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[personal profile] frayadjacent
More Orphan Black posts have crossed my dash in the last 24 hours than all of Season 3 previously. And I'm writing one too!

I loved this episode. It was the first this season that made me want to continue, made me sad there was no more to watch. I feel like my show is back!! I was getting worried there, and losing interest fast.

Have some bullet points:

 - Helena eating the voice that raised her to be a monster, and coming back for her Sestra. God, I love those two. I almost cried at the end when Helena joins Sarah in the tunnel. Plus: I see a second roadtrip for the twins on the horizon!

 - Felix's very intense and uncomfortable interrogation of Rachel. I'm glad he's taking some action, even if tormenting Rachel was wrong and also completely ineffective. I hope there's some momentum there -- maybe Felix and Siobhan will rescue Sarah and Helena. OMG, a roadtrip with those four is basically my Orphan Black dream.

 - Cosima's interactions with Gracie, and their conversation about Gracie's now-infertility. It was well-handled. I like Gracie so much! I kinda want her and Mark to get together in the end, though then again she is so young and seems really excited to see and experience the world right now. So maybe Mark can wait.

 - Sarah's visions of Beth were so poignant. It honestly never occurred to me that Sarah would feel like she failed Beth, but as soon as she said it I understood. Even if there's no way should could have stopped her from jumping. Sarah's come so far, changed so much. She's still a grifter -- part of why I kinda like her relationship with Cal is that it's totally unclear where the manipulation ends and the real feelings begin, and I'm not sure Sarah knows either. But she's changed, and her reflections on Beth made that clear.

 - I was really pleased with Paul's exit. Not by the fact that he's dead -- though I'm not particuarly sad about it -- but by its execution. I especially liked that he mutinied and died for a cause much bigger than loving Sarah. That even though he's not exactly a paragon of moral decision-making, he had a line, and once it was crossed he took action. And probably went a long way toward stopping it. Good on him.

A few minor things I didn't love:

 - Um, I seem to be the only one out there who was a little annoyed by the Alison & Donny twerking scene. I mean, it kinda made me laugh, and it is highly gif-able, but it was a bit much for me. *shrug*

 - This is more relevant to an episode or two ago than this one, but I can't stand Cosima's new love interest. Basically she dropped from neutral to negative infinity with her very first line (paraphrasing: "um are you sure you're a scientist cause you seem too pretty") and nothing she's done has elevated her much from there. Also there's the thing where she is probably a monitor.

on 25/5/15 05:31 am (UTC)
jadelennox: Senora Sabasa Garcia, by Goya (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] jadelennox
Cosima's love interest might not be a monitor, but she is totally evil.

Although I always disliked Delphine -- I never forgave her for playing fake queer -- so I am glad she's seeming pretty unlikable right now, as well.

on 25/5/15 06:41 am (UTC)
lilacsigil: Sarah and Rachel from Orphan Black fighting (Orphan Black Sarah vs Rachel)
Posted by [personal profile] lilacsigil
Yes! I loved this episode - it pulled together so many bits and pieces. Helena was great, along with Sarah's conversation with Beth. While I'm glad to see Paul go, it was in a good and well-characterised way, which is not something I've ever said about him before.

Also, Cosima was saying Sarah's name in her sleep while Sarah had a fever, so I'm wondering if the clone connection goes further than just Sarah-Helena.

on 25/5/15 12:26 pm (UTC)
theladyscribe: (writing is for fun)
Posted by [personal profile] theladyscribe
I am actually really sad about Paul. I really liked him in the first season and I feel like the show didn't do right by him in the second. But if he had to go out, this was definitely the way to do it.

(Also, this was the tightest episode they've had all season, though I agree the twerking scene was funny but a bit much.)

on 25/5/15 01:07 pm (UTC)
king_touchy: Allison from Orphan Black (orphan_black)
Posted by [personal profile] king_touchy
I mean, it kinda made me laugh

Yeah, Alison and Donny have become the comedic relief.

I do like seeing Felix in his total commitment to the clones. He really is one of the sisters.

And I'm in the minority -- I liked Paul. He died well, though.

on 30/5/15 09:25 pm (UTC)
lightbird: http://coelasquid.deviantart.com/ (#1 Gators gonna gait)
Posted by [personal profile] lightbird
I'm with you on the Alison and Donny twerking scene. It is funny and gif-able, but to be honest I'm not really down with their whole subplot, entertaining as it may be. As you commented above I hope it does tie into the larger story at some point. Right now it's just an aside that has nothing to do with anything else going on.

Loved everything else about this episode though.

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