5x07 review Gag or Throttle
Directed by David Frazee
Written by Renée St. Cyr
There, I said it.I can’t begin analyzing this episode without stating that it completely BLEW OUT MY MIND.
First things first i feel the need to give proper credits to the creators of this episode.Sir David and the brilliant Renee. Both direction and script were at their finest.A+++
In my opinion it was the best episode of the season so far.Like by far.A character portrayal like no other. A deep and thorough episode that made an excellent usage of flashbacks, character traits and human vulnerabilities. An episode-paradigm of how each clone/character focused episode should have been. Alison’s episode had a similar flavor but Rachel’s episode was superior…an internal journey, a psychograph, a completely different perspective where the audience could actually empathize and ultimately understand this curious and complex creature called Rachel Duncan.
Too bad Sarah’s and Cosima’s episodes weren’t as character driven as Alison’s and Rachel’s were but i understand the limitation of time and the need of ob team to push the plot forward cause S and C are the characters that interconnect with everyone else the most.
Anyway, i’m dividing the review in parts A & B. Part A is gonna be about Alison,Cosima,Sarah and plot in general. Part B is Rachel exclusive.Have fun guys :)
- Sarah & Ms S
Everything comes full circle. Sarah’s growth is amazing. A wild animal that got tamed.She flourished through family and love and understanding.She’s not running anymore, she knows what she wants and what she needs to protect.She made her weakness, strength.She learned to control her compulsions and what Kendal’s gene gave to both her and Ms S.They’re doing this the right way this time.No guns, no violence.They organize and begin unmasking the wizard of Oz.
- Scott,Cosima and Charlotte
that was such a beautiful scene.I love Cosima’s and Scott’s relationship.They both care about each other so much :’)
little Charlotte is safe and well,smiling, drinking her hot cocoa. I love how this bed and sheets are sooo Cosima. I wonder if they’re going to sleep in the same bed, big and lil sister :)))) Cosima’s and Charlotte’s bonding is obvious so i really wonder who is gonna parent the girl in the future
Alison’s identity crisis continues and i love the fact that she’s still trying to figure out who she is/what she wants. It would be unrealistic for her to get the answers she’s looking for in only 2 weeks.Alison is going through a “teen rebellious” phase that she didn’t have the chance to live earlier.She’s trying to find her balance and i believe she will, up until the series finale.I love the fact that she’s trying to get a grasp of inner parts of herself like what drove her to alcoholism and all these behavioral manifestations.
bonus 2: nice hair change though it’s gonna take me a while to get used to it cause bangs=Alison :P
bonus 3: unlike episode 6 (which i also loved but it had some pace problems) episode 7 had perfect balance between comedy and drama…the light moments were fewer -like they were supposed to be in a Rachel episode -and they didn’t set the tone off. Overall it was a pretty dark and serious episode.
- Sarah + Kira
Kira’s story and nicknames conclude the story and communication between her and her mother.Even tho it should be pretty obvious to the security man that this is encrypted information,that was a beautiful scene.Also Skyler did a pretty good job as Kira in this episode so congrats.
Sarah’s “i love you more than anything” fucking broke me.Also this moment:
the desperation, the way she crushes the laptop, S’s complete loss of words like i want to WRITE A PAPYRUS ABOUT TATIANA MASLANY BUT I’M GONNA DO IT IN PART B
- BEST PLOT TWIST
i don’t know about you, but i fuckin’ lost my shit!!!! COMPLETELY
it’s not only about the twist itself, cause we knew that the whole “swan glitch in Rachel’s eye” wasn’t explained yet…it’s the way it was exposed to us as well.This scene was fucking brilliant. The visual infinity ,the repetition, the inevitability of the moment. I literally paused, covered my mouth whispering “they fuckin’ DID THAT.THEY DID.”
PART B- RACHEL DUNCAN
Wow.I literally don’t know where to start.Should i begin from the flashbacks, from Tatiana’s UNBELIEVABLE performance, from the character’s motives, should i talk about Rachel’s relationship with Kira or PT i mean UGH NOW i get why Tatiana loved shooting this episode. Such a dark and gloomy arc yet at the same time so liberating and redemptive.
since the beginning little Rachel analyzes herself without even realising it.
She’s 779h41 and the first clone that is self-aware of her own situation.
All this pressure of acknowledging that you’re not alone,all this need to prove your worth, to control your emotions, to not show weakness, to be the exception because there certainly must be a reason why they chose you to be the corporate clone.You.You set the example.You must excel.
self harm. A trait she and both her sisters share.Though what motivates this trait is different in each sister.Especially Sarah and Helena.
Rachel,always the mind, always the one to bottle up her feelings,keeping her composure cause that’s what she’s supposed to do. Cinema is the art of visual expression and it always pleases me when artists use the medium to it’s full potential.I always say show, don’t tell. That’s why the above image is so powerful.And i just live for the detail.Too bad we didn’t see any of this in previous episodes but i’m not complaining.
jesus. Look at their clothes-wearing the same coat-looking like the illusion of father/daughter Rachel desperately needs to believe.
That‘s right, Rachel.Susan never believed in you indeed.And it fucking hurts like hell to be belittled by your own mother.
-For every Sarah…every Cosima…I regret making you.
and all of this after her own father prefered to commit suicide in front of her abandoning her for a second time.At this point i don’t even know which child is the most abused Helena or Rachel :(
All Rachel’s ever got is the remnants of a family that loved the idea of her as a scientific marvel…
she’s watching the same tape again and again trying to remember how does it feel to belong, to be loved…was it any of this even the slightest bit of true?what’s your safe place when you don’t have one?
Leekie was her safe place for a while.
-I asked Leekie if i could call him Dad
and then of course
manipulation over and over and over again. It’s like every person around her is ruthelessly exploiting her weakness for affirmation and affection.
Now having to watch her sisters being loved and constantly admired, the jealousy burns hard inside her.
she doesn’t even say their names.They’re just numbers to her, cause she’s the exception, the clone that’s self aware for a reason.
she signs up fake papers and is really,
,desperately trying to believe that she’s free, that she isn’t a property anymore. This moment is so thoroughly symbolic
Rachel Duncan without her fancy clothes and prominent cane. Small and vulnerable in her hospital clothes asking for privacy.Is it something that you get used to really?
….where would i go?
it’s too late for running..if she was still a kid she would probably run like Charlotte..she would have a second chance…she would redefine her life..
DYAD is her home now.Her prison.These white walls, these lifeless objects inside shaped her through years.So she stays.And she fucking brings down everyone that hurt her.
She has nothing to lose so she plays her final cards.
She gives the chance to Kira to live a normal life- a chance she never had.
-Who hurt you?
-All of them
Rachel never needed a monitor cause she had a monitor inside her.The big brother reference ,the ultimate realisation that there’s nothing yours, not even one private moment ,not even a sight that you don’t share. The fucking pencil that was transformed into a sharpened glass. She did it alone.Always alone.Always on her terms.She’s the epitome of the antihero and i want her BADLY to be the one that’s gonna deal with PT. It’s gotta be her.
I want to conclude this enormously gigantic review with Tatiana. I really have no words. Her body language, her microexpressions ,her controlled devastation.Cause even after everything that happened Rachel didn’t lose it.At this moment she’s so used to betrayal and backstabbing , that she doesn’t feel anything anymore.Emptyness,bitterness and lack of purpose. Or paraphrasing the famous quote:
A woman without fear is a woman without hope.