You’re the ugliest Mark yet.

A drug dealer runs for school trustee, Rachel works at recovery, a devout mom goes on a homicidal spree, and a clone tortures a Ronnie Hawkinsesque rustic. Orphan Black also manages to out-gross The Walking Dead, with a charmingly hilarious scene of brain surgery on a corpse. Meanwhile, Grace learns the truth about her husband, and Cosmina discovers a shocking fact about the Castors.

Just another week with Clone Club.

Title: “Formalized, Complex, and Costly”

Cast and Crew
Director: John Fawcett
Writer: Chris Roberts

Tatiana Maslany as Sarah Manning/ Cosima Niehaus / Alison Hendrix / Helena / Rachel Duncan
Jordan Gavaris as Felix Dawkins
Ari Milen as Rudy / Mark / Castor Clones
Zoé De Grand Maison as Grace Johanssen
Kristin Booth as Bonnie Johanssen
Kristian Bruun as Donnie Hendrix
Kevin Hanchard as Art Bell
Amanda Brugel as Marci Coates
Dylan Bruce as Paul Dierdan
Josh Vokey as Scott
Nicholas Campbell as Willard Finch
Kathryn Alexandre as the midwife


The Proletheans re-enter the story as we (and the Leda Sisters) learn more about the Castor Clones. Meanwhile, Alison begins her drug-fueled run for suburban school trustee.

High Points

Allison and Donnie currently occupy a plot that has no apparent connection to anything else, but it manages to be amusing and entertaining.

And, once again, the show finds the humor in dead body disposal.

Low Point

I hope we’re going to get an explanation for why Paul and Mark did not apparently recognize each other when they met last season. More generally, if we learn the creators are entirely improvising the developments this season, I’ll be very disappointed.

The Scores:

Originality: 4/6 The show returns to full-tilt bizarre this week. True Detective‘s countrysides were darker and gloomier, but they weren’t nearly this strange.

Effects: 6/6

Story: 4/6 The story arc builds, but the plotting this week felt scattered.

Acting: 6/6 Maslaney remains as good as ever, and Zoé De Grand Maison shows previously-unrevealed depth as Gracie.

Emotional Response: 5/6

Production: 6/6

Overall: 5/6 Despite the insistence the show takes place in a Generic-verse, much of this week’s doings transpire in Halton Region, which rests, in reality as in this show, a short country drive from Toronto.

In total, “Formalized, Complex, and Costly” receives 36/42