Orphan Black season 2 episode 5 review: Ipsa Scientia Potestas Est

Review Kaci Ferrell 18 May 2014 - 09:15

Orphan Black delivers another tense, unpredictable episode. Here's Kaci's review...

This review contains spoilers.

2.5 Ipsa Scientia Potestas Est

This week's episode of Orphan Black revolves around the terrifyingly unknown quantities of Helena and Rachel. I've always personally believed that the monster you don't understand is more terrifying than one you do: you can predict the moves of the latter. The former's going to eat your eggs one minute and put a gun to your head the next.

We pick up where we left off: Rachel arrives home from her trip with Paul in tow and coldly assesses the situation in her apartment. She takes in Daniel's dead body and the tell-tale signs that Helena has been there and promptly decides that until Sarah gives into Dyad's demands, Cosima will not receive treatment for the lung disease that has been killing the clones.

Meanwhile, Sarah hands Helena off to Felix, who is beyond tetchy at his sister's drama lately, so he promptly passes her off to Art instead. He has a date and at any rate, Art is probably ten thousand times more competent at this sort of thing than Felix has any hope of being. For proof, see the fact that by the time they arrive, Art has already locked away all sharp objects and prepared a set of handcuffs. Smart thinking.

Unfortunately, there really is no stopping Helena. If Macguyver and Chuck Norris somehow had a love child, it still wouldn't be as resourceful and kick-ass as Helena. Naturally, she's gotten out of the cuffs and pulled a gun on Art before lunch time.

At Felix's, he happily prepares for his date with Colin, the guy from the morgue back in season one. Colin turns out to be a little reticent to be with Felix, given the past legal troubles Felix has been in, which turns out to be a smart call on his part since the cops arrive, with Paul, right in the middle of the date. Paul proceeds to shove the gun that Daniel used to kill the cop at Cal's place right into Felix's hand, because either he's the world's best actor playing a very long con or Rachel can do some truly magical things in bed. Either way, he's pretty firmly Team Rachel right now, though whether or not that turns out to be genuine or part of a ruse is anyone's guess. I've never really been able to get a good read on Paul, so feel free to speculate in the comments.

Art and Sarah follow Helena to a storage facility where they find proof that Rachel's dad is actually still alive. This leads them to realize that Helena wants to kill Rachel, which brings Sarah right into a front row seat for Paul and Rachel consummating their new business relationship in what is probably one of the least sexual sex scenes ever committed to film. Sarah really has no time for it, though, especially with Cal back in her life now, so instead she just pleads for Helena to not kill Rachel so that they can get Felix out of trouble for his prints being on the gun. She does it by doing something she never could've done back in season one: openly acknowledge that Helena is her sister. And with Helena talked down, there's really only one thing left to do: meet with Leekie, get him to promise to call of Rachel's dogs, and go off on a Sisterly Roadtrip to find Rachel's dad. I want to be excited, because I love roadtrips, but given that they're going to a place Helena calls the "Place of Screams," I can't imagine this is going to be fun for anybody.

Elsewhere in the episode: Kira and Cal continue to bond to the point that she's now calling him "Daddy"; the Proletheans have locked Gracie up with her mouth sewn shut and told her that if they can't get Helena back, then she will be forced to carry their test tube baby; and Leekie revealed to Cosima that the same fire that supposedly killed both of Rachel's parents also destroyed the original genome the clones were made from, meaning that they've since been unable to find and understand certain synthetic parts of it.

This was a really tense episode because it hinged on the actions of two characters who are completely unpredictable in what they will do next and why. I can't wait until next week, with Sarah and Helena roadtripping around in close quarters. And here's hoping the treatment Cosima received in this episode actually works.

Read Kaci's review of the previous episode, Governed As It Were By Chance, here.

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A coiple of things not touched on here: what's with Cal having what looked like various IDs and foreign currency in the fridge? Is this a guy who has just hidden away from the world or is he just pretending to have gone native? Why? The "least sexy" scene (I suspect that was intentional to capture Rachel's , er, style) was still pretty degrading to Paul, an interesting flip of the usual sexual debasement. Why is Rachel, who supposedly was brought up lovingly, so cold and hard? Could she have been abused? Why do I feel like Art is going to buy it? As for next week (SPOILERS IF YOU DONT WATCH PREVIEWS), the very thought of Vic returning turns my stomach. And how does Siobahn know Paul?!

-Cal is certainly more than he appears to be. He may have obtained those IDs and gun while on the run with Kira, but I'd lay odds he's had them for a while. Can't wait til the show sheds a little light on his story.
-It's strange how many times Orphan Black does this with the characters! Now the men bear the burdens more common to females in TV and film. Definitely raises some questions about consent.
-Rachel was a lot more vulnerable this last episode - and thus, the sex scene felt like a much-needed release. She's so repressed, so tightly wound. And when she watched her childhood home videos, she looked more fragile. Obviously the show is going to reveal this character mystery in its own time, but my guess is childhood trauma. Her parents were thought to have been killed.
-Vic's a dick. But he's with Alison, and she's the best.
-Siobahn met Paul in Season 1 when Sarah brought him to the house.

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