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Orphan Black S02E04: "Governed As It Were By Chance"


The first rule of war is and will always be, "Don't mix your camouflage." But the second rule of war is to know your enemy. Right now, Sarah and the clones have so many perceived enemies, it's difficult to tell which one is the greatest threat at any given moment. There's Rachel and the Dyad Institute; there's Henrik and the Proletheans; there's Angie, whose drive for answers is getting her ever closer to discovering the truth; there's the sickness weakening Cosima; and for a few terrifying moments in "Governed As It Were By Chance," there was Helena. (There's also the argument that the clones are their own worst enemies, especially in Alison's case, but I'll get to that in a bit.)

Many Orphan Black fans adore Helena because she enjoys jello and carries sugar packets in her pockets. I get it; she's like a child. But like, a child who's also a crazy murderer. I like the challenges Helena poses as a character, and the role she plays as the "mirror" of Sarah, but she hasn't yet done anything to prove that she deserves to be pardoned for her crimes. I was very concerned when Henrik and his religious science freaks wanted to use her body for their own agenda, because she was being held against her will and forced into unfortunate circumstances she didn't have any control over—she's a clone, but she's still a human being who deserves the same rights as everyone else. However, I don't necessarily think we should just accept her and open our arms to her because she's been on the receiving end of some terrible developments. And I think there are some fans of the show who look at Helena as if she's a lost puppy without a past that involves being a serial killer.


Helena was raised by Tomas and the Proletheans, who molded and manipulated her into the screwed-up person she is today. She was told she was the original and led to believe it was her duty to kill the rest of the rest of the clones because they were abominations. And after the events of the Season 1 finale, Sarah had every reason to fear for her life when Helena followed her to Rachel's and slashed Daniel's throat. Not only was Sarah super surprised because she thought she'd killed Helena, but Helena had also just murdered Daniel like it was no big deal (it was a big deal). And then she slunk toward Sarah like a hunter toward her prey. Of course Sarah, whose arms were bound, would be terrified in that moment. 

And I would've been, too, because Helena is a wild card. We saw how easy it was for her to feign death only to turn around and attack Gracie (although we later found out she didn't kill the girl, only rendered her unconscious) in order to escape. And then we saw her slice up Daniel without a moment's pause. All I'm saying is, I think we should still be on alert when it comes to everyone's favorite Shakira-haired wannabe. That's not to say she won't join Sarah and the rest of the clones and eventually be redeemed in some way, but she's still too unpredictable and she still poses too much of a danger at this point.

Now, I say all of this knowing that the Proletheans did not, in fact, impregnate Helena. This storyline has been the most confusing and complicated one of Season 2 thus far, because we're still in the dark about the Proletheans' endgame. But does it really matter that they took something from Helena, instead of the other way around? Either way, she experienced something terribly invasive that happened to her against her will. If Henrik had forced himself on her, I think Orphan Black would've found itself in a controversy it never wanted. It feels wrong to say that what the Proletheans have done is better, but it's probably the lesser of the two evils. And now they're making babies in petri dishes or test tubes or whatever. If they'd impregnated Helena, they would have been more limited, but by taking this road, they have control and possibly the ability to do it again. 

What's more, this storyline confirms that Helena shares the same ability to have children that Sarah does—which we all assumed anyway given their twin status—and raises the question of how many times the Proletheans could do this. And more importantly, it raises the question of why they're doing it? What exactly is it that they want? 


But let's table the whacked-out fanatics for now and discuss what's going on with the other clones. After tumbling from the stage during her opening-night performance in the musical last week, Alison woke up in rehab with a broken (sprained?) arm/wrist! Unlike the others, Alison's greatest danger is indeed herself. To the public she's calm and collected, if a bit uptight, but on the inside she's a mess. We all love Ramone and his car trunk full of goodies, but Alison's pill-popping, drink-guzzling days are what landed her in her current predicament. Donnie might be an asshole who's threatening her with legal action, but to be honest, rehab is the best place for Alison to be right now. 

Alison's paranoia and neuroses, while often funny to us, are actually what's threatening her wellbeing day after day. She's not dying like Cosima. She doesn't have people trying to kidnap her children like Sarah. She's not being used as a lab rat like Helena. She signed her contract with Dyad so she could feel safe and normal, but her guilt over letting Aynsley die, especially now she knows that Donnie is her real monitor, has caused a pretty serious downward spiral. I'm not sure how long the writers can keep her locked up in rehab and haver her still be integral to the overarching story, but she does need to fix herself. Hell, she doesn't even know that she fell off the stage during the musical. "The people got their money's worth," is all Felix told her about the performance. Oh, Fe.


Speaking of everyone's favorite foster brother, he and Sarah teamed up to do a little snooping in Mrs. S's house (while Mrs. S was trying to get information out of Carl, the man who brought Sarah to her door all those years ago). It was nice to see Felix and Sarah working together after he bolted last week, but their relationship is far from fixed. At least the pair discovered some old newspapers that revealed Mrs. S knows more about what's happening than she's ever let on (duh), but her interactions with Carl (not the sexy ones) prove that she doesn't know all that much. The newspaper article at least led to the revelation that Rachel was raised by the two scientists in the Project LEDA photo. As Cosima pointed out, this probably means Rachel was raised self-aware—the only clone to have been—which is why she feels elite to the rest of the Clone Club and why she's willingly working with Dyad and Doctor Leekie. 

