Dance baby dance…
Last Saturday marked the season 2 finale of Orphan Black and there were more gasps and less cheer this clone club.
The last episode titled ‘By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried’ revolves around Sarah and Rachel being the main focus of the finale. While the other clones act as fillers – Helena shows her humane side and dance frantically to an electronic tune with her clone sisters. At the beginning, Sarah is held hostage by Rachel to fulfill her clone’s purposes operation, while she has Kira in the other room as bargain. Cosima being sick received a surprising help by someone close to her, yet it was heartbreaking to see Delphine leave without saying goodbye. Where else, Mrs S knows more secret than we are lead to believe and we might need to look into the mythology behind Castor (hint: Castor and Pollux). And regarding Paul (surprise! surprise!), I am certain he will have a bigger role next season (or not what’s the point of his character?) to stretch the conspiracy web even further, while Cal should definitely stay and be there for Sarah.
In season 2, I like how the writers are having fun with all the characters, improvising their dialogues, bringing Vic back again and getting Donnie something to do other than you know, being a shady husband. Oh and who can forget the awesome bang-bang-he-is-dead between Dr Leekie and Donnie? However, S2 can feel a bit crowded at the same time, as if each episode place me in a packed mall and tell me to play hide and seek. The conspiracy layers that blend the clones together is always an interesting piece to follow, but it’s hard to keep up and got out of hand in the second season. Plus, am I the only one who thinks the feud between Rachel and the gang is exaggerated beyond its merit? My thoughts every time Rachel come to the screen: “We know she is evil, dude. What else does she want from Sarah. Oh right bone marrow. Psh, this is making me sleepy”.
Inner thoughts aside, I felt relieved at the end of this episode. I like the way creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson handled the jaw-dropping twist because it allows the show to have a fresh start to crawl out from the dark setting to a brighter and wider perspectives. The cliffhanger at the end can be seen from afar but given its predictability, I still loved the dramatic scene when we get a close-up shot at Sarah’s face when she sees the man she will be sharing her clones club with next season!
Tatiana Maslany is the star (and soul) of the show and she will become a bigger star in years to come. Her mannerism, her intonation and her performance as each clone never failed to wowed me. Jordan Gavaris as Felix the sidekick is always a welcome addition to the show and to end this review, hats off to the show-runners who hired Ari Millen as the male clone, ’cause guess what? You guys get me all excited.