The old man she saw before is with them.  She believes they are on the island.  Ira shows her the news which is interviewing Evie leading up to her big press conference later that day.

Sarah and Felix show up.  Rachel explains that the new maggotbots will be sold as gene therapy, but they will also alter the patients DNA – as well as their children’s – without any consent.  There’s probably something about it buried in the tons of legalese, but nobody will find it.

Rachel and Ira learned that two carriers from BrightBorn had escaped.  But Sarah and Felix don’t want to really work with them, so they take the information and leave Rachel and Ira at the hotel.

One of the escapees has video of one of the BrightBorn doctor’s euthanizing a deformed baby.  They sent it to Evie to leave them be, or the video will go public.  Her right-hand man sends the two fake EMTs out on jobs.

Art gets a lead on the women at a shelter.  He and Sarah go, but there are cops there.  She stays in the car and gets a call from Helena, who has a camp in the woods where she fishes and hunts deer with a bow.  She’s also wearing some skins.  Sarah doesn’t tell her all of what is going on, but Helena knows something is going on.

One of the women is dead from a “suicide,” a hanging.  Trina was friends with them and had gotten a call and had showed up to meet.  After she leaves, Sarah spots her and talks to her as Beth.  Trina says that the other woman – Kendra, who has a son – knew of an empty house. 

Art talks to the detective on the scene – who is the one going after Donnie – and after Art leaves the detective calls Evie to let her know Sarah is searching for Kendra.

Donnie gets out of jail and is really happy to see Alison.  They meet with Adele but a few things slip that there is more stuff going on than they are telling her.  This is only further expanded when Adele and Felix go back to his place, and the “triplet” Helena shows up.  She and Adele snap at each other, and Felix tells Helena to go and they’ll talk later.  Adele then leaves because she can’t handle all the secrets Felix is keeping from her.

Evie has the latest version of the maggotbot implanted. 

Art and Sarah go searching for the empty house.  At one point, Ira calls her with information about Kendra’s son.  But it was all so he can trace her phone to know where they are.  Rachel sends him after them as a contingency plan.

Cosima and Susan fertilize an egg.  Susan then gives Cosima Westmorland’s book.  As she reads, Charlotte shows up and they talk about being sick.  Cosima doesn’t like Westmoreland that much.  She talks with Susan and they argue about the ethics of all this.  Susan says that she was under pressure to continue Leda when she made Charlotte.

Rachel has more visions of the people in the camp beheading a swan.

Alison and Donnie are worried that everything is going wrong, so they decide to leave the country.  They’re packing things when Alison goes downstairs and finds the one EMT guy has him tied up. 

He wants to know where Duko is, and will implant one of the early maggotbots – that’s really glitchy – into Alison.  But she won’t talk and just before he can implant it, Helena shows up with her bow and kills the guy.

Art and Sarah find the house and break in.  They find the baby – who is blind – and Kendra, who points a gun at them.  She finally believes them that they are going after BrightBorn.  She shows them the video of the doctor she shot in BrightBorn.  She wants to just give them the video, but they point out that they need her to collaborate it. 

Sarah calls Rachel who suggests a more devious way to get Kendra to go with them.  Sarah won’t do that and hangs up.  Rachel calls Ira and has him get ready. 

The one EMT lady – and another goon – show up at the house.  While Art is arresting them, Rachel calls Kendra on the land line, and tells her to get in Ira’s car or something will happen to her other son.

Rachel walks in to Evie’s press conference, before it begins.  She gives Evie Kendra’s phone with the video, and tells her where Kendra is.  In return, she wants a seat at the table.  Evie agrees.  Rachel then asks, why Evie killed the babies, and Evie says that euthanizing them was the only humane thing to do.  She then starts her press conference.

Sarah and Art show up at the hotel room and are ready to kick Ira’s butt.  But he points out that Rachel is wearing a hidden camera.  During Evie’s press conference, all the reporters get the doctor video as well as Evie’s confession.  They start asking questions and ruin her shining moment.

Rachel has more visions, and realizes that someone is trying to tell her something.  We then see the inside of a cabin at the camp, and we see Delphine.


What’s Latin for “Helena at the door,” as the new deus ex machina?

How long have Sarah and her people been fighting Evie?  Rachel takes her down in an afternoon.  I’m not ready to jump on the reformed Rachel train just yet.  She too often has schemes within schemes, so I’m just waiting to see what she really does.  Of course, I guess at the end of Season Two I had predicted that an injured Rachel may be the way towards turning her around, like an injured Helena.  It’s just taking a lot longer.

I was a little surprised that Evie was basically defeated this episode.  I expected that to be more of a season ender.  It was great nonetheless, just surprising.  Although, I guess her story isn’t completely over, but I doubt there will be much of a resurgence for her.

Now, the stuff with Delphine.  After last season I suspected that she was dead.  And then there were reports that the creators said she was dead.  So I expected a scene early this season of Cosima standing at her grave.  But when this season started, and Delphine had just disappeared, the odds were turning that she was alive, somewhere.  But I didn’t expect to see her until next season.  I guess, how I feel about her being back will depend on what she’s been doing.

Now, who are the people on the island?  My theory is that they are the Bird Watchers.  What if Westmorland – perhaps in his later years – became worried about what his secret society might do, so he started a second, secret society to keep tabs on the first one?  It would be run in cells, so not everybody would know what is all going on.  But I think Mrs. S. is not the leader, but high up.  She’s always seemed to know more than she lets on.  For example, at the beginning of the second season when Mrs. S. takes Kira to her people and then Sarah shows up only to find that group had sold them out to the Proleathens, when the lady ask Mrs. S. who Sarah and Kira were, she replied that they were Leda.  The lady didn’t know what that was, and Mrs. S. said good, then shot her.  I can’t remember if it was explained, but how did Mrs. S. know about Leda?  All she had seen was the photo of the Duncan’s Sarah and Helena’s birth mother had.  Was Mrs. S. fishing for information, or did she know what Leda was?

In my theory, it was Mrs. S. who picked up the injured Delphine.  She was at the Bubbles party, but that was before Delphine was shot.  This would add weight to the scene early this season where Cosima was distraught and Mrs. S. was talking to her and Cosima asked Mrs. S. to tell her that Delphine was alive.  I believe Mrs. S. response was, “I can’t do that.” Hmm. 

Of course, if this is true and Orphan Black continues its policy of people who we don’t actually see die are just faking their deaths, then could the old man in Rachel’s visions be Mr. S., the one Kendall went to prison for killing?  That would be too big of a coincidence.  Yes, it would tie a whole bunch of plot threads together, but it would be a tangled mess, not the smooth elegance we expect from Orphan Black.

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