72 minutes | Sep 13, 2018
Orphan Black S05E10- To Right The Wrongs Of Many
It's been a long time since starting this series and there have been a lot of ups and downs with it, but I am still kind of in shock that it's over now. I wasn't sure how the show could possibly finish the series in a satisfying way when there were so many balls in the air for the second-to-last episode, but I'm actually pleasantly surprised at how it handled everything. There was one major, glaring thing that in my opinion didn't make a lot of sense, but honestly I'm still kind of okay with the fact that they decided not to deal with that. And yeah, I totally cried during the birth scene, and that's not really my thing at all, so good job, show. Thank you all for sticking with us and listening, and I hope you enjoyed everything. Hopefully you follow Maggie and I to our next UNspoiled! show together, covering Discworld, which we will be starting in about a month! Or of course you could check out Legion, which we're doing right now! Lots of love to our brothers and sestras out there. We'll be seeing you.
75 minutes | Sep 6, 2018
Orphan Black, S05E09- One Fettered Slave
Welp, listeners, I'm a little bit baffled that the writers made the choices they did for this, the penultimate episode of the entire show. I really can't understand choosing to depict Helena with a child actor who is NOT Charlotte, I can't understand Helena's hair being eternally bleached forever after, and I can't understand the reason they decided to tell Helena's story NOW after all the time they've had along the way. That's not to say I hated this episode from beginning to end. Far from it, actually, because there are some majorly satisfying moments like when Helena bashes in Dr. Coady's face like a rotten pumpkin. Or like when Art shoots Simon in the Sinister Boardroom. Or even the weird one where Uncle Andrew pulls off his wig, which made me LOL. But if you'd shown me this episode and told me it was the second-to-last of the entire series I would have called bullshit. There's SO much left to wrap up, and I can't imagine that they're going to be able to manage it in just one more episode. I guess we will just have to wait and see!
61 minutes | Aug 23, 2018
Orphan Black, S05E08- Guillotines Decide
Oh, listeners, I don't want to believe it's true. But I suspect it is. This damn woman Siobhan won't quit playing games with my heart. She makes me love her, then does underhanded shit behind Sarah's back time and time again, then does something totally badass and amazing and makes me love her again. This is her way. And this is just what she does in this episode. And then, she maybe dies. It's hard to know at the end of this episode. The camera makes it look like she's dead, but perhaps they get home just in time? Maybe she called the cops before getting inside? Maybe there's some other magical way she gets through this? *prays silently* Because I don't want to be around for Sarah and Fe finding out that S is gone, I really don't. That is going to be a shit show, all the more because Ferdinand is already dead so there's nobody to go after in revenge. Unless they decide to go after Rachel? Oh yeah, and Gracie dies. Bad luck, Gracie.
86 minutes | Aug 9, 2018
Orphan Black, S05E07- Gag Or Throttle
Listeners! It's time for what might be my favorite episode of the season thus far: the one where Rachel gets a fucking clue. It has certainly taken long enough for her to catch up with the rest of us in terms of understanding her place in this pyramid. And as a writer, when you wait this long to have a character to see the truth, you really run the risk of undercutting the level of satisfaction a viewer has when it finally happens. Thankfully, that's not the case here. I think part of that is due to us finally seeing what happened when she met up with Uncle Andrew, and part of it is that her turnaround is so severe and complete that you don't feel you've been ripped off. There are some other plot threads that I had believed dropped from the show that resurface in this episode, much to my surprise. Turns out that Mark is still alive, and he's still with Gracie, although the potential for him to glitch is hanging over them and putting a huge strain on their relationship. He's there to make a deal with Dr. Coady in exchange for some treatment, and it turns out that she wants some sperm to inseminate some of Kira's eggs in those 1,300 hopeful expectant moms who are standing by. YIKES. I hope you enjoy the show, and thanks so much for listening! See you next week!
