‘Orphan Black’: Former Adversaries Unite

Published 11 months ago by , Updated May 20th, 2014 at 9:00 am,

Helena Orphan Black Season 2 Episode 5 ‘Orphan Black’: Former Adversaries Unite

[This is a review of Orphan Black season 2, episode 5. There will be SPOILERS.]


Clones and other main characters are reuniting to hunt for answers together, making ‘Ipsa Scientia Potestas Est’ an Orphan Black season 1 reunion of sorts. Despite Helena’s protests and snarls, she makes quite the team with Sarah and Felix. One of the earlier scenes of the trio in Felix’s apartment is one of the strongest comedic sequences of the season because the humor comes out of a completely honest interaction and culminates in a valuable step forward – they’re becoming a family.

And the more Helena is part of that family, the better. She’s the driving force of episode 5. Not only is she the one responsible for pushing the narrative forward, but she’s also pulling more heart and emotion out of Sarah than ever. No one can connect to Helena quite like Sarah and the more Sarah comes to realize that, the more she feels responsible for Helena, much like a big sister.

Clearly, Helena is still volatile, but she can be trusted to always put family first, and that steadfast dedication to Sarah, Kira and now Felix will undoubtedly change their current dynamic and increase their odds of winning this war.

It’s also invigorating to see both Art and Dr. Leekie siding with the clones. Art’s always looked out for Sarah, but never in such a direct manner. Angie’s been out of the picture for two episodes now, but if Art keeps playing nice with the clones, there’s no doubt that Angie will make more moves to get to the bottom of the situation herself and likely put Art’s job in jeopardy in the process.

Art Sarah Orphan Black Season 2 Episode 5 ‘Orphan Black’: Former Adversaries Unite

Leekie is bound to find himself in a similar situation if/when Paul reports back to Rachel. Leekie’s always been all about the science, but now the question is, is Leekie conspiring with Sarah just to save the experiment or has he come to genuinely care for the clones?

His desperation to track down Professor Ethan Duncan would suggest the former, but his reaction to Rachel’s decision to pull the plug on Cosima’s treatment points to the latter.

As for our not-so-friendly neighborhood proclone, she is just bound to crack. Rachel is reeling over Daniel’s death, courting Paul to be both her lover and monitor, and still vying to get her hands on Sarah and Kira. There’s only so much one clone can handle at once – whether she’s been self-aware since childhood or not.

Rachel Orphan Black Season 2 ‘Orphan Black’: Former Adversaries Unite

We’re also not entirely clear on what Rachel’s even after. Once she gets Kira, what does she plan to do with her? Sure, Rachel has risen to the top of the Dyad Institute, but not once has she ever expressed much respect for or interest in the science. There’s something she’s not telling us, and it’s something she likely hasn’t told her second father figure either. But now that the hunt for Ethan Duncan/“Swan Man” is on, big reveals could be on the way whether Rachel likes it or not.

By the end of the episode, Sarah, Helena, Felix, Art and Leekie are all converging and possibly preparing to fight for the same side, and with just five episodes left this season, it seems as though more could do the same. Who knows what Mrs. S is really up to, Paul’s loyalty is definitely in question and there’s no doubt that Rachel is still sitting pretty as the show’s big, bad villain.

But there’s something that every single one of them can agree upon – the Prolethians are up to no good. Everyone has individual goals and motivations, but it won’t be good for anyone if Henrik makes Gracie carry that baby. Based on how things are progressing, my money is on Sarah’s cohorts and team Dyad finding just a little bit of common ground to make some moves together and take the Prolethians down.


Orphan Black continues next Saturday with ‘To Hound Nature In Her Wanderings’ @ 9pm on BBC America.

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  1. Ipsa Scientia Potestas Est is Latin for “Knowledge Itself Is Power”….. It comes from the writings of Francis Bacon…… circa 1597.

    All the second season episode titles are Francis Bacon quotes.

    First season episode titles are from Charles Darwin.

  2. Don’t know anything about the title (maybe I should read more about that) but the episode was great I think Helena could have killed Paul and Rachel with one bullet and brother sestra might like it in jail not much about Alison this episode.

  3. Yep. Zero Allison this time. No Mrs. S either, but the preview of next week’s episode had her meeting Paul. Whoa!

    I love this show. But I guess since there are no super heroes in OB the interest on Screen Rant is minimal….. Though Helena is pretty damn close to a super hero…. She rocks!!

    • A psychotic, bloodthirsty, frizzy-haired superhero, definitely!

    • I hear you Heustis, I’m sick of superheroes as well, but we have to give ScreenRant credit for following OB at all. I mean, so many other similar blogs still don’t cover it. A weekly review is not something every show gets on SR, so their interest is not that minimal :) And deservedly so, OB is probably the most amazing show currently airing and Tatiana Maslany is simply phenomenal.

    • I’d have commented on it before but I have to wait until Sunday afternoon for it to be uploaded to the site I watch shows on (otherwise, the UK’s BBC Three channel is an episode or two behind the US).

      I didn’t mind the lack of Alison because right now, she isn’t that important to the story since she’s stuck in rehab. This was all about Helena and she’s definitely redeemed herself somewhat, I just wonder what Mrs S is up to.

      • I also wonder, what’s so bad about superheroes? They’re the modern equivalent of the myths that the Romans and Greeks told each other and the modern equivalent of the myths written in The Bible and other religious texts.