Orphan Black Recap: Governed by Sound Reason and True Religion

Orphan Black Recap: Governed by Sound Reason and True Religion

Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you haven’t seen Orphan Black Season 2, Ep. 2 – “Governed by Sound Reason and True Religion.”

“Got any ideas or you want to keep drinking?” — Felix

“I think I need to keep drinking for a while and then I’ll have an idea.” — Alison

Orphan Black’s strongest asset, besides Tatiana Maslany’s awe-inspiring work and its uniquely original concept, is its ability to careen from twist to twist without ever losing its verisimilitude. The show keeps so many balls in the air and just when you think you have a handle on where those balls might land, one sneaks up on you and hits you right in the teeth.

Last week ended with the frightening implication of Helena coming back into the fold, but this week, while certainly fraught with tension, none of it was a result of the killer clone’s return. No, we have much bigger problems than Helena at the moment, namely, the ever-growing number of organizations out to use the clones for their own gains.

We already knew about the Dyad’s institute need to control its test subjects as well as the Proletheans’ desire to rid the world of the so-call “abominations.” But this week we were introduced to the group of bird watchers who helped Mrs. S. sneak Sarah into the country many years ago.

Mrs. S. had in fact staged the abduction with the intention of spiriting Kira away to safety. But Sarah caught up with them before they left and, while the freedom fighters seemed affable enough, the situation was creepy enough for Sarah to hightail it out of there as soon as she had a chance. Which was a good choice since the bird watchers revealed they had sold Sarah and Kira out to the Proletheans.

And then we were introduced to a completely different Mrs. S.; an ass kicking, knife wielding, shotgun blasting Mrs. S. And when she was done being a major bad ass she also revealed she did know more than she was letting on with Sarah. She knows what Project Leda was and presumably has always known that Sarah was a clone. I’m sure this new revelation is just the tip of Mrs. S.’s secrets iceberg.

But what she might know about Sarah and the other clones is only half as intriguing as what she might know about Kira. Kira has always been the ultimate mystery in a show with nothing but mystery. She’s the only natural offspring of a clone and she is decidedly different from most girls her age. From recognizing Alison as an imposter to sensing that Mrs. S. was hiding something, Kira has exhibited a level of intuition uncommon in most adults. What could that mean? Hell if I know, but I’m not the only one interested in finding out.

As Cosima made herself comfortable in her new lab, Rachel came to give Cosima her first assignment; study Sarah’s genome and figure out why she alone could bear children. For a study in clones there are a lot of genetic differences between these girls. From diseases to sexual orientation to fertility to the location of internal organs, it looks like there was a lot of genome tampering.

But all this wasn’t even the most shocking aspect of the hour. That belonged to the new religious group interested in bringing down the clone club. The cult-y farm people succeeded in removing Helena from the hospital and reunited her with Tomas. Then they shot Tomas in the head. Who are these people? An even more extreme sect of Proletheans or something else entirely? And is anyone else nervous about what they might be inseminating those cows with?

In Other Clone News:

I hate that I have to tack Alison’s goings on here at the end, but she is quite removed from the central storyline and she did earn the coveted spot as the quote of the week, so that will have to suffice.

Alison has finally confirmed that Donnie is her monitor and she didn’t even need a hot glue gun to do it. But what is she supposed to do with that information? Felix ditched her to run off with Sarah and Kira and I’m assuming Cosima is too busy playing pass the beaker with Delphine to worry about Alison’s monitor problems. Side note, I really want to see how her musical pans out. Looks like a very original tale.

But I do hope that “heeding the call of picking brain of the wall” remains solely a musical number and not a foreshadowing of things to come.

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