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Manacled Slim Wrists 

Cosima is forced into an alliance with Susan Duncan when an old enemy returns to the Island. Meanwhile, on the mainland, Krystal stumbles onto a vital clue to the Neolution endgame.

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Felix Dawkins (credit only)
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Donnie Hendrix (credit only)
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Ira Blair
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Siobhan Sadler
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Kira Manning
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Professor Susan Duncan
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P.T. Westmorland
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Sarah and Mrs. S., now knowing what Rachel and her associates at Dyad are planning with Kira, are trying whatever they can for Kira not to return to the institute beyond coming out and saying to Rachel and her associates that they know the goings-on. Their attempts at keeping Kira from Dyad happen in conjunction with news from Art and Scott, who are visited by Krystal and her cosmetologist friend Brie, they believing that the cosmetics industry has poisoned Brie, whose hair is falling out. Beyond the superficial issues that Brie is facing which Scott discovers are rather benign beyond the temporary hair loss, Art and Scott believe Krystal's concerns do have some merit in relation to the Neolutionists, especially when they learn that Krystal's new friend, Leonard Sipp, the owner of the cosmetics company BluZone, has sold it to a subsidiary of Dyad. While Art and Sarah want to take the lead in dealing with Sipp, Krystal has her own thoughts and sensibilities on the issue. Meanwhile, ... Written by Huggo

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A nicely balanced episode delivers a mix of humour and tension and finally sees some plot progression.
15 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

In seasons 3 & 4, episode 6 was the best instalment. Sadly, the same did not quite occur this time though this was a stronger episode than most this season as it finally got the plot moving and offered a good mix of humour and drama.

The humour in this episode mostly has to do with the return of Krystal, one of the show's more ridiculous yet undeniably fun characters. Most of the beginning and a lot of the middle of this episode is focused on her, and her wacky misadventures. While it is mostly played for comedy, it also doesn't feel like a total waste of time as it does tie in to the main plot in some important ways.

As for the dramatic elements, they had some presence throughout the episode but did not take over until the final ten minutes or so. Thankfully, these ten minutes progressed the plot more than the last three episodes combined. Not only did things move in significant ways for the first time since episode 2, but the episode specifically remedied several issues that had really been bugging me. Namely the idiocy and blind obeisance of these villagers the show claims are the best of the best, and the entire idea of a 170 year-old man (because good god that is ridiculous). In this episode, the villagers finally get a clue and P.T. Westmoreland's age is revealed to be a lie, both of which made me very happy.

All in all, a nicely balanced episode that manages to get the season moving again after the false start that was episode 2. I really hope the next one doesn't just go right back to coasting and uses the momentum that was re-established here.


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