While not one of the strongest episodes, this week’s Orphan Black accomplishes much, revealing the truth behind P.T. Westmoreland, Mud, and the island, reintroducing Krystal for some broad comedy, and setting up the possible demise of several characters by taking the Island of Dr. Moreau parallels to the brink of their dark, logical conclusion.
Title: “Manacled Slim Wrists”
Cast and Crew
Director: Grant Harvey
Writer: David Bezmozgis
Tatiana Maslany as Sarah Manning/ Cosima Niehaus / Rachel Duncan / Krystal Goderitch
Maria Doyle Kennedy as Siobhan Sadler
Skyler Wexler as Kira
Stephen McHattie as P.T. Westmoreland
Rosemary Dunsmore as Susan Duncan
Jenessa Grant as Mud
Josh Vokey as Scott
Kevin Hanchard as Art Bell
Cynthia Galant as Charlotte
Cara Ricketts as Brie
Andrew Moodie as Simon Frontenac
Ari Milen as Ira
Kyra Harper as Dr. Virginia Coady
Sirena Gulamgaus as Aisha Yasin
Homa Kameh as Aisha’s Mother
Tom Cullen as Leonard Sipp
Vas Saranga as Amar
Deborah Grover as Yolanda
Humberly González as Ana
The situation on the island degenerates as a character dies and we learn the truth about Westmoreland. Cosima plans her escape.
Kira, Sarah, and Siobhan plot against Rachel.
Krystal and her bff Brie provide Clone Club with some key information, and the audience with some comic shenanigans.
The comedy went over the top, sure, but the Krystal scenes this week provide a lot of laughs in a frequently dark show. Art Bell, once again, has very little to do, but the actor plays straight man effectively.
While the episode provided the answers to some final-season mysteries, it did so through unimaginative exposition.
The comic scenes with Krysal work very well; the ones with and Scott and Brie feel a little too silly, reminiscent of Ginger using her feminine wiles on Gilligan’s Island.
Story: 4/6 We have an episode that sets up the rest of the series, interrupted by some amusing shenanigans with Krystal.
Acting: 5/6 We get, as always, exceptional performances of the leads—including Maslany as Krystal and faux Krystal. Some of the other acting feels a little forced. The scenarios required more time to develop; secondary and tertiary characters had to work with what they were given.
Emotional Response: 4/6
Overall: 5/6 The explanation for Westmoreland and the island, while outlandish, at least makes sense in the context of the show.
Now can we please stay on the mainland?
In total, “Slim Manacled Wrists” receives 32/42