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ORPHAN BLACK (BBC America)

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Season 2 Episode 1

“Nature Under Constraint and Vexed”

In the season premiere, Sarah is out of options, on the run, and pursued by deadly adversaries. Desperate to find her daughter Kira, Sarah suspects ruthless pro-clone Rachel is behind her daughter’s disappearance and sparks an all out war against her. Alison and Donnie attend the funeral of her fallen friend, Aynsley, causing Alison to sink into guilt and despair. Cosima is faced with a perplexing decision that may have dire consequences…[button color="red" size="small" link="http://www.bbcamerica.com/orphan-black/" target="blank" ]Official Site[/button]

 

 

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Recap

Sarah is on the run and searching for her daughter. She ends up at a diner, where we’re introduced to two Prolethean fanatics on the hunt for her, both of whom speak in heavily-laden science vs. religion dialogue. “Are your eggs the domesticated type?” one asks the diner owner. When he answers that they’re normal eggs, the other man replies, “Your chickens have been interfered with.”

Sarah manages to escape by kicking her way through the bathroom wall, but that doesn’t take care of her other problem.

Sarah still needs a way to get to Rachel, whom she believes has Kira. There’s a big event at the Dyad Institute, so she attends dressed up as Cosima and gets rid of Rachel’s “bodyguard” Daniel by siccing him on Alison. Unfortunately, the plan was all for nothing as Rachel doesn’t have the little girl. “There are other forces vying for our fate, Sarah. We’ll get Kira back together,” Rachel tells her. Sarah knocks Rachel out cold. She punches Paul, too — “In the face?” “Sorry.” — but he lets her go and says he’ll make up some story.

With nowhere left to turn, Sarah shows up at Art’s apartment, ready to spill the truth.

Alison is trying to turn her life around by leaving behind her vices. “I’m not drinking anymore. No more … little helpers,” she tells Felix. “I’m doing a musical.” His horrified response: “Oh my God, not Cats.” No, Felix, it’s much worse. Alison is performing in some bizarre, on-the-nose local theater musical production about — wait for it — cleaning up a bloody murder. And since Aynsley’s dead, Alison is rewarded with the starring role! When Art stumbles across Alison’s new hobby, he looks just as confused by the production as, well, everyone but those actually participating in it. And that’s saying a lot because the guy is still trying to wrap his head around all these women who look like his former partner Beth.

Sarah needs a gun, so Alison helps her out. She meets up with her contact Ramon in a store parking lot. He pops his trunk, offering her some pills and then — pop goes layer two of Ramon’s trunk — something natural when she says she’s taking a break. She explains that she has a friend who needs a piece and, wouldn’t you know it, Ramon’s trunk has a section for that, too. But since Art interrupts Alison’s attempt to get the gun to Sarah, she has Ramon deliver it in a flower bouquet, with a handmade card, of course.

Delphine is trying to woo Cosima over to the Dyad. “Our relationship can be whatever we want. We have leverage,” she reminds her. But Cosima insists, “I do my own research. This is my biology. It’s my decision.” And her biology is starting to fail her. Now that Cosima is sick, Delphine’s monitor duties have taken on greater meaning. “Congratulations. I’m invested, which I’m sure is what you wanted,” she tells Dr. Leekie, sadness in her voice.

Rachel has an unusual relationship with Dr. Leekie, who seems to be below her in the Dyad food chain. Almost like a (cold) mother, she assures him that his speech at the event will be great. Then she takes over his office for a meeting with “the Koreans — both of them” and tells him, “The less you know about it, the better.”

Whatever she’s up to with the Koreans, it has something to do with this real world news. “The recent supreme court decision characterizing the legal status natural versus synthetic DNA was the successful result of our lobbying strategies,” she assures them. “We are proceeding with the next trench of patent claims.”

Helena is alive! The Ukrainian “monster” somehow survived getting shot — or at least survived enough to get herself to the hospital. Perhaps she has some of Kira’s special healing power? Down the hall, one of the religious extremists watches, his belt buckle carrying the same fish symbol as Helena’s knife.

But that’s not the end: The episode closes with an unseen man readying Kira for a photograph.

 

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