67 minutes | Aug 2, 2018
Orphan Black- S05E06- Manacled Slim Wrists
Y'all, why os Krystal my soul sister? I love her and her ridiculousness so much, and I want to be her bestie and go to spin class with her and have her do my nails. Like, that sounds like the best weekend. This episode certainly had its flaws, but overall I really enjoyed this one and it was so good to have a bunch of the plot finally start moving along. We find out what has actually been going on with Uncle Andrew (HINT: he's not 120 years old but he IS basically a vampire) and we get a bit of a showdown with Dr. Coady and Susan. The one mercy in this episode is that Susan doesn't have to watch Ira glitch out and die, but poor Ira though. Meanwhile our other buddies (namely, Cosima and Charlotte) make it off the island in a boat, and Uncle Andrew watches the whole place burn down while Mud discovers the truth about him and gets quite a murderous look in her eye. I really hope Mud kills him. I suspect she's going to die instead, though. Thanks so much for listening, and I will see you next week!
56 minutes | Jul 26, 2018
Orphan Black, S05E05- Ease For Idle Millionaires
Hey everyone! I'm back with the next Orphan Black episode and I have to report that it's one of the creepiest so far, mostly thanks to an insane formal dinner scene. This episode was a little heavier on the good than the bad versus some of the others this season. I really did enjoy the dinner scene and everything going on with Cosima, plus I am just so curious about what the hell Delphine is up to and how it ties into things with Felix and his sister. What the hell are they up to over there? I'm less fond of the whole "escaped science experiment" plotline, because it's just so sensational and over-the-top, plus the show didn't give me much of a reason to sympathize with the creature dude and even when they did, it was almost immediately undercut by some violence on his part. Thankfully, it seems that plot thread is over and done with, and at least they made me feel something in his final moments, even though that had more to do with Cosima's proximity than the dude himself. Thanks for listening, and I will see you next week!
54 minutes | Jul 12, 2018
Orphan Black, S05E04- Let The Children and Childbearers Toil
Hello listeners! It's time for the next installment of Orphan Black, and I have to be honest...this season is kind of a disaster. I'm not really sure why the writers or producers or whomever thought that there wasn't already plenty to work with, but frankly they're throwing all kind of things into the pot that really don't need to be there, and which aren't going to have time to cook anyway. It's like having a lovely, complex soup bubbling away and then tossing in a bunch of chopped carrots only 5 minutes before you're going to serve it. Why would you do that? I'm not going to get into it too much here since we talk about it plenty on the show, but I would like to hear your thoughts once you got to this point in the show. How did you feel about it?
50 minutes | Jul 5, 2018
Orphan Black, S05E03- Beneath Her Heart
Hi everyone! Maggie and I are here to talk about an episode of Orphan Black that feels bizarrely out of place at this point in the show, and frankly was full of moments that I could have done without. The main focus on this episode is Alison, who for some reason is only now starting to deal with the guilt from watching her friend die and doing nothing to help. Now, don't get me wrong, I have no problem with Alison having a lot of guilt and regret surrounding that. In fact, she'd better, or else I'm asking myself what kind of psychopath she is. But let's be honest, how often do we as viewers even think about this anymore? That shit happened way back in the first season, we didn't know Aynsley that well, and the two of them really didn't seem to have a good relationship at all. There was no sense of loss when it happened beyond the horror of Alison realizing she'd let an innocent person die and that Donnie is the real monitor. So other than the confession at rehab, this whole thing is sort of shunted off to the side, Alison barely seems to think about it, and then suddenly there's a bunch of flashbacks about how close they were and how much guilt Alison is feeling, and I'm supposed to buy that? Nah, son.
