The Coincidental Critic

Exploring the art of storytelling.

Certain Agony of the Battlefield (SPOILERS)


In “Certain Agony of the Battlefield,” we found out that the clones’ disease can be sexually transmitted from the male clones.  This was very interesting and has opened a whole new can of worms.  I love how the creators of “Orphan Black” constantly tackle serious issues, and use their art as a spring-board for exploration and discussion.

A very interesting concept in “Certain Agony of the Battlefield” was about doing things for the people you love.  “We do terrible things for the people we love.  Stop asking why.  Start asking who,” Beth said to Sarah.  It’s all about who not why.  I thought this was very deep and can be applied to anything in life.  Love drives all.

Tatiana Maslany has done a beautiful job portraying Rachel this season.  Since her injury, Rachel has had a speech impediment.  Maslany masters it with respect, and really makes me sympathize with the character.

The ending scene with Paul’s sacrifice was heartbreaking for many reasons:

1) The music in the background added to the emotion.  There was a pulse to it.  It had a high pitched melody combined with low tones.  As the story progressed, the music crescendoed and became more chaotic.  It gave me all the feels.

2) We saw flashbacks of Paul and Beth together.  It made me feel nostalgic.  We also got to see how Paul has changed since his life with Beth.  Even though it was all a lie, he was happier and more carefree around her.  He laughed and smiled more.  These flashbacks helped me to understand how all this clone drama affected him.

I will admit, I was in tears by the end of this episode.  I didn’t want to believe it when Paul died.  I still can’t accept it.

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