Clone Club Catch-Up: Clutch of Greed

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Okay, a lot of things happened in last weekend’s episode!  We start with Sarah, finally waking up in Rachel‘s clutches.  She speaks with both Alison (and Art, both obviously pretending things are more okay than they are) and Cosima who both seem to indicate that things are different now.

Rachel makes a deal with Sarah saying she can go home with S and Kira if they can study Kira moving forward.  Sarah reluctantly takes said deal, knowing all along she’s going to run.  MK is hiding out at Felix’s loft.  Sarah plans to run with S, Kira, Fe, and MK and never return.  By disguising herself as Rachel, she goes to pick Kira up from school.  Rachel had arranged to pick Kira up for her first medical appointment.  Of course, Ferdinand follows her.

MK declares she’s tired of running and tries not to accompany Sarah & company.  When Sarah goes to get her at Felix’s loft, MK stands firm that she will not run anymore.  MK takes on the Sarah-as-Rachel disguise so Sarah can escape.  When Ferdinand catches up to her, he brutally kills her.  It’s a sad ending for such a cool character, and I can’t help but feel that MK deserved more.  We’ll have to see what becomes of her death.

Kira doesn’t want to run either.  She tells her mother that MK is dead; she can’t feel her anymore.  She wants to stay with Rachel and find out why she’s like this.  S encourages Sarah to listen to her daughter.

Meanwhile, Helena’s doctor is clearly on the side of neolution.  Things start getting dire when they discover one twin healed itself.  Helena escapes the hospital in a gruesome/awesome moment.

Cosima finally meets P.T. Westmoreland and he’s creepier than I’d anticipated.  I’m SO interested in what happens here.

We end with Delphine coming to see S, but Sarah can’t know why she’s there.

I’m hoping the storylines start converging sooner rather than later!  Thoughts?!

OITNB Season 5

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I have SO many thoughts about Orange is the New Black, and I’m still processing.  After every season, as I’m crying and cursing the fact that I have to wait another year to see what’s next, I’m asked why I like this show.

There are is absolute good in Orange is the New Black.  This is a given, by virtue of the fact that the protagonists are inmates in a prison.  What Orange is the New Black has always done well is making it a story about humans– these are people.  Just because people have made some bad choices does not make them bad people.

The conditions they are subjected to as inmates are frequently inhuman.  The circumstances some of them face are insurmountable.  Certainly, no one deserves what we see practiced at Litchfield.  No one deserves Poussey Washington’s fate.

This season is a departure from OITNB’s usual format.  It all takes place over the course of three days during the prison riot.  This effectively traps us in the prison with them.  At points, it’s more difficult to watch than ever since the tables are turned and the guards are now hostages.  They’re subjected to some major embarrassment.  It’s a fine line between a slight sense of satisfying revenge and cringe-worthy be better than them thoughts.  It’s a particularly intense season.  Things often feel drawn out, as we don’t get the respite of time passing.

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Clone Club Catch-Up: The Few Who Dare

In a show that’s already hard to keep track of, the season premiere of the final season of Orphan Black feels disorienting.  You may vaguely remember an island, a violent fight between Sarah & Rachel, and a roughly 170-year-old Westmorland.  That’s about as far as I got.

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So, welcome to Revival, the village of the cherry-picked genetically superior.  Cosima is stranded here, her reunion with Delphine cut short, greeted instead by a girl named Mud.  Sarah painstakingly made her way to Cosima to rescue her, but Cosima’s interest in science keeps her here.  Rachel has found a role with Westmoreland and the village.  She is just as invested as Cosima, she says, as she offers to give her the treatment she fought for.  Charlotte is here too.  Sarah tries to leave, finally, but is captured.

Meanwhile, the Hendrixes and Helene are living the trapping life in the woods.  Art is assigned a new partner, Engers, who knows what he’s up to… neolution has infiltrated the police.  Engers & co. captures Alison, though Donnie makes it away.  Helena comes to his rescue and comes away with an arrow sticking out of her stomach.  I hope her babies are okay!

There’s also Mr. Frontenac, who tells Felix there are no factions anymore.  I’m really not so sure of that, and we have no idea who he is.  All I know is:

  • the Clone Club is better together, and they’re very far apart at this moment
  • Kira is still spooky, and we should finally be getting answers to that

Hopefully next week will feel more familiar!  Thoughts as we start the final season?

Wedding Tasting Vlog

The would have worked better for Wedding Wednesday, but I just had to talk about that Pokémon Direct!  In truth, last weekend was a bit all over the place– we definitely ate a lot, and we got some really cool adventures in as well!

See for yourself:

Pokémon Direct

Weekend vlog is getting pushed because yesterday’s Pokémon Direct literally blew my mind.  So, we need to talk about this.

Here’s the Pokémon Direct, for those of you who missed it (or want to see it again!):

Pokken Tournament DX

I loved Pokken Tournament before it came out, being a huge fan of Tekken and pokémon.  When the game came out, I got to play competitively a little bit… something I never dreamed of doing.  Although I wasn’t so great, I loved it.  I really miss playing it, too.  I was absolutely elated to hear that the deluxe version of the game is coming to Nintendo Switch!  I’ve been dying to play with some new characters, and I can’t wait to get back into this game!

Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon

People were hoping for “Pokémon Stars” but I didn’t expect that at all.  Think back to our recent generations: we’ve had no Gray, no Z, so why would we have Stars?  Instead, we’re got Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon!  A new story in Alola sounds better than a souped-up remake to me.  My personal countdown is already on until I can get my hands on these games, so like please be warned that I am busy the weekend of November 17th.  I’m happy these titles are coming to 3DS, simply because I don’t want to have to buy a second Switch!  (Matt & I share… but not when it comes to Pokémon.)

The other little bit of news is that Gold & Silver are coming to the virtual console!  They will be compatible with Pokémon Bank, which should really help us fill up the Pokédex!

Who’s as excited as I am?!