The Coincidental Critic

Exploring the art of storytelling.

Raising the Stakes in Season 2 (SPOILERS)


My favorite TV show I’ve watched so far this year was Orphan Black.  Season 2 was absolutely amazing.  I read a post on tumblr that said how every episode of “Orphan Black” was like a season finale.  And that was very true.  Each episode itself was gripping.  Most importantly, this season of “Orphan Black” tackled some of the most talked about controversial themes today: identity, body property rights, sexuality, women’s health, science vs. religion, abortion, and many more.  And the writers didn’t throw these themes at us, forcing them down our throats.  No, they included them in the script subtly so that they flowed perfectly with the story.  At its core, “Orphan Black” is a story about life and surviving.

My favorite line from the series was a retort that Cosima made towards Rachel.  Rachel said, “So, you’re gay?” and Cosima responds, “My sexuality is not the most interesting thing about me.”  That simple line spoke so many words.  In a society today where gay marriage is very controversial, this line fits in perfectly.  This line explains that, yes, someone may be gay.  Or someone may be straight or bi or whatever.  But a person’s sexuality does not define them.  Every person, no matter what he/she likes or dislikes, is just a human being.  Thank you writers of “Orphan Black” for including this in your ever engaging story.

The writers are constantly surprising us with plot twists.  I hate stories that are predictable and this is anything but that.  Some great twists from this season include when Donnie accidentally killed Dr. Leaky, when Vick the Dick showed up in rehab, Donnie’s ignorance about Project Leda, and of course the big reveal of Project Castor.  I look forward to the future unpredictability of this show.

I am so glad that the writers decided to have Donnie be relatively ignorant of everything that was going on.  We did not go through the same phase of betrayal like with previous monitors.  Instead, I gained an acceptance of Donnie.  He becomes a good guy and it brings a little hope to the clone’s situation.

The writers do a great job in creating characters that are relatable, believable, and amazingly deep.  It is hard to dislike any character because even the “bad guys” they create have a good side.  They give intentions for each character’s actions, allowing us to understand he/she on a deeper level.  Rachel’s character had a huge role this season.  And while we saw her constantly trying to thwart her clone sisters, we also see the internal struggle she is experiencing.  Being a part of Dyad is not as easy as it looks, and I’ve started to sympathize with her.

Tatiana Maslany never disappoints.  She constantly reminds us why she deserves to have this role.  Continually, I forget that all the clones are only played by one actress because she is just too good.  Maslany has shown as what true fear actually looks like in the scene where Helena finds Sarah tied up in the shower.  She has shown us what unconditional love looks like through her portrayal during Kira’s bone marrow surgery.  She has illustrated excessive worry through Sarah in response to Cosima’s predicament.  And she has shown us honest sympathy just using facial expressions and mannerism in Cosima’s response to learning about the demise of fellow clone, Jennifer.  Maslany deserves all the awards.

Now, there are a few things that the writers should think about when writing season 3…

I’m not entirely sure how I feel about the character Cal.  I just think he is too “perfect.”  He ran right back to Sarah as soon as she returned to his life.  And he barely reacted to the fact that he has a daughter.  I kind of wish, if anything, he’d be upset for missing out on the first part of Kira’s life.  But no, Cal is the perfect man who will do whatever he can to protect Sarah.  No questions asked.  He didn’t even seem a bit surprised when discovering that Sarah is a clone.  Cloning humans is like a BIG deal, Cal.  I just want Cal’s character to be a bit more believable.  What are his flaws?  What makes him angry?  What are his desires in life?  I hope he gets more fleshed out in season 3.

I love the character of Art; however, his role this season was kind of all over the place.  He did all this investigating; however, it didn’t really lead to anything.  I understand that Art is suspended right now, but I feel like he could have more of an influence on the situation.  I’m a bit curious as to what would happen if more police officers found out about the Dyad and Project Leda.  Art needs to be more useful.

However, these minor complaints pale in comparison to the praise of this series.  The writing is top-notch and the acting is of great quality.  I wish we didn’t have to wait almost a year for the next season to return, but I’m so excited for when it does.

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