This also means that, had Amelia not bolted and given up Sarah and Helena for adoption, they could have been Rachel. They wouldn't have become wards of the state or been taken in by religious fanatics. They would have lived what appeared to be a pretty nice life until their scientist parents died in a lab explosion. It's another brilliant example of the way Orphan Black addresses the "nature versus nurture" argument and the question of how we're shaped by our environments. Rachel had the life Sarah and Helena were supposed to have, and while there were clearly advantages to that life, was it better? Will knowing this affect Sarah going forward? Will she come to resent Rachel in addition to simply hating her for being a bitch? Or will she realize that the life she's had with Mrs. S, Felix, and Kira, while not picture-perfect, is actually the more desirable one? I'd love to see the series address these questions head-on, because as I mentioned last week, Sarah has done nothing but run from her life since the moment we met her. Maybe this new development will help her see that her life can actually be considered pretty good. You know, once she puts all her enemies in their place. Rachel is cold and narcissistic, and that probably has something to do with how she was raised. She's not exactly the type of person you dream about being as a little girl. And she was shacking up with Daniel, who was her monitor. We learned so much about Rachel this week, guys, and she wasn't even present. And as I mentioned above, knowing your enemy is the second rule of war.

Orphan Black's success often lies in what's left unsaid, allowing the show to dole out small clues at perfectly structured intervals. "Governed As It Were By Chance" is a perfect example of that. The pace of the series, as well as its ability to mix the dramatic, the mysterious, the dark, and the humorous, continues to be its greatest strength. There are so many storylines running parallel to one another that no one would fault the series if it got lost in them, but it's currently managing just fine. Hell, it's not just managing, it's thriving. Season 2 has proven to be just as exciting as Season 1, even with all the different plots. The writers put Art's investigation on the back burner for the past two weeks, but he still feels integral to the story as he stakes out the religious fanatics and their homestead. He also bought Helena some time to escape this week. And even though he probably only appeared on screen for two minutes, it was enough to remind us he's still there, working the whole thing from a different angle. 

The series' complexity continues to keep me more than interested and on the edge of my couch week after week, but if there's one place it's failing, it's Cosima and her illness. I think this is purposeful, and it looks like we're finally going to dive into her storyline next week, so I'll give it a pass for now. But considering she's going to die if she doesn't find out what it is and how to stop it, I just wish there was more time each week to explore her progress. Let's hope the rest of the season makes it (and her) a priority.



CONSPIRACY THEORIES


– "Twenty years ago you brought an orphan to my door. 'Put her in the black,' you said. 'As black as it gets.'" Oh look, the writers finally found a way to explain the title of the series!

– Last week, Cal rammed the car with Sarah and Daniel in it in order to save Sarah. So far I've really enjoyed Cal's character. He's... calm in a way that literally no one else on this show is. I know Sarah is keeping him in the dark about the truth of the situation for his own good, but I have to wonder how long that can last. He's already taking care of Kira while she's off trying to solve the mystery of her life, but if she keeps asking for favor after favor from him without giving him anything in return, he's just going to blow up like Felix.

– I can't wait for Mrs. S to join the team with Sarah and the rest of the clones. She's an asset! But I do like that, just like Art, she's doing her own investigation. All of this has to come together nicely at some point.

– "I don't believe I have ever done 'the nasty.'" Alison Hendrix, ladies and gentlemen!

– LOL at the image of Helena wearing a wedding dress and running through a field with her crazy hair. I should have submitted that to FTW vs. WTF this week.

– Hot Paul is back next week! 


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AIRED ON 6/16/2016

Season 4 : Episode 10

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It's past midnight here so I don't have time to read the comments yet. regardless, I wanted to comment on Kaitlin's review.

i'm one of these Helena fans that you speak of, and one of the reason is that her character has developed throughout the series. She's slowly become more independent-minded, so that now we see not a spread of the clone-killing Helena we first met. She's a clever girl, and she's overcoming her upbringing.

I think the writers explained the title "Orphan Black" in Series 1 when Mrs was explaining to Sarah where she came from (possibly not the whole or true story); that she was a child "in the black".
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* shred not spread
** Mrs S not Mrs
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Sarah seeing Helena appear in Rachel's apartment wearing dowdy, dirty wedding dress covered in blood was one of my favorite images of this episode. Sarah was already panicked, tied up and in-pain, and Helena appears . . . and hugs her. It's also a good image because Kira refers to Helena as Sarah's "angel", as did a different child early in the first season. But Helena, if anything, is a lost soul capable of terrible violence and maybe she'll have a redemptive story arc not unlike Sarah's, since both have a history of hurting people. Although arguably Sarah's theft/grifter past isn't as bad as Helena's murdering her fellow clones, even if her environment (nurture) made her into a lost soul. And, you know, she was raised by people who don't think she has a soul. And she's not a lost puppy even if she feels like a girl-child raised by wolves.

I'm looking forward to Art and Mrs. S's story lines merging with clone club investigation and seeing how it interacts with the big bad of the show, especially since I'm not sure who the big bad is (Dyad? Proletheans? I love not knowing.) I wonder if the Dyad Institute and Proletheans will end up in a major battle with the clones in the crossfire.

