Neolutionists come out of hiding in “History Yet to Be Written.”
With most of this season focusing on the Castor clones (Ari Millen), we haven’t heard much about the Neolutionists. The past 9 episodes have been Dyad vs. Castor vs. the Leda clones (Tatiana Maslany), but “History Yet to Be Written” reveals that the Neolutionists have been lurking in the shadows the entire time.
The discovery that the Neolutionists controlled both Castor and Leda was a good enough twist for a season finale. It brings the story full circle back to season one. I’d almost forgotten about the crazy Neolutionists with their weird eyes and pig tails, but this episode was a reminder of how important they really are. Dr. Leekie’s (Matt Frewer) death didn’t stop them from attempting to recover the original — if anything, staying in the dark made it easier to get what they wanted. Sarah nearly hands over Kendall Malone’s (Alison Steadman) blood right into Neolutionist hands.
Luckily, Delphine (Evelyne Brochu) discovers one of the moles and warns Sarah about the situation. This leads to one of the creepiest semi-fight scenes the show has ever done: a Neolutionist leans over Delphine with blood and an insect slowly crawling out of his mouth. When he told her that she would be dead by morning, I assumed Delphine had been infected by something in the man’s blood. But Delphine getting shot later that evening indicates it was just a general warning unrelated to the fight. Still, having a bug inside someone’s mouth can’t have just been for the imagery. Whatever that bug is used for will probably play a role in the future.
“Orphan Black”: Sarah, Mrs. S
Once again, the running theme of family dominates this episode. Mothers reconnect with their daughters, sisters reconnect with their sisters — even Helena has a moment with her genetic brother Rudy before his glitching disorder kills him. These bonds keep the characters fighting for both themselves and each other. In fact, it’s what brought Sarah and Mrs. S (Maria Doyle Kennedy) together in the first place. Kendall Malone wanted her daughter to have a part of her and went out of her way to place Sarah with her. She may snap and snarl at people, but Kendall is just as family-focused as the rest of the protagonists. That fake heart of steel is just an act hiding the regrets and insecurities of a woman who feels she accomplished little in her life.
Gracie (Zoé De Grand Masison) and Mark both did what they could to support their family as well, though their definition of family had little to do with biology. They both came from oppressive, violent backgrounds and found each other in the process. Now all they want is to be left alone together before Mark dies of his disorder.
It’s sad to see that both of them have given up any hope for a cure, though it isn’t unrealistic. Dyad has been working on a cure for Cosima for a while now, but that hasn’t happened either. I’m not sure how much longer they’ll drag out the, “Will a cure be found?” storyline, but I’m hoping it doesn’t last beyond the end of season four. We watched Cosima struggle with being sick for two seasons now. It’ll be nice for her to have a victory at some point rather than continuously bleeding from various body parts and having disastrous romantic relationships. It’s disappointing because as a scientist Cosima seems like she would have a lot of interesting, plot-related storylines. Instead, she’s stuck in romance land, slowly dying of a disorder she can’t cure. Hopefully now that she has the original’s blood she will be able to take more control over her life and create a cure.
Sarah, on the other hand, took charge in this episode. With the help of Mrs. S and Felix (Jordan Gavaris), she brought the original back to the United States to give Cosima a sample of her blood, convinced Ferdinand (James Frain) to join their side against Dr. Coady (Kyra Harper), and didn’t do anything stupid when she found out that Neolutionists had been secretly infiltrating Dyad the entire time. I was honestly impressed by Sarah’s actions. Ferdinand tells her she’s become a real player, and I agree. When “Orphan Black” first started, Sarah just wanted to be safe with her daughter and escape the conspiracy madness. Now she’s protecting not only her daughter but the rest of her family as well. She’s come a long way.
“Orphan Black”: Helena and Rudy
And she’s not the only one. Helena has almost seamlessly made her way into the Hendrix household. Sure, she still murders people every once in a while (I loved how Alison and Donnie led Rudy to Helena knowing she could take care of herself), but at least she’s trying to be a different person. I originally thought that her decision to turn over a new leaf was too sudden after swearing she would kill Mrs. S. But when you look back to the season opener, it’s clear that all Helena wanted was to be a part of the clone family. She wanted to share the closeness that everyone else got to experience. Once she finally got the chance to become a part of this family, she acknowledged that she needed to change and set out to do so. Of course, the show never lets us forget her past self when they play her amazingly creepy kill music. Remember when it looked like Helena was dead at the end of season one? I’m incredibly grateful the writers kept her around instead because she is easily one of the most developed and entertaining characters on the show.
Helena’s newly-developed relationship with Donnie (Kristian Bruun) is just adorable. He was initially worried about inviting someone with such a past into his home, but that quickly turns into him looking out for her with actual concern. He and Alison even find Jesse (Patrick J. Adams) as a gift for Helena. Though I’m not convinced that relationship will end in anything but misery, it’s good to see Helena happy for once. The clone family just grows bigger and bigger each season (not that that’s a bad thing).
Though it isn’t directly connected to the main plot, Alison’s run for trustee has been one of the more entertaining aspects of this season. By now we all know that when Alison Hendrix sets out to do something, it gets done. There was no final dramatic showdown between her and Marcie Coates (Amanda Brugel) — it was as simple as waiting for a phone call with the announcement that Alison had won. But there didn’t need to be anything more than that. It was a moment that brought Clone Club and their loved ones together in celebration. They finally get a chance to relax and enjoy each other’s company. Even if it’s only one brief night of happiness, they deserve it after everything they’ve been through.
“Orphan Black”: Alison
And last but certainly not least, Rachel. Oh, Rachel. She’s made a good amount of improvement after being stabbed through the face with a pencil. Her plan to escape, however, results in her waking up in an unfamiliar place that is later revealed to be her mother’s house. That’s not Rachel’s only surprise: it turns out her mother (Rosemary Dunsmore) is still alive as well, and happy to have her daughter home to help raise the new Leda clone. Rachel is once again trapped with people who, most likely, don’t have her best interests at heart. Her temporary agency has been stripped away. I can’t see Rachel switching to team Clone Club, especially against her own mother, but maybe her dedication to controlling her own life will convince her to help the other clones stop the Neolutionists.
Several questions still remain at the end of the episode. Is Delphine still alive? Who shot her? Is Shay (Ksenia Solo) really evil after all? And, probably most importantly, who is in charge of the Neolutionists? Dr. Leekie was just the face of the organization. Someone else is heading this conspiracy and they’ve been doing a pretty good job. The clones now have Ferdinand on their side since he hates the Neolutionists as much as the clones, but they may need more help than that if they’re going to take down this organization.
Season three of “Orphan Black” kept its humor intact while still ramping up the stakes. Alison and Krystal were rays of sunshine in an otherwise dark story. Things somehow got even more disturbing than they already were: people were raped, kidnapped, tortured and generally put through hell for the sake of finding both a cure and the original genome. Now that it’s been found, the potentials horrors can only get worse for the Leda clones. I hope that switching the focus from Castor to Neolution will bring a bit of spark back into the series next season. The Neolutionists are just the right amount of crazy to keep you both disturbed and entertained (now there’s a strange sentence).