Orphan Black S02E03 – Distempers of Learning

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Tonight on Space, things seem to be going from bad to worse for Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) and the clone club.

Possible SPOILERS below so be warned. (I try to avoid as much as I can, but you can’t avoid them altogether, or this would be a really short article!)

Written by Alex Levine, this week sees Sarah, Kira (Skyler Wexler) and Felix (Jordan Gavaris) still on the run, and camping out in their appropriated truck, something Felix is not happy with at all, but Sarah agrees and they set off to find somewhere with an actual bed for Kira to sleep in. (There’s a nice call out to Tatiana’s film Picture Day, listen for it!)

Unfortunately, they are being hunted by Daniel Rosen (Matthew Bennett), who seems practically unstoppable!

We also get introduced to another new character this week, as the scope of the series continues to expand. We are introduced to Cal (Michiel Huisman), who has a bit of a past with Sarah, and not all of it good. The two of them catching up leaves Felix feeling a bit left out in the cold, so he leaves the group and heads back into town to show some support for Allison. (as a side note, this was the one beat I didn’t entirely buy into. I get that Fee is hurt by Cal’s appearance; and the fact that Sarah kept Cal a secret from him. I know he feels a bit like a third wheel, but I couldn’t quite buy him leaving Kira and Sarah like that…)

Allison has her own problems as the debut date of the community musical she’s in, Blood Ties, is hours away, and she’s having a very hard time dealing with, and begins popping pills and drinking heavily…

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Cosima, working with Delphine (Evelyne Brochu) at the Dyad Institute, is introduced to another clone, via recordings the institute made, that chronicles her deterioration to the disease that is now threatening Cosima, and no doubt, the other clones… It’s troubling to watch this woman suffer, knowing that she’s not going to recover, and that the same fate may be in store for my favorite clone.

Things get really wacky for Helena, who is stuck out amongst the Prolethians with Henrik (Peter Outerbridge) who seems to be walking a fine line between genius and fanatic, and after a troubling ceremony, then takes her to a locked room, and… well… not good.

The episode ends with a terrifying incident, that will leave us wondering what comes next for Sarah, as she has a showdown with Daniel…

This show continues to up the standards for smart television, not to mention addictive television, and one still can’t help but wonder and rave at Maslany’s brilliant abilities to bring every single clone to life in unique ways that, even now, I have to remind myself are still being portrayed by the same person.

The downside to this 3rd episode is that the season is now, already, 30% over!!

GAH!!!!

I need more!!!!!!

Orphan Black airs tonight on Space!

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