It emerges as an almost wistful hour, to be filed, after a truly disheartening season, under “too little, too late.”
A mixture of old ideas and new developments straining to hold our attention, an insolvent phantom itself.
It fails to suggest much more than madness in the method, as the show resumes its retreat into the realm of pure plot.
The fact that it stumbles so badly doesn’t bode well for this shambolic season’s looming finale.
It strings together a series of arresting images, but they’re little more than a placeholder for dramas still to come.
The final act is an appropriate description for viewers who’ve struggled to connect with Orphan Black this season.
Focusing on the clones’ familial and romantic attachments, it offers a glimmer of hope for a return to form.
Perhaps the clever conceit of plumbing scientific texts for episode titles and structuring themes has run its course.
Tonight’s episode of Orphan Black comes all too close to the grievous error of which its title warns.
More evidence that Maslany’s is the best performance on TV, but it’s unclear if the show can keep pace.
“By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried” is best understood as a microcosm of the previous nine episodes.
You know by now that I take Orphan Black’s allusions to the prolific work of English philosopher and scientist Francis Bacon seriously.
It may be a measure of how much Orphan Black has won me over, warts and all, that watching Tony sidle up to Felix for a kiss left me so discomfited.
The frustratingly inconsistent second season of Orphan Black has been a tale of two series.
The cutting-room switchbacks required to hold the tune for nine—or is it 10?—narrative threads foil any chance at building momentum.
“Ipsa Scientia Potestas Est” is a rollicking mid-season wallop that counts among Orphan Black’s best episodes
Narrative perturbations abound in the latest episode of Orphan Black.
The concluding montage of clips from “the next Orphan Black” makes clear that she survives, but the episode assumes a somber tone nonetheless.
Orphan Black often cloaks the clearest statement of an episode’s theme in an otherwise inconsequential moment.
On Orphan Black, Tatiana Maslany runs the show, and the episode wrings ample excitements from her incomparable performance.