Allison's storyline is great, but so far it's just dark humor. Rehab is a safe place for her on multiple levels since 1) she needs it and 2) it keeps her away the main conflict(s).
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Even though I agree that rehab is the safest and most constructive place for Allison to be now, I'm actually wanting her to get more involved in the clone situation. I know that's not what would be good for her mental health but I want to see Allison as a character develop beyond uptight, crazy soccer mom who just wants to be normal. I feel like she could kick so much ass in her own way and it's a shame she's not more active in the clone story line. I'd also LOVE her and Helena to meet. And Rachel :D
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One of the questions with Allison is why she has issues with drinking/drugs. Would breaking beyond the suburban soccer mom-mold and taking charge of her life--including kicking ass in the story line--channel her uptight energy into something productive? And YES, a Rachel-Allison showdown would be amazing! Two tights of uptight clashing together.
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Roger Cross of Continuum made an appearance.......this show just gets more awesome by the minute. Glad Paul is back next week, he's been missed. Cal has done an amendable job of covering Sarah's butt, but I kind of love the tension of Paul and Sarah more. Plus, I keep expecting Cal to appear in armor with sword or serenade Sarah with a well written country ballad.....the actor is on two other favorite shows of mine. Cal seems nice and honorable, but there is just no room for nonsense like that on this series.

And what was the deal with Art just letting Helena run pass him like she was lost pet? Don't get me wrong, I love Helena but that scene had me scratching my head in confusion. Art seems to be the only one not interested in the clones and that's kind of suspicious in a series dedicated to clones. He was more interested in Proletheans and what they were up too. Wonder if Art is already well versed in Project LEDA.
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This episode was just so...wow. While the Prolethians are just icky, Gracie is the one that freaks me out the most. The rest of the family is willing to follow their leader, but Gracie can only think to kill Helena for just existing?! That girl is another Tomas in training. I mean, WTF? Helena would've been justified if she had killed her instead of just knocking her out.

I think it's fascinating that Kira knows that Helena is Sarah's guardian angel. Kira also feels at ease with Cal, so I guess he's okay. But he's definitely had some sort of past with Dyad. I just hope the cops don't think that he killed his cop friend, because they'll be gunning for him, not just looking to talk things out.

Allison and Felix could have their own spin-off and I'd watch.

I guess Mrs S isn't who I thought she was. Oh well, she's still pretty badass, and probably former IRA.

Sarah needs to sit down for a few minutes with Art and bounce some of this mess off of him. He's a great sounding board and has some good insight that can help put some of this freaky info into perspective.
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I don't understand why everyone is suspecting Cal at this point. We haven't seen anything to support this suspicion until now. I think you ppl are suspecting him just for the sake of it. We know that Dyad didn't know about Sarah's existence until Delphine revealed it to Leekie. So we can safely assume Dyad had no role is setting up Cal and Sarah few years back unlike other clone's monitors. Regarding the look on his face you ppl are talking about, all I saw was a little surprise that such big corporation is hunting Sarah. I think most of you are over analysing his little pause.
I'm not saying Cal is a good guy with absolutely no relations to Dyad. He may have some regarding his drone tech. All I'm saying is at this point we don't know if he's related to Dyad or not and also there's nothing pointing in that direction either.
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"I don't understand why everyone is suspecting Cal at this point. We haven't seen anything to support this suspicion until now."
That's exactly why we should suspect him, don't you think?
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Great review, Kaitlin! Btw, I believe the smuggler's name is Carlton, not Carl.
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Let's just call it a nickname then.
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Strong episode and lots of action and plenty of new info to get a better headache....
  • I suspect a lot of the time Cal's calm because he is smoking pot... Remember his now-dead policeman friend said he knew it?
  • I hope Kira stays with Cal. He is probably the dad, has money from his old 'Silicon-Valley tacoon' days and seems like a nurturing figure who could hide Kira away and keep her away from trouble while Sarah, the other clones and Mrs. S fight the Dyad & the Prolethians... Battling so many enemies is not very conducive to child rearing and honestly it does not look good on Sarah to put her daughter at risk by having her on the run
  • I get that Helena is scary and unstable though her fighting back to Gracie was totally justified. She is a child that was socialised in all the wrong ways but who wasn't cheering when she killed Daniel? Sure she can't ever be trusted fully but I do expect she has learnt a few things inc. that the Prolethians are the worst, Tomas was wrong in a lot of his ideas and Sarah is something of an ally....
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Paul isn't near the man Cal is!!!! What are the chances Cal has impregnated Sara again ??? Would love to see Helena and Sara working together to bring down Dyad and the religious group. Allison is a time bomb ready to go off!!! I hope Rachael and her group get the blunt of the explosion. Helena will take car e of the religious group. Count on it.
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Impregnatnated? I can't see Sarah being as passive as to "be impregnated".
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I'm more in awe of Tatiana Maslany every week, her ability to portray these different characters is just phenomenal. You can instantly tell which character she is (like Alison waking up dishevelled), not only that, it's the nuanced portrayal of Sarah as Beth, or Sarah as Cosima etc that is also just brilliant. I love the pace of this show and where it looks to be going, it continues to be one of my favourite shows because it encourages asking big questions and it just so complex! I love it!
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Much as I love Hot Paul and have been invested in Paul/Sarah, I couldn't help thinking that Sarah should just leave all this mess behind and run off with Cal and Kira. Cal is just plain nice and has been so supportive of Sarah's crazy shenanigans. Also, I never want to see Sarah Manning sobbing with such complete despair, ever again. It broke my heart.

Art just needs to make a frowny face and say a few words rudely and he's automatically cool. So is Henrik in his own creepy/detestable way. I don't know why I like that guy. Was sorry to see Daniel go too. There was such potential for future villainy in that character.

