Orphan Black Season 1 Finale Review: Same, Same But Different

Orphan Black S01E10: "Endless Forms Most Beautiful"

As Season 1 of BBC America's Orphan Black came to a close, I found myself thinking what a perfectly serialized show this is. Most genre television shows these days have some aspect of standalone-ness to them that fills in the dead air when the overarching story sputters, but Orphan Black was blessed with a 10-episode season–as opposed to 22 or even 13–that required no filler. With tight writing and multiple, thrilling overlapping stories, the season was a refreshingly dense viewing experience, one that was so addictive and moved so fast that at times it reminded me of (high praise incoming) Homeland's full-steam-ahead storytelling. But Orphan Black was able to do something that not even the buzzy Showtime show could do: maintain that pace for an entire season. Orphan Black is lean, every second counts, and Season 1 was so well plotted and paced that it just kept on getting better and better.

It all led up to tonight's great... no, excellent... no, some word better than excellent finale, which took everything the previous nine episodes did so well and dialed it up for one of the best freshman season-enders in recent memory. "Endless Forms Most Beautiful" was a perfect example of how a finale, especially one that's filed under science fiction, should operate. We expect satisfying answers, we expect big unexpected turns for characters, and we expect things to be bigger. Check, check, and check!

But most importantly, "Endless Forms Most Beautiful" felt like a really, really good episode of Orphan Black and not a stunt, like some finales can be. The pervading theme of individuality in a show about clones (I know, awesome, right?) remained thick in "Endless Forms Most Beautiful," especially in that amazing scene with Sarah, Cosima, and Alison sharing a bottle of wine. I love that the show didn't take the easy way out and turn into some "super team of clones vs. an evil corporation" series. Instead, each clone got to make their own decision of whether or not to take the deal from the Dyad Institute that would supposedly guarantee their safety. It made sense for Alison to take the deal in an attempt to return to normalcy and get any monitoring off her back, just as it made sense for Cosima and Sarah to remain skeptical. Though they're genetic identicals, it's their nurture, not their nature, that's dictating their actions now. And what a set up for Season 2... Alison signed herself over to Dyad, but Sarah and Cosima did not. We get to see BOTH outcomes of the contract, how cool is that?

As for the reveal that the genetic barcode in the clones' DNA was essentially a serial number and a patent that claimed the clones as Dyad's intellectual property, it's the kind of season-finale revelation that falls comfortably between over-the-top shocker and predictable secret. And that's what makes it work so well. It's not flailing for something to blow our minds just for the sake of blowing our minds, it simply fits so well into the overall story and opens the doors to Season 2 wide open while never diminishing the mystery. This is an intelligent, well-crafted series that confidently knows what direction it is heading, which shouldn't be praise for a show but have you seen some of the other aimless series out there? Again, the benefits of a 10-episode season are so obvious here.

We also met another character credit for Maslany in Rachel Duncan, a Dyad executive who is pretty high up the corporate ladder. Is she at the top? I don't know. Is she the original? Felix and Sarah seem to think she's the "proclone" but again, we don't know. Maybe she's behind it all, maybe she isn't. Maybe she's got all these clones running around so she can harvest their organs in case hers fail. Maybe she's just one of the clones who signed herself over a long time ago in exchange for a primo gig at Dyad. Maybe Rachel is really conceited and wants to look at herself all day. Maybe all the clones can join together in one giant clone called Clonetron! It's another present we get to unwrap in Season 2.

Of course we can't talk about adding a new clone without talking about the one we lost. Poor Helena, such a tragic character. But even though I got a little misty when her twin "seestra" (as Helena would say) Sarah shot her, she had to go. There was no way that both she and Sarah could have left that room alive, and sorry Helena, but Sarah is top billed. However, even though she was an out-of-control maniac that killed Sarah's birth mom, it was SO SAD. Her mental instability was a product of brainwashing and inhumane captivity by Tomas (though Dr. Leekie may argue that it's another possible clone defect), and she was a pawn in a game she never asked to be part of. Most of all I'll miss Maslany's feral performance, as Helena was the most distinct clone of the bunch. Again, the easy and happy-ending thing to do here would be to save Helena and bring her over to the good guys, but Orphan Black is showing its dark and daring side and keeping us off balance. It's the fact that Orphan Black isn't taking these easy way outs that makes it so compelling. And it must be nice to be able to kill a character off yet retain the actor's services. Heck, we've seen Tatiana Maslany die three times already.

Also hopping in a grave were Aynsley and Amelia, the former through comical circumstances and the latter a victim of Helena's rage and confusion. But I think I'd rather be stabbed in the stomach by a wildling clone than meet my maker the ridiculous way Aynsley did: by dipping the end of my scarf in a garbage disposal and choking. And Alison just stood there and watched. It immediately reminded me of (Breaking Bad Season 3 spoiler!) Walter White watching Jane choke on her own heroin-flush vomit. Like WW, Alison had the chance to stop the death but chose not to, presumably because Alison was still erroneously convinced Aynsley was her monitor. But maybe it was just because Aynsley was a huge bitch. I think we're looking at a murder investigation coming awfully close to Alison next season, and a possible Dyad intervention to keep Alison cooperative (like Dyad has Paul by the balls because of Afghanistan). As for Amelia, well she certainly didn't deserve to die at the hands of her daughter, but I think it was entirely within Helena's character to kill her.

If there was one story underserved in the finale it was policeman Art's. The police investigation into Beth's murder was tightening all the screws in the last handful of episodes, but in "Endless Forms Most Beautiful," he and partner Angela lost a lot of the heat they had stoked. Not a complaint as the episode was already busy enough, but aside from discovering the existence of Alison, they didn't seem to get any closer to Sarah's secret.

And so Orphan Black ends its stellar first season with Kira likely abducted by Siobhan, who we now know was somehow involved in the whole mystery. Was Siobhan who Rachel called when she said, "You know what you have to do now?" Again, another surprise that awaits us in Season 2. The one downside to a tight 10-episode season? We have about 42 weeks to wait until the next. But if it returns as strong as Season 1, it will be well worth it.

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EXTRA COPIES

– UP YOURS, PROCLONE is the best email ever.

Orphan Black looks like it has some numerology going on, though the little easter eggs appear to be simple winking nods and not anything deeper. Cosima's serial number was 324b21. The address of the building that housed Rachel's empty-floor office was 32-4. And Alison's address is 35. There was certainly an effort to make those numbers visible, too. Did anyone catch Sarah's address or apartment number? Anyone notice any other distinct numbers?

– Cosima has the bloody coughs! I love how they tied in clone defects to the story. Fixing her will be part of Season 2... I hope.

– What an outstanding score! Particularly the soft piano strokes of the opening scene and the increasing intensity of the closing sequence. It really elevates what's happening on screen. Remarkable work by Trevor Yuile.

– Hello, Alison Jazzercising! Too funny.

– One thing Orphan Black does so well is redeem characters. It was so great to see Vic in NarcAnon seeking help.

– "I don't want to be your sister, meathead." Sarah is so good at clearly showing where she stands with Helena but also respecting her rights as part of this clone mess. She has no problem telling Helena she doesn't like her, but also accepts that she deserves to know the truth about her birth mother and their relation.

– In our recent poll asking which clone is the best, I had Sarah as the third, behind Alison and Helena. But she was so good and smart and badass in this episode, I might bump her up top.

– It can't be said enough: Tatiana Maslany was amazing all season long. This show's success was entirely reliant on a strong actress to pull off the difficult challenge, and she killed it. Who else is obsessed with her?

– Between Rectify, The Americans, Hannibal, and Orphan Black, this has been an amazing year for new television.


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May 04, 2014
This is one of the best series ever!, this is tv at it's best , and very very high praise for Tatiana Maslany 's stellar performance this season !!, and yes Tim i'm obsessed with her too now!!
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Apr 23, 2014
I recall being intrigued by the promo for Orphan Black last year, but never getting around to watch it. In preparation for season 2, I burned through the first 10 episodes in short order.

Firstly, it must be said, adding Orphan Black to a lineup that already includes Continuum and Rookie Blue, the quality of Canadian TV shows has certainly jumped up a few notches in the past few years. WOOO! Go Canada!

I got a real kick out of watching Nina Dobrev play Katherine pretending to be Elana. It was basically a 3rd character played by the same actress that was slightly but clearly different from the other two. Tatiana Maslany however has taken that idea and cranked it up to 11. There was a scene in episode two where she flips her accent from English to American to English to German to English. I don't know if that was all in one take but that scene and subsequent floppy hat strut to the German version of 'These Boots' was enough to reel me in hook, line and sinker.

Watching the various Maslany characters interact is fascinating. Props to the makeup and style departments because more than a few times I actually forgot that these were all the same actress. Even if they looked alike and sounded alike, the manerisms of all are so different that there's never any confusion as to who's who.

I haven't entirely been hooked by the story line, which isn't to say I don't enjoy it, but it's not the top draw. I did gradually get more and more into it as the season went along, but there are still a few things I found contrived that although necessary to drive the narrative were a little silly and repetitive...I'm looking at you Cosima.

Things I'd like to see for season 2

- The continuing investigation from Art...though I have zero clue what direction it's going to take. As was mentioned, that Genie can't go back in the bottle, so I guess we'll see how much reach Dyad to keep things under wraps. While I could care less about his partner, I worry for Art.

- I presume we're going to get into Cosima figuring out what's wrong with her, I'd love to see a double cross from Delphine...cause...well...seriously, it would serve Cosmina right.

