Orphan Black (2013–2017)
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As Westmoreland demands a more aggressive approach with Kira, and Sarah fights to save her daughter, Rachel discovers a dark secret that makes her question her place within Neolution.

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Felix Dawkins (credit only)
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Detective Art Bell
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Donnie Hendrix
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Mark Rollins
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Scott
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Siobhan Sadler
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Dr. Aldous Leekie
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P.T. Westmorland
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Simon Frontenac
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Hell Wizard
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Beyond Mrs. S's dismay in she allowing Rachel's operatives to take Kira back to Dyad, Sarah and Mrs. S have to figure out what their next step is in regard to getting Kira back, especially in light of what they know. Cosima, who was able to escape off the island with Charlotte, provides them with more distressing news about what she knows regarding the Neolutionists' plans for Kira. But being back at Dyad headquarters, Kira may have the best idea of what they want to do to/with her. Even if she is ultimately allowed to call home, Kira knows that any such call will be closely monitored and scrutinized. What happens with Kira may also be affected by Rachel, and what role she will play within the project overall now that Coady is back as lead scientist. Sarah and Mrs. S also hear from Felix and Adele, who are following the money trail in Switzerland. Their new information may take Sarah and Mrs. S in another direction. But they know that one of their most important missions, on Scott and... Written by Huggo

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Rachel shines alongside a number of returning characters in an episode that finally gives her the focus she deserves.
22 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

I've always thought that the character of Rachel had a lot of untapped potential. There are so many rich ideas thematically surrounding her character that have been occasionally hinted at but not really developed in the way they deserve. This is the episode that finally dives right in to her psyche and explores her duality in a way that was interesting and also quite tense due to the way it factored into the story. This tension builds perfectly to an ending sequence that is undoubtedly one of the most disturbing things I've seen on a screen yet also incredibly satisfying.

Though Rachel is obviously the standout of the episode, I was struck by the number of returning characters in this episode. Most notable is the return of Matt Frewer as Aldous Leekie in flashback. I was sad to see him bumped off the series so early on (though his death was fantastic), so it was wonderful to see him again briefly. Also returning in this episode are Mark and his Neolution girlfriend last seen in season 3. I do think the return of Mark could have been handled much better, as I thought for the longest time that he was Ira. The actor is no good at differentiating his characters, and it also doesn't help that they killed Ira off-screen without telling us. At least I think that's what happened. Again, I have a lot of trouble keeping track of the Castor clones mostly due to the actor's performance.

On a similar note, I think that clones should be banned from changing their hairstyle, because it is one of the main things I use to tell them apart. Alison returned in this episode with a brand new hairstyle and it made it hard to look at her as Alison rather than some new character. However, this is also in some ways a testament to Tatiana Maslany's acting ability (especially compared to the Castor guy) because she was still very definitely Alison from a performance standpoint. It really highlights the fact that Tatiana completely transforms for each character.

All in all, a fantastic character driven episode that progresses the story well and finally gives Rachel the screen time she deserves. I hope the final three episodes pick up the pace.


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