I completely agree that we should be wary of Helena. Calling Sarah 'Seestra' and hugging her/not killing her does not redeem her of Killing Katja and all the others.

Allison and Felix are just perfect. The whole 'shaving armpits' bit had me off my chair.

Looking forward to Hot Paul this week.
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I don't think Helena killed Katya and all the others. Her weapons of choice are melee weapons.
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:) this show never let's up and that's fantastic the brilliance of this show amazes me still. Felix is still Felix I love him, I'm warming to cal I like him he seemed to know and look worried when Sarah mention dyad so I don't no why. Mrs S is cool she needs to find Sarah and help her. I was so scared that preacher man was going to rape Helena but what he did may have been worse that man is horrid and needs to die. I'm pumped about next week I get to Paul again and maybe a Paul and Cal altercation over Sarah would be fun.
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"He's probably dead. But let me put a bullet through his brain, just to make sure." Yes people, it's that simple. Yet nobody ever does it, people would rather move on and then get all surprised when supposedly dead people aren't as dead as everybody thought
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Tatiana Maslany just out-Maslanyed herself!!!
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I'm pretty sure Carl knows something. When Sarah mentioned the corporation name he had a serious look on his face.

As for the rest, can someone explain to me how Helena managed to run in the wedding dress (and presumably nothing else) without getting caught, make it all the way to Amelia's place, follow Sarah to Rachel's place and know exactly when to enter?
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Hi Kaitlin

I have given the first "heart" to you for this review. It is a very detailed and good review. I am glad you made the points below.

1) I agree with what you wrote about Helena. Her unpredictability does make the show more tense to watch but we should totally still see her as a villain till further notice. I could see the writers making her join Sarah but she still creepy to me.

2) Will knowing this affect Sarah going forward? Will she come to resent Rachel in addition to simply hating her for being a bitch? These questions about Sarah that you pointed out. I would liked them answered too. One thing to point out though, It was shown on those videos found at Rachel's apartment that Rachel was raised with love not what Cosima had described.

I have enjoyed every episode of OB since it is back for season two. There is no episode that feel inferior to the others. They are all very consistent.

This week's episode is second only to GOT on my list of favorite episodes for the week. It has beaten episodes of my other favorite shows like The Good Wife, The Americans, Fargo and Elementary.

As you have put it, OB just have the right balance of pacing, drama, mystery and humor.

My only concern is that Alison's story this season might be there only for the humor part. I do hope she will join the team sarah soon along with Mrs S.

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Trivia: The Cameron Arms, where Rachel gets (got) her groove on, is actually "One King West Hotel & Residence" in Toronto.



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VIP's staying at One King West can join something called "CLub ONE". Coincidence? (Cue Twilight Zone theme).
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Mrs. S is hot! Whoulda thunk it?

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I know, I'm preaching to the choir, but Tatiana's performance was transcendent once again. When Allison woke up in rehab, dishevelled, with the camera showing only her face and no other clues as to which clone this was, I recognized her as Allison instantly. It's like Tatiana transforms with each character. And Sarah's display of absolute terror in the ending scene was blood chilling. I've never seen better in any horror movie ever made. I smell Emmies and Oscars in the future.
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I know that Helena is dangerous, but I can't help loving her. Of all the clones we're aware of she's had the shittiest life. Tomas was so awful to her that it's no wonder she is so messed up. I don't know how she will end up, or how they will eventually deal with all the murders she committed, but I still have hope that she will somehow have some peace. I love that Kira thinks of her as Sarah's guardian angel.

I'm really liking Cal. At first I was kind of against Cal, because of Paul, but they've done a good job making him seem like just exactly what Sarah and Kira need. He's smart and resourceful. I wonder if he knows something more, though. The look on his face when Sarah told him about the Dyad Institute makes me a little suspicious, but it could be nothing.

Poor Alison... but you're right, rehab is a good place for her right now. I don't think they'll keep her long.

This was my favorite episode of this season so far. I can't wait to see what happens next week.
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Helena is a feral child, except that she wasn't raised by wolves or bears but by creatures that only resemble human beings. No child could grow into a reasonably normal adult with that sort of upbringing. When judging someone on the basis of morality, we always assume they have a basic grounding in the nature of humanity. Helena does not. In a way, Grace is right. She's not entirely human although it appears she has vague yearning to become one.
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I noticed that on him too, my guess is that he had something to do with Dyad but he doesn't or didn't know about Sarah before. Didn't he say he worked with a company that bred bees or something? It's possible he helped their research in one way or another.
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I'm sure he didn't mention it for nothing
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He invented a drone that was supposed to help pollinate crops, like bees do, but the corporation sold the technology to the military. It was a mechanical drone, not a biological one, but Dyad could possibly have a branch that deals with that kind of tech too.
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OB has managed to make me paraonoid and suscpicous of all new characters, Cal included. I do hope he turns out to be just a nice guy.
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Just when you think that you have your favorite clone and that it isn't going to change, then Helena goes and stabs Daniel in the neck, while wearing a wedding dress and looking like something from a horror movie.

A lot happened. We learned that Mrs. S didn't have as much to do with LEDA than we thought she did. Sarah was brought to her by Carl. So who exactly is Mrs. S? She has had training, we can surmise that from both this week and last week. She can take care of her self with firearms and knives. She could be ex military, she could be ex IRA. And with that it could open to a number of stories and connections for the group. And she cleans up well.

