We’re a little late for this week’s Orphan Black, which broadcast on Canada Day.

Several characters return (along with the oddball, allusive title) as the clones probe more deeply into the mystery behind Neolution and P.T. Westmoreland.

Title: “Let the Children and Childbearers Toil”

Cast and Crew

Director: David Wellington
Writer: Greg Nelson

Tatiana Maslany as Sarah Manning/ Cosima Niehaus / Helena / Rachel Duncan
Jordan Gavaris as Felix Dawkins
Maria Doyle Kennedy as Siobhan Sadler
Skyler Wexler as Kira
Stephen McHattie as P.T. Westmoreland
Rosemary Dunsmore as Susan Duncan
Josh Vokey as Scott
Kyra Harper as Dr. Virginia Coady
Jenessa Grant as Mud
Lauren Hammersley as Adele
Ari Milen as Ira
Cynthia Galant as Charlotte
Sirena Gulamgaus as Aisha Yasin
Sarah Orenstein as Elizabeth Perkins
Varun Saranga as Neal
Pip Dwyer as Cedar Ridge Nurse
Eileen Sword as Sister Irina

Premise

Clone Club encounters several faces they’ve not seen for awhile, as they investigate the mysteries behind Neolution. Research turns up the history of P.T. Westmoreland, “one of the original eugenicists,” up to the 1890s. Siobhan and Sarah run cons in order to locate a Neolutionist dissident, and they catch up with Helena along the way. Felix and Adele head to Switzerland to follow the money. Westmoreland reaches out—in his own way—to a scientist whose help he needs. Cosima creeps around the island like Velma in a very dark Scooby-doo episode and discovers a sinister secret.

Sarah and family grow concerned about the bond between Kira and Rachel.

The Hendrixes and the detectives get the week off.

High Point

Mother and daughter bond over a couple of clever, heavily-improvised con jobs.

Low Point

(sort of)

The series turns increasingly Gothic and, while this episode is intriguing and entertaining, these elements risk upsetting the delicate balance the show has struck between the everyday and just-around-the-corner SF elements.

The Scores:

Originality: 3/6 The Gothic elements feel very familiar, but P.T. Westmoreland, for all this week’s exposition and revelation, remains enigmatic.

Effects: 5/6

Story: 5/6

Acting: 6/6 Tatiana Maslany impresses so consistently that I almost forget to notice it. Maria Doyle Kennedy gets a chance to shine, while Jenessa Grant receives more screen time as Mud.

Emotional Response: 5/6

Production: 6/6

Overall: 6/6

In total, “Let the Children and Childbearers Toil” receives 36/42

Lingering Questions

So the talented Mrs. S. takes her own vehicle while pulling a dangerous con job? Necessity, sloppy writing, or a future plot point?