Orphan Black (2013–2017)
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Let the Children and Childbearers Toil 

Sarah and Siobhan follow a lead on a Neolution defector, hoping for enough leverage to free Kira from Dyad's clutches. Also, Cosima investigates rumors about a creature in the woods.

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David Wellington

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John Fawcett (created by), Graeme Manson (created by) | 13 more credits »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tatiana Maslany ... Sarah Manning / Cosima Niehaus / Helena
Jordan Gavaris ... Felix Dawkins
Kevin Hanchard ... Detective Art Bell (credit only)
Kristian Bruun ... Donnie Hendrix (credit only)
Ari Millen ... Ira Blair
Josh Vokey ... Scott
Maria Doyle Kennedy ... Siobhan Sadler
Skyler Wexler ... Kira Manning
Rosemary Dunsmore ... Professor Susan Duncan
Stephen McHattie ... P.T. Westmorland
Kyra Harper ... Dr. Virginia Coady
Jenessa Grant ... Mud
Lauren Hammersley ... Adele
Sarah Orenstein ... Dr. Elizabeth Perkins
Cynthia Galant ... Charlotte
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Sarah is feeling even more detached from Kira, especially after she learns what Kira has done to herself partly as a result of her time with Rachel. Regardless, Mrs. S has a mission for herself and Sarah, which requires Kira going off with Uncle Felix in the meantime. That mission has several parts, with a somewhat confused Sarah being in a need to know only position as S asks her to do things that may make no sense at the time. She does know that they are following the trail of P.T. Westmorland, most specifically trying to find out his activities since his presumed death in 1898, and trying to meet with a Neolutionist defector. However, Sarah also feels the need to connect with a still in hiding Helena as Sarah begins to understand more fully the emotional connection between the sisters, especially between her and Helena, the two who are biologically most alike. Mrs. S's plan also includes bringing into the fold someone from Felix's immediate past, that person who S believes would be... Written by Huggo

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 2017 (USA) See more »

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It's revealed in this episode that P.T. Westmoreland's (Stephen McHattie) first name is Percival. See more »

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Dr. Perkins is referred to and her identification shows that her given name is Elizabeth. In the end credits, the character is listed as Dr. Emily Perkins. See more »

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Adele: Hey, your Mom has a job for us. How do you feel about tracking patent-hoarding corporations and global profit flows... in Switzerland?
Felix Dawkins: I hate fondue.
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Interesting and fleshed-out characters in a story that is a bit less so.

This episode was a more or less equal mix of things that I really enjoyed and things that I found somewhat irritating. It wasn't a majorly eventful episode, but some important things happened. All in all, it's hard to form an opinion on the episode as a whole because the episode itself takes no noticeable form like the last three did, but rather jumps from story to story as it pleases. Aside from saying that it was pretty good, basically all I can do is go into the specifics of the scenes I liked and the ones I didn't like.

Firstly, I would just like to say once again that I find the idea of a 170 year old man inherently ridiculous. I hope there is some explanation forthcoming, but I am worried that even then I won't buy it. While I liked the atmospheric buildup of parallel story lines towards the reveal of the "bear" from the first episode, I find that the design and description of this thing is pretty lacklustre. It's generic, unintimidating, cheesy, unconvincing, and highly unrealistic. I was disinterested when it appeared in the first episode, and I'm even more disinterested now. And finally, I didn't like the character of Felix' sister when she first showed up, and I still don't. I found her annoying and she just felt like a lazy way of making up some sort of arc for Felix in season 4 out of thin air. And while this episode gave her a bit more of a relevant role in the main story, it was predicated on a scene that happened off-screen (unless it was in season 4 and I'm just forgetting) and was not sufficiently explained.

Now, with all those complaints out of the way, I should point out the things that I really liked in this episode. Most of them are based in character and development thereof. Sarah and Helena had a really great scene together, which showed that Tatiana Maslany is not only good at playing very distinctly different characters, but also at then fleshing out each of these characters into a fully rounded human being. I also really enjoyed all of the scenes between Sarah and Siobhan in this episode. They have a really interesting relationship, and they also happened to have the most interesting plot thread of the week. The episode also does something the show really hasn't done in a long time; takes Kira in a new direction. Her interactions with Sarah this episode really reminded me of Bruce Willis' relationship with his kid in Unbreakable, and the turn that that character made in that movie.

So, that's the episode. Not particularly good or bad overall, just a mix of different scenes of differing quality.


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