We learned that Rachel is in fact the same age as the rest of the clones. And that picture in the lab was her parents. And Her parents may have started this whole thing. Rachel was raised to be who she is and likely it would have been the same with Helana and Sarah. But that brings up the a couple of questions. One, how was the Military involved? Two, What led the mother to take them both away?

Alison was hilarious. I thought they would diminish a little bit by sticking her in a rehab facility. But that is the perfect place for her and comedy. A person that needs to be in control of everything in a place where she isn't allowed to control anything.

Cal, I am still not sold on. And his kind of look when Sarah mentioned Dyad was interesting. And then you have to think. We have seen everyone's Monitor but we have never seen Sarah's. Perhaps that is what Cal initially was, perhaps he was her Monitor and then she grifted him. I don't know but Cal is still kind of shady. Even if he did make up for his non shooting of Daniel by ramming the car with his truck.

Helena. Helena is disturbed, yes. But she was raised that way. She was raised by religious psychopaths that raised her in isolation, trained her and pushed her out to go and kill people that looked like her. I wouldn't so much call her a serial killer. Mostly because her motivations weren't necessarily created by her, it was created by the Prolethians. She has had a rough life and it isn't over yet. MIT stole at least one of her eggs. I have to wonder what she is going to do in order to get that egg back. It is going to be fun. And Grace likely only gets one mercy sleeper. The next time Helena isn't going to be so accommodating to someone that tried to kill her. Also, though shall not kill, you mixed up bag of crazy.

Cosima needs to stop watching sad videos and get on a cure.

Great episode. I think it is to be expected now with this show that as much as it reveals it just brings up way more questions. Also and seriously Tatiana Maslany should get an Emmy.

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I am not sure about Mrs S. They still have not explain how she got that photo.

I am always suspicious of new characters in this show so I shared your suspicion about Cal. I am glad to be wrong in this case though.

I loved OB partly because it gives us enough answers we crave for and raised other questions to keep it interesting. This shows creativity.

This is so great compare to The Blacklist which raised questions from the 1st episode and kept us in the dark for the next twenty-one. They seem so afraid to answer those questions almost like we won't watch anymore once the answers are given.
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Crazy theory - Are we even sure it's Mrs. S in the photo?
For all we know it could be someone else. Maybe there were clones of hers or something.

It's totally far fetched, I know, but when she first saw the photo she seemed really surprised by it. Is it possible that she isn't the person in the picture?
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I never thought it looked like Mrs S in the photo. There's a scratch across the woman's face and no way of telling who it is.

aside: If you were conducting a secret, possibly illegal cloning operation, why would you take a photo and label it?
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Mrs S is NOT in the photo but she is somehow link to LEDA or that is what we are led to believe because the photo was found among Mrs S stuff.

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I'm talking about the original photo that Amelia showed Sarah
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I believe the woman in the picture was Rachels Mom and her Dad.
Its very clear Mrs. S is quite in the dark as well. I just hope she and Rachel become part of the clone club.
Dr. Leekie is becoming more sinister with every episode.
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That is a good comparison and really shows the difference between good and great shows. Blacklist is a good show, but after 20 some episodes we are still left with the same questions. Whereas Orphan Black has trickled out answers and asked whole new questions. That is my definition of a great show. It also helps that the whole of the cast do a very great job in their respective roles. With Blacklist, James Spader can only play one role.
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Actually I think James Spader can play anything :-) On the blacklist he is way above everyone else, that is true.
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Honestly while I do love James Spader, he is always exactly the same. The difference between his character on Blacklist and his character on Boston Legal is barely recognizable.
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Sarah never had a monitor, the dyad institute never even knew she existed.
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Ah that is right. Sorry
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My "favorite" clone changes a lot. Sometimes it's Alison, it's been Cosima, it's Sarah mostly, but then Helena pops up. Depends on the episode. I guess i love them all!
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"Cosima and Delphine are locked into some transgressive lesbian geek spiral bound to end in tears."

Ah, Felix, you are precious!

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It wasn't until my second run through that I noticed Helena spit on Daniel after she slit his throat, just as Sarah had spit on him minutes earlier. Will we see more evidence of a psychic/psychological bond as their relationship moves into this new phase?
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Helena wasn't just manipulated, she was tortured and conditioned, broken down and brain-washed by Tomas and his faction. For that, I really pity her and, though she has done horrible things, I can't help help but hold onto that feeling when watching her. Especially in relation to Kira and Sarah in the first season, the way signs of a moral code did appear. I find myself really rooting for her to find her way out of the shadow cast over her and redeem herself, maybe even find some semblance of a normal life. She is like a puppy dog to me, one that has been beaten and trained to be violent, but is not above rehabilitation.
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Oh look, the writers finally found a way to explain the title of the series!

The part about title "orphan black" already came up in the first season, in one of the later episodes.
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I found this explanation clearer.
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"We saw how easy it was for her to feign death only to turn around and attack Gracie (although we later found out she didn't kill the girl, only rendered her unconscious)"

As Helena was choking Grace she whispered, "You sleep, now", which would suggest that Helena is not unconcerned about collateral damage. She does have a moral compass, unlike your "traditional" serial killer/sociopath, it just happens to point west, left, to the loony coast.

