Tuesday, May 14, 2013

What I’m Watching: Orphan Black

Orphan Black: Season 1, Episode 7 “Parts Developed in an Unusual Manner” (A-)

The plotline on this show is moving forward in an extraordinary way, and it’s difficult not to get caught up in the excitement. It fits with the general vibe of this show that Neolution would also be a club where Olivier based his business, and we got definite confirmation that Olivier is linked to Dr. Leekie, and both are fully aware of what it is that they’re monitoring. Paul risking his own life to warn Sarah that Olivier knew that she wasn’t Beth was unexpected, and it’s interesting to see that, much to Felix’s disgust, they’ve developed an authentic romantic connection which at first was based on lying on both their parts. Olivier’s tail was peculiar at best, but Helena cutting it off, which was brutal to watch, made it worthwhile for the story’s sake. Helena is such a fascinating, off-the-rails character, so into food and convinced that she’s the original, but mysteriously awed by Sarah. Mrs. S revealing that she was told to hide Sarah as a child is big news since it means this thing goes back a long time, but it’s a productive development because it demonstrates that she is once again on Sarah’s side. Cosima making a move on Delphine wasn’t a surprise, but her departure signals that she too may be developing feelings for the person she’s supposed to be monitoring. The most mind-blowing news is that Sarah’s fingerprints just came up in the police database, and everything’s about to get completely crazy in the most awesome way.

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