The Saturday, June 21 season 2 finale of "Orphan Black," "By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried," sees Sarah make a drastic move to save Kira. Meanwhile, Cosima may be dying, but she doesn't let that stop her from helping Sarah.
"Orphan Black" went big for its season 1 finale, and it does the same for season 2, once again proving that it's the best show on television right now. Just like season 1, the finale leaves us wanting more (even though, like season 1, the 10-episode order means no fillers) and cursing the upcoming months without this show. Just like season 1, we're left with oh so many questions.
Hands down the best scene of the finale has to be Clone night in Felix's loft, from the moment that Cal says his goodbyes to Cosima and Alison to Helena meeting the others to the next morning, as Helena leaves. There's something so magical about having multiple clones in one room (and we're not just talking how it's done), and while we've had that before, this just takes it to a whole new level. Enough cannot be said about what Tatiana Maslany has accomplished on this show and in this finale, making each clone so distinct, including their dance moves.
While the introduction of male clones isn't necessarily that big of a surprise – if they have female clones, why not have male clones? – the way and the who of it is. Now it becomes the question of who knows what about them, just like it has been for Project Leda.
From the first scene to the last, this finale is put together in a way that is simply brilliant. We flash between the immediate aftermath of Kira being taken, with Sarah and Mrs. S yelling at each other, and Sarah's surrender to Dyad, to open up the episode. To end it, we switch between Helena being taken by the military and Sarah finding out that there are male clones – and as we see, one of those clones is Helena-like and another is a soldier.
Ready to get into what happened in "By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried"? Keep reading for the recap.
An inside man Kira gets a hold of a nurse's phone and calls up Cal, who then shows up at Mrs. S' front door, and he's already figured out pretty much everything. While Felix is off to deal with Helena at Art's (Art gets to hear all about Jesse), Mrs. S and Cal work together and contact an insider he found on the dark net. After he says he's with Mrs. S, the contact tells him to "ask her about Castor," and she explains he's not the only one with an inside man.
Mrs. S then meets with Paul, who's in uniform (to make up for the lack of Hot Paul in episodes this season?), and apparently a lot has changed since he came back in. Cal then brings Marion for a meet, leading to the awkward, "hey, we've both slept with Sarah" meet before Paul hands over a file to Marion after guaranteeing she can help get Sarah and Kira out.
Remember the feeling Ethan refuses to help her unlock another sequence – and to give her the key to his cipher. He tells her he hasn't written it down. He asks if she remembers the feeling of how much he and her mother loved her, and she tells him she watches the videos so often because she doesn't. That's when she realizes he poisoned himself, and while she tells him he can't leave her again, his last words to her are, "I'm afraid you don't deserve me anymore."
Best. Science. Project. Ever. Sarah gives herself to Dyad in order to be reunited with her daughter, but once they have her in their grasp, Dyad wants to know all about her – and they already have a procedure scheduled for her, as Cosima learns, thanks to Delphine sending her Rachel's itinerary. Speaking of Delphine, Rachel's shipping her off to Frankfurt, and she doesn't even get to say goodbye to Cosima. Harsh, man.
Dyad doesn't let Sarah see Kira, but they do let Cosima in, and so Cosima shows her a science experiment at the same time we see Cosima and Scott working on their own experiment in the lab. Cosima then has Kira draw Sarah a picture of what they did, but the only problem is that Cosima is too weak and Scott steps up.
So when Sarah is brought in for her procedure – having one of her ovaries removed – Scott is in the room and has set up a fire extinguisher with the word "squeeze on it." Rachel unknowingly brings in the other part Sarah needs: Kira's drawing. Rachel smashes the bone marrow when Sarah tells her she doesn't know Ethan's sequence, but Sarah grabs the fire extinguisher and shoots a pencil right into her eye. Scott gives her the keycard and tells her to go get Kira, and when she gets to her room, Marion's there, waiting. If Sarah wants the truth, she has it. All Sarah has to do is set up a meeting through Cal.
Seestra Dance Party The clones may be together again, but Cosima's running out of time. They can't even get more bone marrow from Kira for six weeks. Cal leaves the clones for a Clones' Night In, and Felix brings Helena up to his loft to introduce her to her sisters and see Kira again. After that, it's time for a dance party, which, as entertaining as it is, is sad too, because it could be one of the last times Cosima hangs out with her sisters.
The next morning, Cosima tries to assure Sarah that she'll be fine without her. "You just have to keep moving forward," she tells her. But is the time without Cosima coming sooner than they expect? When Kira tries to wake her up later, it takes a few moments, and when Cosima first opens her eyes, she sees Delphine. "I will never leave you," she tells her.
Project Castor When Helena leaves the loft, she's grabbed by two men, and all that's left of her is Jesse's hat on the floor. Meanwhile, Sarah goes to Marion's and meets eight-year-old Charlotte, her sister/Kira's cousin/aunt. She has a brace on her leg, and as Marion explains, they tried 400 times to make more clones; Charlotte's the only survivor. However, that's not all Marion has to show her.
While Cosima discovers Ethan's notes when Kira asks her to read the book to her, Helena is led onto a plane by the military as Paul and Mrs. S watch. Marion explains that the military never shut down Leda. It was just divided into two operations: Dyad carried the female clones, while the military carried the male. Welcome to Project Castor. So who's the male clone? Well, that would be Mark. While Mark's busy marrying Gracie, one of his clones is a soldier at the plane and another is locked in Marion's mansion – and that clone seems to be the Helena equivalent of the males.
Where are they taking Helena?
Mark doesn't seem to know he's a clone, but do the other male clones we've seen?
How much does Paul know about all of this?
Will Cosima die, or will she be able to help save herself thanks to Ethan's notes?
Where's Delphine? She's not just going to go to Frankfurt, right?
Did Rachel survive the pencil in the eye?
"My name is Sarah Manning, and this is my unconditional surrender." – Sarah
"You have everything you wanted." "Everything Dyad wanted." – Delphine to Rachel
"You forget, Dr. Cormier. None of this is personal." "I love her, and if you let her die without me, it is personal." – Rachel and Delphine
"Even mothers have to do as they're told sometimes, don't they?" – Rachel
"I can use the internet actually, Cal." "No, you can't. No offense." – Mrs. S and Cal
"I want the key to your cipher." "I've had 20 years to work on it. It's rather good." "Where is it? Is it with Sarah's people?" "My dear, I didn't write it down. you know I can recite pi to 6000 places." – Rachel and Ethan
"You can't leave me again!" "I'm afraid you don't deserve me anymore." – Ethan's last words to Rachel
"Just look at the two of you. I don't know how she does it." – Mrs. S as Paul and Cal meet
"Pretty standard group of sisters." "Yeah, I think so." – Cal and Sarah
"You're not going to be bringing all that game into my bed, I hope." – Felix to Cal
"You're the wild type, Sarah. You propagate against all odds. You're restless. You survive." "I can't do this without you, Cosima." "You'll be fine. You just have to keep moving forward." "Forward through the looking glass of Marion bloody Bowles." "What could go wrong?" – Cosima and Sarah
"Don't be afraid. I will never leave you." – Cosima's vision of Delphine
What did you think of the "Orphan Black" season 2 finale "By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried" on BBC America?