TV Review: Orphan Black (Season 5)
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The future is most definitely female, and the fifth and final season of Orphan Black means business. With this being our last outing with our beloved Clone Club sestras, it’s no surprise that the stakes are higher than ever, with the pace, storylines and amount of violence escalating dramatically. At the end of last season, we were left with several questions: Who the hell is P.T. Westmoreland, the 100+-year-old founder of Neolution? Will Cosima be cured of her illness? Will Sarah make it off the island? This season, being its last, is all about answers, and they come by the bucket load. We also learn the true crux of the series and of Neolution’s agenda: Kira. We’ve known since the early seasons of Kira’s self-healing and empathy capacities, so it is no wonder that Cosima discovers their plan to harvest her egg cells in order to manipulate a gene called LIN-28A in 1300 surrogates. The idea of using a young pre-pubescent girl’s body in such a way is horrifying, and truly demonstrates the nature of this show and its message: how far is too far in the field of science and biology? However, despite the usual science basis, it never once feels like viewers are in over their heads during this season, finding out on a need-to-know basis, a bit like the clones themselves. And boy, is this season packed. We have Cosima, now cured thanks to Rachel’s rare moment of compassion, stuck on an island and trying to foil Westmoreland’s plans; Sarah attempting to protect Kira from “Auntie Rachel” and going on several missions with Mrs S; Helena still pregnant with her “special babies” and hiding out in a convent with a nun who used to care for her; and Alison going completely off the rails and discovering her true self, albeit with a foul new haircut and keyboard lessons.
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