And, here, I'll bring up a pet peeve of mine. On television, whenever someone is suffocated, we accept that the victim is dead at the moment they stop moving. In fact, disruption of blood flow to the brain will cause a person to pass out long before breathing stops completely. That's how the sleeper hold works. To die of suffocation, air flow would have to be interrupted for a significantly longer period of time. Minor thing, but it annoys me, and I'm glad Orphan Black got it right.
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Wouldn't it be nice if all the clones got to live a life of peace after all this? Each of them have their demons, and all caused by clonedom
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One could say the same about many of us "singletons". While most of us are capable of a certain amount of tolerance and compassion, it tends not to get triggered because of a lack of empathy. We're all in this together ... it's just that we have a hard time believing it because we see only the surface and remain blind to the other's soul.
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We don't all have DYAD 'owning' us, and the threat of a congenital respiratory disease, monitors, some Maggie Chen/sniper Prolethian conspiracy hanging over our heads, s well as our regular problems. I'm not sure we're talking about the same thing. I might have gone off on a bit of a tangent to your post.
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Not really. It could also mean that Helena isn't dumb enough to kill Gracie because if she gets caught, having an unconcious kid instead of a dead body might help her get an easier sentence if caught by the religious freaks
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So as soon as the video started playing and little Rachel was having fun with her parents it was almost too easy to say well obviously the Dyad institute (or Leekie) killed them.

That these Prolethians would use science rather than chance to ensure offspring makes sense. Not to mention Helena is clearly unstable putting her mind through the pressures of pregnancy could have disastrous results.
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I want to believe that Cal is genuine. He seems to really care for Sarah and that is why he wants to help. I am wondering if he knows about Dyad through his previous work that he talked about in lasts week episode. Either way I want him to be a good guy.

I also agree with your assessment of Helena. She is a killer and I feel nervous anytime she is on screen. Her feelings for Sarah make her interesting and I'm looking forward to some redemption for her. Killing Amelia last season showed just how unstable she is.
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With eggs stealing business Orphan Black has reached the creepiness level of La Femme Nikita / BSG. I guess congratulations are in order?
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I'm one of those who believe Helena is a "lost puppy". She was a crazy murderer before she met Sarah whose sole purpose was to kill the clones as programmed by Thomas. But I believe that after she met Sarah and Kira something changed inside of her. Now she's kinda obsessed with Sarah due to their "connection". I like Helena as a character because at the core I believe she's "pure" and so easily manipulated. She killed Amelia only because she separated them right after their birth. In today's episode I didn't think she'd harm Sarah at the end, not even for a second, even after Sarah tried to kill her. I look forward to next episode to see how Sarah handles Helena.

Btw I completely agree with you on the "Lesser of the two evils" part. If that Henrik guy had forced himself on her I'd have been utterly disgusted. Its still quite bad what they did to her but pretty relieved that they didn't go this route. I was kinda dreading about this since last week.

Regarding Cal I don't think he's related to Dyad. If he is, it'd be quite a big coincidence. Remember that Dyad had no idea of Sarah's existence until Delphine informed Leekie about her. So we can safely say that Dyad had no role in Sarah and Cal meeting few years back. Even if Cal has some history with Dyad it's probably related to his drone technology and not regarding Sarah. So at this point I kinda trust him to be a good guy. One can never be 100% sure on this show ;).
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Nothing wrong with Helena, who needs characters to be non-criminal to like them. Her reunion with Sarah was stunning.

Great season so far. Probably not quite up to Season 1's standard because that drew us into a new world and had the extra fun of Sarah impersonating Beth. This is more standard thriller structure but they still manage to do it so well.
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I totally agree. I hate it that shows give you "redemption arcs" to get good guys and bad guys to work together. If they want to work together, it's just like last season, all it takes is for Sarah to want something from Helena (and vice versa).

She doesn't need any redemption.
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So is Roger Cross aiming to be on every show ever??
Contrary to popular opinion below the line, I missed Delphine. That possibly has something to do with 'ze French accent' and the curls..... Anyhoo. I'm hoping for a Cosima/Delphine finding the cure plotline soon, mainly 'cos Cosima cannot die.
Mrs S was awesome - she appears to not know the full reasons behind the clones, but on this form, who would bet against her finding out?
Helena is a total wildcard, but I think that is the appeal of her as a character. She is far outside the bounds of 'normal' behaviour, and she has a certain naivety to her interactions because of her upbringing. She wants family, but unfortunately gives probably the scariest, freakiest hugs ever!
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I guess most Canadian production will look for him :-)
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i'm so happy that Maria Doyle Kennedy finally is cast in a role where she can prove what a magnificent actress she is, after her grumpy mumbeling Queen Kathrine in The Tudors, and the total waste of character that was nanny Sonya in Dexter.
Other than that - Maslaney's performance while tied up in the bathroom! totally amazing.

this series should be shown at acting classes around the globe.
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I never even notice her at all in Dexter and I watched every single episode of Dexter.
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Don't worry - on one hand she did appeare in like every episode of Season 5 in 2010. But on the other hand, she had like 5 lines all season, and shared most of her screentime with baby Harrison only.
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I find the Rachel-Daniel story to be a lot like Cosima-Delphine. sleeping with her monitor working for Dyad. So Rachel is just another pawn
Mrs S is seriously badass even scary

Personally I like Helena better this season; she is less of a clone killer and more into trying to figure things out for herself.

welcome to OB Travis hope to see more of u
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And so the great awsomeness that is OB continues...!

