Am I the only one who thinks Rachel and Delphine could actually be friends if circumstances were different?
I feel like they would empathize with each other quite a bit considering they’re actually quite similar in personality. They’re both very ambitious women who worked very hard to reach very high levels in each of their fields (medicine/corporate business) which are both very competitive fields dominated by men. Granted, you could say that Rachel had an in with DYAD, which is true, but that would have made it even more difficult for her to prove her worth/prove that she had what it took to control a multinational corporation and she wasn’t just owed it because of her status as the self-aware clone/daughter of the Duncans/adopted daughter of Leekie. In a similar way, Delphine had to do what we can only imagine as a series of ambitious (read: shady/perhaps immoral) things to reach her position as monitor for DYAD. We know she had an affair with Leekie and it’s pretty safe to assume that was a massive factor in her becoming a monitor. For her age, it seems she is several years ahead in her field compared to others and it wouldn’t be much of a leap to assume it was her ambition coupled with her intelligence that led her to her current position. They’re both type A personalities who have worked hard presumably their entire lives to get to the position they desired.
Not only that, they are fiercely loyal and would do almost anything to protect those they love. Everything Delphine has done has been for Cosima’s own good, whether Cosima would agree or not. Most of these choices were done against Cosima’s will or behind her back but Delphine chose to act in whatever way she could to protect Cosima, even if it backfired on her which it almost always did. With Rachel we see much of the same. We know her father left her when she was young and Leekie became somewhat of a father figure to her. When he became a problem she was meant to have him killed. She couldn’t because she loved him so she spared him. Her father, though her resentment for him was very deep still loved him deeply, which is evident by her distress when he kills himself. And even still, we see her love for her father in the latest episode. She clearly misses him deeply and we are able to see her express this much clearer now that her emotionless facade has all but disappeared. Even Daniel, who we assumed was only her monitor, she clearly cared for when we saw her react to his death. Both women project calculated, emotionless facades because being a strong, independent, ambitious, emotionally detached woman is necessary to succeed in their lines of work. But we’ve seen, time and time again, how behind this facade they are both caring, emotional, fiercely loyal women.
And yet, at this point, they both seem to be left in similar situations; alone, damaged (but not yet broken), and left with little ability to control what is happening in their lives. Rachel’s situation is a bit more perilous; she’s completely alone, something she’s used to but she no longer has any control. I think that is the worst part for her. Yes she’s been hurt, not like it’s the first time for her, but this time it has left her with little ability to control what is going on around her as well as her own body. Control has always been deeply important to Rachel. She was raised a clone so her entire life, from the beginning, she has not had complete autonomy over herself. Until she took that control and demanded control of not only herself but others around her. She has always been in control of her emotions, bar the times she was emotional over her father’s death. The scene in season two where Ethan tells her she is barren by design, she imagines destroying the lab in anger but she doesn’t because she has complete control over herself and she must not make a showing of it. We know she takes control of the men she sleeps with; we saw it with Paul, it was mentioned with Daniel, and we saw it when Sarah was with Ferdinand. That control is gone now. She cannot hide behind it anymore. She is no longer in control at DYAD, no one respects her anymore, she cannot even control her own body as we have seen in these past few episodes. She is alone and is disabled and she has no control of her life anymore, she is trapped. She has lost pretty much everything.
Delphine, while she still has her job, has lost the thing that has become most important to her: Cosima. The ambition and drive to succeed which led her to DYAD in the first place became entangled by a drive to protect and cure Cosima. She did numerous things in order to help Cosima that could have gotten her fired from the job she did some not necessarily moral things to get. But she did them anyway, because she loves Cosima. It’s almost exclusively what she has been doing since she met her. But she no longer has Cosima. She could no longer do her job within DYAD to keep Cosima as well as her sisters safe while continuing to be with Cosima. Her love and loyalty have not wavered but her mission to save solely Cosima because of her love for her has been trumped by her drive to save her sisters as well, because it is her job and she promised Cosima she would. She’s alone with little control over the safety of Leda due to their mistrust of her and their inability to work together towards a common goal: to save Cosima and the other Leda clones. And Cosima, the person she has been fighting for all along has moved on. She’s not in Cosima’s life at this point and she has no immediate control over her well-being, especially when it seems Cosima is not willing to cooperate. She has lost what she cares about most and she is no longer in control of keeping her safe.
Basically, they’re both strong, ambitious but loyal women who have lost a lot of control in their lives and have no one but themselves for company. I think they’d understand each other quite well.