Clone Catch-Up: Orphan Black S05E08

Welcome to the eighth installment of Clone Catch-Up. With only a few episodes left, I'm crying? No, you're crying. Bah! All of my feels. Time to buckle up.


In "Guillotines Decide," there were bittersweet feels all over the place. I'm going to start with the nice things first, mainly so I don't cry again. You might be one of those people who doesn't cry at television shows, but I am definitely not one of those people. I cry at Disney movies, I'm going to cry over this episode. BECAUSE I DON'T HAVE A HEART OF ICE AND STONE.

Anyway, Felix and Delphine are back and Felix is having an art opening and everyone is super excited about it. Minus Sarah, only because she is suspicious of S and how chipper she is. I would be suspicious too, S is made of badassery and grit. Now all of this? But the scenes at the art show were absolutely cute. New Allison is hilarious, and Felix decides to use her, Cosima, and Sarah to show off his muses, his "galaxy of women." I really loved that scene, definitely teared up there.

Sarah has a right to be suspicious because Delphine and Siobhan's contact? None other than king asshole himself, Ferdinand. I knew he was coming back in some fashion but I still wasn't prepared for the blind rage that happened when I saw him. Talk about a male character so wrapped up in his own quest for power. The disgusting grossness just oozes from him. He did save Rachel so that was good. Only because S could give Rachel all of the information that they dug up on PT and Neolution. She trusts Rachel that she'll go public with the info. Obviously Ferdinand has other plans and wants to exploit the board for money. Asshole.

It seems like Rachel gives him the USB stick with all of the information, but luckily she decided to upload the info so Cosima and Delphine could send it. After they sent it Cosima breaks down into sobs (so did I) because they can finally be free soon. This is one of the things I love about this show. As soon as Rachel realizes her freedom was only a facade created by greedy men she realizes what she truly wants and knows what she needs to do. The women on this show have so much autonomy it makes me so sad that there are only two episodes left.

As soon as Ferdinand made it out of that board meeting alive with and empty USB stick I knew it was going to be bad for Siobhan. The show is not entirely subtle when it comes to character death, and this episode really dragged it out. All of the attention on the family dynamic, how wonderful S was to Felix and Sarah. It still didn't prepare me for when Ferdinand shot her. But luckily our Siobhan was as clever as she always was and shot that asshole in the throat, taking him with her. I can't tell you how happy and sad that scene made me feel wrapped up into one ball of tangled emotion. How are there only two episodes left?

Especially now that Helena has been captured by Neos and is probably going to be taken to the island. You know what death I wasn't expecting? Gracie. Definitely didn't see that coming. But it makes sense since Mark is already on the island.

How are the sestras going to save Helena and destroy PT? Will Neolution collapse completely? Will Helena just sigh and kill everyone on the island? I really, really hope so.

Tune in next week to find out!

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on July 31, 2017

Amanda is a nonbinary Philadelphia-based writer. She likes Doctor Who, Legos, 90s pop, any TV show that doesn't kill off the lesbian characters, and folk music. Sometimes people describe her as a hippie. They would be correct.

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