Orphan Black
Orphan Black: Season 2 Episode 5 Recap

Heather Barefoot | 21 May 2014 19:00
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Part of me wants to believe the emotional display between seestras, but I'm not sure I can. During the sniper scene, Helena calls Sarah out by saying she believes her sister only wants to use her, but Sarah assures her differently. Sobbing, she tells Helena that when she assumed her sister dead, she couldn't talk to anyone about the magnitude of her loss, but I just don't believe it. Sarah has proven she'll do anything in her power to keep her daughter safe and away from Dyad and Prolethean alike, and now with Felix on the line as well I'm sure she could pull out some crocodile tears if she needed to.

As the show goes on, I find myself caring less and less for Sarah in the wake of caring so much more for Helena. As screwed up as her psyche is, Helena is proving herself more sympathetic a character to me than Sarah. I just can't quite tell if Sarah is screwing over Helena or not. Although I know it's a long shot, I'd love for Helena to finally have that family she so longs for, but if Sarah is using her and Helena realizes it, I can't say I'd be mad at some Helena-style retribution. Even though Helena has been been used by so many people in her lifetime, the ultimate betrayal in her eyes would be Sarah's carelessness for her and I just don't think it's wise for Sarah to dancing with danger like that.

But let's not gloss over the big plot points we got in this episode. We now have confirmation that Henrick and Bonnie have begun the process of creating a half-Helena test tube baby and are willing to artificially inseminate their own daughter to carry this child to term if Helena isn't returned to them. On a creepy-factor scale of 1-10, this is at least a 13, with the sewn-lips scenes definitely bumping it up a few notches.

And then there's Leekie's casual information drop of "Oh, yeah, we just...don't have that original genome anymore. Sorry." For Cosima, it must be incredibly horrifying to learn that the scientists you trust to help prolong your life have zero idea where to even find your troublesome DNA, let alone actually know how to help you. And although I want to believe in Leekie's "goodness" since he does fulfill his promise to keep treating Cosima, all too often Orphan Black's good characters are only good for so long. Although Rachel does explain that Leekie often becomes too emotionally invested in his work, I wouldn't be surprised if there's a big shift for Leekie in the next few episodes. I'm just hoping that the shift is to save Cosima rather than Rachel, should he have to make that choice. I'm still pulling for our scientist clone to get some more character development in this season and that can't happen if she dies.

Lastly, we've got this new Swan Man to deal with. Helena described him as "Playing God" and Sarah seems to think that he could possibly be the mysterious Prof. Ethan Duncan, who, if he didn't actually die in the lab fire, would have had to be in hiding for about three decades and also be almost eighty years old. Has Ethan been running the whole show from some mad-scientist bunker somewhere? Did he somehow manage to disconnect himself from any love he felt toward his adoptive daughter Rachel and not be present during her life or is it possible that Rachel's been in on her father's living status all along? Do we have a third villain to compete in this season's Best Villain Award? My guess is yes, but we'll just have to stay tuned to find out!

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