Orphan Black: Clones, Corpses and Choices In “Variation Under Nature”

We got to learn more about two of apparently many clones, Alison and Kasima, a glimpse as to who might be after them and Sarah makes a choice in this week’s episode of Orphan Black.

The formal introduction of Alison and Kasima did not come without its problems for Sarah. With Allison taking the snarky approach, talking about how they’re being hunted, Kasima taking the soft spoken, scientific route, explaining they were “related by nature”, and Felix creepily watching from outside, Sarah was told she “broke the first rule of clone club” by bringing him into it.

Meanwhile, as Sarah continues to impersonate Beth, she gets reinstated and is called out to a crime scene, which we find out is the place where Sarah actually buried the German clone, Katja. Sarah gets benched after Art sees her gun wasn’t loaded and insists that he meet her at the range. While she tries to keep her partner Art from getting the prints to identify the body at the scene, he receives a cryptic call about the “quarry body” that sets Sarah more on edge. Alison eventually helps her while also giving us more insight into Beth’s relationship with the clones and the roles each one played in ensuring their survival. It also gave us the opportunity to see the desparation and human side to Alison which balanced out her what Felix called “soccer bitch” side.

And in perhaps one of the funniest scenes of the episode, Felix was left to take care of Alison’s children while she helped Sarah. Felix is at a loss as to what to do, asking Alison’s son if he likes to dress up like a girl, but her daughter, Gemma, exclaiming “I could dress up like a boy.” What Alison sees when she comes back leaves her sighing, her children having played dress up. Gemma tells her mom excitedly and hilariously “look mom! We’re cross dressers!”

Sarah eventually comes face to face with yet another clone, as her and Art catch a lead on the motorcycle spotted at the crime scene. The clone attacks them and Sarah chases after her, when she sees her and has her on the ground so close to getting stabbed, she confesses that she isn’t Beth. By the end of the episode, we see that there is more to this clone business, genetically speaking than they thought or are giving away.

The exchange between the clones was entertaining and helped move along the story, which I was hoping would happen and the scene towards the end of the episode where we see Sarah make the choice to stick with her Beth disguise and helping her clones out, trying to stop whoever is after them. Felix was hilarious with the children and seems like the voice of reason when it comes Sarah and her daughter.

The intensity is sure to ramp up next week, when according to the preview, we will be learning more about the fifth clone who seems to be after them.

Orphan Black airs as part of Supernatural Saturday on BBC America at 9 pm.

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Orphan Black: And, So the Plot Thickens in “Instinct”

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It’s a continuation of setting the story on this week’s episode of Orphan Black.

So, when we last left Sarah/Beth,¬† fresh from watching her own funeral and finding Kira, her daughter had shown up, she met the mysterious German woman Katja. And, proceeded to see her get shot in the back of her car. When the episode opens, we start right where we left off and find that Sarah gets a call from a person asking about “the German’s briefcase.”

Sarah tells this disembodied voice, where “the German” is, she tells her to buy a shovel and bury the body. Meanwhile, at the wake, Vic and Felix have a tense moment when Felix tells Vic boldly to his face that it was his fault that “she was dead” and that he needs to man up. Sarah cleans the car of all evidence. Now, I just have to say that after years of watching procedurals and seeing how many of these people get caught because there’s always that one spot and I was expecting something along those lines to happen. But, I’m glad it didn’t.¬†There was a moment where Sarah almost came face to face with him. Unfortunately, just as she thinks she’s done with the whole Beth mess, she finds Art, Beth’s partner has her money and is holding it hostage until she goes and testifies at the hearing down at the precinct. We later find out that even after testifying that he’s holding it until after she’s cleared, a somewhat flimsy way to keep Sarah attached to the Beth aspect of her world.

Meanwhile, Sarah finds Katja’s briefcase and finds it full of information about Katja and Alison, the name she connects to this disembodied voice that’s been giving her instructions throughout the episode. About halfway through the conversation, she drops the Beth facade and demands answers. Obviously she doesn’t get answers until she confronts Alison who is the soccer mom doppleganger. After a close encounter with a knife while Sarah is trying to explain the circumstances of Beth’s death, Alison tells her to wait for a phone call. It is only at the end of the episode that we find out that there are more versions 0f her, introducing one more version in the very last scene.

While this week’s episode helped answer a few questions I had while watching the premiere, it left me with more questions that were only answered through the sneak peeks, which actually made me excited for next week’s episode. I must say though, that Orphan Black does a really good job with the suspenseful scenes, close calls at Felix’s loft, the close call as Katja and when she meets Allison. And, while I like Felix and how he provides the tie to her old life and her daughter, I’m not sure if it’s a storyline I’m actually invested in. I find myself wanting to know more about Beth, especially with those glimpses we’ve gotten from Sarah’s scenes with the shrink and Beth’s boyfriend, Paul.