Orphan Black S01E02 – Instinct

Tonight on Space, things get even crazier for Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) as she learns the threads of her own and Beth’s life are more complicated than she thought, both personally and professionally.

SPOILERS may abound, so proceed with caution…

Now, we as viewers already know Sarah and her doppelgänger are clones, we don’t know the whys though. This episode we get a little deeper into it, as it picks up exactly where the previous episode left off, with the dead German Katja Obinger in Sarah’s backseat, the rear of her head splattered across the back of the seat, and a ringing pink phone.

We learn that apparently someone followed Katja from Europe, and is killing the clones…

After tending to the mess, at the urging of the voice on the other end of the phone, she returns to see Felix (Jordan Gavaris) with what she thinks is the cash she cleared out of Beth’s account… She finds an interesting surprise.

nightFelix seeks out Mrs. S (Maria Doyle Kennedy) to reveal that Sarah isn’t dead, and to hopefully find a way for her to see Kira (Skyler Wexler). I’m of the opinion that there’s more going on with Mrs. S than we realize, I’m not sure if she’s involved in the whole clone thing, but I certainly don’t trust her.

Sarah continues to get mired in Beth’s life as she’s forced to testify about the civilian shooting she was involved in, and we learn through Art (Kevin Hanchard) that perhaps it wasn’t as clean as we initially thought… But she has to clear the hearing if she has any hope of every getting out of town with Kira and Felix, even if it means blackmail…

There’s tons going on in this episode, all manner of tiny threads weaving together to form a huge tapestry, and we meet even more versions of Sarah…

I cannot give enough credit to Tatiana, knowing the long hours she put into this series, to each scene, she imbues each of her characters with unique attributes, and the new ones we meet this evening surprise even Sarah. She cements herself not only as a strong leading lady, but an adept actress, she truly is amazing in each of her performances.

tatiana1With all the things going on around her, it’s nice when she can have a nice quiet moment with Felix, though they never seem to last. She’s juggling her own life, the mystery of the pink phone and all that comes with it, Beth’s boyfirned Paul (Dylan Bruce), a cop with problems, the thought of a killer out there hunting her down and the struggle to get back her daughter…

Series co-creator Graeme Manson penned tonight’s episode, moving the story, and the revelations along at an almost dizzying pace, pausing long enough to allow you a quick laugh or a WTF moment before plunging right back into the ocean that is the mystery around Sarah.

And while they haven’t necessarily admitted to be in Toronto yet, they do mention Scarborough and that it’s local… So that’s nice. I love thinking stuff like this could be going  on in the city around me!

Orphan Black airs tonight on Space!!

Are you watching?



2 Comments Add yours

  1. Amanda Schank says:

    I’ll be watching ! I enjoyed last weeks episode, and if the next few episodes are as good, then I will be hooked for sure. I hope it stays and doesn’t get cancelled, it’s awesome it’s filmed on home turf 🙂

    1. TD Rideout says:

      Yeah! We’ve chatted with the cast and I’ve seen the first 4 eps, it’s a very cool show!

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