Orphan Black (2013–2017)
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Now that Sarah and Mrs. S have Kira back, they need to get her into a safe place. The activity around their house is remarkably quiet which Sarah believes is not a good sign. However, Mrs. ... See full summary »

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Aaron Morton

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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 / Alison Hendrix / Cosima Niehaus / Helena / Rachel Duncan
Jordan Gavaris ... Felix Dawkins
Kevin Hanchard ... Detective Art Bell
Kristian Bruun ... Donnie Hendrix
Ari Millen ... Mark Rollins
Josh Vokey ... Scott
Maria Doyle Kennedy ... Siobhan Sadler
Evelyne Brochu ... Delphine Cormier
Skyler Wexler ... Kira Manning
James Frain ... Ferdinand Chevalier
Kyra Harper ... Dr. Virginia Coady
Zoé De Grand Maison ... Gracie Johanssen (as Zoé de Grand'Maison)
Lauren Hammersley ... Adele
Andrew Moodie ... Simon Frontenac
Elyse Levesque ... Detective Maddy Enger
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Now that Sarah and Mrs. S have Kira back, they need to get her into a safe place. The activity around their house is remarkably quiet which Sarah believes is not a good sign. However, Mrs. S would like them now to focus on other things in their lives, namely Felix's first art exhibit in two years, he and Adele who have come back from their sleuthing in Switzerland. This exhibit is important for Felix as major art dealers and critics will be in attendance. All the sisters who are around - Sarah, Alison and Cosima - know the role they are to play in Felix's big day. However, Sarah can't help but believe that Mrs. S is up to something. Cosima can't ask Delphine, Mrs. S's recent partner in crime, in their new "don't ask, don't tell" relationship. If Sarah were to discover what Mrs. S and Delphine are up to, she may not agree with what they hope will be their final attempts to bring Neolution down for good. Meanwhile, Gracie is still at the convent with Helena, the latter unaware of ... Written by Huggo

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Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 July 2017 (USA) See more »

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The scene when Cosima and Delphine upload the data to take down Neolution was semi-unscripted. While it was supposed to be a bittersweet scene, Tatiana Maslany really did burst into tears. The sympathetic reaction from Evelyne Brochu was genuine. See more »

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Siobhan Sadler: Chickens...
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Orphan Black End Credits Theme
Composed by Trevor Yuile
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A gut punch of an episode with excellent thematic resonance

The thing that struck me about this episode (aside from the staggering body count) was the way it brought together so many themes from the show and resolved them in a way that was at times satisfying and at times devastating but always unexpected. The best episodes of Orphan Black have always been the ones that focus on building suspense up to a shocking conclusion. This episode had the most suspense and the most shocking conclusion thus far, and also managed to somehow fit in a hilarious subplot and a ton of thematic moments.

First of all, let us discuss the subplot, Felix's art party. The series has been casually building this up for a while now, repeatedly showing Felix working on pieces for it in the background for a long time. In this episode all of that set up finally pays off, and for the first time in as long as I can remember Felix feels like a relevant character again. For the past season or two he has been suffering from what I like to call Xander-itis (a character who the writers don't really know what to do with). But in this episode he finally plays a significant role in the main plot once again. He also delivers some of his best one-liners in seasons and a speech that ties a nice bow on top of the whole family dynamic with him and Sarah and Siobahn.

In the main plot of the episode, there is a lot of suspense, a lot of twists, and a lot of major character deaths. I was on the edge of my seat (frequently off it, actually) as each new moment delivered either elation or heartbreak. This is the stuff I was expecting from this season and didn't really get until now. Mind you, the surprisingly slow pace of the previous episodes made this one all the more powerful. I'm just concerned about whether or not they will be able to deliver a satisfying conclusion to all the threads in the two episodes remaining. If this one is anything to judge by I would say yes. Yes they will.


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