Monday, April 29, 2013

What I’m Watching: Orphan Black

Orphan Black: Season 1, Episode 5 “Conditions of Existence” (A-)

I found this show fascinating from the start, and things are picking up now in a way that’s intense and awesome. Not seeing Art or Helena was perfectly fine, since this episode really dug deep into our main characters and unearthed some huge problems in their everyday lives. Sarah and Alison becoming paranoid about their partners being spies planted to watch them definitely puts things on edge, and, based on what we’ve seen, they’re completely justified. I still feel like Cosima should be a guest character that we don’t see all the time because the actress portraying her isn’t a series regular, and hearing her describe the science experiment they were likely in was both extremely interesting and worrisome. It’s great that she made a new friend, but I suspect that she has equally sinister motives to Paul and Donnie. Sarah’s reunion with Keira was quite wonderful, and even her interaction with Mrs. S was decent. Vic running into Alison at the market following his unfortunate injury was bad, and the one-two punch of Sarah seeing Paul’s photos of her with Keira and Vic walking right in to the apartment was very well-executed. I’m not sure how they’re going to handle that problem, but Paul came straight to Sarah rather than her having to seek him out, and I like that his confrontation was focused on genuine concern for a clearly absent Beth. “They don’t tell us why” is a fantastic final line for this episode, and I can’t wait to see what comes next.

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