Orphan Black “Community of Dreadful Fear and Hate” Review (3×07)

31 May


“If your house gets too crowded, do you tell your family they need to find a different place to live?”

While it certainly is one of the more on-the-nose moments of the entire series, Alison’s trustee election speech still is an encapsulation of the major theme governing this show: family. We’ve seen families torn apart recently, but what Orphan Black keeps coming back around to are the indelible bonds these people share. No matter what difficulties may befall these characters, what remains at the end of it all is the concept of family.

So far this season, the series has been mainly exploring that idea through the Project Castor storyline, looking at the male clones and female clones side by side and posing questions about family in that context. “Community of Dreadful Fear and Hate”, however, takes a different approach, providing underused characters like Alison and Cosima with much more screen time this week. As fun as they’ve been to watch, one of the problems of season three has been its inability to make full use of all of its characters, so it’s nice to see them stepping back and allowing the other half of the sestras to take center stage. It’s especially refreshing to get a lighthearted episode after last week’s brilliant–yet extremely intense–midseason explosion.

There are lots to like about the various storylines in this episode, and it’s always a treat to watch Maslany playing one clone playing another clone. Here, Alison’s drug and election plots are beginning to intersect with Cosima’s struggles, and she even ends up letting her mother see her clone at the end. Her mother apparently thinks that Cosima’s a mulatto, but nevertheless, it’s an extremely important moment for both Alison and her sestra. “You can’t choose your family, can you?” Alison throws at her mother after Cosima leaves. And that, of course, ties in with what she says about family values earlier: “[accept] your family for who they are.”

Also mentioned in the episode is the idea that “sometimes, we have to make hard choices” for our families. We have to “make room”, to “adapt”. Whether it’s Helena, just recently having escaped the compound and pissed off at S, or Alison, looking to take down Marci Coates, or Cosima, fighting for her life against her illness, the one constant is the existence of a support system. It’s a constantly changing and difficult world to live in, but that doesn’t mean that family will go away.



-I hope Shay isn’t just some double agent-esque character, or something like that. I hope she’s just someone cool and supportive, as Cosima needs that right now. The blood in the bathtub doesn’t look very good, to say the least.

-All of the above is going on while Donnie is stumbling his way through a drug deal. It’s a fun scenario to watch, and I have 100% confidence that he’ll find his way out of there. Perhaps he’ll dropkick everyone off the planet.

-Rachel and Sarah next week. It’s going to be good.

Photo credit: BBC America, Orphan Black

2 Responses to “Orphan Black “Community of Dreadful Fear and Hate” Review (3×07)”

  1. #peggyatthemovies May 31, 2015 at 1:55 am #

    It was truly one of my fav. episodes ever of this show. And we all know there have been a lot of good ones.. great review! 😀

  2. Hepburn3 May 31, 2015 at 1:38 pm #

    I love this show! It is so much fun, interesting and raises interesting questions about family, life, love and the often three sides to every story.
    I was way stoked that it was Alison and Donnie time, and it was nice to see Cosima away from the lab and out in the world interacting with Alison and Felix. As for Shay I feel like she is too perfect and their relationship is moving way fast. Cosima in the tub and bleeding was and is scary.
    Alison and Mr.Chubbs! LOVE THEM and I was so happy whenever they are on!
    So many great Canadian actors get used in this show and it makes me happy Sheila McCarthy was great as Alison’s mom and her using that very dated term mulatto was very telling of her mindset. I also love that we find out that Donnie took Alison’s name and Mr. Donald Francis Chubbs is not a just a dig that Alison’s mom uses on Donnie but it sure comes across as one.
    Seeing Mrs. S and Helena fight and reconcile was nice and I am stoked for Helena to be living with Alison and Donnie! My two favourite clones under one roof! 🙂
    Rachel and Duncan playing that farm game and Rachel finally realizing that she is alone and afraid, she has lost all of her power and her purpose.

    Great show and review!

    Oh and in closing!

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