Clone Club Minutes: The Orphan Black Finale

Rachel (Tatiana Maslany) has her eye on the prize in the season 3 finale of Orphan Black
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This week on the Orphan Black Finale, ‘They’re all coming, we’ve got the original.’

This week on the Orphan Black Finale, ‘They’re all coming, we’ve got the original.’ Thank you Felix. I’m prepared for the battle royale, so warriors come out to play in my stream of consciousness recap.

First up, Sarah. She’s not exactly coming, she’s the rabbit, so to speak. But now that she knows Mrs. S’s mom is the Castor original, Leda, she knows it’s only a matter of time before everyone tracks the crew down. Sarah’s made a deal with Delphine and she’s trying to make a deal with Ferdinand. But he doesn’t know she’s immune to the Leda disease that Cosima and the other clones have fallen victim to. Kendall, the original, calls the clone sisters a bad copy of her, but beyond the medical condition they just may be the best thing she’s ever done. But while Sarah and co. seek a cure, the Castors and Virginia Coady still want to weaponize Marc and his Castor brothers. To that end, Sarah barges in on Marc and Gracie’s romantic rendezvous to help her save them all.

Allison is finally at Election Day, but she’s steadily being stalked by one of the Castors. She proceeds to set a trap by luring him into a garage with Helena, college with screwdrivers taped to her hands. ‘Prison rules, no one leaves alive.’ She proceeds to slowly beat the – out of him until they share childhood horror stories until his eyes roll back into his head. Prison rules it is. Previously, Creepy crazy in love Helena is reunited with her man-friend, Jesse. She’s far more, um, passionate about him than she been before, but when her sister calls, Helena puts family first.

Poor Shea doesn’t know the tangled web she’s been woven into. Cosima is mad she lied about her military background, but she may or may not be part of the conspiracy to catch the Castors. Regardless, it seems their relationship is over. Over at Dyad, Delphine is meeting with Ferdinand, you’ll remember him from he and his henchman’s attempt to cutoff Sarah and Co.’s capture of the Castor Original in London. Looks like Mrs. S burned down her mom’s crib before stealing her back to America? Canada? Who knows how these people on the run from any and everyone remain alive.

In another dimension…Ok, if only in her mind, Rachel’s escape has finally been discovered by Delphine as she finds our latest clone Crystal has taken her place. All the while Rachel and her new bionic eye are held captive in a hi-tech room set to jog her memory of the Island of Dr. Moreau and her need to solve Dr. Duncan’s secret code. Ohhhh snap, Delphine’s doctor pals have been keeping Rachel from her and working for the Neolutionists to find Castor and Leda, their Adam and Eve. They want to steal Delphine to their side, she politely declines before her hand is forced to pull a literal trigger.

Ferdinand suddenly appears in Coady’s chauffeured car to capture her and wait out the rest of the clone conspiracy until he gets the Original’s cells. While we wait, we find out a similar deal was made at the beginning, that Mrs. S would keep one lost clone safe from the Neolutionists. This Season Finale reveals that the Neolutionists are running everything. They have Rachel, they’re running Castor, they’re Running Leda, they’re running Ferdinand’s henchman and Delphine’s lab and I’ll be surprised if Innocent little Kira isn’t discovered to be working for them in the season cliffhanger. Until then, and in a gift of technology, all of the clones and their friends and family gather at Allison’s shop for dinner and the announcement that she’s won the election. Somebody give all of Tatiana Maslany’s characters an Emmy? Or a Golden Globe?…Critic’s Choice?…ok, at LEAST a People’s Choice Award! Wait, why does this feel like a potential series finale. Someone tell me about a Season 4, please.

Until then, Delphine pays Shea one last visit to tell Cosima to share everything, oh and Delphine stops by to give Cosima one last kiss…before she’s shot down in a parking garage and we find out Mrs. Professor Duncan has had Rachel all along,

Clone of the Week: Helena, again. For her use of the term ‘Mother-Sister,’ and because she’s a ‘little monster’ who isn’t allowed sugar.

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