If I could open this review with a slow clap, I would! I couldn’t imagine a better ending for this series than Orphan Black Season 5 Episode 10 “To Right the Wrongs of Many.”
After the ending of Season 5 Episode 9 “One Fettered Slave,” I honestly thought that we would spend an entire hour watching Helena and Sarah attempt to get out Dyad.
What I didn’t take into account was the fact that an unhinged John (aka P.T. Westmoreland) is slowly killing off his ranks. What appears to be a Neolution stronghold is really just a handful of foot soldiers.
That’s doesn’t mean it isn’t terrifying. (It is.) Plus, add in the fact that you can’t move Helena because she’s in labor, and there’s yet another reason to hold your breath and bite your nails.
The first half of the finale is about dealing with plot points that need to be tied up. Yes, P.T. and Virginia bite it — the latter for real this time! Helena has her twins after running around pregnant for a couple of seasons. But what comes after all that is just as engaging and important.
At the core of the last five seasons of Orphan Black have been themes of sisterhood, motherhood, and female friendships. This episode did a great job referencing all that.
The Mrs. S and Sarah flashbacks, discussing whether or not Sarah should keep the baby (Kira), were a great nod to a fallen character. When Sarah stepped off the train in the first episode, she and Mrs. S were at odds, and it was nice to get a bit of that feeling again.
It leads to a beautiful crosscut of Kira’s birth and the birth of Helena’s twins, which has to be one of the most beautiful labor scenes I’ve witnessed in a long time.
When we see the clones again in the last two acts, it’s the day of Helena’s baby shower, and it looks almost exactly like the day that Helena imagined at the start of Season 3. Except there are more people celebrating with her.
Things aren’t going so well for Sarah, who still hasn’t gotten over the death of Mrs. S and her own inadequacies as a mother.
The highlight of this is a scene where the Leda clones discuss motherhood, blowing any idea of the “perfect mom” out of the water. It’s sad but ultimately funny, and it feels like the perfect ending to have all these clones in one place, thinking about the future that they’ve fought for.
While I am happy to see the four main clones happy, I think one of my favorite endings is Rachel’s. I almost forgot that Rachel is still out there, since she doesn’t show up until the last ten minutes of the series. Rachel’s ending feels appropriate for her character.
While Felix says that she “can’t come in,” her desire to have her own identity and her own agency is what fueled her actions this season. Rachel never really wanted to come in, she just wanted control over herself. Now, she kind of has that ultimate freedom, considering one of her last lines is, “I have a glass eye, no friends, and no real identity unless I want to be found.”
When Rachel says goodbye in the finale, she’s saying goodbye to her old life as well. After living as a Dyad and Neolution experiment since she was six, she can now be whatever she wants. But not without giving her “sestras” a parting gift: a complete list of Leda clones.
That glimmer of a future we saw in Season 5 Episode 8 “Guillotines Decide” is finally here, and it looks bright.
That big question of “How many of us are there?” finally has an answer. And it’s 274. So now, the clones are so close to doing whatever they want. There’s no one left to fight, and they can focus on living life again. As Helena wrote in her book, the tapestry of her life has “many beginnings and no end.”
And we don’t see an end to the clones’ stories. Instead, we see Alison playing the piano while Donnie does a striptease, Delphine and Cosima traveling the world so that they can cure the 274 Leda clones, Helena finally naming her twins Arthur and Donnie, and Sarah, Felix, and Kira headed to the beach after having decided to keep Mrs. S’s house.
They’re finally free of conspiracies, and they’re all happy — and that’s really the best ending we could have hoped for.
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