Orphan Black (2013–2017)
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To Right the Wrongs of Many 

Now in labor, Helena is forced to hunker down in the basement of Old Dyad for the delivery. It's a cage match for survival as Sarah and Art struggle to protect her in a desperate last stand against Neolution.

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Helena and Sarah were able to escape from Coady, but not before Helena's water broke. Still in the Dyad facility, they have to remain elusive from Coady, Westmorland and their operatives including Enger. Westmorland is becoming increasingly desperate as his health quickly deteriorates, meaning he needs Helena's babies now for a cure. While staying hidden from their adversaries, Sarah still has to help Helena deliver the babies, which means finding a safe, clean place for her to deliver, and the necessary equipment which would be located somewhere in the facility. What Sarah and Helena are unaware of is that Art is also at Dyad trying to help them. Whoever is able to get the babies will be able to use them as the cure, which if that is Helena and her sisters means that their next step will be to find and help as many other Ledas as they can. If Sarah is able to make it out of this situation alive, she will have to decide how best to move on with her life with Kira, which also means ... Written by Huggo

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This is the final episode of the series. See more »

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Felix Dawkins: [points to the well-dressed driver] Who's this, then? Got a new manservant already?
Rachel Duncan: This is Youssef, my Uber driver.
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Written by Brian Wilson, Tony Asher and Mike Love
Performed by The Beach Boys
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A sappy, uneventful conclusion that still manages to be mostly satisfying.
12 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

The first review I ever wrote was in Orphan Black Season 1 episode 1. And now, after 202 reviews and nearly 3 years, Orphan Black has reached its final episode, making it the first show I have reviewed in its entirety. As such, Orphan Black will always hold a special place in my heart. And though I found the plot and a number of other elements in the last two seasons to be ultimately bloated and disappointing, I did find this to be a satisfying conclusion. So without further ado, let's jump right into it.

In my opinion, this show has been very slowly running out of steam since the end of season 2. In each of the last three seasons, I felt the sense of urgency in the plot diminishing further and further. In the early seasons, so much of the origin of these clones was shrouded in mystery, meaning that there was a big reveal around every corner and it felt natural because they had clearly been planned out right from the start. However, as we got into the later seasons, most of the reveals were not planned right from the start but inserted in order to have some intrigue to continue the story on. The result was a plot that felt increasingly contrived and directionless. One example of this was the whole Delphine shooting arc. It was blindingly obvious, needlessly drawn out, and ultimately didn't lead to anything interesting or vaguely relevant to the plot. A more recent attempt to artificially inject urgency and substance into a plot was the introduction of PT Westmoreland earlier this season. He's supposed to be seen as "the creator", the one responsible for all of this. The problem is that it's impossible to view him as such an important figure when we have already been introduced to numerous other "creator" characters, and we've never heard of this guy before in previous seasons. Mind you, despite the central conceit of him not working for me, I thought that the actor was able to turn him into a fantastic villain for the season to such a degree that I began to feel that Orphan Black was finally picking up steam again in the last couple of episodes as it approached the end. Unfortunately, any momentum that was built up was immediately squandered at the start of this episode, which was a rushed, anti-climactic "conclusion" to the plot which I found thoroughly unsatisfying. The more I think about it, the more appallingly simplistic the first half of the episode and the wrap up of the main plot seems.

Up to this point, I've pretty much done nothing but rip into the plot wrap-up and overall progression of the last couple seasons. However, I actually enjoyed this episode a lot overall thanks to the fantastic way the characters were each concluded, which was the second half of the episode. I don't normally go for happy endings, as they are most always overly sappy and/or not really earned. The fact that I found myself simply sitting contented at the end of the longs string of farewells is a true testament to the quality of the show. I'm a person who hates birthing sequences in films and television, and this episode even managed to make me feel light joy at the end of a birthing sequence, which is a minor miracle. The second half really just slows down and spends time with these characters, giving them some final layers of depth and giving us one last visit.

All in all, this was a fantastic way to say goodbye to the characters and a horrible way to end the story. That's okay, because the story had really been on life-support for a couple of seasons, but the characters are something I was still deeply invested in.


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