- More on Sarah's origin story. Until the end, I was convinced Sarah was THE original, but I do like the idea that they're all on equal ground. I'd like more of her time in the UK, this underground baby railroad and what Mrs S is really all about.

- MORE CLONES PLEASE! Not to comical levels, but we've already had 10...now down to 4? 2-3 clones could be introduced and killed off on a seasonal basis, keeping things fresh with Maslany as the glue that holds it all together.

- Felix might be one of the best side kicks ever...I'd like for him to have more to do for himself
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Sep 25, 2013
I first saw Tatiana Maslany in the show Renegaepress.com where she played a Muslim girl and I really liked her acting, even though it was a bit shaky. But when I saw that she was in Orphan Black, I got all excited!

She is an amazing actress! And Orphan Black is a great show. I can't wait for season 2.
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Sep 13, 2013
Totally obsessed with her too <3 one of the best show's I've ever seen :)
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Sep 05, 2013
Tatiana Maslany is one of the best actresess I've ever seen! I'm obsessed with here! :-D
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Aug 28, 2013
I finally finished watching Orphan Black this week and WOW. I love this show. So clever, fast paced and involving.I can't believe how good Tatiana's acting is.
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Aug 22, 2013
Couldn't help taking note throughout the season that Tatiana Maslany would have been awesome as a cylon in the reboot of Battlestar Galactica. I just completed a marathon binge on the show and became more and more impressed with each episode. Applause and cheers for everyone involved in this amazing show!
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Jun 24, 2013
So, I rewatched the finale yesterday and I came away with two major thoughts....one, Kira escaped on her own (if you look back on the last scene, when Sarah bursts into Kira's room, the only big disturbance is the window is open and a lamp has fallen, all which could have happened when she climbed on her desk and kicked out when climbing), and depending on how long it took Sarah (and Paul I think) to get back to Mrs. S's house, Kira has run into Paul outside and he will bring her in or Kira had another prescient moment and called Felix to come pick her up. I have this theory that Sarah will go from looking out for herself, to then her immediate family, now, the clones are her family too, and Alison will be out of reach and I am guessing Cosima will either be too ill or have to turn herself in for treatment. So Sarah will have her team of Felix, Paul, Art (eventually), Kira, and a distrusted Siobhan.

My second thought is that Helena needs to stay dead, but she actually might have more information about Sarah's birth and whatnot, like her birth date in particular. I just wonder what records, even if Siobhan knew her in utero, that really came with her at age 8 that were totally legitimate.
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Jun 24, 2013
I just watched the final.
Very good review! I liked this: "...we've seen Tatiana Maslany die three times already"
She is GOOD!!
Orphan Black is one of the few series where the whole episode is intense/ funny/ and action packed to watch and not a second is waisted. Great final for me.
Yes, Rectify, The Americans and Orphan Black are three distinctly different shows, but maybe the best of the last year.
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Jun 13, 2013
The season finale was horrid. The whole idea that they were patented is so absurd in the fabric of the show, where the experiment was clearly illegal, was positively stupid. ?It would have been better if they were day mutant genes that had some application , or some other plausible scenario, it would have been far better.
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Jun 24, 2013
I actually think it is less that the patent is valid (it isn't) it is more that their claims of freedom and autonomy for each of the clones is total bullshit. And staying out of their sight lines is the easiest way to avoid them. Like, I would like to take a look at Alison's contract. I suspect the term invasive is very particularly defined and she has permitted herself to be subject to all sorts of particular experiments and likely it also contained some sort of power of attorney or assent to guardianship over her that they can in fact invoke legitimately in a court. Similarly, there could have been something in whatever Sarah signed in which she basically surrendered her parental rights to Kira. Or those sort of documents would be the next thing to be signed when they came in for one of their 'check ups' and were not permitted to leave.
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Jun 16, 2013
I agree especially its timing, the U.S. Supreme court then ruled a week after the final showed that you can't Patient genes. Now if they copyrighted the specific DNA sequences, that would of been a lot more believable. Then again clones should never have the same finger prints since they are formed in the womb due to blood flow which is random, so there was always that unscienctific aspects that was critical to major parts of the plot.
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Jun 13, 2013
Randomly...the Supreme Court just ruled that you can't patent human genes. Honestly, when were talking about this I thought we were talking about science fiction totally. It kind of freaks me out.
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Jun 10, 2013
I have to say, awsome finale, to a great season with an exceptional actress.

I agree with your assesment on the new shows OB, the Americans and rectify but disagree on hannibal. and I would rate OB a bit higher than the others.

And I'm sad to see Helena go.. but maybe they can bring in a new clone now :D
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Jun 10, 2013
Haven't watched "Rectify" yet, but I do agree that "Orphan Black", "The Americans" and "Hannibal" are the best three new series this year that I've seen.
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Jun 08, 2013
Oh tv.com I've neglected you for far too long! I had no idea this was actually being reviewed now. Yay! I hear we have the Vickster to tahnk for this! I thank you, my friend.

Awesome review. Awesome series that I had no idea I'd get sucked into. It was a fantastic finale, although I got pissed because the weather screwed with my satellite and I missed ten minutes of it between the half hour and hour mark.

Tatiana is incredible. Magical. Brilliant. Brilliance personified. I can't gush enough about this woman who can play up to ten different characters with five different accents effortlessly. It blows my mind that Nina Dobrev had stated that she got so physically exhausted playing two characters at once sometimes, that she couldn't even get out of bed. Yeah, I'm generally a sympathetic person and I'm not trying to compare...Who am I kidding? I'm comparing dammit. When you think of those two together you can't help but want to tell Nina Dobrev to suck it up. Tatiana is epitome of a true actress the way she embodies each and every one of these characters in such a way that you forget that they are all being played by one person. The animalistic way in which she pulled off Helena alone was worthy of awards and praised.Basically I love her.

Gah. I'm late to the game on this so...I'm oddly bummed to see Helena go. The Art stuff did fall short, but yet it didn't because nothing really falls short on this show. I love all the questions this brings about on cloning and owning people and organisms etc. I love all the detailed discussions that it brought about in the comments section here and elsewhere. I'm just reading and grinning. The wait for this to return is too long, and without an ounce of a doubt this was one of the best new shows this year. I've only said that about The Americans and Elementary.
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Jun 05, 2013
Amazing show, amazing actress!
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Jun 05, 2013
Okay, I've been watching Zero Hour on Fox, and they are having almost the same plotline with the hero Hank , a human clone as the girls, where he is acting as a cobaye for the recloning of Jesus Christ. Just in case some of you still want tv series with clones.
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Jun 05, 2013
Dirty little copycats.
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Jun 05, 2013
"Can someone really ‘own’ someone else’s DNA?

Maybe/It’s complicated and being argued in the highest courts as we send this episode to you. Check out this week’s Wet Lab & Library for some hair-raising, real-world news on these court cases in the US and Australia that are challenging precisely these questions. Patents & ownership of any kind of property are based in law, and law changes from country to country. Much of our unfolding conspiracy, present and past, is inspired by real-world court battles over who - if anyone - would, could or should profit from scientific advancements."

From http://www.space.ca/article/Orphan-Black-season-finale-observations-unexpected-results.

I was unable to find the Wet Lab and Library. Would someone please post the link if they can?
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Jun 05, 2013
I tried and tv.com erased my post within minutes. Here it is:
http://www.bbcamerica.com/orphan-black/2013/06/02/the-hive-recap-endless-forms-most-beautiful/3/
I hope they will keep it this time.
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Jun 05, 2013
Hmmm, OK. Well if I can't post the link, I encourage anyone interested to Google DNA PATENT AUSTRALIA to see how the case to patent "isolated DNA" was won in Australia.
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Jun 05, 2013
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Jun 04, 2013
In case you haven't noticed the DYAD offices is just a huge very empty place with but a tiny desk for Rachel. Add to this that the picture from 1977 showed an armed soldier in the background,and you can reasonably think that the DYAD Institute is a pretty hush-hush think-tank and that chances the Pentagon is somehow behind it is high. If the lady scientist is Siobhan, the male scientist is not Doctor Leekie for sure. I thought it was Donnie, not, but could it be his dad?What do you think?
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Jun 05, 2013
Alison would go cray-cray for sure if she found out that even her in-laws were in on it.
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Jun 04, 2013
This show is insanely good! I love every second of it!
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Jun 04, 2013
Has anybody maybe had the thought that, as unlikely as it may be, that Lekie is a clone, too? Maybe he was the very first clone, the original died and he stepped into the vacant spot. Maybe he, because of his clone-ness, is as much, if not more, under the thumb of the faceless assholes. Maybe he, in whatever small way he can, in his own way, is trying to help the other clones.
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Jun 05, 2013
Not sure, but I can see the resemblance to lizard-ness.
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Jun 04, 2013
Of the new shows Rectify, The Americans, Hannibal, and Orphan Black I only watched Orphan Black. The others, well, blah. I watched the first few Hannibals (the rest are on my DVR to watch later if I get around to it ) and the other shows didn't capture my interest to justify a second episode. I had high hopes for The Americans (I'm a big fan of Keri Russell) but its intrigue didn't intrigue me enough.

