Out, vile jelly!
Where is thy lustre now?
King Lear, Act III, Scene vii

More long-unseen characters return as the Neolutionists move to harvest Kira’s eggs.

We see flashbacks to Rachel’s past, as she casts her eye on joining Clone Club.

Title: “Gag or Throttle”

Cast and Crew

Director: David Frazee
Writer: Renée St. Cyr

Tatiana Maslany as Sarah Manning/ Cosima Niehaus / Rachel Duncan / Alison Hendrix / Helena
Maria Doyle Kennedy as Siobhan Sadler
Skyler Wexler as Kira
Stephen McHattie as P.T. Westmoreland
Matt Frewer as Dr. Aldous Leekie
Rosemary Dunsmore as Susan Duncan
Calwyn Shurgold as Hell Wizard
Josh Vokey as Scott
Cynthia Galant as Charlotte / Young Rachel Duncan
Kevin Hanchard as Art Bell
Andrew Moodie as Simon Frontenac
Ari Milen as Mark
Kyra Harper as Dr. Virginia Coady
Scott Wentworth as Dr. Ian Van Lier
Zoé De Grand Maison as Grace Johanssen
Eileen Sword as Sister Irina
Elie Gemael as Hashem Al-Khatib

Premise

The Neolutionists move to harvest Kira’s eggs, Alison returns, and Rachel has to choose sides.

The clones and their associates cleverly uncover Westmoreland’s true identity.

High Points

The gradual build to Rachel’s final act of defiance, from her childhood, to the opening, uncomfortable examination, to the mise-en-abyme reveal regarding her eye, to the glassware and drinking, to that final, cutting moment.

Low Points

The situation on the island appears to have settled more easily than should have been the case, given what we saw last week.

The Scores:

Originality: 3/6

Effects: 6/6

Story: 5/6 The story feels fragmented, but each sequence has integrity. Rachel is front and center, as we learn more about her past. Her parental issues are a kind of Oedipus complex that Freud never imagined.

Arrow could learn a lot about how to use flashbacks from this episode.

Acting: 6/6 Maslany had to keep character even though two of the clones change their attitudes and appearances this week.

I feel for Kevin Hanchard, who once again gets reduced to third spear-bearer to the left.

Emotional Response: 5/6

Production: 6/6

Overall: 5/6

In total, “Gag or Throttle” receives 36/42