Orphan Black Review: Project Castor

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That describes Orphan Black Season 2 Episode 10, the second season finale of this brilliant BBC America program. 

They wouldn't dare not renew the series, would they? After a finale like this one that will have people talking for days, it's highly unlikely we won't hear about a renewal very shortly.

The Dyad is, essentially, done and a new organization was revealed with a surprising figurehead -- Marian Bowles. Low and behold Michelle Forbes was not the bad guy! Congrats to her for moving away from coming in as the big bad. This was much better.

Sarah surrendered to Dyad to free Kira. Rachel had taken Delphine off the clone project and shipped her to Frankfurt, leaving the future of the clones in the hands of a Dr. Nealon. He only really had Rachel's future in mind, as it was revealed she was unable to find redemption, even after reuniting with the father who went to great lengths to show her love as a child.

Rachel was singularly focused on having a child. She wanted the cipher to all of Ethan Duncan's scientific work revealed or else. Ethan was left with only one option, sacrificing himself to save the lives of the others at the expense of Rachel. He chose the many over the one he raised. Nature and nurture comes to light again.

Rachel did have a moment of self-pity and despair as she realized Ethan had taken his own life, but it was difficult to determine how much of that was true affection and how much was anguish at not getting what she wanted. Ethan never knew the reason the clones were created, and for him perpetuating more without that answer was reprehensible. 

Sarah signed away her eggs as a means to get to Kira, but of course Rachel turned that on her. Before she ever saw her daughter, Sarah was wheeled into surgery to have one of her ovaries removed for science. Rachel was certain Ethan gave Sarah the cipher, and smashed all of the donated marrow to try to get the answer from her. It was fruitless.

Scott and Cosima, however, had a master plan that resulted in Rachel's demise (not sure if it's a figurative one or a permanent one) and Marian's true purpose. She rules Topside, one of the many groups overseeing Dyad. She has an eight year old clone named Charlotte. Her interest in their future is sincere.

Working with Siobhan, Cal and Paul they all came together to free Sarah and Kira. Long ago the clone project split into two factions. One was with Dyad. The other was with the military -- Project Castor. 

Helena found her way to Art and met all of her sestras. It was a night of festivity and merriment and dancing to Reggae. Cosima removed her oxygen and it felt like we would lose her. We didn't, but Helena was kidnapped.

Paul is in the military. Major Paul to you and me. He wants Helena for Project Castor. Siobhan tells him Sarah will never forgive her. Paul says she did what she had to do. What, exactly, went down?

We caught up with Gracie and Mark, on the run after Helena set fire to the ranch. They are marrying. As Project Castor is slowly revealed, we have to wonder if Henrik knew more than he let on. Whose baby is Gracie carrying? Helena's and -- Henrik's or Mark's?

Mark is a clone. Project Castor is the male clone project and if Henrik had Mark and was searching for Helena, he likely knew what he was dealing with. He could have just implanted both Gracie and Helena with the first fully cloned children in existence. Until Helena searched for and found Helena, the two adult projects had never met.

It's so absolutely brilliant for there to be more to the fish people, as Felix calls them, than just crazy Henrik with some religious zealotry. Helena is boarding a military plane bound for who knows where. It's doubtful anyone knows she's already carrying a child. The military took for granted the twins would both be fertile. They were right, of course, but Henrik got there first. And, if I'm right, with the sperm of another clone.

But was Henrik in on the secret or did Mark just fall into his hands? How would that even be possible? It seems that in Season 3 (BBCA willing) we should learn more about Henrik and what he knew, how he became aware of the factions and managed to bring them together. 

Or... not? I suppose it's all in the air. Cosima's future again hangs in the balance, but bringing Delphine back immediately would help immensely, especially since Kira held the key to Ethan's science in The Island of Dr. Moreau. Helena's travels will be far and all encompassing. Sarah will be itching to put all of the pieces together and with the help of Marian, she may discover things about Siobhan and Paul she doesn't like.

What an absolutely fantastic ride. If you need to catch up, watch Orphan Black online via TV Fanatic.

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A few things: Rachel MAY have smashed the viles of bone marrow. It could have been something else as a bluff. Rachel appears very much alive. We still know little about who Siobhan is working with. We are led to believe Helena's baby is Henrik's. Mark expressed his objection to that but we don't now if Mark is aware of his clonage or not so we don't know his true intentions with Gracie. He may have infiltrated the Prolethians. Henrik's group was only one small branch of the Prolethians. Tomas was from Europe and Maggie Chen had something to do with project LEDA. Cosima now has Helena's embryonic stem cells and Ethan's code so she should have what she needs.
Delphine is off to Germany... where Katja came from. I'd like to see her dig into background on her and the other European clones. Siobhan had said earlier she'd heard that something big happening in Europe.

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PERFECT is the exactly describe to this episode .
I am so happy that Cosima still alive even though her future still unknown but ( she didn't' die in the finale ) and I feel that a good sign , because I really thought that she's going to die in the finale especially after what Rachael did to the donated marrow . I loved the dancing scene so much ,all the clones in one scene !!!!! that was AWESOME ,and Helena's dancing was so hilarious .
Poor Helena ,she just get out of trouble only to fall in another. ,what exactly the military want from her ? and what was that thing that she left it before she leaves ?
I think Orphan Black season 3 must happen because this finale left us with too many questions and exciting stories needs to be completed .

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Loved the clone reunion, the scene between Kira and Helena brought a tear to my eye. Paul and Cal sizing each other up was hilarious as was Mrs.S looking at both of them and wondering out loud how Sarah does it. Poor Helena, she's had a really tough time this season, I hope that Sarah and her sisters will be able to save her and her babies before much damage is done to her. How comes no one mentioned Helena's other embryos which she left at Felix's and how comes no one in the apartment has come across them yet? I hope BBC America renews it for a third season and Tatiana or the show wins an Emmy, she really deserves it.

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this finale was the bomb diggety. exceeded all expectations

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Sarah said she had abortion.. shock. I liked Helena reunion. Rachel can't impersonate anyone now. Paul should have be the clone he was perfect. Other guy was not. Kira is smarter than we think. Ms s is not going to be forgiven

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absolutely fantastic finale - OB outdid itself again! the eight year old clone is a bit creepy though. for a sec i was feeling bad for rachel. the paul meeting cal scene was hilarious how they were sizing up each other. awesome job, Tat! now go get the Emmy!

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