I was torn between my top two favorite new shows but Elementary just barely edged out Orphan Black. It was a tough choice to make since Orphan Black was amazing and Tatiana should win an Emmy for her performance(s), but Elementary had excellent writing too and Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu -- come on! Their chemistry was intoxicating. Third place was Red Widow which was canceled (sadly, I must have been its only viewer). Last Resort (a manly show that was plausible, shocking & thrilling -- canceled, but it played like a mini-series since it was allowed to conclude) and Revolution (loved it, it made my Monday nights and it was one of the few shows that I didn't record first to watch later) rounds up my top 5. Remember, it's my list of favorites NOT yours, so ....

BTW, Tatiana is a brilliant actor and so very sexy! I hope that she appears in other shows so that I don't have to wait till next Spring to see her again.
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Jun 04, 2013
It's so funny to me to see Orphan Black being praised so much for how well written it is. Not because I don't agree (this show is AMAZING) but I worked in the studio it was filmed in and know people who work on the show and the behind-the-scenes production during season one was a nightmare if my friends are to be believed. They told me some days they didn't even know if they were going into work because the writers were understaffed and they didn't have scripts finished on-time. It really speaks to how talented they are that they could turn in such an incredible series despite all those production problems.
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Jun 04, 2013
In the SAG Foundation interview I mention below, Tatiana mentioned several times how unsure they were of being renewed and what horrible toll it had on the morale of everyone. Hackett mentioned that BBCA was the only ones who along the years accepted the show and were behind it all the way. The issue is that BBCA is a tiny upshot of BBC and tinier compared to the major channel networks in the States; so the trouble remains how much audience can Orphan Black touch. I was told that the actual paying audience to the show is half a million people; which for Nielsen is a blurb. Word of mouth and both FB and especially Twitter was what saved the show. We need absolutely all the OB fans to prozelitize the show to friends and family and neighbours and people they meet in parties.It is imperative to get the audience up to at least two million by season two. Also, many friends don't have BBCA or Space,com (in Canada), so if you are copying on DVDR or otherwise, please share the first season with as many people as you can.
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Jun 05, 2013
I'll be sure to buy the DVD when it comes out in my region.
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Jun 04, 2013
someone please remind me to turn on my tv when the show is on next season;-) I watch everything online but I can put the tv on BBCA that night and just let it run...if it helps the ratings (but I'm not a Neilson house
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Jun 05, 2013
I shall not allow thee to be a damsel in distress, mylady.
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Jun 04, 2013
It might be a little unreasonable to quadruple the viewers in a year. I think getting it 1 million may be attainable. Keep in mind that Dr. Who gets around 2.5 million viewers and it's a well established show.
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Jun 04, 2013
You are of course right,I got carried away.
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Jun 04, 2013
I posted an interview by Tatiana and it was taken off like minutes later. It's the Screen Actor Guild Foundation interview if you can get it.
Anyway here are some info which are still fresh on my mind:
1-her helena haido is refered to as the "shakira wig", that one is for 3Jane :)
2-Helena is dead.
3-She has a flat fee and doesn't get paid more for each clone.
4-She auditioned three times, one for the creators and two for the network.
5-Cosima is closest to her in real life, mannerisms and weltanschauung-wise.
6-Alison was the hardest to play, because it made her breathe from the upper torso and is such an in denial character.
7-She was constantly exhausted and had problems to sleep all through the process.
8-her improvisation acting helped her ground the characters in her mind.
9-she has part of each character clear in her mind because she places them in their socio-cultural context.
If there is something else I'll add it later.
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Jun 04, 2013
She was on Season 2 Episode 1 of The Nerdist (talk show of sorts) for anyone interested
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Jun 04, 2013
I looked up the SAG interview and it doesn't mention Helena being dead. They had the interview a day before the finale was aired and so there was no mention of anything that had happened in the finale.

Special kudos to Catherine, the unsung "clone".
Tatiana was almost in tears in appreciation of her amazing work. The unseen Catherine was the actor/stand-in that Tataiana would play off while doing the clone scenes. It's her shoulder you see when they shoot those multiclone scenes. =)
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Jun 04, 2013
I am certainly wrong, but I had the impression that she let it slip up, sorry.I didn't mention Catherine because I couldn't remember her last name and thought I should.You are right she has obviously done an excellent job of keeping Tatiana focused. But you will agree that it was an excellent interview and that tv.com should have allowed me to share the link with you.
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Jun 04, 2013
I watched about half of it and read some of the highlights. Jarrett asked her about her reaction to Helena being killed and TM said something like how she was shocked and saddened by it. Then he asked her about the wig and if they got rid of it. TM said no. Follow up was - so does that mean we might see Helena miraculously recover from this injury like she did with the iron bar to the gut? TM was sheepish in her response, saying you never know and went on to talk about how she's kept in the dark about future scripts like everyone else and really has no idea yet about what's coming next season.
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Jun 04, 2013
Thanks. that's where I got the idea that she mentioned Helena to have been killed.
Btw, I felt bad when she said that she isn't paid more for playing the clones and how unsure she felt prior of getting the part and when she worried that they were not being renewed.I pledged to myself that I would make everything I can to help the show, but now I feel it is a personal matter of honor that they go all the way.
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Jun 04, 2013
I had to look up Shakira, and I'm gutted that Helena is dead.
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Jun 04, 2013

3Jane just now
For my first-level post, I'd like to jump on the HELENA WILL BE BACK bandwagon, for the following reasons:
A. She had the best hair.
B. The whole regeneration thing.
C. Kira says Helena's not a monster, and I believe her.
D. I don't believe Helena is the sniper. Her weapons of choice are her hands and melee weapons, not ranged weapons.
E. We haven't got to the bottom of why Tomas gave her a razor blade to cut herself. Like Tim said in his review, every second counts in this show, and I don't think they'd just let this loose end go.
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Jun 04, 2013
I think youre right about D as well. A reference was made in the finale to other clones like Helena.
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Jun 04, 2013
Item D is a great point...hadn't even crossed my mind that she wasn't the sniper. I think there is a good chance that's true.
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Jun 04, 2013
Unfortunately though, it's not a reason for Helena not to be dead.
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Jun 04, 2013
I think only Kira as a second generation has the immune ability, but I can be wrong.From what Rachel said of Helena and "her ilk", there might be other Klone Killers out there and you are right that she does not seem to be a sniper. But Paul is, btw- just saying. What I would lean for at the present is that there is at least one other Killer Klone and she will disguise herself as Helena when confronting Sarah and the others. Knowing that Helena is dead, there was all that blood, Sarah would freak out seeing "Helena" again.
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Jun 04, 2013
I can see Paul doing it. Sometimes he's just standing in the background and the camera focuses on him for no apparent reason.
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Jun 04, 2013
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Jun 04, 2013
Hair? Seriously? She gives Emma on Once Upon a Time a running for messiest goldilocks on TV. Both can use a scrunchy
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Jun 04, 2013
Girls with straight hair always love curly hair, and vice versa.
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Jun 04, 2013
Nice to know you have straight hair. What else can you tell us?
:)
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Jun 05, 2013
have read the book ages ago,so thanks>I'll read it again.But the people I mention do exist.
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Jun 05, 2013
Kerkesh, she's a character in a book, Neuromancer. It's a handy nick, but often it's already taken.
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Jun 04, 2013
There is a famous Tessier on French TV. Also, isn't that famous astrologer Elizabeth Tessier (?), the one who was Mitterand's personal astologer????
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Jun 04, 2013
Also, this sniper death occured before he found out or (maybe) even met Sarah.
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Jun 04, 2013
My last name is Tessier-Ashpool. ;)
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Jun 03, 2013
Even the show is technically a BBC America show, I'm just so proud that another mostly Canadian television show is getting noteworthy and positive buzz.

I personally did not like the finale as much I would have. I still don't understand how the clones are 'property' and patented. There are still too many unanswered questions and the finale basically had several cliffhangers. Is Helena really dead? Is Cosima going to die? What happened to Kira and Mrs. S? What is Art and the police going to do now? Cliffhangers everywhere, and the only reveal we get is that the clones have genetic label tags. I want more, unfortunately we have to wait for a whole year.
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Jun 04, 2013
I don't even care if it's a Canadian-American co-production, it's filmed in Toronto, the actors are all Canadian, it's a Space Original series too, this show is Canadian forget those BBC America tricks.
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Jun 03, 2013
Orphan Black fans that can't wait til next year--check out a great book, "The Zygan Emprise", free on iTunes.
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Jun 03, 2013
Q: What do Rabbit, Lucretia, Sylar and possibly Helena have in common?

A: They're all "bad" people who survived "fatal" penetrating body injuries in their respective season 1 finales.
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Jun 03, 2013
Well, you can't own a human being, no matter what you patent and what contract that person signs. You can own a cloned sheep because you can own any sheep, cloned or not. I'd like to see how they're gonna make that believable in the next season.

