Recap: Things become Krystal clear in Orphan Black 5.6

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Jul 15, 2017

Spoiler Warning: If you haven't seen "Manacled Slim Wrists" 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.

All hail Krystal Goderitch. Seriously. I'd be 100% okay with a spinoff of just her character accidentally stumbling into situations and inadvertently saving the day. Plus, the girl's makeup is on point. Not to mention, KAY-BEE Natural Cosmetics already has 50k subscribers on YouTube. That's a great starting point!

In an episode that offers some of the best laughs and some of the evilest things we've seen in the entire Orphan Black series (bleeding kids? who DOES that?), I spent a lot of time hunched as close to my laptop screen as possible while watching, because I didn't want to miss anything. That said, I'm sure I missed a lot, but let's discuss, shall we?

Before I get into the meat of things, a quick note about LIN28A. If you've been wondering about the science, I did some digging and asking around and all signs point to this tracking with the current science available. Basically, if they can re-create Kira's mutation either through her eggs or by gene therapy, manipulating the LIN28A is key. Then it's a matter of figuring out how to activate that mutation in others. (Thanks to both Nina Nesseth and my friend April for the info, btw.)

Now, where were we?

Oh, right.



The most fashionable Leda clone in the world is the eyelash glue that makes this entire episode look fabulous. Plus, if anyone was going to figure out the transdermal delivery system Neolution cooked up, it's her. The fact that she's so Krystal is just icing. You also have to love the whole thing with Lenn. Kicking his ass is one thing, but the epilating face cream to the beard was perfection. I hope Krystal washed her hands afterward, because I'd be sad if she lost that gorgeous blonde hair.

The idea that Neolution and Dyad are looking for a transdermal delivery system for something and the idea that they have an up-and-coming "ethical" cosmetics company within the fold has me wondering just what it is they're looking to make. Did they buy the company to create the cream for use by Neolutionists? Or are they looking for a way to manufacture and distribute something on a wider scale? The hair loss seems to be a glitch, but they're trying to create something -- the question is, what?



Kira being in on the hustle is so fantastic, and it's nice to see her be part of the conversation. Kira may be a kid, but she's also part of the Neolution plan, and she deserves to know what's happening. It's also really helpful now that Kira's been taken by Rachel. S. and Sarah have given Kira a way to communicate with them, and Kira's got much more agency even as she's taken away. I'm definitely looking forward to more of her story.


Cosima and Mud

Cosima wants out, and poor Mud wants her innocence back. Sadly, you can't uncrack an egg. The best you can do is either clean it up or do something with it. In this case, Cosima tries to save everyone she can, but she can't save Mud. Not in the end. Some habits are really hard to break, and parental love is a hell of a drug.

Luckily, Cosima has gotten Charlotte off the island. Maybe they've actually escaped this time.


Susan and Ira

I always think of these two as a pair, and as strange as their relationship was, they never wavered in their love for one another. In the end, Susan realized that her path within Neolution was over a little too late to save herself, but I don't feel bad for her, she pretty much had it coming. Ira, on the other hand, I do feel bad for. He did everything he could to help, and he really did help. I just wish he'd lived.


The Dread Pirate Westmoreland, aka John

Okay, so maybe it wasn't exactly DPR, but I was close, and Susan was there both for the science and to help build up the mystique of the man who would become P.T. Westmoreland. That is, as she says, how the patriarchy works, right? Pitting Susan against Virginia Coady is one of the myriad ways he tries to keep control, but that control slips, and his precious "Revival" ends up in ashes.

One thing's for sure; he can't hide behind that mask anymore. So who will he become? And just why does he want to bring Leda and Castor together?


Bree and Scott

I don't care if it started as a ruse to give Krystal cover to leave, I like this little ... pairing, even if it's brief. Intelligent nerdy people need to see that they can attract those they consider "out of their league" just by being who they are. Granted, Scott may want a smarter gal in the long term, but Bree's sweet, and she was the klepto that sort of helped save the day, right?


Random thoughts:

"So what? My deep throat's totally hot. Get over it!"

Sarah: "Well done." Krystal: "Thank you."

It's so interesting to see Rachel scared of anyone. But she's scared of Westmoreland.

Does anyone think Ira's glitching is exacerbated by stress? Ira had a pretty even keel sort of way about him. The glitching started when things went sideways. Just a thought.

Kira puking on Frontenac's shoes was a total Kodak moment.


Final Thought.

Four more episodes to go. If this keeps up, my next recap'll be "WTF" over and over, because it's getting intense in here. Somehow, we have to find a way to take down Dyad and Neolution, get Kira back, figure out how all of this is tied together, and keep Leda safe. Maybe even give them a chance at a normal life. The promo for next week promises a couple reunions, so getting Clone Club back together again may be on the horizon.

Of course, my plan is to write more than "WTF" next week, so I hope you'll come back.

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