Orphan Black Season 2 Review “Governed As It Were By Chance”

Orphan Black Season 2 Episode 4 Governed As It Were By Chance (1)

Last night’s episode of Orphan Black was a moment of reckoning for Sarah. She’s has had a successful run so far dodging Diad and the Proletheans. But, her luck runs out when she snoops around Rachel’s apartment and runs into Daniel. After being briefly tortured, she is saved by the least likely person – her twin sister.

It’s a tough episode for Sarah. She’s coming to grips with the fact that Mrs. S knows a lot more than she’s disclosed about Sarah’s origin. That means that Mrs. S has been lying to her for a long time. She also has to face Helena – who she thought she’d killed. The fear on Sarah’s face when Helena shows up is fantastic. Helena looks like something out of an 80s horror movie. Sarah is convinced that Helena is going to kill her. Helena, though, wants Sarah’s help and doesn’t want to kill her. It’s a surprisingly touching moment when she holds on to Sarah and Sarah seems to collapse against her. This looks like the beginning of an actual sister relationship between the two.

Throughout the episode, we learn more about Project Leda. The scientists in the photo are Susan and Ethan Duncan, who most likely raised Rachel. But, what is the big deal about Project Leda? Daniel is particularly concerned about it, but we know now that his allegiances are more to Leekie than to Rachel. This means that Leekie isn’t working for Rachel, as it has appeared. Is Leekie part of Project Leda or is he responsible for the fire that killed the Duncans? Does he have some sort of connection with Mrs. S?

Poor Alison wakes up in rehab. Everybody, including Felix, thinks the time away will do her good. They clearly don’t understand Alison very well. Apart from her germ phobia, Alison doesn’t seem to do well when she feels alone and isolated.

Nevertheless, the lighter moments this week again came from Alison and Felix. I love the conversation in rehab where she disdainfully remarks, “I don’t believe I’ve ever done ‘the nasty.’” I liked when she asked Felix how her musical performance went, and he replied, “The people got their money’s worth.” I keep waiting for Alison to call Donnie out once and for all on his relationship with Leekie. The contract she signed said there’d be no more monitors, but she knows that is not the case.

The biggest question at the moment is the purpose of the Prolethean offshoot led by Henrik. We see at the end that they took an egg from Helena and fertilized it. But, what is the purpose? The fact that a clone can reproduce isn’t unheard of, since Sarah already has done it. Why are they so interested in creating a clone-spawn? I was disappointed that Helena ran away and didn’t get to inflict any real carnage. Also, why doesn’t Art go after Helena when she runs past him? He sees her face, so he knows she’s one of the clones. Instead, he just stands there while a group of men chase after her.

With Cosima’s obsessive watching of Jennifer’s death diaries, I am starting to feel like they will actually kill Cosima off. I guess it’s an upside to a show about clones that you can just introduce a new version. Her character is starting to feel marginalized, so I’m not hopeful a cure will be found for her respiratory illness.

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