This weekend’s Orphan Black, “Scarred by Many Frustrations,” lacked my favorite clone, Alison. In spite of this, there were several very satisfying things about this episode. I’m finally feeling like the season has a bit of movement and this episode featured another one of my favorites– Ksenia Solo! I’m not quite going clone-by-clone this time around, but we’ll cover ’em.
Since we’ve mentioned Ksenia, let’s start with Cosima. She is super awkward on her Sapphire date with Shay, who I totally didn’t recognize as Ksenia Solo– that girl is a chameleon! Even as Kenzi on Lost Girl, she was constantly transforming. I love seeing her and Tatiana Maslany on screen together. I’m really interested in where this relationship is going to go and in who is capturing this date on camera. Cosima is still a mess post-Delphine and she was distractingly awkward, but Shay is smooth as butter… does she know about the surveillance? We’ll see.
Now to actual plot progression. It’s surprised me to see Sarah wake up in captivity next to Helena. Just as I feared, the relationship between the sisters is damaged. I’ve assumed for a long time now that Helena would lose her trust in Sarah. We started this series with her trying to kill her clone sisters, after all. She seemed steeped in sisterly good will for a while, but when it comes down to it, Helena is programmed to survive. I didn’t know it would be this moment that would separate them, though. The work together on the escape plan and Helena is absolutely brilliant. When it comes time to grab the keys and let Sarah free, Helena leaves her in her cell– “now we’ve even.” As she escapes, she has second thoughts knowing her sister is in pain, but she listens to her scorpion friend this time and escapes. Now the military has Sarah and Helena is free… and alone.
We also must talk about Gracie this time around! I’m a huge Mrs. S fan, so I think this was my favorite storyline. Gracie visits Art for help, having been told about him by Sarah. Art brings her to Mrs. S and Felix– she needs a friend now. Gracie is 18 and finally on her own and is just in the mood for rebellion. She dresses, as Fe puts it, like she’s in a Victoria’s Secret fashion show, and intends to go out and drink and dance. S convinces her to do so in a contained environment. As they drink and dance, though, Gracie doubles over in pain. At the same time, Art meets up with the Castor creeps victim who has the same ailment: blood filling their eyes.
I enjoyed this episode, but am so looking forward to the return of Rachel and the new Rachel, Delphine, next time around. What did you all think?