Monday, April 27, 2015

Orphan Black - Boys vs Girls vs. Boys?

A week ago I decided to "push" (publicize) my blog post by flagging it as "Boys vs. Girls" thing.  You know, male clones versus female clones.  Granted, it was an over simplification but I wanted to press some easy buttons to attract attention to the post. 

Coincidentally, across the wide expanse of the internet the OB show runners were taking pains not to characterize their new season in that manner.

It's an easy trap to fall into.  The boys versus girls thing.

To start the season, Sarah was set against Rudy and I thought, "Ah, here we go, the two sexes are at odds."  By the end of the second episode I can see that the two sides are only at odds because they are searching for the same truths.

They ask the questions we all ask of our selves.  Who am I?  What is my place in the world?  Does my life have meaning?

As clones, some of the questions that are asked run a little deeper.  Why me?  And more importantly, "What is wrong with me?"

For the female clones it is a question of infertility and a mysterious sickness.  For the males, "Glitching" seems to be a serious problem.

Searching for the answers of these truths will definitely put the two groups at odds as they cross paths but the bigger threat comes from those pulling the puppet strings.

Boys versus Boys

We took a perilous turn towards fratricide when Rudy eliminated Seth.  It was a shocking turn of events but it seems Rudy wanted to put Seth out of his misery.  How bad does this glitching get?

Rudy had the opportunity to kill Cal but he chose not to.  In similar fashion, Paul held Cal at gunpoint but went to great pains to show him he meant him no harm.

So if the girls don't want to hurt the boys and the boys don't want to hurt the girls and the boys don't want to hurt the boys, what does everyone want?

It seems Castor wants the original genome as much as Leda/Dyad does.  Since we've been repeatedly told the original genome is out of the picture (do we really believe that?) alternative measures are being sought.

Castor has Helena.  For what?  Research?  To see how a Clone can become pregnant?  How does that help the glitching problem?

Wouldn't Helena's "babies" have helped that problem?  How the heck did Rudy miss that canister full of Helena's eggs?

In addition, why bother collecting hair and follicle samples from a woman that has nothing to do with the Leda side of the project?  (Good to see Detective Beth Childs again!)

When Cosima and Scott met with Dr. Nealon at Dyad we got a bit of an exposition dump from the good Doctor.  He gave us the not so believable story about the original genome being lost.  He also reiterated Dyad thinking Castor "died on the vine."

So why hold Rudy captive?  Basic curiosity into the opposition?  Why was Nealon so nonplussed about Rudy making his escape?  Did he hope Castor via Seth and Rudy would dig up some answers?

If I were to posit a crackpot theory I would think Dr. Nealon is straddling the fence.  Working both sides, both Dyad and Castor.

Here's another question.  Why bother giving Helena the empathy test.  (I call it the "Empathy test" as it seemed a obvious nod to the movie Blade Runner.)  Is Castor curious about Helena possibly glitching?  Don't they know she is a little off her rocker?  (Silence, insect!)

And why bother telling her Sarah gave her up when they are holding her prisoner?  So she can pass the Empathy test?

This is the time in the blog post when I ask myself, "Why am I asking all these questions?"

I guess the larger answers are, Dyad wants to make more clones or at least foster their neolutionist theories through clone research and Castor wants to fix the clones they made.  Is Castor still making clones?  They seem to have an awful lot of them.  Which begs the question, why would Rachel and Ferdinand conspire to kill off invaluable Clones?

Sigh, too many questions.  How about some odds and ends?

Odds and Ends

Another wink to Blade Runner was the Origami figure. 

In Blade Runner the Origami figure was a clue to self awareness.  Interestingly enough, the Castor clones are all self aware while the Leda clones needed monitors.

Hiding in plain sight.  Here's something else that Rudy missed.  The Dr. Moreau book that contains Duncan's work towards the original genome.  Do you need a biological genome if you have a written one?  I bet not!  This ploy of hiding something in plain sight was reminiscent of Edgar Allan Poe's, "The Purloined Letter" where the missing letter in question was always amongst the rest of the letters.

Mark went to great lengths to eliminate any association with Castor.  Is his self mutilation a symptom of Glitching?  Or just desperate times leading to desperate measures.

Team Hendrix.  Everyone fist bump!  Cute how they both are wearing matching purple.  And now they are in the drug trade.  I suppose there is plenty of room in the garage should anything go wrong.

