Orphan Black
Orphan Black Review: More Than Just Project Leda

Heather Barefoot | 22 Jun 2014 19:00
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Also according to Marian, Project Leda wasn't ever actually dismantled. Instead, Dyad carried female clones to term while the military carried male clones in a project known as Project Castor. As Marian explains, the scene shifts back to Helena. Handcuffed and in the back of a military-personnel vehicle, Helena is transported to an airplane and accompanied by soldiers the entire way. Paul and Siobhan watch Helena board the plane while Paul explains that Siobhan essentially sold Helena in exchange for Paul's assistance with Sarah's escape from Dyad. The scene shifts again, back to Gracie and Mark from the Prolethean ranch, who have just been married at a church. Back with the military, we see Helena pass Mark, dressed in the same uniform as the other soldiers. Finally it clicks when Sarah comes face to face with the Project Castor clone Marian has secured in her home: another Mark.

And with that, season two of Orphan Black comes to a close. Finally everything loose from this season seems wrapped up. Paul was brought back in and his ties to the military explained through his role with Project Castor. Cal's role in the finale was a bit lackluster, but necessary in order to bring Sarah to Marian. We were also able to end this season with Kira back home and all of our favorite clones intact, even if Cosima seems to be nearing the brink. We're not sure if Rachel survived or not, but that kind of cliffhanger isn't surprising at the end of this season. Plus, if she does survive, we at least know that she'll have a great villain-wound. Now all she needs is a swivel chair and a fluffy white cat.

One part of this episode that nags at me is Kira and her implied powers. We've been told time and again that Kira has mysterious powers, though until now they've all been physically within her. She's got incredible insight and the genetic capability to walk away a head-on collision with a car. While it's never put in black and white if Kira really does have these genetic one-ups or if she's just a lucky, sort-of creepy kid, I think it's all too convenient to be a coincidence. Instead, it's possible that these powers of hers could have manifested into something stronger. With everything else that Kira's been able to accomplish this season, she could definitely have saved Cosima from death with just her touch. On the flip side, it's possible that Cosima wasn't actually dead and instead just too weak to answer, but I prefer to believe that Kira's miracle child powers are starting to show.

But the part of this episode that is truly important is the Project Castor tie-in. It makes sense that the military never actually shut down Project Leda, but instead shifted it to suit their needs. By bringing Helena into the fold of Project Castor, I have a bad feeling that she's gone from being the Proletheans' "broodmare" to being the military's instead. Paul, who has now been promoted to Major, is likely the Rachel of Project Castor. I believe he's in charge of quite a bit, but certainly not in charge of everything as he would be much more informed if he was, and much harder to get access to. I don't believe he knows that Helena has been impregnated or I believe that Paul would have had some decisions to make regarding chasing Helena as opposed to chasing Sarah.

There's no official word on whether season three is in the making and it would be a real shame to end Orphan Black this way. Dropping Project Castor into the mix and not having any follow up to explore that experiment and ultimately resolve Helena's involvement would be a real travesty. That said, I would be stunned if Orphan Black wasn't renewed for a third season, especially with how well it's done on BBC America. I'm staying positive in hopes that we get official word of a renewal soon. Until then, I'll be brainstorming the many ways Helena could fight herself out of a military stronghold.

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