The Coincidental Critic

Exploring the art of storytelling.

Formalized, Complex, and Costly (SPOILERS)


“Formalized, Complex, and Costly” had a great opening.  Seth’s cold body plopped against a bathtub, and the next shot showed Sarah and Felix standing over the body, out of breath.  It was a great way to start the episode- right where the previous one had left off.  And it added a bit of humor to the disturbing situation.

It was nice to see Sarah and Art working side-by-side again.  It satisfied my nostalgia and brought back memories of a somewhat simpler time (aka season 1).

Watching “Formalized, Complex, and Costly,” I realized that Art barely had any time to mourn the loss of Beth.  It’s already traumatic enough for a cop to lose his partner, but to find out she has been dead for a while and had her identity stolen… now, that’s a tough pill to swallow.  Art was more vulnerable this episode and let some of his emotions show.

Two of the four male clones (that we know of) are already dead: Seth and now Mark!  I was not expecting Mark to die.  We had so much more to learn about him.

Mark acts a bit differently this season from how he did in season 2.  Last season, I thought Mark was one of the creepiest characters on the show.  Now, Mark is less eerie and less threatening.  Is this change brought about by the fact that he is no longer undercover?

Cosima is such a brainiac.  How does she know so much about biology?  She is trained in genetics, yet she knows an awful lot about anatomy.  In “Formalized, Complex, and Costly,” she dissected Seth and analyzed his brain.  Is it believable that she would know all of this?

Am I the only one who had already assumed that male clones were the female clone’s brothers?  I thought that was a given when we found out there were male clones.  Because of that, Cosima’s discovery was not as surprising for me as the creators intended it to be.

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