Orphan Black S01E09 – Unconscious Selection

It’s hard writing reviews for this show each week, because one runs out of ways to describe Tatiana Maslany’s stellar performances. She continues to stun and shine in every incarnation she embodies on the show, and this week was no different.

In the season’s penultimate episode Alex Levine’s script puts Graeme Manson’s and John Fawcett’s creations through a gambit of beats and emotions. The noose is getting tighter around our characters while at the same time the canvas of the mystery seems to be getting larger.

And apparently I’ve been spelling Cosima’s name wrong. Oops.

The episode picks up immediately after little Kira (Skyler Wexler) was hit by a car last week, in what was a heart-stopping moment. Wow.

helenacageAnd from there the episode just rabbits along full throttle, balancing wonderful moments of tension, humor, pathos and drama. I found myself laughing aloud one moment, and misty-eyed the next.

Helena (Maslany) realizing its her fault that Kira was hurt reaches a catalyst and refuses to help Tomas (Daniel Kash) anymore, who then cages her!!

Sarah agrees to meet with Leekie (Matt Frewer) at a place of her own choosing with Paul’s (Dylan Bruce) help.

Cosima finds differentiating marker DNA in the tests she’s run on the clones, allowing Leekie to differentiate each clone. But it’s how he learned all their names that burns Cosima…

Orphan-Black-Episode-1.09-Unconscious-Selection-Promotional-Photos-3_595_slogo… oh Delphine (Evelyne Brochu). That hurt, and Cosima’s harsh rejoinder of “It showed,” was so heart-breakingly brutal.

Allison with nowhere to go and nothing to do, tidies Felix’s (Jordan Gavaris) apartment and then persuades him to return to suburbia with him to collect some of her things while Donnie (Kristian Bruun) is out. Unfortunately the two of them stumble right into an intervention led by Aynesley (Natalie Lisinska). It’s a wonderfully orchestrated sequence that sees Allison finally asserting herself in her public life as much as she has in her private life.

Art (Kevin Hanchard) and Angela (Inga Cadranel) are on the verge of a breakthrough with their homicide investigations of the Jane Does that all look the same and it’s discovered that Beth has been long dead.

OB-MrsSThere’s also the revelation from Leekie that there is someone further up the chain yet. We get a glance of her reflection in a darkened window, but I’m sure it’s another role for Tatiana.

We also learn more about Sarah as Mrs. S (Maria Doyle Kennedy) brings in a huge surprise for her.

The show continues to knock my socks off, proving consistently and proudly that it is one of the smartest, well thought out, acted, directed, and produced creations currently on television. Knowing that they’ve been tapped for a second season just makes me wonder how much more we’re going to learn about Sarah and the others, the her in-vitro mother, the scientists who arranged everything and who’s pulling all the strings… and hopefully leading to an answer of why? Why were they created?

As long as the next series brings the same level of professionalism and attention to detail that this first one has, the second installment of this engaging story will continue to knock me over with its writing and its performances.

Still, after next week, it’s a long wait…

Perhaps Sue and I can find our way onto the set for Season 2 so we can get a sneak peek when cameras start rolling.

Orphan Black airs Saturdays on Space.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Sarah says:

    So well written! And as you said that IS the most smartest, acted, directed show on television that i ever saw. And tumbs up for Tatiana’s acting, it’s flawless. Can’t wait for the last episode, and until season 2, it’s gonna be a LONG wait 😦

    1. TD Rideout says:

      I couldn’t agree more. The wait is gonna be killer! But for more Tatiana make sure you check out her starting role in the incredibly entertaining Picture Day.

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