One last thing

Don't you think Felix should invest in a little more security for his loft?  Everybody just walks right in.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

12 Monkeys Report Card

Here's that part of the school season a lot of us don't remember fondly, the dreaded report card.  Unless, of course, you're one of those "A" students where everything came easy and you were the apple of your teachers eye.

As part of the "dreadful" majority, I think we can all be thankful Doctor Jones wasn't part of our collective faculty.  I can just imagine being called to the front of her class.

"Zo, how do you think you did this past season Herr Inter-dimensional Dave?"

"Um, pretty good I guess."

"Nein!  Initiate splinter sequence!"

The next thing I'd know I'd be sent back to the Second Grade in order to gain a better appreciation of my academic experience.  Mind you there would be no lovely Cassie to help me along my journey but I seem to remember my second grade teacher bearing an eerie resemblance to The Pallid Man.

Not good.

 I like to think of myself as a tough marker.  How better to teach the class than to make them earn it?

12 Monkeys was under a lot of scrutiny.  Particularly by me.   I brazenly put the show under "double secret probation."  They had the temerity to borrow the title of a cherished sci-fi classic and henceforth had to withstand my withering gaze.  I vowed to measure 12 Monkeys against some of the most popular sci-fi/geek shows of the last 25 years or so.  How would they stand against such shows like, Fringe, Buffy, The X-Files, Star Trek TNG, Game of Thrones and Xena Warrior Princess?  (Yes, that one too.)

Could they put together a viable ensemble cast?  Could they tell a new and refreshing story that not only compelled us to watch but, most importantly, did not insult our intelligence?  Would there be real heroes and villains?  People we could cheer for and root against?  What about world building?  Could they create a universe believable to be accepted as real?  What would be it's "mythology?"  What about stakes and agency?

A tall order for a freshman student whose concept started out as one thing but morphed into something similar and borrowed that aforementioned classic sci-fi title.

So how did they do?

B +

I thought they did very well.  I know some of you are screaming for an "A" for 12 Monkeys.  But like I said before, you need room to grow and you need to push expectations.  I feel a little like an Olympic figure skating judge.  You can't give the first skater a 10 despite an excellent program.  What if the next skater does even better?  In my book a B+ is better than an A-.  An A- means you were excellent buuut there was that little thing that put that mustache on your masterpiece and that's what everyone remembers.  A B+ means you did very well annnd you went beyond expectations.

12 Monkeys put together a terrific cast.  A workable ensemble isn't always easy to assemble.  There has to be chemistry.  I think we've seen many show where the actors just click. (Buffy.)  But there are many others that just go through the motions and rely on the laugh track. (Big Bang.) What's unique about 12 Monkeys is the cast's consistency through to time.  I mean that in every sense of the word.  How many times have we seen the cast work through each others foibles and faults, not just through the length of the season but across time.  The connection they make with each other whether it is 1987, 2015, 2017 or 2043 is remarkable.  Of course, a lot of that credit goes to the writing.

So let's talk about the writing.  One of my hard and fast rules of thumb is don't insult the audience.  We're not idiots.  We may not be well versed in the physics of time travel and it's mind numbing parameters but we can follow rules.  If you set out the rules of your show and adhere to them then your audience will follow you anywhere.  Time travel makes it easy to bend the rules just the tad but I think 12 Monkeys mostly did that in service to the show and it wasn't flagrant.

 A key component to writing is "world building." It was exceptional also.  Whether we were in the Eighties, early 2000's or 2043 we never lost the consistency.  The transition between timelines and how the characters interacted with each other was terrific.  Another plus was the set design or direction, it was a beauty to behold.

Another important measure of a shows success is how the audience connects with it through social media.  Hey, it's the 21st century, this is how we roll.  I call this interaction, "Community."  If you can get total strangers to bond with one another through theories, fan fiction, podcasts, artwork and even blogs, then you've really accomplished something.  Nothing bonds the Community like "Shipping" also.  I'm not a big "Shipper" but it is a phenomena to be reckoned with.  This harkens back to the skill of the writers but it also is a credit to the actors.  Can they make their relationships believable?  Does it feel organic or it forced?

12 Monkeys may have gotten an overall grade of B+ but in terms of community they get a solid A.

So let's get to the fun part of the Report Card and grade the players.

