Orphan Black

Season 2 Episode 8

Variable and Full of Perturbation

22
Aired Saturday 9:00 PM Jun 07, 2014 on BBC America
8.0
out of 10
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68 votes
5

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A new player in the clone conspiracy emerges and turns up at Felix's door, which sends him into crisis mode. Meanwhile, Sarah struggles with whether to surrender a crucial piece of leverage and strike a deal with Dyad.

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  • Kossima collapses

    7.5
    A new clone, Tony, turns up. I can't really warm to this new clone, I hope that's the last we see of him. Kossima collapses.
  • The epic continues, but let's take a moment for Tony

    9.5
    Let's start with the star: Tony.



    Tony is really interesting, well played, well represented, and a fully developed character whose play with Felix sucked me down into a heady vulnerable-yet-cocky-attractive-criminal-guys-on-the-run world. Tony can NOT be a one-off character. The staff reassured us that they did the research and love him with all their hearts, so I hope he becomes important to the plot in Season 3 and comes back to help with miraculous saves, fights, loyalty to his new family, and drawled one-liners. He's different in personality than Sarah: his recklessness combined with smarts and what can only be described as swagger; his moments with Felix, which were *more* than just needling and then testing; his urgency, his little world he came out of (which I need more of), all that. (Of course there's the worry of too many clones; as a critic I don't know whether Cosima will/should die, but it's possible they'll "make room" that



    Other than that: Kira. I was so happy how in Season 1 the child was not an idea/goal, but a CHARACTER. And she is now one of my favorite characters, and her development is attentively and lovingly absorbed every time she's on screen.



    Let's recap plot right now, shall we? Sarah is trying to protect Kira. Cosima is dying. Allison has a new honesty (about ugly things) with her husband and now a lot of death to cover up while keeping her kids (they haven't gotten as much characterization) all right (I am seriously worried about that household). Rachel continues her professionalism in the face of her nurturer's death and her father's distance from her own views, plus the revelation that probably the most personally crushing feature of her life was *designed* (that was a wonderful scene). Helena is with the science-y Proletheans, seeking someone (or someones) that will love her unconditionally, someone to protect and be loving to--her own children. She is tired, emotionally drained, and will even turn to her violators--as she did with her prolethean abusers/handlers before this--for something like a safe harbor. Tony is on the run. Cal is on the run. Paul is "a ghost" and probably a threat (I was getting sick of him, but let's hope the acting goes up and he is good or the plot). Felix and Sarah grow apart. Detective Angela is using Vic to try to crack the case. Rachel has taken over Dyad, at least interim, but there's the shadowy and powerful Marian to think of (especially with Rachel's bias, need for control, loss of Paul, and recent revelation to unhinge her).



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  • A phenomenal achievement.

    10
    I don't think there is a show out there that can let itself do such great and twisted turns and not be afraid of public opinion. Orphan Black does it brilliantly.
  • Huge fan and let's lay off the extra clones for a while

    4.5
    I love the show! I could not buy last night's episode or Tony. FeFe even seemed to have a hard time buying into this one. If it were me, I would stick with the clones that are already established and much loved. I always thought that Maggie Chin was another clone experiment gone wrong. Then we could get another actress to play a whole new set of goofy, vicious, deadly, loveable clones. But this episode stretched too far. I felt disappointed. I was intrigued by the Alison and Donny situation. What exactly did she whisper to him. I like that we do not know exactly what Alison told Donny. Although he knows she killed Ansley (I think). Too the Dr. Maroy bit was well played and written. I liked Tony but could not buy into the character. Nonetheless I am a huge fan of the show. Tatiana cannot be stretched too far out in my opinion. Less is more. In any event, go for it! I will keep watching!moreless
  • Lost in translation...

    5.0
    I know many would not agree, but I was honestly disappointed. I felt the ideas were great, and that Tony had good potential, but the execution was poor. He didn't fit into the narrative well. They gave him most of the spotlight only to whisk him away at the end. It felt like a move for shock value over anything, especially with the buzz from the cast and early screeners. I didn't come out appreciating the character, and felt he was more of a distraction from the main plots. I also have some issues with the Cosima and Delphine dynamic, and while I love them, I hope that someone acknowledges that they, as with all the couples on this show, are a complex and troubled relationship. The good points of the episode were Cosima geeking out with the guys, and her and Delphine getting high, (but the bliss was quickly dashed by Scott's heartbreaking sentiments and her last Alison and Donnie were on-point with their normal bizarre shenanigans, and Kira and Ethan Duncan were an adorable pair. I have grown to appreciate Rachel, and I'm interested to see where they take her. The slow development of her obsession with Sarah is both fascinating and sad. The Rachel-Delphine dynamic was also an interesting relationship to explore again, and I hope that Rachel stays in touch with the clones. I missed Helena dearly this week, and I really need next week to settle my mind. I never would have thought there could be a 'bad' episode, but I just felt so awkward and uncomfortable the whole time. I wish the writers handled Tony better, and I personally hope that he's a nearly one-time character unless they plan to make him fit better with the story. At the same time, while Tatiana is undeniably brilliant, there's just some things that weren't convincing and serious enough for me.moreless
Tatiana Maslany

Tatiana Maslany

Sarah Manning/Alison Hendrix/Cosima Niehaus/Rachel Duncan/Tony (Antoinette) Zawicki

Dylan Bruce

Dylan Bruce

Paul Dierden

Jordan Gavaris

Jordan Gavaris

Felix Dawkins

Kevin Hanchard

Kevin Hanchard

Detective Art Bell

Evelyne Brochu

Evelyne Brochu

Delphine Cormier

Maria Doyle Kennedy

Maria Doyle Kennedy

Mrs. S

Julian Richings

Julian Richings

Benjamin

Guest Star

Bishop Brigante

Bishop Brigante

Sammy

Guest Star

Danny Macdonald

Danny Macdonald

Martin Funt

Guest Star

Skyler Wexler

Skyler Wexler

Kira

Recurring Role

Kristian Bruun

Kristian Bruun

Donnie Hendrix

Recurring Role

Andrew Gillies

Andrew Gillies

Ethan Duncan

Recurring Role

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    • Title: The episode title is a part of a quote from Francis Bacon's The New Organon or True Directions Concerning the Interpretation of Nature, (Aphorisms, Book One, XLII) published in 1620. The full quote is "So that the spirit of man (according as it is meted out to different individuals) is in fact a thing variable and full of perturbation, and governed as it were by chance."

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  • NOTES (4)

    • Crew Clarifications and Additions: Jenny Duffy (UK Casting), Cosima Herter (Scientific Consultant), Steve Mrkobrada (A Camera 1st Assistant Camera), Ben Smith (B Camera 1st Assistant Camera), Michael Battistone (A Camera 2nd Assistant Camera), Jamie Shaw (B Camera 2nd Assistant Camera), Spencer Gray (Data Management Tech), Jody Clement (First Assistant Art Director), Ian Brock (Original Series Design), Danny Burke (Lead Set Dresser), Chris MacLean (First Assistant Picture Editor), Louis Casado (Assistant Picture Editor), Jimmy Robb (First Assistant Sound Editor)

    • Featured Music:
      "Old Train" by Monster Truck (Felix calls Sarah from his place about Tony)

    • Although credited, Dylan Bruce (Paul Dierden) does not appear in this episode.

    • Special billing was given to Maria Doyle Kennedy (and) for this episode.

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