Orphan Black “Transitory Sacrifices of Crisis” Review (3×02)

25 Apr


“You don’t fight in these conditions. You run.”

This season of Orphan Black is exploring the idea of community, of families in all definitions of the word. In a world that’s all about survival, you have to figure out how to balance the needs of the family and the needs of the individual, and it oftentimes comes down to several incredibly difficult choices; in the end, you’re just hoping everyone makes it out safely, and even though you’d kill to stay with your loved ones, sometimes, letting go is necessary.

Of course, everyone in the Orphan Black universe is caught up in this battle, whether he or she likes it or not. There’s a sense of fatigue permeating the environment, and we get the sense that these people simply want this all to end; after all, the opening scene of the premiere was a fantasy of a warm world without constant danger. Sarah would love to continue playing floor hockey with Cal and Kira, and Mrs. S would love to finally be able to relax for once; as Felix says, however, “you don’t get to sit this one out. None of us do.” Yes, S has “done a lot already”, but there’s still lots to be done. It’s tough to swallow that fact.

It’s also tough to swallow the fact that you might have to let people go in order to save them. With Sarah, she’s advised to “take Kira away” and is told that “Cal’s pretending you can have a life here” (I’m paraphrasing). In addition, when Facial Hair Paul shows up later and confronts Cal with a gun, he ends with his own piece of advice: in reference to Sarah, he says that “you need to get her out of here, Cal.” Fighting as a team–as a family–is a great feeling, but once again, survival comes into play at the forefront.

In terms of the Seth-Rudy storyline, there’s another tough decision to be made. Sarah asks Rudy at the end: “Is this what this is about? Protecting your brother?” The male and female clones are extremely different kinds of people, but the sense of connection between them are similar. When Rudy ends up firing two bullets into Seth’s chest at the end, he’s not exactly “saving” him in the life sense of the word, but he’s sparing him from pain. He’s essentially protecting his brother, and as tough as the decision must be, he does it because of the connection they share. Sometimes, letting go is necessary, and once that happens, the real fight begins.



-Cal, Sarah, and Kira playing floor hockey is a wonderful sight to see.

-It’s tough watching Helena–or anyone, for that matter–get waterboarded, but Helena’s still very entertaining to watch.

– “Fist me! Fist me!” “Fist you?”

– “Yeah. Don’t doubt our stones. We have ample stones.” I really want to see Donnie and Alison go all Breaking Bad on this. They’re going to be the only ones left standing after all is said and done.

-The woman from the opening scene: “I didn’t sign up for this!” Yeah, tell that to pretty much every single character in the show.

– “I met your brother. He was ugly.”

-Damn, that closeup of the burn at the end.

Photo credit: BBC America, Orphan Black

4 Responses to “Orphan Black “Transitory Sacrifices of Crisis” Review (3×02)”

  1. Hepburn3 April 25, 2015 at 10:00 pm #

    This second episode with the Castor clones was a tad better in that I saw that Ari is trying to differentiate them, he is getting better but it is a very hard and intimidating act to follow when your example is Tatiana. 🙂 But I have to say the Castor clones a mega creepy, and I was surprised that pornstache clone was offed by his own brother no less, but some of the Castor clones have to die, just like the Leda clones.
    HUZZAH for Alison and Donnie! Alison is one of my favourite clones, the other is Helena, and I am going to enjoy her Breaking Bad and winning her election! You do realize that if Walter White came up against Alison he would have been out of the Meth business and buried in her garage. 😉
    Also it was good to see Helena, when she was being waterboarded, and apparently that was real, they had medics on the set, I was really afraid for her and felt very upset. I loved that she insulted one of the Castor clones!
    My favourite part was the wee Scorpion getting upset about not getting any mangos! That really made me laugh and it is good to see Helena’s spirit animal loves food as much as she does. Watching Helena eat is always a treat! 🙂
    Yes that close up of that burn was intense!
    Again I am happy that you are reviewing this show!
    I love Orphan Black and stoked for next week! 🙂

    p.s. the NHL playoffs are entertaining this year!

    • polarbears16 April 25, 2015 at 10:19 pm #

      Yup, Walter White has no chance against Alison.

      And yes they are! Hopefully your Habs can close out their series tomorrow. Just saw the Hawks win, and it was awesome. 🙂

      Ooh, and final two POI episodes coming up starting this Tuesday…

      • Hepburn3 April 25, 2015 at 10:23 pm #

        Way to go Black Hawks! And yes GO HABS!! 🙂

  2. Matthew Thompson April 26, 2015 at 8:45 am #

    The main storyline was good this week, but I just loved the stuff with Alison and Donnie together. Donnie trying to act cool was particularly hilarious. Those two are just a blast together now. I hope one day Sarah, Kira and Cal can retire to a quiet life with weekly floor hockey games. That scene was lovely.

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