Barbara Sukowa 


I know, shocker, right? If you don't know about my adoration for Dr. Jones then you haven't been reading this blog.  From the very beginning, I loved how Ms. Sukowa imbued her character with a fierce obstinance.  I guess I found her arrogance appealing!  She gave Jones a charismatic touch also.  As one of the characters, and as a viewer, you weren't entirely sure you could trust her but you followed her anyway.  It was that confidence she radiated.  Call it an "Aristocracy" if you will.

There were cracks in the armor however and Ms. Sukowa gave us a chilling turn when her character was faced with an unwinnable situation.  Her final solution to Col. Foster's resistance left us shocked.

It wasn't often we got to see the soft side of Dr. Jones.  But when we did it left us humbled.  Her care for Cole when "time" was running out for him felt very real and then there is the palpable tenderness exuded by Ms. Sukowa whenever "Hannah" came into play.  It wasn't something she shared with her fellow characters but we the viewing audience was privileged to see it.

Amanda Schull


That's right, an "A."  

Should I ever meet Ms. Schull I can imagine her shooting me.  I started out the season by characterizing her as "too pretty."  Which, I suppose, is code for "paper thin."  Someone that good looking can't be there for her acting talent.  Please shoot me Amanda Schull, how wrong I was.

There is something I call, "Selling it with a look."  It refers to non-verbal acting talent where there is no dialog but the facial expression says it all.  Kirk Acevedo is a master of it.  (We'll get to him soon.)  Above is my favorite "look" from Amanda Schull.  It's that look of incredulity she gave to Cole when he wanted to spare Ramse.  I wonder if there is an outtake of that scene where she tears Cole a new one and drops a half dozen F-bombs and then squirts him in the face with her gun?  I'd pay to see that.

Ms. Schull showed terrific range also.  When she was sad we were sad.  And when she discovered Scotch doesn't stop the apocalypse it showed a touch for light humor despite the fact she was acting hungover.

Another one of my favorite moments was when Cole got his dancing lesson from Cassie.  I think it was the tenderness Ms. Schull showed us that won me over.  Cole was being a bit oafish.  Stuffing his face, tripping over his own feet.  Schull not only exuded tenderness but also amusement and yes, affection, for Cole.

Shoot me Amanda Schull.  I deserve it.

Kirk Acevedo 

B +

Kirk Acevedo gets a B+ because I don't think he gets to stretch his acting chops enoughBut he is the guy that can "sell it with one look."  Unfortunately, that look is usually dour acceptance.   He is the king of resignation.  He usually portrays the guy that knows when he has been dealt a bad hand.  The second banana that is the ultimate partner or buddy.  Can anyone recall a scene from anything where Acevedo was asked to burst out in uncontrollable laughter?    

Then again, that's not why you hire Kirk Acevedo.   

Aaron Stanford


Aaron Stanford isn't required to do a lot that would make people sit up and take notice. He pretty much has to play it straight.  He plays, "the man out of time" or the "fish out of water."  (Think Sleepy Hollow's Tom Mison.  Although he gets a ton more to chew on.)  Stanford plays a former "Scav" or scavenger so therein he has to portray someone low key or unnoticeable.  We've seen him "oafish" when he did that dancing lesson turn with Amanda Schull mentioned previously.  And we've seen him grind through a scene when he is afflicted by time sickness or shot by an adversary.    We can see the pain etched on Aaron Stanford's face and he does it well.

But what if he was asked to play a romantic lead?  (Personally, I'm not for it.  The romance that is.  It kills the tension between two leads.  (Then again, after seeing Felicity and Ollie in the last "Arrow" maybe anything can happen.)  If he is required to portray "the lover" how will he handle it.  Oafish?  Actually, I hope so because his character is untried in matters of romance.  We didn't get to much between his character and Max so we don't really know.  I would guess his relationship with Max was out of, ahem, necessity, as opposed to love.

What if Aaron Stanford was asked to portray the hero?  But he is the hero Dave!  Well, yes and no.  The reluctant hero maybe.  After he rescued Ramse during the last sequence of the season finale there is no ducking the hero label now.  It was quite the moment.  (You can tell by the slow-mo turn around.)  Will Stanford be required to expand upon his role with bigger heroic moments? How will he handle it?

Perhaps I am fooled by the subtlety of Stanford's performance.  If so, he can stand in line behind Ms. Schull to take a shot at me.  But I'd like to think there is room to grow for Stanford and he will be asked to do a lot more.  I'd like to see that.

