One of TV’s best SF series gave us one last look at Clone Club.
Title: “To Right the Wrongs of Many”
Cast and Crew
Director: John Fawcett
Writers: Renée St. Cyr and Graeme Manson
Tatiana Maslany as Sarah Manning/ Cosima Niehaus / Rachel Duncan / Alison Hendrix / Helena / other Leda clones
Jordan Gavaris as Felix Dawkins
Kyra Harper as Dr. Virginia Coady
Kristian Bruun as Donnie Hendrix
Evelyne Brochu as Delphine Cormier
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
Natalie Lisinska as Aynsley Norris
Elyse Levesque as Maddy Enger
Millie Davis as Gemma Hendrix
Drew Davis as Oscar Hendrix
Cynthia Galant as Charlotte
Mike Shara as Head Guard
Maria Doyle Kennedy as Siobhan Sadler
The tense situation comes to a close as Helena gives birth while people die.
The clones and their associates reunite for a baby shower at the Hendrix homestead.
Rachel, though on the run, provides a critical piece of information.
The episode and the series had many strong points, but the success of both ultimately comes down to Tatiana Maslany. Of course, they have her excellent material and made critical use of state-of-the-art effects and editing, but none of this would have mattered if Maslany couldn’t convince us she was multiple people with separate histories, personalities, and bodies.
Two of the most effective amalgams of acting, writing, directing, and editing occurred in the final episode. Firstly, Helena gave birth to twins under fire, as Sarah recalls the events leading to Kira’s birth. Secondly, the decidedly more relaxed second half of the episode features an extended assembly of clones that could not have done more to erase the fact that one person plays all of these women.
The show skips over a few loose threads, like how Art Bell smooths everything over with the police, or the ease of the escape from the institution. They laid the groundwork earlier for these matters earlier, but it’s difficult to believe all of these problems could resolve so easily between breaks.
As for the series overall, it allowed its mythology to grow absurdly convoluted, with some inherent messiness that never cleared entirely. The reveal this season of the man who would be P.T. Westmoreland as a prime mover in events never quite worked for me. We know the showrunners only had the first couple of seasons planned in any way, and the retcons and improvisations show in the other years.
And I’m beginning to think islands are just bad news in the television of the fantastic.
Effects: 6/6 Once again, they blend Maslany’s characters so seamlessly, it becomes easy to forget we’re watching the same actress in so many roles.
Emotional Response: 5/6 Despite some unevenness in the ride that gets us to the end, the characters receive a fitting finale. The episode also gave us one last look at Maria Doyle Kennedy as Siobhan Sadler, in the flashback sequences.
Overall: 5/6 Helena’s memoir beings by recapping the first episode. The clones feel some confusion at the title Helena chooses: Orphan Black.
In total, “To Right the Wrongs of Many” receives 36/42
Regarding the globe-trotting clone-healing:
Shouldn’t they give these women some head’s-up about their identities? In a world of social media, they’re likely to discover each other.
Who’s paying the bills?