Orphan Black Character Analysis One: Delphine Cormier
Being that during the past week I’ve binged watched the entire series (only 3 episodes left of season 5 at the time of this post so about over) and I was totally riveted by it, I decided to do an (not too in depth, since most of this is from the top of my head) analysis on some of the intriguing characters. And yes I will go into the Leda clones as well. With the introduction out of the way, the analysis starts below.
I can describe Delphine in three words: passionate, intelligent and cunning. The fact that this show doesn’t have one token “smart” character is great and besides Cosima, Scott and even Leekie, Delphine is one of the characters with high intellect. From the minute we see Delphine interact with Cosima, she’s very interested in her and drawn towards her. Even though at the time she was hired by Leekie to monitor Cosima, she still showed legit and genuine interest. You could argue that it’s a French stereotype for the individual to be passionate, but it fits for Delphine. I think its a fairly human condition to be passionate and interested in people we’re drawn to and love. That’s huge for Delphine’s character and I think that passion for Cosima definitely puts her in certain positions and leads me to the next part.
Delphine’s role in the Orphan Black story line is an extremely crucial one. I think Delphine is a sort of liaison between clone club, Dyad (for the time in season 3) and even the Neolutionists in season 5. It’s clear to just assume that Delphine is just a pawn in Dyad’s plans or even the Neolutionists, however it’s much more than that. She serves a large purpose and promise to Cosima and the other members of clone club. This ties back into the passion that she feels for Cosima, her motivation is finding a cure for Cosima’s sickness, which will benefit her clone sisters as well. This is a true growth in character, as an audience we see that Delphine values Cosima’s wishes and it shows that she’ll go through great lengths in carrying them out. A great example would be keeping her intel about Dyad and the Neolutionists away from Cosima. She was willing to sever and break her relationship with Cosima (even though it was for a short time) to pursue searching for answers and protecting her. This affected them both extremely, and even gave Cosima a distrusting view of Delphine. I think that the character’s distrust of Delphine really makes her complex, because you don’t really know if she’s good or bad. She’s teetering between certain factions during the show (Dyad especially in season 3) and at times it isn’t clear why she’s doing it. However you soon realize that it’s all for Cosima and her sisters, which makes it all the more endearing.
Conclusion of Character:
Delphine, even though she’s considered a minor or guest character in the Orphan Black series, she’s one of the best. I think that her character mirrors what certain individuals are willing to go through for those they care about. Delphine (even though a bit cliche but works) fell in love with Cosima at first sight and that is a common human thing. We typically hold some sort of physical attraction toward someone we consider desirable. It’s also a clear human thing to implement certain actions for those you care for. This is something that Delphine and many characters’ of the Orphan Black show do and that’s what makes it so intriguing and realistic.
This idea just came to me, and I apologize if I overlooked some (or most) things. I found this show just thought-provoking and intriguing that I had to write something (and show my literary nerd-ness) and launch my thoughts on the series out there.