I get your issue with Helena, but her being the wildcard as you said is exactly why I like her so much as a character. That's an important destinction to make I think - I like her as a character in a TV-show, I don't like her as a person.
For example when Daniel was attacked off-screen, we didn't know who attacked him - but it always could have been Helena or Mrs. S. Helena can show up anywhere and do any crazy thing and the viewer would think it's plausible. That sort of character is awsome to have on a show.
Also: Not only was her dress great when she ran through the fields, it also looked really great covered in blood when she finally (and creepyly) hugged Sahra. That scene.... imho one of the best of the series.

With Cal, I think he has his own somewhat interesting past (maybe even with Dyad) and that is what makes him look and act shady. Why else would you need to be able to listen to police radio? I think he and his shady-ness will be of help to Sarah and the clones.

On the Allison-front I am really waiting for her to get better, too. And for the well deserved beat-down that Donnie is (hopefully) going to get.

With Cosima I am not really worried about her storyline. Yes, it is slow moving, but that's the nature of science. All this takes place in the frame of maybe a couple of weeks and to reach a proper analysis of the condidion she (realistically) needs some time. Also there is enough other great stuff going on that the show doesn't get boring. It sure feels like Cosima's storyline will get more important towards the finale.
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Mrs. S!!!! Not only are you full of secrets but you're also a bit of a minx. Sexy time with Travis Verta from Continuum? That was just one of several LOLs about Mrs. S' escapades in this episode.

- Kaitlin, I agree with you about Helena. I don't get why she's a fan-favourite. As touching as that scene with Sarah was. But then, I don't like Delphine either so I'm probably a freak.

- WOW at Tatiana Maslanys breakdown/embrace with Helena (herself). That scene was just perfect both from a technical and emotional standpoint.

- I miss Hot Paul. :-( But I really like Cal too. Although he is waaaay too chill about everything. I think he knows A LOT more then he's letting on.

- The Proletheans? Sigh. So they did it artificially? O_o That actually really surprised me. They are religious fanatics not scientists. So what's the deal?

- Regarding Cosimas take on Rachel. Everything she was telling Sarah went against that video Sarah was watching. Rachel may have been raised "self-aware" but if that's her in the video, you can clearly see that her parents loved her and gave her a normal childhood and not the cold loveless upbringing that Cosima assumed.

All in all. Another fantastic episode. :D
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As soon as Dyad was mention to cal, he had that look on his face that he knows more than he telling.

They are scientist and religious fanatics that believe they should use science to further God goals or something like that. Possible the worst combination possible.
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Oddly, that "look" seemed to me a combination of recognition, surprise, and amusement. Obviously he knows something about it, but the look of surprise suggests that he's not in on the conspiracy. Some other connection ...
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Yes, yes. I saw "that look" you're talking about and went: hold on a second - Cal KNOWS!! Although I genuinely hope that he is one of the good guys.

Regarding your take on the Proletheans? You're right. That is absolutely the worst combination/human nightmare that I can imagine.
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Favorite episode of season 2 so far.Great developments.....i am really curious about henrik's intentions.Also,that scene between helena and sarah was enthralling.Only one complain......MILITARY?Seriously...the ancient concept of government behind all the crazy shit.I really hope the show doesn't go in that direction.
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The only thing I like about the idea of the military being involve is that it must be the British military, which I kinda like, we don't see enough top secret research on tv from the British MOD, it always Americans or Russians or Nazi germany.
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I really want to trust Cal, because Sarah needs someone good in her life, other than Felix, but he just seems too good to be true at the moment. I just keep expecting him to knock Sarah out, run off with Keira and do experiments on her, or rendezvous with Mrs. S or Rachel. Most likely he will have his own kind of baggage, like Paul did, unrelated to the clones, but who knows.

I like that this show really keeps you guessing and moves the story along quickly. I expected Helena to be trapped on that farm for much longer, and for Sarah to be more on the run for a few more episodes. It's nice that the characters, especially Sarah/Helena are all about taking action. This show is the best!
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Favourite episode so far this season =)
Twice I found myself squealing like a child - when Helena jumped Grace & the reveal of Helena having stabbed (killed I'm assuming) Daniel. When Sarah & Helena 'snuggled' up at the end that was just done so well - on top of the awesome storyline(s) the technical side of OB is just amazing.
Twice I had a 'no way'!' moment - when I was foolish enough to think Grace had killed Helena & when Daniel crawled out of the car.
Also really enjoyed Art's small part in this episode & happy with no Angie. Happy to see Cosima with Felix but I find myself not caring for her separate storyline, Delphine etc (I know it's an unpopular opinion!)

Love the write up, Kaitlin, but I wonder what you mean when you talk about 'accepting' Helena - as what? A good clone; part of the gang? If so, why? I wouldn't mind if she was, but I love evil-crazy-clone & that's why she's my favourite. As you say she's a wildcard, unpredictable & a danger - I know that's what I want in a TV show!!
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In regards to Helena, I simply meant accepting her as a part of Clone Club, I guess. I enjoy her unpredictability because it makes the show and her interactions with everyone very tense, and I don't necessarily want to lose that, I just don't want viewers to forget that she's not actually part of the good guy team that consists of Alison, Sarah and Cosima. She could turn on them in a heartbeat.
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Well, it's not like Sarah's exactly good-guy sunshine and roses material herself. I mean, ignoring the pickpocketing, grand theft auto, etc. Sarah DID shoot Helena in the chest last season. I'd say that Helena has every right to think Sarah can do it again any time once she unbinds Sarah's hands and gets them out of there, seestra-ly love notwithstanding.
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Another great OB episode. I want to like Cal, but he's just too laid back about things. A woman that has taken thousands of dollars from you shows up in your cabin with a kid that she claims is yours and you just take it all in stride? I do not think so. He just rams the car, hides Kira and provides a camper and drives you wherever. He acts like its just another Tuesday. So, we need some background on Cal before we can fully trust him. He seems to be taking all this too well. His friend got shot by a stranger soon after Sarah shows up. They go on the run and Sarah gives him no rhyme nor reason. He needs to pull the car over and demand some answers.

