We’ll have a more detailed review next week, when the series concludes. Meanwhile, the Bureau considers Orphan Black‘s penultimate episode. What rough beast slouches towards Toronto to be born?

Title: “One Fettered Slave”

Cast and Crew

Director: David Frazee
Writer: Alex Levine

Tatiana Maslany as Sarah Manning/ Cosima Niehaus / Rachel Duncan / Alison Hendrix / Helena / Church Clone
Jordan Gavaris as Felix Dawkins
Kyra Harper as Dr. Virginia Coady
Kristian Bruun as Donnie Hendrix
Skyler Wexler as Kira
Stephen McHattie as P.T. Westmoreland
Kevin Hanchard as Art Bell
Calwyn Shurgold as Hell Wizard
Josh Vokey as Scott
Lauren Hammersley as Adele
Ron Lea as Lieutenant Gavin Hardcastle
Elyse Levesque as Maddy Enger
Andrew Moodie as Simon Frontenac
Ari Milen as Mark
Daniel Kash as Tomas
Scott Wentworth as Dr. Ian Van Lier
Eileen Sword as Sister Irina
Habree Larratt as Young Helena
Elie Gemael as Hashem Al-Khatib
Cintija Ashperger as Sister Olga
Aviva Armour-Ostroff as Medical Technician
Ted Dykstra as Doctor

Premise

We see more of Helena’s backstory as she prepares to give birth; the clones and their associates execute a desperate plan as international investigations close in on those associated with Neolution.

High Points

We see a lot more of Helena’s backstory in this episode, and it amounts to more than just a fan-wank. It’s disturbing and deadly serious. It does not stand on its own, of course; everything must be viewed in context of the show.

Low Points

I know the Neolutionist forces are a trifle short-staffed at present, but I find it difficult to believe they would leave Helena alone.

Never leave Helena alone.

The Scores:

Originality: 3/6

Effects: 6/6

Story: 5/6 They’re doing a decent job of addressing the various plot strands, and we’re set up for a conclusion.

Acting: 5/6

Emotional Response: 5/6

Production: 6/6

Overall: 5/6 Two weeks ago I complained that they haven’t been using Art Bell much. The last two episodes have given him things to do that matter. The actor is fine; the police scenes never quite ring true in this show.

In total, “One Fettered Slave” receives 35/42