Tuesday, May 5, 2015

What I’m Watching: Orphan Black

Orphan Black: Season 3, Episode 3 “Formalized, Complex, and Costly” (B+)

Even when our female clones were in constant danger and were being killed off, it wasn’t as volatile or violent as now when the male clones are in the picture. They were targeted because they were perceived of as abominations, and in this case it was first that one was glitching and abandoned by his brothers rather than desperately and painstakingly saved, and second that Mark, who was the first clone we met, has been punished and executed for betraying the trust of the Proletheans he was sent to infiltrate. I do like when characters who don’t usually interact spend time together, and therefore Sarah plopping down at Gracie’s table to tell her who Mark really is was a nice and unexpected development, not that it worked out too well for Mark, who also seemed to be the most stable and caring of the military line of clones. I was never Art’s biggest fan but it was fun to see him again, as he walked in literally as a dead body was being moved in Sarah’s apartment. Confessing that he loved Beth to Sarah and that they share many qualities was a rare and sweet moment of honesty. It’s obvious that Allison can’t hope to win her current campaign based on her merits alone, but she seems to have found just the thing to corner the market and probably push her over the edge. Her opponent stopping by to try to sell them a house in a different district was a low blow that seems to have only egged Allison on more.

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