The conclusion of Season 4 doesn’t leave us with warm fuzzy feelings like we’re used to with previous season finales of Orphan Black.
Sure, there’s a dose of lighthearted humor and a general can-do spirit, but rather than end with the Sestras together, “From Dancing Mice to Psychopaths” leaves the Leda clones in a dire state.
Straight out of the gate, we get a glimpse into what happened in the moments after Delphine got shot. We also got introduced to a Bearded Mountain Man who apparently presided over her health care.
Delphine has a vacant face, which we can reasonably assume is due to blood loss, but I think it’s safe to say her reaction would have been something like this:
1. Eureka! Eureka! They Found it!
Between the confirmation that Delphine was in fact saved, and the fact that Susan and Cosima are finally created a cell-line that can save them, it seems like things are looking up for the clones.
The sisters finally have their cure for the endometrial disease that has been plaguing them. They can finally live out their lives.
While this is great news, it also means something else. The original genome is back on the table. It means that they can produce more clones and continue with Susan’s experiments.
2. What can I say about Krystal?
Put “ignorance is bliss” on a poster with Krystal’s face under it! Krystal has the idea that everything she has experienced in the last year is due to a beauty industry cover-up.
But she still has the clarity to call Felix and demand the real story. The events all seem to play out with Pink Panther-esque music. The intrigue in the comic book shop and her half-truth explanation are a great bit of levity to an otherwise heavy episode.
KRYSTAL: This is about human experiments and two factions fighting to control them. So we have Estee Lauder, okay. Then we have this Swedish company called Neolution.
If only they were a cosmetics company, Krystal.
3. The Termination of Evie
We don’t think we’ve ever seen a more horrifying retirement package on a screen. After the Neolution, or was it Bright Born, board meeting Dr. Van Lier activates a bot in her cheek and undoes all his work.
They never express that that’s what the papers stated, but I can’t see how Neolution would let her leave.
4. “There’s always a bloody board!”
Never has a statement been so perfect!
The great thing about the last four seasons of Orphan Black has been seeing the sisterhood that these aware clones have formed. They have a united goal, to survive, but they have genuinely become a family.
Rachel’s plan, to marry the clones with the implanted tech that Evie Cho invented means that the clones would become lab animals.
They wouldn’t be people anymore, just test subjects that exist only for the purpose of human experiments.
5. Susan Duncan Regrets Making Rachel
In an argument that ends with Rachel stabbing Susan, she admits that she regrets Rachel. She says that a child raised by Neolution was a mistake and it makes us wonder exactly how far Neolution reaches.
Also, this scene continues the trend of pristine white spaces being used for blood baths. Why not? Red blood is very visible on the white countertops.
6. The Long Awaited Clophine Reunion
After Delphine’s survival being in question, we finally got to see her. She was on Susan Duncan’s island. However, according to Charlotte, it isn’t safe. A fact that Delphine confirms once Cosima regains the ability for cogent thought.
This begs the question: why did they save her at all? Who gave the order to save her? Is she a prisoner?
So many questions are raised by her appearance in the finale, but right now we love the fact that they’re back together.
Please stick around, Delphine, don’t disappear at the beginning of Season 5.
7. Neolution’s Founder Is Alive
Many episodes ago, we found it curious as to why Susan Duncan would bring up the history of Neolution. Then we found that apparently he’s alive and getting capricious in his old age.
The episode ends with a doorbell ringing and Rachel smiling.
Somehow, we don’t think we’ve reached the end of the Orphan Black rabbit hole yet.
What did you think of the season finale of Orphan Black?
Orphan Black will return for Season 5 next year, on BBC America.