Other than that, great show. Not so sure it's the best of the year because I also loved The Americans, Hannibal and Banshee, and I haven't seen Rectify. But surely one of the best new shows.
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Jun 03, 2013
There is a lot of good discussion below about this.
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Jun 05, 2013
And I thought I was the first... There are just too many comments down below to sort out.
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Jun 03, 2013
I had this twisted thought yesterday after my third (yes third, there wasn't actually anything on yesterday afternoon), I had a twisted thought. Now, I think that Lekie is a horrible human being. I actually trust Delphine more than a lot of people, but basically it is because she was so uncomfortable around him in both individual scenes. But...why would he have given Cosima even a scrubbed version of her genome before she signed the employment contract that could still be cracked and contain the information she found if, well, he didn't want her to find it. He has been monitoring her all along, so he knows she is smart...and then I can't shake the expression on his face when he first saw Sarah....Now, he may just be the scientist who started to feel for his monkeys in the test lab, but I almost wonder, now go with me here...he and Siobhan are not that different. She and Lekie were having doubts and talking about leaving, but both actually felt something, or anticipated feeling something for this child and were maybe hypothetically talking about leaving. Then Amelia left. She followed Amelia's trail and didn't find Sarah for eight years (Sarah remembers coming to Siobhan when she was around Kira's age, but Siobhan off handedly said she was a little older), got her and tried to hide but Lekie got close and she left Britain. Lekee opted to try and protect the clones but always thought of Sarah as his, well, daughter. So, he is going to try and help but not get himself into trouble. So, he is reaching out to Alison and Cosima because he has figured out they have established a bit of a group. What I find interesting is that he didn't approach Sarah. I mean, I know she stood him up, but couldn't he have thought at that point that Helena had done something to Sarah?
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Jun 03, 2013
We tend to forget that Leekie is doing his job, and one's job and one's real sentiment about that job are too very entirely different things. Leekie seems to me an idealist who really believed in the program that DYAD was promoting. He and Sibhan obviously knew each other very well and they understood at some point that what project Lyda was not what they have been told it is.( from the mythological Lydia and the swan; which is a way to hint towards animal-human Spiderman genetic research). There must have been a kind of understanding that Leekie would fight from the inside and Siobhan would work from the outside. At that point, Amelia's twins were not known, which why Leekie did not know of Sarah's existence.Over decades, people change, so that he is still the clones' "inside man", but we don't know to which extent.For know, I don't dislike Leekie as much as I should.
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Jun 04, 2013
I think in part you're wrong. He DID know of Sarah's existence; he called her his "White Whale" (as in Moby Dick), meaning (and he also said specifically) that he'd been searching for her, but had lost track of her. If that's really true, then Siobhann actually had taken her away. But if Mrs. S had done that, why would she suddenly return to the fold and take Kira? I believe that she truly loves the child, but even tho she was stern and somewhat standoffish at the beginning, she honestly loves Sarah too. Having known a lot of Irish mothers, they can be a bit undemonstrative, especially when the one they raised has let you down, the way Sarah had when she first returned. But even the last time Sarah sees her (two thing about that: 1) I somehow KNEW when Protoclone picked up the phone, she was calling Mrs. S, even tho they wanted to misdirect us, and 2) Did ANYONE hear what she said to Sarah when she left to meet Amelia? I played it over and over, and I couldn't decipher what word came before "Amelia". Was it mind? Meet? Because whichever it was has bearing on her real feelings and true function in their lives, even if her official one was to be her watcher.
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Jun 04, 2013
seems like he wanted Olivier to get the clone who was killing other clones....seems like Leekie was protecting the non-assasian clone (to bad they didn't figure it out who was who). Still crappy of his to kill Olivier for attempting to follow his orders but making a mistake. I'm not a fan of Leekie but I'm open to the idea he may not be as bad as he seems...but he did lie to Alison about not being monitored...
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Jun 05, 2013
I was of mind that he refered to Helena as his "white whale" and when Delphine called him and told him the names of the clones Cosima found at Sarah he was really interested. Leekie is played by the excellent Matt Frewer,he played General Brewer on Fallen Skies, Jim Taggert on Eureka,Pestilence on Supernatural, and Panic in Hercules among his well-known roles. People now him mostly as Max Headroom from 1985. I ama fan of is as you can tell.
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Jun 04, 2013
I can't remember the last name of the guy playing Leekie, but he's a hell of a good actor.
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Jun 03, 2013
I think that is the basis of my thinking, while Leekie has all the hallmarks of just being a henchmen...there have been these things that make think he is playing a long con type game where at core he does care about each of these clones. Like, in a way, there is this small part of me that wants Delphine to still be playing both sides (like in a way better than Paul, whose heart I believe is with Sarah, but his ass is with Dyad until he truly says screw this, but Delphine has the kind of ideological hope in her heart that Dyad could be still good even if Leekie skeeves her out).
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Jun 03, 2013
DYAD is not a place one can quit alive, Olivier is roof of that. Leekie may not be able to quit and as most human beings he is having some ambitions that the organition covers for him. He is no fool, and Delphine herself told him in that car that Cosima is attracted by her and he encouraged it. We suppose that it was an infiltration tactitc, but maybe he could forsee her changing sides.DElphine was not chosen by mere chance, but carefully vetted to be the type of girl that Cosima would be attracted to.
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Jun 04, 2013
seems like Leekie made the decision to kill Olivier for a mistake. However there may of been behind the scenes orders for Olivier to die.
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Jun 03, 2013
I wasn't sure about this either...you know he knows that she's smart so either A. he's secretly trying to help her, or B. he doesn't know that she knew about the synthetic string of DNA. I'm guessing it's probalby B as Delphine didn't give him all the information she knew about Cosima and her work.
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Jun 03, 2013
He probably gave her the mostly-full sequence because

A) While not a nice guy and might see her as disposable, he was honest. He wants her help finding the cause of the abnormalities... and she's VERY vested in finding that stuff too. Add in her smarts and she's an ideal researcher; even if disposable.

B) He figured she probably sequenced enough of her DNA to know some things. Like some random person's DNA might have a tag for a genetic warning-sign that she already tested negative for. So just scrub out the 2 major sequences (barcode + patent) and hope she didn't know about that.
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Jun 03, 2013
It just seems like such a gamble and if she finds out, he has to have accounted for that fact since he doesn't seem to not think ahead. Heck, he even looked at Donnie like he was a bug under his shoe when Donnie said Allison was not easy.
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Jun 03, 2013
No mentioning of the birth mother saying to Helena when she thought she was Sarah that Mrs. S. is not what she seems? And the pic that says 1977 and Lyda project is that Mrs.S in it. And where was she when Sarah went home? Very suspicious.
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Jun 05, 2013
Didn't you figure out after Sarah sent the nasty email and what'shername, the Protoclone made her phone call, that it was to Mrs. S.? Classic misdirection. But as I added above (having read this on Tuesday, 6/4) there's no mistaking that Siobhainn has real love for both Sarah and Kira. Whatever she was originally, she's raised them both. Don't let the lack of overt emotion fool you. That's a classic Irish mother for you, no disrespect intended. My question is, did she actually take Sarah to the US to hide her, as she claimed?(Leekie DID refer to her as his "White Whale", as in Moby Dick; the Holy Grail of searches. He even told her that she'd disappeared as a child.) I had originally thought yes, but then I remembered her comments to Sarah about "contacting her 'people' back home." Everything basically hinges on whether Mrs. S. is totally cooperating with them and has been all along; or if she's conflicted about it (otherwise, why even ALLOW Sarah to meet her birth mother) and cooperating to protect Kira; or if she really didn't know what she was being asked to do when Sarah was a child. The look of shock on her face when she met Alison seemed genuine. I don't believe Mrs. S would allow Kira to be hurt. I also believe that she loves Sarah too. Sarah has disappointed her in the past, and that sort of stands between them. So does the fact that she's a foster mother, has been for a long time, but all the children she's raised or is raising call her "Mrs. S." What I'd like to know is what she said to
Sarah before she went off to see Amelia, her birth mother. She and Mrs. S touched hands in a tentatively emotional caress, Mrs. S. reminded her that She had raised her, not Amelia, and then said something (I played it back over and over but couldn't make out the word) _______ Amelia. Do you remember? Anybody? Please post.
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Jun 05, 2013
It's a little fuzzy but I think it was something like "mind Amelia" meaning be careful of her, warning Sarah.
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Jun 03, 2013
Going to have to check this one out -- the show, I mean, as for some reason I have not of yet.
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Jun 03, 2013
Right now there's a lot of people "not seeing the hype" - these people clearly don't know what's good for them.
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Jun 03, 2013
Actually someone either ran a script or hit refresh and voted that over and over. Basically it's someone who really, really hates this show and has a lot of time on their hands.
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Yup, the voting on the site is far from being trollproof. And sadly, not being very representative as a result. If I had an hour to waste, I could cast a few hundred votes for the top option. All it takes to turn the tide is one dedicated fanatic or a hater.
I wish they made it so that only registered users could vote, and then limit that to once per account.
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Jun 05, 2013
This.
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Jun 03, 2013
Completely with you on the obsession there Tim, Tatiana is on her own level, she is amazing.
I can't believe they killed Helena,even though she had it after she killed mamaCapeTown, I;m really going to miss that crazy bitch.
I think that its safe to say that Alison's life is going to go to shit in the next season hopefully Felix is there to help her through.
And also....WTF Mrs S??!!!!!
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Jun 03, 2013
It is definitely one of the best new shows of the year and Tatiana Maslany deserves some kind of award at some point.
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Jun 03, 2013
Ok so I'm curious- and I ask not to inflame or offend anyone, just out of genuine curiosity- what does everyone think the show is saying by making Cosima a lesbian? Since genetics is at the heart of the homosexuality debate and of this show it can't be unintentional. Nothing about this show in unintentional. Since the clones are genetically identical, when they first found the altered sequence in their genomes, we debated if that was where they coded the personality differences & special talents i.e. Cosima's brains, Alison's neuroses, etc. And I thought that might be another of the changes they made. But now that we know it is just a glorified barcode that can't be true. So what is their implication?

