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24 April 2016 @ 05:43 am
Orphan Black: "Transgressive Border Crossing" Episode Review  
Orphan Black 4.02 "Transgressive Border Crossing"

What I loved is that while we're back in present day, we're still having flashbacks to Beth. And it just makes the season premiere even better because it interconnects so seamlessly, like with Sarah and Art looking at the surveillance footage and seeing what we saw in the last episode, and seeing more that we didn't, after Beth had been suspended and what she was up to, the further she was spiraling. It just blends so perfectly, very well done. I'm hoping this continues on throughout the season, a little flashback here and there to connect with Sarah continuing what Beth had started.

I'm sad about Art seeing that surveillance footage, though. Even though it wasn't his fault, a part of him probably wishes he had understood back what was going on so he could have helped her.

Now that DYAD is out of commission, everything will be focused on Neolution. What we know about them so far is that they've been orchestrating everything from the beginning, and they have a different agenda that is unknown. We were introduced to those maggot-like creatures that are inside of their cheeks in the third season finale, and now it appears that not only was Beth (tipped from MK) uncovering this mystery surrounding that whole thing, but now it appears that Sarah has one inside of her. However that happened, whether it was while she was at DYAD or with Cody, we just don't know. Based on what little we've seen of these things, they apparently are fine for a while but then something goes wrong and it prompts people to want it surgically removed -- however, it cannot be done easily, since if you try to remove it the thing actually mutates and violently attacks. Acting as though it's part of the body's own defensive mechanism, so that is why the entire cheek must be surgically removed.

But what is the purpose of this thing? And why is the Neolution so interested in having the Clones injected with it, considering that MK (Mika) was targeted by these people, and possibly already had one and had it removed hence why she's been on the run from them all this time.

It's just fascinating, and I'm very curious as how this all ties into everything.

As for everything else, I'm just so happy to see everyone back together again. New locations, new interests and new developments happening. Helena is going to be having twins! I love it when Helena and Donnie are sharing scenes, it's a mixture of hilarity and genuine intrigue with their moments. I'm curious about Alison's reaction, though. I think she is possibly worried about Helena, considering that children are a lot of responsibility and that might prove to be too much for her to handle. From the sounds of things Helena has been helping out a little in the Hendrix household, but certainly is still kind of dependent on someone to take care of her and is more of a freeloader than anything else. And Helena, while making good efforts with integrating into regular society, she still has a long way to go to make it on her own. So I'm wondering how all of that is going to turn out. I also think that Alison does have a twinge of jealousy, since, while she loves her sisters and clearly loves her own adoptive children, she is still envious that one of them is able to have biological children. It's a normal reaction to have, I just hope that it gets talked about if this is the case that is bothering her.

(And, also, I'm very worried that something may happen to Helena's babies. I don't know why, but whenever something starts looking good for Helena something bad seems to happen and I don't want that for her. She deserves some happiness.)

Felix is going to be having his own little arc on the side with finding his birth parents, which I'm happy about. Felix has mostly been there as someone who helps out alongside Clone Club, which is lovely and all, but he is much more than that. There were moments that Felix did feel like a third wheel, where he didn't belong, and this is his way of doing something for himself for a change. I'm sure that Sarah will be supportive of this decision once she has a cooler head about everything. She was a bit quick to jump on the defensive about her and Siobhan being his real family (which is understandable since they've always been together, had each others backs especially recently), and definitely not a good idea to go to him after all that time away just to get into the Neolution club, but hopefully things will work out. They always do.

And while I haven't always been much of a Delphine or Cosima/Delphine fan, I'm hurting for Cosima since she seems to be in such an empty place at the moment. Her interaction with Delphine last season was kind of cold, distant, mostly because it had to be done. I'm wondering if Shay will make her reappearance again though, and not just because I adore Ksenia and I miss her face on my screen.