I don't get the Helena adoration either. She is a crazy murderess. I was glad when Sarah shot her last season. I was disappointed when she came back. I was hoping for a new clone. The Helena was raised that way excuse can only carry you so far. I do not condone what the Prolethians did to her. i think she is a bad seed and needs to be culled.

Mrs. S. looked fantastic and Carlton is Verta from Continuum. cool. Mrs. S. is a badass, but she still has her own agenda and I am not sure it is in Sarah nor Kira's best interest. Right now, they coincide, but it looks like their interests will soon diverge.

Allison seems to have the best lines of all the clones. Cosima a close second. Felix has the best lines overall, especially with Ali. I think she should have had Donnie cavity searched. Felix would have.







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We actually knew that "put her in the black" thing from last year, Siobhan told Sarah that in a random moment of honestly. There was so much other crap happening in the episode other than in was in the last three and before Kira got hit by the car are the only reference points I can provide. But I must say, I was vaguely distracted by Carlton most of the time by going, hey, its Travis! Which was odd, I never thought that when he was briefly Quentin's partner on Arrow.

I totally agree with your assessment on Helena, I have never really gotten the total devotion to her and was kind of glad when Sarah shot her last season. I have sort of presumed she isn't long for the world this season either because she just is so much of a wildcard or she is a danger. I did have to keep reminding myself that it has basically been two days since Sarah left her, otherwise, I would have expected the grifter to start working. Basically because of Kira, I doubt Helena poses any real threat to Sarah, but I did sort of grin when Kira said to Cal that Sarah has a guardian angel. Seriously what is with that kid, I can see what she gets from both parents, but that little psychic ness is weird. I have a thought that the Dyad and the Proletarians are thinking that the children of clones is actually an evolutionary step and there might be a desire to create a super race. That is actually happening on a couple shows I am watching and technically I am that point in this book series I am rereading in anticipation for the third and final series (the Atlantis series, I can't even begin to explain it).

Um, I am suddenly a little worried about Cal. Not that he is a bad guy or anything (Kira trusts him) but that he might have connections to Dyad that he thinks he has gotten away from but they have just been leaving him alone. I don't know, I haven't sorted out my worry exactly yet, but something about his science background, that he still managed to get out with seemingly a lot of money, he has been totally off grid for at least...um, how old have we guessed Kira is? Somewhere in the six to eight range maybe?

If the show is set up with the same structure, and it seems like it is, we just entered the main plot line of the season, and I sense Cosima will get more story time (though weirdly because we aren't, the less worried I get about Cosima actually dying). And oh Paul, please let you discover that the info the Dyad has on you is bullshit next week. I know Sarah is all distracted by Cal right now, but you need out of there. Is it weird that I am vaguely comforted by the fact that Leekie seems that he is more in charge than Rachel thinks he is? I recognize the danger of someone who cares too much being in charge but Rachel strikes me (and more so after tonight and learning that she had a fairly normal early childhood, but if you checked out the year of the explosion, I think she was pretty young when they died) as a type to overreact emotionally. Like, cutting off medical treatment for Cosima because Sarah won't come in. Off course, judging by Jennifer, I don't know what good medical treatment there is.
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Can i ask what is that Atlantis series that you are reading,what is about and who wrote it?I am always on the lookout for a good sci-fi novel.
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Sure, It is by A.G. Riddle, the first two are Atlantis Gene and Atlantis Plague and Atlantis World comes out like on Thursday. I have only read it on my kindle but I do believe it is in real life as well, I'm just not sure if Word comes out in hard copy Thursday. What you have to bear with are a couple sections where it doesn't necessarily drag, but there is a lot going on (is a section where a journal is being read and let me just say, holy crap pay attention to it). I really really enjoy it.
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Thank you very much for the reply and for the suggestion.It sounds very interesting and i'll be surely check it out after i am done reading my current favorite American Gods(it's not on the sci-fi side,it belongs more in the fantasy section but i am enjoying it very much at the moment).Cheers.
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Sure, and there are certainly parts of the Atlantis series which might be better put in the fantasy realm, but then it is also sci fi (in terms of evolutionary biology), historical fiction and adventure novel all in one. I am rereading the second book right now and I know I am about to get into what is more the Indiana Jones part of the story which I know moves quickly (and the worse thing about rereading this part is I know the loyalties of the group that is about to be put together, so I already snarled at one's introduction, felt sad at another, and I still haven't figured out how I should feel about a third and have to accept that one of our main character's feelings about the bad guy were right on and I felt myself arguing against those feelings).
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I definitely think we should be worried about Cal. We know very little about him and there were a few moments tonight where he just had a look about him that felt kind of ... not exactly shady, but like we should be raising questions.
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And he was very specific about his job last week...
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I know like he knew of Dyad and even at the cocktail party you got the vibe it was very exclusive.
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