Is it a change somewhere else in the genes? Are they saying it's Cosima's choice? A product of growing up in an area where it's more accepted? Something they may still address in the future? Leaving it up to the viewer to decide?

We all have our personal beliefs as to whether or not homosexuality/bisexuality is genetic. Since this can be a controversial subject let's be respectful and comment about the issue *as it relates to the show* :)
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Jun 03, 2013
I strongly believe it is to help exemplify the over-arching theme of this show, that clones are individuals too. Gay people aren't different; everyone' different.
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Jun 03, 2013
With "most" shows, it could be attributed to sloppy writing, but this show doesn't have much sloppy writing (yet) IMMO. So my guess is that the writers intentionally put that in to be controversial, hence free PR
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Jun 05, 2013
I agree they are not that sloppy. Which is why I think they're making a statement of some sort, or will address it in the future perhaps. But they have not come right out and said it directly yet. But to be clear, I think you mean they wanted to have people talking about the homosexuality aspect...not that they wanted people talking about hot lesbian scenes to generate viewers. Am I correct?
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Jun 05, 2013
Well, probably both LOL, but most likely more to the "born that way" vs "learned/choice" argument.
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Jun 03, 2013
I agree. Only a cynic would think they wanted to show a lesbian relationship.
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Jun 03, 2013
I had the impression that she actually said she was bisexual at some point, will have to check out.Anyway, whatever it is, the show is assuming that homosexuality is not a genetic since she seems to be the only one among this group and maybe including the others that are dead.At the same time, since she is a clone and hence a kind of twin at some level, maybe the inherent emotional link towards other clones got "displaced" with her towards other women. Also, homosexuality, if I got it right, is a statistics, that is, that out of every let say fifteen births one will be gay; an argument which might also apply here. Otherwise, hoosexuality is now one of the new TV must haves like a major black person or women at top of the socio-economic class etc...
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Jun 05, 2013
I think she said she was a lesbian but I can't recall for sure. They do seem to be making a point that it is not genetic, however since it has not been directly addressed, that would be an assumption. That is a good point about the emotional link. Or maybe that somewhere in Cosima's cloning process something varied and she landed on a different spot on the Kinsey scale, however to me that would imply genetics. Like I said below it's a bold statement no what side they take.

Of course it's possible they just thought it would add that buzz factor that a lesbian character sometimes attracts, but the writers of this show seem smarter & "deeper" than that.
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Jun 05, 2013
I agree it was in the script from the beginning that Cosima would be gay.The writers are deeper than that. Still moder tv series do cater to all the demographics in this kind of formulaistic way; but here they are just being sincere.
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Jun 03, 2013
It's a really good question. She hasn't really come out and called herself gay so it's possible that she is bi, and they all have that side.

It's also possible that they are saying that we (or in the case the clones) are more than our (their) genome, i.e. it's possible they are making a statement about the soul, and that despite the fact these women are genetic identicals they are not the same, and that they are different by more than what nurture made them.
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Jun 05, 2013
Interesting. So not by "choice" exactly, or genetics, more by what they feel in their souls?

I can't recall exactly what was said, I think she said she was a lesbian but I could be wrong. It's a bold statement no matter where they come down on the issue (if they ever do).
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Jun 03, 2013
hahahaha Alison "Jazzercising" <3
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Jun 03, 2013
Season 2 is in December 2013/January 2014? Did they say that already?

http://i.imgur.com/HwetfZb.jpg and http://i.imgur.com/GxXOYgc.jpg of the Linux/UNIX/BSD desktop, but inaccurate! ;)
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Jun 03, 2013
So to quote Felix, possibly my favorite new character of any show: "HO-ly shit". And another great review Tim. I agree with pretty much everything you said. Except maybe the 10 episode part...I can easily see a 12-15 ep season working just fine since there's so much to be mined here. That would have given a little more time for Art's story and some other elements. But still, great finale and awesome first season!

Alison killed Aynsley! Even though she seemed a little surprised she actually died, she still made a conscious choice not to help her...that's pretty dark Ali. And I sure hope there are repercussions next season. (Admittedly though, that was stupid of Aynsley...and who shoves a felt doll into a garbage disposal??) I'm still not entirely clear on her motive though- was it payback? A little torture therapy to get her to admit being her monitor? Just a little sadistic fun for what Ali thinks she put her through, that then went too far? I like how she just poked Aynsley's shoulder a couple times and then baby-stepped it out of there and went straight for the wine. Ali may need to have a talk with Vic soon. Her doing Hip Hop Abs was adorable though.

This I think was my favorite Sarah episode. I liked her before but she was really great in this one. Badass and was really put through the wringer. I feel bad for her. And Helena as well...tragic figure is right. Though she did do horrific things so her end was not undeserved but it's sad to think how differently her life may have turned out. I will miss her and the wild card element she brought (though there could be more crazy clones to come...you never know in the OB universe). That fight between her and Sarah would have been awesome anyway but when you consider how it had to be filmed it really turned out great. As did the wine drinking scene.

Also the scene where Helena stabbed Amelia was well done. Visually striking and a nice shock when she stabbed her. I do have one issue though- why would Helena wear a tank top that revealed her scars? Yes I know the wig covered some of it but they extended far out onto her shoulders and the wig wouldn't cover all of that. And she walked right in front of Amelia who could have easily seen them. I know Amelia wouldn't have necessarily known about them but Helena had no way of knowing what Sarah had told her. And what if Paul had shown up at the apartment or someone else? It just seemed a silly risk to take that could have easily been avoided by just throwing on another shirt. Helena's completely unstable but she's never been stupid. I'm sure it was done for the visual effect of the over-the-shoulder camera angle highlighting the scars while she said "you did this to me". And it was a really nice shot! But it still bothered me.

Nice to see Matthew Bennett as the lawyer. I really like him and thought he did a really great job on Cold Squad. And of course BSG. Hope he plays a larger role next season. Great job TM and everyone involved with Orphan Black!
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Jun 05, 2013
I really love Felix too. I always wanted a big brother. Now I wish I had two, one big tough one I could sic on anyone who bugged me, and one gay one to be what my big sister never was.

I was also shocked when Alison did nothing. I expected her to let Aynsley get as scared as possible, then rescue her. What I don't understand is why she went back in there. That was just stupid, especially since she remembered to carefully wipe the door of her prints.
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Jun 05, 2013
Lol that would be quite the family :)

That's what I expected, too. But wait, when did she go back in? I don't recall that...
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Jun 03, 2013
Maybe Helena's scars were shown to remind us that they exist. I'm sure her self-mutilation means something. I loved Helena but I thought she was a bit over-acted this episode.

Alison doesn't need to be over the top either, now that we know what she's Really Like.

Would you piss on Aynesley if she was on fire?
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Jun 05, 2013
Yeah I'm sure that's why they were shown. And like I said it made a great visual. It still seemed odd. I kept thinking they could've still shown them by having her wear an open shirt over the tank top like Sarah does and when Amelia pulled down the wig, the shirt gets pulled down over the shoulder as well revealing the scars. But yeah I thought she did well in this episode but I can see where you might feel that way.

What Allison's really like- I know, I would not want to cross her lol.
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Jun 03, 2013
My first thought was Allison was going to start screaming "Tell me you're my monitor, or I won't help you" or something. But... she just let it happen.

I guess between their bad-blood and the fact the she thought she was the Monitor, she let it go. It will be interesting to see how this plays out... will she start to unravel like Helena? Will she become depressed and/or suicidal? etc.

We did see her go a little psycho earlier... not just knocking our her husband, but sadistically torturing him with hot glue.

And how will she react if/when she learns that her husband is really her Monitor.
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Jun 05, 2013
Exactly that's what I thought, too. She did look surprised when Aynsley quit moving which made me think that wasn't her intention & it just went too far. I can't wait for next season to see where they take her because she has been shown to be a bit unstable.
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Jun 03, 2013
THANK YOU, Vicky8675309!

My fellow TVdotcomians, this review would not have happened without the industriousness and tenaciousness of Vicky8675309 (I'm beginning to think "8675309" is the numerical value of her awesomeness). Several weeks ago I wrote a comment on one of the FTW/WTF articles urging people to watch Orphan Black, and also pleaded with TV(dot)com to review this superlative show. I wasn't the first to do this, but perhaps I was the most vocal and boisterous. Like Banshee before it, I wanted Orphan Black to get the recognition and coverage it so very badly deserved.

That's when Vicky sent me a message, thanking me for my comment and saying some other awfully nice things about my writing. I wrote her back, compliments in kind (she's a really easy person to compliment), and offhandedly suggested we flood next weeks FTW/WTF article with OB praise.

Well, she took my suggestion and ran with it like Usain Bolt at a track meet. I'm sure many of you Orphan Black fans received a message from her, detailing her plan of attack. I don't know if she's a community organizer or just someone who enjoys fighting for a cause, but she rallied the troops and gave us a mission in no time at all. We were a discordant bunch, scattered and disorderly, but she unified us under one banner with one objective:

GET ORPHAN BLACK REVIEWED!

And it worked. Splendidly. So many commenters were praising Orphan Black you'd have thought it was the only TV show on that week. Together, in one directed voice, orchestrated by our wonderful conductor, we MADE the writers and editors of this site take notice. It was a concerted effort on all ours parts, and everyone who wrote a comment was integrally involved in this victory, but the lions share of the credit should be given to Vicky. She kicked our asses into to gear, and we made this review happen.

I can't wait to hear what her next mission will be. Let's hope it's not world domination.