The Rest of the Class

Emily Hampshire


I once described Emma Stone the cultural inheritor to the comic genius of Lucille Ball.  So how shall I define Emily Hampshire's inspired knack for comedy?  Mary Tyler Moore?  Julia Louis-Dreyfus?  Hmm, that's a tough one.  I'd say a combination of both.  MTM started out as the frantic housewife and evolved into the consummate straight man where subtlety became a superpower.  J L-D was our loveable neurotic that became a vaudevillian Veep with a PhD in facial expressions.  Ms. Hampshire seems to have distilled the best of both icons.

Of course, I'm referring to Emily Hampshire's take on Jennifer Goines.  It's brilliant.

There is a certain childlike quality to Hampshire's "insanity."   It's laden with youthful enthusiasm and delight.  She takes us on a wild ride and we gleefully go along with her.

When Jennifer first met Cole it was a "turn on" for her.  Not only was she excited to meet him but she was, ahem, "excited" to meet him.  Their relationship quickly developed into a contest to see could get on top and when Jennifer was restrained by Cole she loved it even more.

That's not to say she can't handle the other end of the spectrum.  Her abject fear for the Pallid Man was unmistakeable.

The near catatonic look on her face when her Markridge mates were murdered before her was amazing.

There was a scene near the end of the season where her father, Leland, came to visit her in the sanatorium.  She implored him to get her out of there and desperately told him she "wasn't like Mom."  You could almost see her heart break when he rejected her.  I wish I had  a picture of that but it is indelibly burned in my subconscious.

Emily Hampshire becomes a series regular next season but I already have a bumper sticker on my car proclaiming her an "Honor Student" in my class.

Noah Bean


Here's another example of selling it with a look.  Good job Noah, that's the face you make when someone disappears in time right before your eyes.  Mr. Bean didn't have to stretch it too much this season.  He mostly had to play the exasperated boyfriend or the exasperated ally of Cole.  I loved his affection for Cassie and the consternation he felt when she rejected it.  Will Noah Bean return next season?  No one is ever dead in a time travel show.  Just ask Leland Goines.  If we get a "post barbecued" Aaron next year that will be fascinating.  Bitter, angry, resentful and scarred for life.  Imagine if he survives to 2043 and runs into Cassie.  Oh, man.

Alisen Down

They don't call her "The Striking Woman" for nothing.  Ms. Down had a modest yet impactful role in the show.  That seductive whisper of hers was intoxicating.  I don't think I'd last 5 minutes being interrogated by Olivia.  "You want the defensive plans for continental North America my dear?"


How will Ms. Down deal with a character whose timeline has just been turned upside down?  Have we ever seen her angry?

Please dear TV gods let's hope we do.

Demore Barnes


By now Noah Bean is screaming, "What the Hell, these guys get less screen time than me and I only get a B?

Sorry Noah, they just got more to chew on than you.  Barne's Whitley was a very sympathetic character.  We witnessed his fierce loyalty to both his father and Dr. Jones and his cold dispassion when he executed one of his own men for shooting  Elena.  Well done.

Tom Noonan


Didn't I say an "A-" was bad?  Eh, not in this case.  Tom Noonan excelled as the "Pallid Man."  (Although he looks a little florid in the above picture.)  Noonan did some of his best work opposite Emily Hampshire.   If she looked frail and frightened then he was at his creepiest.  His glee at her terror was almost perverse in nature.  The few times we got to see different emotions from were a treat also.  I loved that stuttering anger when he felt Olivia was holding out on him.  Does the Pallid Man have room to grow?  Maybe.  What happens when he finds out Olivia really has been holding out on him.  Will resentment grow?  Noonan may get the chance to play the turncoat.  Or sacrificial lamb as the case may be.  No offense, but I bet Noonan can do craven.

I started out this piece by saying I was a tough marker.  That doesn't seem apparent by all the good grades everyone earned.  I think I've been fair and people have gotten the marks they deserve but hopefully left room to grow.

Oh, I suppose there is one other.

The Witness


C'mon dude, emote!  Give us something! Or is it dudette?  Just kidding o' mysterious one.  Let's do tea.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Helix Finale - The Future?

Called it.

No, seriously, I did.  Remember that episode,  I think it might have been, "The Ascendent" where Alan says to Julia, "What happened to the woman I fell in love with?" and she answered, "She became immortal."  It was then that the seed was planted.

How better to compromise Alan's plan than to bring him into the fold.  Not only that, but make him a possible victim of his own plague.  That should throw a monkey wrench into the works.