As for MK (Mika), I'm more curious about her then ever, and also quite sad for her too. She is definitely a loner but also quite lonely, and seemed to confide and trust in Beth so much that she felt she had finally found a friend in this whole mess...and then lost her. That flashback where she was so concerned and worried and begging for Beth to not leave her alone? Hurt my heart. Mika lost Beth and she probably blames herself, since she brought her into all of this. I hope that Sarah meets up with her again (properly) and that they can finish this together.

Overall, this was yet another solid episode, especially following the premiere which was pretty much perfection. This season is going to be one wild ride.
 
 
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Ery-chan: Carachter: Hannah (SDoaCG)erychan86 on April 24th, 2016 07:41 pm (UTC)
The new Headquarters is amazing... Great location! I :D

"Sh!t Talking Mushrooms" may be my favorite line on the show so far xD

I agree... I love these jumps into Beth's life too... SO.GOOD! I'm so pleased with this season so far I can't stress it enough! I wish this was a Netflix show though... Maybe because I watched the first 2 seasons while the third one was hiring.

Those creatures are creepy and I was expecting one of them being in one of the clones but I didn't expect Sarah... This is going to be interesting!

I just love Helena... When she found out she was having twins and said she had to tell it to Sarah I melted! She's my favorite character... I think Alison is jealous because she can't have babies... All the clones wants babies but just Sarah and Helena are able to get pregnant. Alison and Donnie adopted their kids... Also seeing Donnie so excited for Helena's baby can trigger some sort of insecurities in her. She loves her sisters but seeing someone so close to her get what she've always wanted can hurt... It's human after all... right?

Felix covering his chest when Sarah scares him in the shower? Just LOL... The guy is in a very good shape... He must have hit the gym in the past couple of months! I don't remember him having such a big upper body!

Cos is breaking my heart. I want her to be better...
Renée: Orphan Black. Clone Club.rogueslayer452 on April 24th, 2016 09:37 pm (UTC)
"Sh!t Talking Mushrooms" may be my favorite line on the show so far xD

It's actually "Shiitake Mushrooms" (an actual thing), which is Alison's way of cursing in surprise. Still hilarious the way she said it, though.

I wish this was a Netflix show though...

Agreed. Binge-watching has become more of a frequent, convenient way of viewing shows these days and, considering that Orphan Black only has ten episodes per season, it would make sense.

Also seeing Donnie so excited for Helena's baby can trigger some sort of insecurities in her. She loves her sisters but seeing someone so close to her get what she've always wanted can hurt... It's human after all... right?

Oh yes, I definitely think that's a huge part of it as well. Alison isn't very good at concealing her emotions about the situation, either. Donnie is experiencing what she wanted him to experience with her, and while she's happy for Helena and still loves her adoptive children, she's also envious since she never got a chance to properly experience motherhood the way that she wanted. And you can't fault her for her own feelings, of course. Finding out you're designed to be infertile must be devastating enough, but also that two of your sestras were considered "anomalies" for actually being able to have children must be so heartbreaking as well as heartwarming.
Ery-chan: Community: Abederychan86 on April 24th, 2016 10:12 pm (UTC)
It's actually "Shiitake Mushrooms"
LOL sorry... I watch too many shows with people cursing and I end up hearing bad words everywhere xD

Finding out you're designed to be infertile must be devastating enough, but also that two of your sestras were considered "anomalies" for actually being able to have children must be so heartbreaking as well as heartwarming.
That must be a terrible feeling... I'm glad that Helena really wants these babies and Sarah loves her monkey more than anything in the world... I think it would be even worst if neither of them wanted kids and got "stuck" with them... I really hope - as you said - nothing is going to happen to Helena's twins and I can't wait to see Sarah's reaction to the news :)
night_owl_9: Cosima Niehaus - duplicitousnight_owl_9 on April 25th, 2016 02:40 am (UTC)
I'm hurting for Cosima since she seems to be in such an empty place at the moment. Her interaction with Delphine last season was kind of cold, distant, mostly because it had to be done. - Yes. Yes to all of this.
Julie: Original ★ warm rainragnarok_08 on April 25th, 2016 03:31 am (UTC)
This episode really was great and I love seeing what Beth's life was like :)
americana exotica: Alisoninterchanges on April 25th, 2016 03:45 am (UTC)
I just hope we find out the purpose of the worms soon because it better be worth all the squicking out I do when they show them, heh.

