Orphan Black Recap: Ipsa Scientia Potestas Est

Orphan Black Recap: Ipsa Scientia Potestas Est

Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you haven’t seen Orphan Black Season2, Ep. 5 – “Ipsa Scientia Potestas Est.” 

You do realize I'm gonna have to paint this to come to terms with it.”
“Please stop.”
“Yeah, you're right. I mean you shot your evil twin sister dead only to have her rise and gut your sister's henchman. How could I capture the nuance?” — Felix and Sarah

The first half of this season was very much about place setting. With so many various clones doing their own various things, it obviously took a while to bring those storylines together. But as we head into the back half of the season, the competing plotlines are beginning to come into a centralized focus. Unfortunately this convergence means an Alison free episode, but we learned a whole hell of a lot in the way of plot points, so I guess we can let it slide. For now.

The title of this week’s episode, “Ipsa Scientia Potestas Est,” translates to “Knowledge Itself Is Power,” so fittingly we saw a lot of information being bartered and traded. Let’s take this clone by clone and figure out who ended up with the most knowledge/power.

Rachel: Rachel is not a woman to be trifled with and, unfortunately for her fellow clones, she has been trifled with. It’s hard to get a handle on who Rachel is. She comes across as scarily cold and removed, but she was also visibly affected by Daniel’s death and worried that Sarah had seen her home movies. The revelation that Rachel has a monitor was lessened by Rachel’s new revelation that she was fully aware Daniel was her monitor. Is it in the monitor contract that the monitor’s must sleep with their subjects? That seems a strange caveat, but then it must make recruiting easier.

But when Rachel wasn’t having extremely strange sex with her new monitor, Paul, she was tightening the screws on Sarah. Not only did Rachel refuse to let Dr. Leekie test out his new treatment on Cosmia, she also framed Felix with the gun Daniel used to kill the cop.

Strangely enough, for this rigid, cold woman the ultimate knowledge she craves is how a clone was able to reproduce.  And Sarah and Kira are the only two people who can provide that knowledge and so, at the moment, they continue to hold the power.

Sarah: But Sarah had bigger revelations to worry about than how she was able to conceive a child. As soon as Felix was taken, she knew she’d have to give Dyad some pretty great information to get him out. Clearly she wasn’t about to hand over her daughter for testing, so she had to give them something equally as important. Enter Helena.

Helena: Thanks to her extensive knowledge of the Proletheans, Helena has held much of the power for quite some time. Of course her ability to pick a handcuff with a pull-tab doesn’t hurt either.

I suggested last week that this season would be about Helena’s redemption and official inclusion into the Clone Club. We took a little side step this week where it looked like Helena was more interested in getting back to killing clones than helping her sestra, but a little heart to heart was all Helena needed to realize that there is more to life than killing your genetic identicals.

So Helena got the family she’s always wanted, complete with a brother sestra, and Sarah got her own personal attack dog with which to threaten her enemies. Oh, and she found out that her creator, and Rachel’s father, Dr. Ethan Duncan aka the Swan Man is very much alive and at Cold River: The Place of Screams. Sounds like a fun road trip.

Cosima: For all her supposed access to her case, Cosima was the one clone this week with very little knowledge to trade. She was caught in the crosshairs of everyone else’s agendas and had to rely on Dr. Leekie’s quest for power to save her. Dr. Leekie confessed to Cosima that the original genome was lost, thus making their understanding and study of the clones that much more difficult. Then her ignored Rachel’s orders and gave Cosima the treatment anyway.

Part of me wants to trust that Dr. Leekie is genuinely trying to help Cosima or, at the very least, wants to prevent his test subject from dying. But for his efforts Cosima put him in touch with Sarah who he promptly set off to look for Dr. Duncan with Paul hot on her trail. Perhaps he’s hoping that Sarah will make good on her promise to sic Helena on anyone she spots trailing them. I know I am.

But while the clones duke it out over their DNA, the Proletheans continue to be the craziest. In case being attacked by Helena wasn’t punishment enough, Gracie had her mouth sewn shut for her lack of faith. The Proletheans may have taken Helena’s egg from her, but they still intended Helena to carry the baby. Now, if Helena isn’t returned Gracie will get to do the honors. If nothing else, they’ve certainly succeeded in making Gracie regret trying to get rid of Helena.


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