The third leg of Julia's plan to immortalize Alan was done out of love.  Together forever.

You know its love when you engage in a Mexican standoff during the penultimate episode and a shot rings out as we fade to black.

Didn't call this one!  Julia actually shot him.  Just a flesh wound.  Usually, a TV show will play it safe when we get a cliffhanger like that one.  The shot will miss or it will hit a light fixture and it will fall disabling one of the shooters.

Nah, she shot him.

Not that she doesn't care.  Of course she does.  And now, so do I.

The last three episodes of Helix were pretty decent.  Why?  Because they finally got back to the main mythology and the fight against Ilaria.  And now that fight is internecine.

And to think we wasted all that time with the ridiculous "Michael" plot line and the even worse "Amy" follow up.  Why, I ask you, why.

I wonder if Helix endangered its renewal status with that bizarre tangent.

It looks like we've seen the end of the Alan/Sarah romance.  I didn't call the baby's demise either.  I thought for sure with the ghoulish nature that Helix adopted this season the little guy would survive and grow into something incredibly strange.  Now that link between Alan and Sarah has been severed.  Then again, all three are immortal now.  They should really make Kyle immortal so "Hotzone" will have someone to storm the beaches with.

We also came full circle with the identity of Caleb.  He's Soren!  Still not sure why he had beat up Julia so badly to start the season.  He had to know who she was.  Maybe it was per Alan's instructions as a little payback for getting shot.

"Yeah, if you see Julia again, knock her around a bit for me.  Then drop her that San Jose clue again."

That's another thing we finally got back to, "Do you know the way to San Jose?"

Oh, those crazy kids.  Their love story never ends.

Speaking of love stories.  Is Peter a redeemable character?  I can forgive him for being a goo spitting zombie but a blood thirsty murderer?  Is there a depth he hasn't sunk to yet?  You know if there is a season three he'll find out Alan is an immortal and he'll have to be one too.

So what about next season?  We're done with the Island right?  There is that intervening 34 years between our final sequence and Julia returning to the Island.  It would also afford Helix a chance to reconnect with Hatake and what he was doing there with Alan.  (Come to think of it why is Caleb/Soren still there?) 

Hopefully, we'll all find our way to San Jose.  Is there someplace isolated and confined near there that can give us that trapped paranoid vibe we got from the Arctic Biosystems set?  Is Alcatraz too far away?  I can see Hatake working in a secret subbasement beneath the prison.  That should be suitably spooky.  That place gave me the creeps during the daytime. 

I can also see Hatke working in the wreckage of  Arctic Biosystems.  Scavenging what he can in order to pursue his work.  Packing up his dead loved ones for the trip south.  And most importantly, a visit to "The White Room" and getting the heads properly crated so they can be reattached to whatever.

Maybe Helix will go the love story route.  Heaven knows "shipping" is all the rage for TV and social media these days.  I checked the ratings over at and it showed Helix down 62.22% in the 18-49 demo and down 59.4 % in overall viewers.  That's not good.  If they do go the love story route at least they can set former and current lovers and brothers against each other.  Then they will have to come together like some dysfunctional band of Avengers in order to defeat a greater evil.  BTW, that would be Ilaria Helix writers.

Good luck Helix.  Find a way to bring Hatake back and have him reattach Constance Sutton's head to, hmm, let's see.  Michael's body?  No that wouldn't work.  Daniel's body?  Noooope.

I'll have to think on that one.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Orphan Black - The Gang is All Here.

Orphan Black returned for season 3 with the episode, "The Weight of this Combination."  I'm sure the title has a more arcane reference but I couldn't help but feel it had more to do with the heavy load Tatiana Maslany must bear as she once again takes on the many roles in her usual masterly fashion.

As seen above, Tatiana appears as Sarah to our left and the pregnant Helena as she opens her gifts.

Alison soon appears as her usual confectionery self, burdened by the tray of sweeteness she usually exudes.

 Cosima arrives like the first day of Spring.  Happy, healthy and ready to blossom.

Sadly, it is all the delusion of the captured Helena as she finds herself boxed in by the Castor group in the company of a hallucinatory scorpion she has obiviously shared time with before.

This sequence is testimony to the acting talents of Maslany and it reintruduces us to the many characters we've grown to love and think as seperate actors and individuals.  It also represents the scale where Orphan Black works at its best.  That of a tight close knit group in search of an identity both as a family and as a group of individuals.

