The Orphan Black season 3 finale has come and gone, and with it, the Clone Club’s ability to get through the better part of a year until the series returns for season 4 may have gone away, as well. After the huge discovery regarding the original Leda and Castor DNA in the previous episode, Tatiana Maslany’s clones finally had the upper hand against Dyad. Seen above, Sarah made a deal with Ferdinand (James Frain) and Delphine (Evelyne Brochu) that, at long last, should have guaranteed freedom for herself and her sisters. As Delphine became an unexpected hero and Alison Hendrix finalized her campaign for School Trustee with the ever-quotable Helena now in her court, Orphan Black 3×10 showed exactly why this series is perhaps one of the most underrated in the history of television. In the midst of all the unfolding drama and a deepening conspiracy that, just as it seemed like there may be room for the clones to breathe, became ten times more dangerous, Orphan Black‘s heroines still found time for family…and a well-kept secret visit by Suits star Patrick J. Adams. Did Helena finally get to live her fantasy of driving tow trucks and raising babies with Boyfriend Jesse? Did Ari Millen’s Castor clones stop being so creepy? And what became of that clone swap between Rachel Duncan and Krystal Goderitch? Read on to find out.
Reunited and it feels so good. Orphan Black‘s season 3 finale featured a number of reunions, although they had a tendency to be short-lived. Sarah ran off to Iceland to see Kira at the end of the episode, and Cosima and Delphine shared a kiss that made it seem like Cophine may be a go for season 4. But nothing caused nearly as much use of caps and keyboard smashing on my personal timeline as did the moment Helena came face-to-face with Boyfriend Jesse. Perhaps it was because nothing in BBC America’s episode synopsis hinted at a guest appearance from Patrick J. Adams, so the surprise was that much more satisfying.
But maybe it was something more than that.
Helena has been through hell, having never really experienced what it’s like to be part of a family. I mean, unless you count the convent that forced her to shoot a puppy when she was nine years old? But after initially being wary of adding Helena to his family in “Ruthless in Purpose, and Insidious in Method,” Donnie “Hendrik” proved that his heart was “strong like baby ox” by bringing Jesse as a surprise for Helena. Seeing this character finally be accepted into a family and get a shot at living her dream was enough to have even the most rational of Orphan Black fans squealing incoherently at the television and clapping like a baby seal when Patrick J. Adams arrived.
No? That was just me? Whatever. Look at this guy.
Just as Helena finished catching up on “yes, much moly” with Jesse Towing and was prepared to live her simple dreams of making a family for babies with him, her clone phone rang with a message from brother-sestra Felix. Sestra Alison was in trouble in the form of Dr. Coady sending Rudy after the assumed “weak link” for Leda ladies, so Helena had to return to warrior mode.
Once again showing how important family was to her, Helena left her make-out session with Jesse to save the day. With duct tape.
And, just as she had done with Parsons in 3×04, Helena comforted Rudy in his final moments, proving herself to be the perfect Angel of Death yet again.
It is my personal hope that, once all is said and done, Helena will get her wish and get to permanently spend her time with her one true love. Here’s to Jesse Towing.
Here’s to family. Orphan Black 3×10 featured 4 generations of Sarah Manning’s family. Four. For a girl who grew up in foster care, not having a clue who she really was, Sarah has come a long way herself.
There was Kendall Malone, the original DNA donor for Professor Duncan’s cloning experiments, Mrs. S. — Kendall’s daughter and Sarah’s foster mom, Sarah’s many clone sisters, and Kira. Even more branches of the family tree were present, including foster brother Felix Dawkins and Castor clone Mark Rollins. And, not to be left out because Orphan Black has taught us so much about the many types of family that are out there, honorary family member Detective Art Bell was on-hand for the finale.
Of course, the most important family member, as far as the main narrative goes, was Kendall Malone. Once the science was explained — Sarah and her sisters didn’t look anything like Kendall and wouldn’t (thankfully) age badly because they were the result of isolating only the female genome, whereas Kendall had both male and female floating around inside her — Sarah and friends got down to business. Their plan was to hand over some of Kendall’s DNA to Ferdinand and Topside. In exchange, Sarah and her sisters would be left alone, and Ferdinand would take Dr. Coady down. Aided by Delphine, Sarah explained the importance of eliminating Dr. Coady and her experiments, which convinced Ferdinand to go ahead with the plan.
Kendall, on the other hand, was the perfect crotchety bitch who refused to cooperate for much of the episode. And I loved it. I do believe we know where Sarah and the others get their stubbornness and grit.
Kendall spent most of her time lashing out at just about everyone, telling Cosima that the Leda clones were just a “bad copy” of her and shunning any attempts at allowing the others to consider her one of the sisters.
Side note: If Kendall is a sister but also Siobhan’s mother, that makes Sarah her foster mother’s aunt. Mind blown.
When death threats and promises to destroy genetic material via sulfuric acid didn’t work, Mrs. S. chose to go the route of essentially begging for information and even played the Kira card.
Help my daughter understand who she is.
When Kendall relented, the Clone Club received some answers. Even better, when Mrs. S. found out that Sarah had come to her because her mother wanted her to have the “one child outside it all, lost in the foster system,” even their relationship was mended. But here’s the most important bit of information Kendall provided, which proved to be much more than just talk later in the episode: Professor Duncan’s wife was corrupted by Neolutionists.
And that brings me to…
…Delphine saves the day. Delphine may not have been smart enough to realize that Krystal wasn’t Rachel upon seeing her perfectly manicured nails alone, but as soon as she got Krystal-whipped and heard Krystal’s freaked out ramblings, she sure came around. Later, when Delphine came face-to-face with Dr. Nealon and was nearly force-fed some sort of worm thing from his mouth, she was able to act quickly enough to take him down and alert Sarah to the fact that the Neolutionists were still very much a part of the picture. Had Delphine spared even a split second to think before calling Sarah, the Neolutionists would have had Kendall’s DNA and, with it, the key to everything.
Instead, Ferdinand became so incensed that he bludgeoned one of them to death with a baseball bat.
Ferdinand was always calculating and brutal, but damn.
I’ve been pretty hard on Delphine from day one, but I have to say, she more than redeemed herself in this episode. Not only did she make that last-minute phone call, which slowed the Neolutionists down if nothing else, but she also tried her best to smooth things over for Shay and Cosima. I can’t call that anything other than selflessly acting out of love, and Cosima felt the same way.
When Delphine defeated Dr. Nealon, he told her she wouldn’t live long, and he seems to have been right. Delphine’s story appears to have ended with a bullet. After asking her unseen shooter what will happen to “her,” which most people assume was Cosima, she was shot in the chest and left for dead. Given Shay’s military background and the accuracy of the shot, many are speculating that Shay was the shooter. Regardless of who it was, I’m actually going to be sad to see Delphine go now that I know who she really was in the end.
Here’s to you, Delphine.
Welcome…Professor…Duncan. It’s not what you think, but it’s still screwed up.
Rachel Duncan spent most of “History Yet To Be Written” being ignored as she called for help in some strangely well-decorated, yet deserted, room. Although the episode even opened with a dream sequence involving many memories of her childhood and her father’s demise, we didn’t really spend a lot of time with Rachel and her new mechanical eye. But somebody sure did.
Remember the wife that was corrupted by Neolutionists? Surprise! She’s still alive, and she has custody of both Rachel and Charlotte, who seems to only make appearances either in season finales or in weird fever dreams. It looks like we know who our new enemy is, and her name, much like her husband’s, is Professor Duncan.
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