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BEST NEW SHOWS OF THE YEAR:

1. Banshee.
2. Orphan Black.
3. The Americans.
4. Hannibal.
5. Arrow (Fall debut).

I know, I know, #2? Some of you may be thinking, "I thought you were a sci-fi fan, FF?! Where's the love for the best sci-fi show since Fringe, dude?! You're a disgrace to the genre, guy!"

First of all, I don't know why my hypothetical dissenters always refer to me as "dude" or "guy" (I'm sure that surfer bully I had in the 8th grade has nothing to do with it), and secondly, I must say it was an insanely difficult ranking to make. I almost wanted to have Banshee and Orphan Black be 1a and 1b, they were so close. Suffice it to say, these two shows have reaffirmed my faith in TV. Suck it, movies!

NOW ONTO THE FINALE!

What an episode! What a season! I briefly mentioned it before, but it bears repeating, I haven't been this excited about a sci-fi show since Fringe. (Hmmmm. OrphanBlackObsessed has a nice ring to it... nah.)

First and foremost, the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and who knows how many more reasons/clones Orphan Black is so phenomenal is the incomparable and truly unparalleled work of Tatiana Maslany. A few weeks ago I stacked her up against Anna Torv, claiming she had surpassed the Fringe femme fatal in acting ability, and I stand by that claim. Hell, I'm ready to go a step further and say Tatiana's acting on the first season of OB is the single greatest female performance I've ever seen in a season of television. From the manic derangement of Helena, glorious uptightness of Alison, British badassery of Sarah, quirky genius of Cosima, all the way to the serene iciness of Rachel, Tatiana has run the gambit on range of character. And it's only the beginning! She has acting in a chokehold and has made it her bitch, people! The fact that she's Canadian fills me with a sense of national pride usually reserved for maple syrup and universal healthcare. This show simply does not even get off the ground with an unbelievably versatile lead actress. I can only imagine the description of the casting call: "Approximately 30-year-old Caucasian woman, preferably brunette. Must be as gifted as God." I'm not ashamed to admit that for the first time in my life, I am sexually attracted to a woman's ability to play COMPLETELY different people so amazingly (psycho-analysis be damned!). You rock, Tatiana!

AND YET

Tatiana's acting is not the only thing which makes Orphan Black extraordinary. As witnessed in the comments of this forum, it's a very smart show that inspires very intelligent discussions/debates. The moral quandary of human cloning is at the beating, genetically modified heart of OB. Like I wrote how we are still many years away from creating a Strong AI in a POI comment, human cloning is still far more fiction than science at this point in time. Don't get me wrong, work is being done at this very moment (probably in secret) to clone humans (and 3-D organ printing is reportedly closer to reality than you might think), but most scientists agree we're years away from forming our own clone clubs. But, once again, like I wrote about AI's, the moral dilemmas and philosophical quagmires of this biological issue are very much relevant, and a conversation we should be having.

Is human cloning ethical? For the religious people here, do you think we would be playing God? And would a clone have a soul? If the technology did exist, would you consider being cloned? These are questions that Orphan Black has made me ponder.

The crazy thing is given what researchers have learned since Dolly, no one thinks the mechanics of cloning are very hard: take a donor egg, suck out the nucleus, and hence the DNA, and fuse it with, say, a skin cell from the human being copied. Then, with the help of an electrical current, the reconstituted cell should begin growing into a genetic duplicate. The consensus among biotechnology specialists is that within our lifetime (if you're not over 50), the news will break of the birth of the first human clone.

At that moment, at least two things will happen, one private, one public. The meaning of what it is to be human--which until now has involved, at the very least, the mysterious melding of two different people's DNA--will shift forever, along with our understanding of the relationship between parents and children, means and ends, ends and beginnings. It will truly be a brave new world.

And considering the questionable legality of cloning, we may learn of the first human clone only months, even years, after he or she is born. The team that cloned Dolly waited until she was seven months old to announce her existence. Creating her took 277 tries, and right up until her birth, scientists around the world were saying that cloning a mammal from an adult cell was impossible. It's a well known fact that cutting edge science is done in secret--until it isn't. I've read that in genetics, what the general public is aware of is always a few years behind what is actually being done.

ISN'T SCIENCE FUN?! (And scary?)

I got sidetracked there, but let's get back to the show. Tim was right on the money when he wrote that OB benefited from a 10 episode season. It didn't feel like there was even a moment of filler thrown in, and the pace was so breakneck I might have whiplash. The writing is superb, the science is fascinating, the acting is... well, you know how I feel about the acting (Tatiana gives me an acting boner, okay?!), and the storylines are so damn compelling. Guys, I think I'm in love.

NOTES:

- Tim, I'm surprised you didn't give Kira much thought in your review. She's obviously a special kid. We already know she has freakishly fast healing abilities (Wolverina, anyone?), and on the finale she seemed to have a certain level of prescience. Just how powerful is this kid?

- FELIX! How did I possibly go this whole time without mentioning him. The clones may be the driving force behind OB, but without Felix, it would not be nearly as good, and by good I mean hilarious. "Go fetch me something gay." Someone needs to clone this guy!

- My Clone Rankings:
1. Alison.
2. Sarah.
3. Cosima.
4. Helena.
5. Rachel.

- Man, I really feel for Helena. She would have been better off with the neolutionists. What a tragic ending for a tragic character.

- Right again, Tim! The music on this show is really good. The original score during Helena's scenes made my skin delightfully crawl.

- Another show with a great intro. The music and visuals fit perfectly with the thematic undertones.

- Neolutionists vs. Prometheans. Which one is the Predator in this scenario?

- Poor Aynsley! She didn't deserve to go out like that. Fuck you and your surprisingly monitoring ways, Donnie!

- Yeah, Cosima, I'd forgive Delphine, too.

- Does anyone know when season 2 premiers?! I need to work on my patience.
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Jun 05, 2013
I agree with it all FF except for... Vikings instead of Arrow for the #5 spot. But other than that three cheers for Vicky and Orphan Black *Tatiana Maslany*
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Jun 05, 2013
Let's get Cory to review Banshee season 2
hint: Cory did a nice article on the network ratings;-)
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Jun 06, 2013
V#s my internets won't let me respond to your messgae but.... I follow you Madame... As long as next season we include Vikings... But I love The Banshee and all its ridiculousness. And Asskickery-ness
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Jun 05, 2013
Yeah, I chided myself for forgetting about Vikings and Da Vinci's Demons further down in the comments. Arrow would be below both those shows.
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Jun 06, 2013
It's ok FF we're all flawed
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Jun 05, 2013
season 2 is slated for 2014 - thats all the details

because it only airs on bbc america and not the regular bbc programs (like Copper), it does not have the same sort of fan base in the UK and will rely heavily on its BBCA audience. But seeing as BBCA doesnt need the biggest audience, Orphan Black has a good chance of running for 4 to 5 seasons

i put all vickys msgs about the show into my spam folder
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Jun 05, 2013
which makes Vicky's awesomeness even more awesome as you did take the trouble to write this comment. :)
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Jun 05, 2013
Great write-up. One question, one comment.

Question: I'm embarrassed to ask, but what IS Banshee, on what channel, and why haven't I even heard about it?

Comment: Re: your question about the morality of cloning. First of all, I think you mean to ask those who are spiritual, not just those who are religious. Not necessarily the same thing. And there's a terrific if very confusing Heinlein novel that very explicitly illustrates the dangers and downsides to human cloning. I don't remember the title (read it a looong time ago), but it should be easy enough to find. I recommend it to everyone interested in the subject.
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Jun 05, 2013
Banshee is an excellent series from Cinemax (which is why you didn't hear about it) that surrounds a man who leaves prison after 15 years, finds where his ex-lover lives (town called Banshee in Amish Pensylvannia country) and gets to impersonate the new local sherif who is killed before taking office.From there on there is excellent mayhem. The series is extremely dark, even shades of ghotic, with just flabbergasting acting and a very strong plot which I will not ruin for you.
The morality of cloning is the morality whether everyone has the right for genetic health and what defines a reproductive cloned human being. Google it and you will be surprised at the amount of debates and side issues related to that. I have also posted a link up there which will open other references.
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Jun 05, 2013
This!
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Jun 03, 2013
Thank you but you flatter me to much. I just sent a few messages and was a little "vocal" on the FTW/WTF lists. I couldn't of done anything (not that I did anything much except find some positive OB commenters and send them messages....and bitch a little on the FTW lists) without all of the fabulous users here! Thank you FF and thank you to everyone on this site. Also this site and Tim were so great to review this show and rightfully include it in the FTW category!!

the 8675309 refers to a really cheesy 80s song and it's one of those songs you can't get out of your head no matter what.

One last thing:
BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
yep: Banshee #1a and Orphan Black #1b
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Jun 05, 2013
Hear Hear to Vicky! It was the first message I have ever received on this site and I am glad it was for the organization of the Orphan Black project. also for those on Facebook, Orphan Blacks page has a pretty sweet pic up today of Tatiana with a thanks from the #CloneClub...
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Jun 05, 2013
BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! = you are still spelling it wrong
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Jun 05, 2013
you left out an exclamation point--> here it is: !
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Jun 04, 2013
No, I don't think so. You made this happen. Yeah, we helped, but it wouldn't have gotten done without your efforts. You're just going to have to accept that you're awesome. :)
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Jun 05, 2013
or that she owns stock in Orphan Black's production company
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Jun 03, 2013
Yep Vicky rocks! Thanks for your work, Vicky! And all the others who helped (including you FF)!