This season, Orphan Black intends on widening the scale with the introduction of the Castor project and the shadow of "Topside" looming over their tiny world.  This is dangerous territory as the larger the stage the smaller the players become.

If the specter of an indomitable colossus and it's byzantine machinations becomes the focus of our story then I fear we will lose the close knit group we've grown to love.  Until now, their fight had to do with the search for self and the battle to be seen as individuals.  A vast unknowable conspiracy represented by a faceless entity threatens to rob Orphan Black of its soul as a TV show.

If, however, Orphan Black can keep its focus on our group as fighters in a Resistance movement then it stands a good chance in succeeding.  Think the last season of Fringe where Olivia, Peter and Walter found themselves in a dystopian future with only their wits to aid them.

It is a delicate balance.  Too much of the unassailable "big bad" and the show will get lost in its own mythology.  Stay with the collective heart of the show as pictured above, then you have a fighting chance.

The Enemy


Mark my words, the threat of the Castor project and its narrative will either sink or save this show.  I don't think it was by chance we see this exemplified by the face off between Sarah and, which one is this? Miller, Rudy or Seth?  It is our introduction to the path Orphan Black intends on pursuing this season. 

The face of the opposition was seen over and over as the episode progressed.

Ari Millen is a talented actor but do we really need to see the male version of something Tatiana Maslany has already established?  I get the polarity it represents but, again, the size of the stage threatens something intimate that was so endearing about this show.

Tatiana as Sarah, Sarah as Rachel

If there is one thing Tatiana excels at it is taking on multiple roles.  She then turns that dynamic on its ear by having those roles climb into the skin of another where she is portraying someone impersonating another.  She is very good at it.  But the reintroduction of this dynamic so early on came off as a little heavy handed. 

We all know one clone can impersonate another.  The need to remind of this wasn't very subtle.  Trust your audience Orphan Black.  We remember.  Let this device flow a little more organically next time.

Odds and Ends

JJ Abrams, what are you doing here?

Kidding.  The amazing and essential James Frain was introduced as the cleaner, Ferdinand.  I hope we get to see alot more of him this season.  He represents the face of the other big bad, "Topside" this season.  Again, if Orphan Black can keep its sense of scale he will be a welcome addition.

The cold hearted Rachel got some face time.  As usual she has an eye for the dramatic.   Her introduction led us to the role Delphine will be playing this year.

"I am you" she tells the humbled Rachel.  Careful what you wish for Delphine.  Rachel is down but not for long.  This little dynamic leads us to Delphines relationship with Cosima.

Apparently it is off for now.  I like how they played the "break up" scene.  Delphine came across as cold hearted (the Rachel effect) but was obivously more torn up by the split than Cosima.  Actually, Cosima chose to internalize her pain.  Both were equally effective and I can't decide which I preferred.

Cosima can bury her anguish in her nascent relationship with Kira.  As Cosima recovers, she can play Nanny and dive into the book left by Duncan and the mysteries it holds.

As for Kira, she is her usual precocious self.  I wonder if Cosima realizes she has a bigger mystery sitting before her in Kira.  Kira is often imagined as an angel by Helena.  Those two seemed to have a unique relationship.  I have a theory where Kira is actually the child of Helena and the scrawls Helena left behind in the hovels she habituates were often of an angelic childlike figure.  A repressed memory of Kira I think.

For her part, Kira has created a safe hovel of her own in Sarah's apartment.  Also a link to the real mother she never knew?

 There was this also.  The Clones do know the cannister was left behind in the apartment right?

 Also in the apartment is Scott.  And he has a wicked cool Periodic Table t-shirt.  I want one!

He got the line of the night with the whole Dyad thing but the greater threat of "Lesbian drama."  Don't ever change Scott.

The maternal angle was well served.  For her part Mrs. S took a beating for her role both literally and figuratively as she imparted the truth about Helena to Sarah.

There is a new mama bear for the Castor group too.  We get our first look at Dr. Coady who is billed as a "ruthless military advisor" to the Castor group.  She certainly didn't show any sympathy for Helena.

In Closing

There was much to think about from this first episode of the new season.  Will "OB" keep their focus on the hardy band of resistance fighters we've come to love or will it get lost in the challenge posed by the monolithic governmental and bureaucratic enemy as represented by Castor and Topside?

I think I'll meditate on this.  Maybe a little "Naked Bhudda" will be constructive.

Eek! I just pictured myself.  Never mind!