I want to know more about MK so bad.
Renée: Sarah Manning. One of a kind.rogueslayer452 on April 27th, 2016 03:01 am (UTC)
True, especially if you're squeamish.

MK is very fascinating as a character. She's definitely a loner type who had only one close person she befriended, which was Beth, but after her death she remained secluded once more. I wonder if she had always been that way. What is her history? How did she get involved in this? Were the Neolutionists after her and she escaped, faked her death, and has been on the run since? I'm so curious.
Christina: ob- s- through the gashfly_meaway on April 26th, 2016 07:51 pm (UTC)
I just hope they'll actually delve into Felix his arc. Because they've promised us more Felix the last two seasons and never delivered. Like you say, he's only been there to help out Clone Club and that was it. Even if we got like the tiniest bit of Felix that felt real, that felt like we were touching on something of him, it was immediately gone as well. So I'm honestly not holding out hope yet that we'll actually get more of his story of trying to find his birth parents. But I want to so badly, I want him to have more of a storyline.

I do also hope we get more on Dyad a bit, because it feels so unfinished, if that makes any sense?

And the maggot things are sooo creepy. I like the idea of MK having gotten rid of them though so I really hope that's the case. I have faith that Sarah will get rid of it eventually, but I have a feeling it's going to be a long and hard process.

Also, I soooo hope that your worries regarding Helena are wrong. But you're right: everytime something goes well for Helena, something goes even worse so I'm worried too. I do think this will also do something with the relationship between Alison and Helena- it seems like Alison is already having difficulties with Helena being able to conceive and the fact that she can't. That's at least what it felt like to me? But yes- the dynamic between Donnie and Helena is great!
Renée: Orphan Black. Sarah Manning.rogueslayer452 on April 26th, 2016 10:29 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I really want him to have his own storyline. I love him with the Clones, don't get me wrong, he's the best brother sestra to them all, but he deserves something for himself after all this time. I am interested in learning more about Felix as a person and where he came from, whether he'll be successful with finding his birth parents, etc.

I do also hope we get more on Dyad a bit, because it feels so unfinished, if that makes any sense?

I understand what you're saying. It does feel like, after everything, Dyad no longer being a huge factor is sort of sudden, even if it was slowly disintegrating from within.

I do think this will also do something with the relationship between Alison and Helena- it seems like Alison is already having difficulties with Helena being able to conceive and the fact that she can't.

It's really sad if there is tension between them because of Helena going through this process, something that Alison herself wanted but never could. Alison obviously loves her sestras and clearly wants them to be happy, so I don't want whatever envy she has to ruin that relationship with Helena. I don't think it will, perhaps there may be a conversation between her and Donnie or even her and Helena, since we haven't gotten a proper Helena and Alison bonding moment between them yet, another thing I would love to see.
Christina: amber- azurefly_meaway on April 27th, 2016 05:44 pm (UTC)
Yes, exactly! Yes to all of what you said- that's what I want to. I don't even need him to find his birth parents, but just more about him would be nice. His life is constantely in service of Sarah and the other clones so having it be his for a while would be nice.

It feels so sudden, that's what it is. I'm glad you understand. But this is only the beginning of the season so maybe we'll get more on them again at some point?

Oh yes! I want Helena and Alison bonding too. I hope that it will come to that. I also don't want another Alison-spiraling-out-of-control or something like that- we've already had that. But I'm really curious to see where they'll take this whole storyline. It could be incredibly good and interesting for sure!