Orphan Black Episode 2 is one big, scary, amazing, heartwrenching trigger warning

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Jun 17, 2017

Spoiler Warning: If you haven't seen Clutch of Greed or don't want to know what happened, turn away now. Or, y'know, go watch and come back so we can talk about it.

Did that just happen?

For four seasons Sarah Manning has fought to keep her daughter; first with Mrs. S and then with anyone and everyone who wanted to come after Kira for their own purposes. She's also fought to keep her clone sisters safe, healthy, and, most importantly, alive and out of the hands of Dyad and Neolution. In one episode all of that hard work, all the pain, the fear, the constant fight for freedom, were undone as she, Kira, and her sisters were finally caught. There are two exceptions, of course.

Helena is free and last seen in a buttcheek-flashing hospital gown leaving the premises. She's also hugely pregnant with miracle babies and on her own unless Donnie can find her.

And M.K...M.K. is dead. Killed in one of the most brutal scenes of the season's run and in such a horrific way that I'm still thinking about it. All respect to James Frain for a fantastic performance, but watching Ferdinand quite literally stomp on the heart of a woman who's a clone of the woman who he feels has stomped all over his was chilling and profoundly disturbing.

On top of all of that, Sarah ends up devastated because Kira wants to stay with "Auntie Rachel". The person she loves most in the world is being taken in hand by the woman she hates most in the world.

Can you imagine? I haven't been able to get the irony of this out of my head for days.

And this is only Sarah we're talking about here. We still have Allison, Cosima, Charlotte, and Art in the mix –– and all of them have their own threats, fears, and questions to answer. Allison is basically under house arrest with a Neolution cop who's not what you call even keel. Her fate and Art's fate seem to be tired to one another and both of their lives hinge on finding Helena and Donnie. Allison minus Donnie always means trouble. Of course, he's the same calming presence for Helena. Maybe we should clone him.

Meanwhile, Cosima is at Revival trying to figure out what the hell is going on while trying to keep Charlotte safe and figure out why Aisha's so important. Next thing she knows, she's introduced to P.T. Westmoreland (Stephen McHattie) himself, who seems charming and brilliant and hypnotic. He offers her a chance to work on science beyond anything she's ever seen (talk about perfect bait) but he also makes her feel at ease and even euphoric. I mentioned Jonestown last week and this definitely feels like a cult, charismatic leader and all.

I got to thinking about P.T. and realized his initials match another great showman. Barnum was a man of science, wasn't he? It made me wonder how much of a show is Westmoreland putting on? Pictures can be doctored. Secrets can be kept. Visits limited. What if he's the equivalent of Dread Pirate Roberts? Is there only one P.T. Westmoreland or is the name more important than the person? It's possible he really has lived 170 years considering some of the breakthroughs Neolution has achieved, but Westmoreland doesn't strike me as the overly...magnanimous and altruistic type. Terrible things have been done in the name of Neolution and it's clear that Westmoreland had the power to stop it anywhere along the line. So what's his ultimate goal?

Rachel mentions Kira's "unique physiology" and Helena's wounded twin baby seems to have healed in utero after being wounded by the branch, so is that part of it? Kira's psychic connection to the sestras is also of note and part of why she opts to go with Rachel; it's been a long time since she had a stable living situation and a chance to go to school. You'd have to imagine the idea that she might find out why she sees and feels the things she does might make her feel a little more in control of things. But it also means she's exactly where Neolution wants her and, as Lando Calrissian can tell you, deals change.

As for Ira, he's going back to the island, but he's been a wild card from the beginning. He wants to see Susan (anyone else get skeeved out when he called her "Mother"?) and everything else is secondary. Which means Ira's only on our side unless Susan says otherwise. That'll be one to watch.

Finally, just when you thought it couldn't get more complicated, here comes Delphine. Whatever she knows or whatever she has to say to Mrs. S will have to wait until next week, but you just know it's going to upend things somehow.

It always does.

Random thoughts:

- You have to love a show that contains a line like "Shove it up your bleached ass.".

- I've watched a lot of TV in my day, but I'm pretty sure that this is the first time I've seen someone pinned through the face by an epidural syringe. Points for originality. Also, ouch.

- I'm going to miss M.K. She was so interesting and I had so many questions. It makes me dislike Ferdinand all the more, which I'm thinking is the point.

- The bait and switch/cloak and dagger trip to get Kira from school was great. It's always fun when one clone impersonates another and it's hard not to feel a sense of satisfaction when Clone Club outsmarts the Neo's.

- Every time I watch Tatiana Maslany play multiple characters I forget it's all her until about halfway through. Each season makes each clone more and more unique and it never fails to amaze me.

That's going to do it for this episode. If you have answers to any of my questions up there, feel free to share them. I could use another perspective to help sort this all out.

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