Thursday, May 5, 2016

What I’m Watching: Orphan Black

Orphan Black: Season 4, Episode 2 “Transgressive Border Crossing” (B+)

After last week’s full flashback hour, this episode did a productive job of driving the story forward while still showcasing a good deal of Beth-centric events. Art and Sarah rummaging through her life was an effective way of revealing more about her, and MK herself filled in a good deal of the rest. That whole cheek thing is pretty hard to watch, and this new slate of neolutionists is proving to be even freakier than any enemies from the first season. When Sarah got recognized in the club, it seemed like she had been mistaken for Beth, but instead it was MK, who was also the target of her two assailants in the laundromat. Two things are still unknown – what actually drove Beth to jump onto the train tracks and what the hell is in her cheek and showed up red and very visible when Mrs. S shone a flashlight into her mouth. Felix looking for his birth family is an interesting development, though I’m sure they can’t be nearly as memorable or twisted as Sarah’s. Speaking of family, Helena and Donnie’s trip to the doctor started out comical and ended with some more surprising news: she’s pregnant with twins. It makes sense that Alison wouldn’t be celebrating that fact because of her own fertility issues, and she’s also having enough trouble managing having Helena in the house as it is. On a lighter note, I enjoyed the fact that she wasn’t even slightly amused by MK wearing a sheep mask because they’re clones.

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