I'm pretty sure I was going to start watching this show either way, but it was Cubs talking about it last season that got me watching when I did.
We're seven episodes into the ten episode second season. This season has been all about discovering the mythology behind the cloning work that has given us Sarah, Helena, Cosima et al. And while I'm a sucker for fleshing out mythology, there is an attempt to layer on a storyline here that has too many power players involved with competing priorities. Honestly, it's a little hard to follow. You have Leekie (well...), Rachel and now Michelle Forbes' character at Dyad, there's Paul, there's the Proletheans, and then there's Mrs. S. All of these players seemingly have competing objectives and motives. And I really don't know who I should be rooting for, if any of them. Especially Paul and Mrs. S.
Obviously, this show is a showcase for Tatiana Maslany. And yes, she is amazing. The show works best when multiple clones are interacting on-screen. This past week's episode (2x7, Knowledge of Causes, and Secret Motion of Things) was my favorite overall episode of the season so far (Sarah and Helena's road trip in the previous episode with guest star superfan Patrick J. Adams is a close second), because it featured what made the first season so enjoyable - Sarah interacting with another clone, and a lot of light-heartedness that tempers the dark tones a bit. The ending with Leekie getting accidentally taken out by Donnie was superb.
There's a huge mystery to be unraveled related to Kira, and hopefully it gets addressed more in the final three episodes.
I hadn't gotten to this show this year, but marathoned thru the first 7 episodes last night. Now I can read this forum again!
And while I'm a sucker for fleshing out mythology, there is an attempt to layer on a storyline here that has too many power players involved with competing priorities.
YES. I feel like I should've made a chart to keep track of the characters and specifically who's in charge of who at Dyad. I'm not sure I could actually do that, and I needed to go to wikipedia to keep some of the character names straight. Marion (the Michelle) seemed to be dropped in from nowhere when they had decided Rachel was part of the program and not the one running it. It was also amusing watching all the episodes together and seeing them heavily explaining why Paul (and Rachel) wouldn't be around for a few episodes - there are enough other characters around that I wouldn't have missed them if they had just disappeared in the background.
The Proletheans appear to be replacement antagonists and I wonder if Dyad is lasting past episode 10. Season 1 felt like it had a clearer arc - Sarah has no idea what's going on, figures out what's going on - and it's either Dyad getting blown up and/or that fertilized egg going into one of the clones.
There's a lot of people playing different forces against each other for their own benefit - not just the clones, but I'm not totally sure about Delphine's true motivation - and it makes people like Paul complete enigmas. I feel like Mrs. S might be explained in time, but he's just a mess. Cal was dropped into the show as sort of a Deus Ex Boyfriend, but he's still a much more interesting character. And it's set up a lot of Kira being very clever, which I think we're supposed to just read as Kira being like her mom but everything like that might be something more.
The road trip was a lot of fun. I was not really thrilled to see Helena back when it appeared she was pretty definitely dead at the end of last season - there again, they worked very hard to explain it, as if they knew how big a stretch it was - but she's such a force of nature that the show would've lost a lot without her character. The bar scene in that episode was great, but so were the scene where she escapes from Art and when she turned up in Rachel's room later on. That skreeching music is perfect too - I want to date someone awful just so I can use it as a ring tone.
PS: If you care about your emotions at all, don't watch this show. Well, actually, you should but don't blame me when it crushes your soul. Also it's probably the cause of all your future trust issues.
That being said, it is just the most amazing show on television right now.
Yes, a great, unheralded show. This week gave us the awesome debut of Tony...but I won't spoil it for those who are not caught up. This episode further proves Tatiana Maslany is the best actress on television.
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