I think the most amazing part of TM's acting isn't necessarily that she can convincingly play more than one character (which any actor worth their paycheck should be able to do *in theory*, because we all know not all of them can). But in something like the wine scene she has to learn 3 characters' worth of dialogue, hit her marks, remember the gestures/props she used and repeat them exactly on multiple takes, play to character doubles or just marks on the wall, all the while maintaining a convincing accent and physical mannerisms AND give an emotionally nuanced performance. And then switch characters and do it again! It's very technical and can sometimes be hard for an actor playing a single role. It's a good thing she has continuity people to help keep her on track because it must get very confusing. Many kudos to TM!
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Jun 04, 2013
This! THIS! So true about Tatiana. She nails every subtlety. I would love to hear the process behind how she switches characters.
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Jun 03, 2013
Don't forget she plays characters that impersonate other characters so that you can see underneath Alison pretending to be Rachel or Rachel pretending to be Katya or Helena pretending to be Rachel's impersonation of Beth.... whoah! My head hurts.
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Jun 05, 2013
Absolutely! Even more to keep straight...very impressive!
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Jun 04, 2013
She's so good it hurts to think about it!
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Jun 03, 2013
Tatiana should be on every TV award list (Emmy's, Golden Globes, Baftas etc) but as always sci/fi is neglected
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Jun 03, 2013
Vicky Rocks and is numero uno in my book.You are right to give her the credit where it is due. She messaged me to get more involved with OB Project and I have because of her passion and awesomeness. Hail Vicky!!!!!!!!!!!
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Jun 04, 2013
I'm preparing a throne room for her as I write this.
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Jun 05, 2013
my throne room has a toilet
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Jun 03, 2013
It's not her phone number, I already tried all the texas area codes.
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Jun 05, 2013
its the number from her mugshot
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Jun 05, 2013
I told you not to tell anyone clown!
bad clown;-(
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Jun 05, 2013
it was the nicest response i could think of
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Jun 04, 2013
*Tries the 16th Texas area code* ...

Oh, thanks for the heads up.

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Jun 03, 2013
Guffaw.
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Jun 03, 2013
Missions:

1. Tatiana is nominated for a TV Critics Choice Award, but we need to get this woman and this show nominated for Emmy's. No doubt she and it are deserving. While we're at we need to get Jordan Gavaris nominated as well.

2. Get this show to a million viewers next season. That's right this show averages less than 500,000 viewers. I know it's BBC America, and I don't know how many subscribers they have, but this show deserves to be seen by every one of them.
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Jun 04, 2013
Excellent missions. Message Vicky and I'm sure she'll somehow make it happen.
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Jun 03, 2013
What do the Doctor Who numbers on BBC America look like? (discounting the actual UK viewers).

Here in the states, BBC-America is on cable. And I don't know how wide-spread it is/was, because we didn't have it on Comcast at all and it took a while to get it on Fios. (Either that, or Fios always had it and I'm just remembering the switch over).

To top that off, it's kind of a niche network for the casual American. I watch it a fair bit because I like some of their shows... but outside of a sci-fi lover or a Top Gear fan they probably don't pull in the numbers as much as (say) TNT / USA / FX / etc.
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Jun 05, 2013
BBCA also uses programs from other UK channels and the ratings for some of these shows on their original airings aren't huge either - so 500,000 to 1m viewers are decent numbers

The only shows that really attract a decent audience are Downtown Abbey and Doctor Who
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Jun 04, 2013
It's big in Australia haha. It probably changes from country depending on the coverage.

In Australia 35 years ago, even if you only got 2 channels, you got Doctor Who, without commercials no less. We have a lot of died-in-the-wool Whovians who'd no more stop watching Doctor Who than stop eating Vegemite.
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Jun 03, 2013
I'm pretty sure Dr. Who gets 2+ million.
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Jun 03, 2013
You are awesome....
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Jun 04, 2013
No, you are!
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Jun 05, 2013
get a room
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Jun 05, 2013
Vicky warned me of your humor... And I love it! Feel free to playfully mock me anytime.
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Jun 03, 2013
Just watched a marathon of Orphan Black. Thanks to Tim for making me aware of this great show

I noticed they film many scenes in my neighborhood in South Riverdale, Toronto. I'll keep my eye peeled for Tatiana Maslany clones when they start filming season 2
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Jun 03, 2013
LOL. Stalker!
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Jun 03, 2013
Hey, its not stalking. Its monitoring. Like Aynsley was... oh wait, that didn't go well. Never mind
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Jun 05, 2013
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Jun 03, 2013
Nice review Tim. I pretty much agree with all your points...and I like how you drew attention to how OB remained strong and consistent throughout the 10 episode run. I can't remember the last time I watched a First Season where everything unfolded so perfectly. Helena is gone, but Allison may very well take her place in crazytown. I wonder if her personality will become even more unstable next season? And I can't wait to see how Sarah rebounds too. I would love to see Sarah go into avenging-take-no-prisoner mode. Arrested. Betrayed. Birth mother murdered. Having to kill her own sister. Daughter kidnapped. She must be reaching that breaking point soon.
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Jun 03, 2013
Yeah Sarah's already pretty badass so that would be fun to see! And a more unstable Alison is a possibility, especially when/if she finds out about hubby. Who knows!
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Jun 02, 2013
I will agree that it is outstanding. It's almost like anime in some ways. I only has one problem with the episode in that I wish there had been an indication to the viewers that Helena was playing Sarah. As Leekie said, Helena is feral. She would never have been able to fully pull off playing Sarah. It's understandable that Amelia wouldn't know. She's barely met her. But the viewers should. In a way, I think Tatiana Maslany should take a leaf from Nina Dobrev's book. Nina has a set of ticks that she employs for each character so the viewer instantly knows who she is, regardless of whether Elena is playing Katherine. For instance, there's a scene in s2(can't find it on YT anywhere) where Katherine pretends to be Elena but she says something Elena would never say and Stefan instantly knows it's her.

But apart from that, what an excellent episode & series. Looking forward:

1. I really hope the cloning goes public. How the world reacts to them would be truly fascinating. On a normal show, I wouldn't expect that to happen til s4/5 but with the kind of plot speed, OB has going, I have no idea. Homeland did the same thing with arresting Brody.

2. Please keep a lid on Kira. I'll make my peace with superhealing but anything more X-men-lite takes away from what the show is. It's an examination of human cloning & its reprecussions for society, not a bastardization of The 4400.

3. More Allison. I kind of hate her but she is, without doubt, absolutely hilarious. Her relationship with Felix is just brilliant.

4. Kill Victor. Now. He's as annoying as ever & I just want him gone.

Honestly, I'm a little confused as to who to give all the awards to: GoT s3 or Tatiana Maslany. Both have been gripping TV.
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Jun 03, 2013
On first watching of the finale, 1st clue I got that Helena was pretending to be Sarah was when she uttered "How did scientists put baby inside you?". in perfect Helena tone and diction. Sent a chill through my spine with me thinking "Oh $hi! it's Helena!". True enough two seconds later she's stabbing Amelia.

On rewatch there were other signs it's not Sarah. Her hair (wig) covered her shoulders the whole time Amelia came to visit. In the shot where "Sarah" was getting a glass from the overhead cupboard and filling it with water from the tap, a,glass (martini glass from the looks of it) would intentionally obscure the back of her right shoulder. Also, just as she sits down,a flash of her scars can be seen for less than a second.

The biggest giveaway is the eyes. Helena has a paler face and is pale around the eyes. Sarah has more color and uses an eyeliner (if that's what he black around her eyes is).
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Jun 03, 2013
To be honest I rewatched it and I think that Tatiana showed up with clear shoulders as Sarah prior to Helena revealing herself in the kill scene and then we see the scars an so on.But what I don't get is how did she contact her in the first place. Helena was all tied up and they had but time for a couple of words before the police showed up and she escapes.
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Jun 03, 2013
Hmm. I agree with 2-4, but it seems like them going public would be an end to the action.
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Jun 03, 2013
Not really. Not only is there the public reaction to them but there's how the clones react to the public. Not to mention it would lead to further examination of them so we would learn more about them. This can go a hundred different ways.
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Jun 03, 2013
First, there is yet no indication that the government is not one way or the other in with DYAD, so the cover-up will be maintained, and second, both Alison and Cosima signed a contract and Helena is dead, Kira is abducted.We are told that some new clones will show up next season, so maybe there will be enough to go public then.
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Jun 03, 2013
They will have a tough time explaining the death of Katja, Helena, and Beth. Corpses disappear from the morgue and Allison faxed her contract to Rachel and Cosima would not have had the DYAD drive without having signed her contract as well.
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Jun 03, 2013
Cosmina didn't sign the contract and Allison's monitor is still in play(thus Dyad broke their end of the bargain to get out of Alison's life so the contract is void). Even if the contract was still active, we don't know if there was a non-disclosure clause to stop her from going public. Plus, they have Katja, Helena & Beth's remains. There's more than enough evidence to go public.
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Jun 03, 2013
Right, not an end to the drama, just the action.
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Jun 03, 2013
Once they are in the public eye there's not exactly going to be any bodies piling up or people impersonating officers of the law.
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Jun 03, 2013
I don't understand your comment.
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Jun 03, 2013
Interestingly enough I knew it was Helena right away because of the way she moved, and because of her facial expression. I thought Tatiana did a great job with that scene because you're right that there is no way that Helena could convincingly play Sarah, and Tatiana did a great job exuding Helena before she spoke.
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Jun 03, 2013
I must rewatch it. Maybe I just missed it cos I was so jazzed. It's hard to think that OB wasn't a part of my life 48hrs ago. I've marathoned the whole series between yesterday & today. It really is amazing.
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Jun 02, 2013
last I checked there was less than 10 votes for 'Ehhh. I don't see the hype'. ... now there's more than 1000?!?!? who s that ONE a**** skewing the results!??! I mean like if u don't like it just say so... don't need to mess with the poll right?!
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Jun 03, 2013
it's a script and likely done by one person. Just hit refresh and you see the number jump up by 1-2 with every refresh--it did it earlier when I checked. Either some hater is running a script or 2-3 people are hitting refresh and voting repeatedly.

