The family we create is so often far preferable to the one we are born into. While the title of this week’s Orphan Black is “Community of Dreadful Fear and Hate” from President Eisenhower’s farewell speech of 1961, this episode was clearly a chance for the sestras in two different countries to come together and realize that the family they have become is anything but a community of fear and hate.
[SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched Saturday’s episode of Orphan Black, “Community of Dreadful Fear and Hate.”]
We should have known things would be different this week once Helena downed her beloved scorpion in the middle of the desert. Yes, she was starving and dehydrated but perhaps she became as tired of talking to an arachnid as we were of watching it. Once her crazy-whisperer was spoken for, the show was destined to pick up the pace. We got more action—and resolution—than we’ve seen all season. We lost Paul, we learned about Dr.
[SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched Saturday’s episode of Orphan Black, “Certain Agony of the Battlefield.]
[SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched Saturday’s episode of Orphan Black, “Certain Agony of the Battlefield.”]
Ground control to Major Tom. Unfortunately, Major Tom will not be answering that call after he was just stabbed, shot, and then blown to smithereens by a grenade (that last part was his own doing). Yes, Saturday’s stellar episode of Orphan Black ended with a shocker—the death of Paul Dierden.
This week’s episode title, “Scarred by Many Past Frustrations,” is again from President Eisenhower’s farewell address and refers to our ability to negotiate with other countries in the world, urging future leaders, however “scarred by many past frustrations,” to solve our issues at the conference table rather than on the battlefield. As it pertains to Orphan Black, there wasn’t a character featured in this episode that wasn’t airing he
[SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched Saturday’s episode of Orphan Black, “Scarred By Many Past Frustrations.”]
But few things are as ideally suited for a “Cooks” parody as Orphan Black—and luckily, that parody now exists.
[SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched Saturday’s episode of Orphan Black, “Newer Elements of Our Defense.”]
So Mark isn’t dead and Sarah really takes this family thing to heart, helping him and risking her life in the process. The death wish aspect of her character is kind of grating. The rebellious Sarah from the first season is now so racked with responsibility, it’s kind of a drag. But I digress…
Let’s get moving on this episode, “New Elements of our Defense,” which once again comes from President Eisenhower’s farewell address.
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