Orphan Black Review: “Transgressive Border Crossing”

Helena gets an ultrasound, but we learn she’s not the only clone carrying something. M.K. has a reason to be on the lam, and it connects to a danger Clone Club has faced, unknowingly, from the very start. It’s not just the humor that’s cheeky this season.

O, clones, thou art sick.

Title: “Transgressive Border Crossing”

Cast and Crew
Director: John Fawcett
Writer: Russ Cochrane

Tatiana Maslany as Sarah Manning/ Beth Childs / Cosima Niehaus / Alison Hendrix / M.K./Helena
Jordan Gavaris as Felix Dawkins
Maria Doyle Kennedy as Siobhan Sadler
Skyler Wexler as Kira
Kevin Hanchard as Detective Art Bell
Kristian Bruun as Donnie Hendrix
Alison Steadman as Kendall Malone
Josh Vokey as Scott
Joel Thomas Hynes as Dizzy
Sarain Boylan as Astrid
Julian Richings as Benjamin Kertland
Ian Matthews as Frank
Miranda Edwards as Roxie
Allie MacDonald as Trina
Gord Rand as Detective Duko
Calwyn Shurgold as Hell-Wizard
Francisco Trujillo as Surgeon
Ivan Wanis-Ruiz as Martinez
Ellora Patnaik as Ultra Sound Technician


Clone Club reunites in Not-Toronto, and Sarah meets the sheepish M.K. before being attacked by hostile surgeons. The episode closes with a disturbing revelation about the Neolutionists and the clones.

Helena learns she’s carrying monozygotic twins.

High Points

The Clone Club Cave!

The sequence in the laundromat should have most viewers on the edges of their seats. It’s not like Sarah to get trapped in this way, but it seems completely plausible, under the circumstances.

Low Point

I’m not quite buying the six-month timeframe allocated for the events of the last three seasons.

The Scores:

Originality: 3/6

Effects: 5/6 This week had few effects, but the show continues to blend the sestras seamlessly.

Story: 5/6 We’ve got a good story that strips away the excess mythos of recent seasons, but I do wonder if the series will soon run its course. These clones seem to have wormed their way into many conflicting conspiracies, and it wears at the story.

Acting: 6/6

Emotional Response: 5/6 We have horror, suspense, and a classic Allison-and-Donnie moment. Sure, Helena’s a killer, but so are they. I suspect Allison’s bothered more by her sestra’s slovenliness.

I’m quite curious about the video of Beth. What will it reveal?

Production: 6/6

Overall: 5/6

In total, “Transgressive Border Crossing” receives 35/42