Read all the comments and there are no real negative comments saying the show is bad. There's some debate about the patent thing and one or two (or a few) don't like how that was dealt with but that is one little thing and everything else is glowing.

If there are that many haters then were are their comments?
The poll is bogus--just ignore it and everyone should try the show themselves.

Everyone should give it the 4 episode test. I was hooked after the pilot but a couple people said they got hooked after the 2nd or 3rd episode
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Jun 02, 2013
whoever's still deciding whether to watch this show or not... don't let the poll discourage u from watching! check the comments & you ll see that most comments are quite positive!
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Jun 02, 2013
I agree completely regarding Art's storyline in this finale - not enough but the episode was already overstuffed. I'm not sure I enjoyed this episode quite as much as previous ones and not sure if it was satisfying as a finale, but it was definitely good and definitely a strong set-up for season two. I will say that I was glad to see Helena go, not because I disliked her, but because she had overstayed her use as a character. They were dragging it out at this point.
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Jun 02, 2013
Variety is saying Tatiana could shake up the Emmys. Just google Variety/Orphan Black.
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Jun 03, 2013
She deserves to win best actress and best supporting actress but I would be surprised (yet ecstatic) if she won anything. Not feeling optimistic even though she totally deserves it.
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Jun 05, 2013
i think she will lose to a cast member of Glee
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Jun 03, 2013
I know...genre actors are so woefully overlooked (or even looked down on) it's not even funny!
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Jun 02, 2013
WTF "Eh, I dont see the hype" is leading that poll O_O Orphan Black is the best new show of the year! Or, at least, one of the best new shows. You seriously cant think otherwise, youever you 800+ are O_O_O
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Jun 02, 2013
From 8 votes to over 1400 in a few hours. What a sad, pathetic troll. My guess is it's the person who has repeatedly posted how the finale was ruined by the clones over-reacting to the intellectual property clause in their DNA. Whomever it is, please do yourself a favor and get a life....
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Jun 03, 2013
Especially since he is fooling no one .
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Jun 02, 2013
it's a script---hit refresh a few time and watch the numbers grow. Wow, someone sure hates the show!
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Jun 02, 2013
Yeah, that was a distant last place last time I looked. Prolly a script. I hope. Otherwise that's just depressing.
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Jun 02, 2013
it has to be a script or someone hitting the refresh button and voting over and over again (sad they are filled with hate and have no life and nothing to say).
If that many people really disliked it then why aren't they commenting even if just to say "don't see the hype and I didn't like it".
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Jun 03, 2013
The sad part is they probably think they're being clever :P
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Jun 02, 2013
Probably a SyFy exec pissed off that they are being shown up by BBCA's first attempt at the genre.
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Jun 02, 2013
I wouldn't be surprised...
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Jun 02, 2013
Srsly! Last I checked that one had like, 8 votes and now it has 800+ ? O_O_O_O_O_O What a**holes -_-
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Jun 02, 2013
That is you who hath done that dastardly deed, heh.
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Jun 02, 2013
a 1,000+ ! O.O
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Jun 02, 2013
I was kidding. you got that?
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Jun 02, 2013
some a**hole with nothing else to do and even a lesser brain cells to do it.
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Jun 02, 2013
Someone is obviously hitting refresh and voting that way over and over
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Jun 02, 2013
One of the best shows of the year. Tatiana Maslany is amazing. I forget that it is the same actress playing all the clones. It has to be hard to play the scenes when she is talking to herself, especially when she is talking to two of herselves (not a word I know!). I cant wait until next season!
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Jun 02, 2013
Its great episode but I actually thought this was a weaker episode compare to earlier ones. Perhaps the answers they gave is not convincing enough for me.

1) To me, the reveal that Mrs S is the "bad" guy all along was not very convincing. If Mrs S was working for the "corporation" all this while, why did she not kidnap Kira in the 1st place. Infact she did not even have to kidnap because I thought sarah already left Kira custody to her when she left. Mrs S could have just shipped Kira off somewhere. Does this mean Mrs S was sarah monitor all along. If that is so, Mrs S did not do a very good job or sarah would not have discovered so many things. Mrs S could have alerted the corporation long before.

The only logical explanation is that they wanted Sarah and Kira to be under normal observation but even so it would be much wiser if they had ask Mrs. S to keep Kira safe when Helena started to appear. It would also means probably Kira would have already been tested.

This reveal felt like a last minute insert into the story when they realized there is a season 2.

2) Even if sarah and company are so called "patent", surely it is of not much use right? The technology cloning could maybe "patent" but can human beings be patent even if they are clones? I am not sure in ORPHAN BLACK world, is cloning legal in the 1st place. I always assume its like our world where it is illegal and the corporation is doing it all in secret. That is why police did not know about it and ART and company still have no clues. Therefore so what if they are patent, I am sure the corporation has no way to legally "claim" them or Kira, they would be expose as doing something "illegal".

3) This brings me to my 3rd confusion. What is the point of the "contract" ? Why should the company gives out contract since what they are doing is illegal. My theory is that they are just lying to all the clones to in order to make them feel safe again to go back to their "normal" environment so they can continue their experiment and monitoring. But that is a flaw in that theory as why should sarah and clones believe them since this contract will probably not mean anything in the eyes of the law.

Feel free to reply and comment on what you think. I have loved the show from episode 1 but these things I mentioned do bother me.

We still do not know why they are being clones and what is the main intention of this corporation. I initially thought this is one season and we will have all the answers. I loved the show and I am happy it got a season 2 but I do hope they give satisfying answers. I would hate it if we followed it a few seasons and got really crappy answers.
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Jun 03, 2013
I'm not convinced that Mrs S taking off with Kira means that she is a bad guy (still) or that she betrayed Sarah. For one Mrs S already told Sarah that if the situation started going south call it out and Mrs S would take Kira and disappear (burning down her current life).

With regards to the patents - sure they're bunk from our frame of reference (and possibly Orphan Blacks). However, it felt a lot like the narrative (on patents) from Michael Crichtons (sp?) NEXT. Morally everyone agrees you can't patent people...legally though? As an example you can look at Monsanto and see how the legal system can allow and reinforce over-reach.

The contract purely plays on the naivety and hopeful return to normalcy by the clones. It doesn't hold water but it's power is in convincing Sarah/Cosima/Allison that it does and get's them to agree to be lab rats.

As a complete side note...did anyone else get the feeling from makeup (lines under the eyes, a hint of gray hair) that Rachel was older than the other clones we knew?
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Jun 03, 2013
Well I guess I jump to conclusion that Mrs S is working with the corporation partly because of the birth mother claiming her to be so. I guess it would make more sense if she knew about the corporation from distant past but decided to protect sarah and kira.
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Jun 02, 2013
1) Pretty sure Mrs. S's relationship with the corporation is in the distant past since they never knew about Sarah.

3) Clearly the contract is a meaningless lie since Alison still has her monitor in spite of the guarantee to the contrary.
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Jun 02, 2013
I have read some of the comments below now and point number 2 is being discussed by many of you. General consensus seems to agree it sounds a bit silly.
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Jun 02, 2013
Just for the fun of adding another comment:
my favorite lines were many, but the one I particularly like is Angela telling Felix:"Public defender, I'll make sure to get you a really shitty one" LMAO. What was yours, aside from the meatball comment?
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Jun 02, 2013
Donny using "intervention" as a verb.
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Jun 02, 2013
Why did Leekie kill Ollivier (sp?) in an earlier episode?
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Jun 02, 2013
'Cos Olivier was a crappy character, and his tail looked like plasticine.

BBL
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Jun 02, 2013
one lesser actor on the payroll.
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Jun 02, 2013
I wonder if Tatiana gets a flat salary for being on the show or gets paid based on scene time or per character. She was a relatively unknown actress so I guess they didn't have to pay that much compared to previously more well known actors/actresses and they get her to play so many roles. I wonder for how long she is under contract and what will happen when they need to renegotiate contracts.
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Jun 03, 2013
She is the cornerstone of the show and now that she has proven herself and will be getting the awards, she has a very strong position to renegociate her contract.At the the same time, I think production planned for her expenditure and is making her a rich woman as we speak.BBCA would not have announced another season so soon if there was not a done thing as far as how much it will cost them.Finally, while they have other shows that are very fine this is the one that will put them on the map with the Big Boys.
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Jun 02, 2013
lol
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Jun 02, 2013
Oliver attracted undue attention.He had to go, plus he had outlived his usefulness for DYAD.
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Jun 02, 2013
I think it was because he lied to Leekie about what happened at the club. He couldn't trust him anymore.
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