Orphan Black “To Hound Nature in Her Wanderings” Review (2×06)

25 May

"Orphan Black" Ep 206 Day 7 Photo: Jan Thijs 2013

It’s a Helena-Sarah road trip! They have a very twisted and dark relationship, but it’s also hilarious and affectionate and enjoyable to watch. Whether it’s Helena singing “Sugar Sugar” or Sarah breaking down laughing, we’re reminded of the bond these two share, the bond that endures even amidst all the shit that’s occurring around them.

Of course, that’s not to say that this is a happy, carefree relationship. They still carry their strained history throughout all their interactions, and if we’re reminded of the bond they share, we’re also reminded of Helena’s dangerous, violent nature and Sarah’s penchant for using people, them pushing them aside in order to reach her goals. In terms of the latter, I’m talking about the fact that she leaves Helena behind, dropping this off to Art to handle; it’s a careless move, but it’s befitting her character. This is an episode in which she’s attempting to assert her identity as someone other than a science experiment, and right now, identity is more important. She does not want to remain an object to be discussed, as we see in the conversation between Paul and Mark at the bar.

In terms of Helena, I’m talking about the scene in which she goes all-out Helena on a few guys nearby, punching and snapping limbs in a sequence that serves as a stark contrast to her short-lived bond with Patrick J. Adams’s Jesse. What we do see beforehand, though, is Helena as her curious, childish self, arm wrestling and eating pork rinds and dancing. Maslany and Adams play off each other extremely well, and it’s nice to see Helena experience some moments like this.

Yet, it’s also that childish, curious self that leads her right back to where she started: in the hands of the Proletheans. She believes in what Gracie tells her, and for her, her babies trump freedom and individuality; it’s in direct contrast to what Sarah’s fighting for. Helena may combine the backstories of all her clones–telling him she’s traveling with her sestra, as well–when she first meets Jesse, but the bond they share simply cannot compare to her being reunited with her babies.

This episode seems to be one about secrets about to poke through the surface. Alison seems to have finally found a friend in Vic, but we find out that he’s working undercover for Angie. Delphine’s keeping information from Cosima. And finally, Sarah uncovers the truth behind Swan Man/Ethan Duncan/Andrew Peckham. When she faces down Ethan Duncan at the end of the episode, it’s an essential moment for her, a moment in which she’s, quite simply, angry. The revelation that Leekie killed Rachel’s mother isn’t particularly surprising for us, but to her, it’s a gut punch, especially considering she recently had a heart-to-heart with Cosima over the phone. It’s one more injustice in a world full of them already.



-The lower grade is for the fact that this does seems like a bit too much of an info dump; the episode tries to juggle myriad storylines while propelling the new information, but it falters quite often. The momentum and crackling energy of the first five episodes is a bit lost here.

– “If you show up without my kids again, I will cut off your dangling balls.” –Alison

-“Helena Eating Things” should be a web series or something.

-You would think that in a police station, someone would take notice of Gracie’s recently stitched mouth.

-Love the Art-Felix pairing!

-Paul seems to be getting a tiny bit more interesting. I really like the Paul-Mrs. S. and Paul-Mark exchanges.

-I can’t believe there are only four episodes left this season. Time moves too fast, people.

Photo credit: BBC America, Orphan Black



One Response to “Orphan Black “To Hound Nature in Her Wanderings” Review (2×06)”

  1. michael May 27, 2014 at 11:01 pm #

    Do you know the name of the song Helena danced to and who sang it.

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