Tuesday, May 17, 2016

What I’m Watching: Orphan Black

Orphan Black: Season 4, Episode 4 “From Instinct to Rational Control” (B+)

This was a less serious in many ways mainly because of the prominent role that Donnie took in the hour, which is always a sign that humor is sure to follow. I like that he was really impressed with Alison’s legwork on the identities that she fabricated for Felix and him to use. His overcompensating while he and Felix posed as gay potential parents was especially entertaining, and his phone sex with Alison as he prepared to give his sample was one of his most memorable moments since he and Alison danced in piles of money. Alison getting recognized as Beth was a surprise, mainly since she’s so rarely in the field. Sarah telling her to do her part for once wasn’t particularly kind, and it clearly stung the already short-tempered Alison. Mrs. S staging a reconciliation between Sarah and Felix was important, and Sarah can use all the friends she can get. MK managed to entrap Ferdinand and nearly murder him for the crimes he committed against her, and it’s very informative to learn about MK’s past and her dear departed friend Nikki. Susan letting Rachel know that she was on to her plan was an unfortunate development, and it’s crazy to think that Rachel has now become a sympathetic character after she was such a nefarious villain in previous seasons. This Evie Cho is very intriguing, reminiscent of a much more self-assured and powerful Delphine who is sure to shake up the clones’ lives and the potential for what their existence means for the future.

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