Orphan Black Series Finale
It’s been 2 weeks since the ending of Orphan Black.
It still feels odd that it’s over.
This is more like a farewell to the show rather than a review.
I wanted to use a picture of the 4 sisters for my headline but sometimes inanimate objects leave a stronger, wistful taste in your mouth.
Siobhan’s house full of life and bright colors. Felix’s presence on the walls along with Kira’s drawings. Unfinished breakfasts.Sarah’s restless nights in her mother’s armchair.Life goes on.
Everything being said in one final frame.
Orphan Black’s final episode wasn’t a typical series finale. It passed by plotholes and unanswered questions. It didn’t try to patch storylines or to remain faithfull to its genre. The last chapter was heartfelt and real, emphasizing its anthropocentric nature rather than becoming plot focused.
Well defined storylines ought to have have both;character development and plot answers. But if i had to choose between those 2 i would always put characters above any plot device.
The show ended and we never got to learn about Kira’s special abilities, or Helena’s & Sarah’s extraordinary connection. We never got to learn the reason behind their fertility.Why them?And what about PT’s truly motives?Did he make all of this for selfish reasons only?Way too many things were left unsaid.
This was never the core of the show anyway.It was always about the deep, polyprismatic meaning and multifaceted definition of what a family is. Women helping women.Women giving birth, supporting each other, raising children alone.Women deciding their future, taking responsibility, cherishing life. Women depressed, deeply misunderstood. Weak women, fierce women, different roles and situations with no judging status of what is wrong and what is right. Second chances. God i was so proud of Sarah. Her going to school again, struggling for a proper education, shallowing her shame, was so inspiring and overpowering that it tops any plothole/sloppy writing.
People tend to repeat the same mistakes over and over again and family’s part in this is to make the pain more tolerable.That’s why the 4-sisters scene was so important, cause eveyone fucks up and everyone needs to hear that it’s ok to make mistakes. It’s ok to be scared, it’s ok to be different, it’s ok to feel lost and unguided. Sarah will heal eventually, she just needs time.
Siobhan’s presence was so palpable throughout the whole episode that everything came full circle. There wasn’t any unnecessairy death, only the ghosts of each leda’s mistakes. And mistakes are good.Mistakes are a big part of the human nature. Everything started in a train station -on a cold starless night- when Sarah met herself. Alison, Rachel,Cosima,Helena each and everyone of them found a new piece of themselves as well.
John Fawcett and Graeme Manson managed to create a sci fi world with deeply humane and flawed protagonists, strong enough that shifted the whole course of the show; from biology,mutations and experiments to the constant battle between nature vs nurture and family’s participation in it. At the end of the day, Clones became Sisters.
It’s been a ride.
Thank you John ,Graeme and every contributor that helped building this beautiful show.
Especially you Tatiana.