75 minutes | Jun 25, 2018
Orphan Black, S05E02- Clutch Of Greed
This episode had a welcome, albeit abrupt, resurrection of Kira's importance and powers. We've all known that there's something weird about Kira, and then the injury that Helena's "bebe" manages to just shrug off confirms that the clones' children (when they manage to have them) are not normal. There's something more going on with them. It's really hard to watch Sarah do absolutely everything within her power to get her daughter to safety and then have to turn around and put Kira into the hands of the woman who very nearly killed Sarah only a few days earlier. If that, has it even been days? I just hate to see that Kira is so willing to go, and I can't help but wonder if she doesn't have some resentment brewing towards her mom that makes cuddling up to her mom's enemy kind of satisfying. Because otherwise I just don't see this about-face happening the way it does. I guess we will see what happens! Just an FYI that in the coming weeks, Maggie and I will be recording Legion before Orphan Black, so the timing of episode release will be reversed on iTunes: Orphan Black will be coming out on Thursdays and Legion will be coming out on Mondays. Thanks so much for listening, and see you in a bit!
80 minutes | Jun 18, 2018
Orphan Black, S05E01- The Few Who Dare
Hello good people, and welcome to the first episode of the final season of Orphan Black. I really can't believe that we're almost done with this show, and I can honestly say I have no idea what's coming. We're in totally unfamiliar territory here with Mr. PT Barnum, and I can't imagine it's going anywhere good. So much happens this episode, it's hard to keep track. Sarah manages to get to the Revival village to save Cosima, only to find out Cosima doesn't want to be saved. Rachel decides she's going to work for the head of this circus and administers the cure to Cosima (OR DOES SHE????). Art gets a new partner who blackmails him into helping them find Helena, and holds him at gunpoint to blackmail Alison. Donny almost gets jumped, but gets saved by Helena (for the zillionth time) only to see that she's horribly injured and has a stick in her baby. And throughout all of this, the dudes back home are looking to anyone they can for help, and decide that maybe M.K. is their best option. There's just a ton happening and I'm worried about Helena's babies, I'm worried about Alison being locked up somewhere, I'm worried about Art and his daughter, I'm worried that Rachel tricked Cosima and that it wasn't the cure in that needle...I'm worried about SO MUCH. What is going to happen!? Thanks for listening, and see you next week!
64 minutes | Jun 11, 2018
Orphan Black, S04E10- From Dancing Mice to Psychopaths
Okay, so I know that I'm supposed to be a feminist and everything, but the only thing I can say about Rachel's behavior in this episode is...bitches be crazy. And you know what? This bitch needs to die. I should have seen it coming that the only reason Rachel follows through on her agreement with Sarah in the last episode was so that she could get Evie Cho out of the way so that there was a place for her. DUH, Natasha! But nope, I didn't even really think about it. I just did what Sarah and everyone else did, which was assume that her follow-through meant she was on our side. Smdh. When will I learn? Let's face it, this season has been kind of a mess. But I will admit that despite all of that, I have been really entertained. I really hope that the off-the-wall shit just picks up in the final season, because you know what? Go big or go home. Let's just GET CRAZY, right? We had a dude with a TAIL in the first season, we have Rachel getting visions of swans in her robot eyeball, we have Evie getting taken out by a zap that activates the tendrils in a maggot-bot that's IMPLANTED IN HER FACE. We've already come this far. Let's just spend the last season indulging in every nutty thing the writers can imagine. Who's with me!
70 minutes | May 28, 2018
Orphan Black, S04E09- Mitigation Of Competition
Hi there, lovelies! It's time for me and Maggie to come at you with the penultimate episode of Season 4. And this was a much more eventful episode than I expected for some reason. First of all. HI HELENA OMG I MISSED YOU SO MUCH HOW YOU BEEN I LIKE YOUR HAT AND YOUR WIGWAM YOU ARE GREAT Seriously. Helena is great, and she's always saving the Hendrixes and she really needs to get a mansion and raise her two little killer twin babies with in the lap of luxury while eating weird Eastern European pastries. That's kind of all I want for her. Then of course there's the whole thing with Sarah and Rachel. They're working together (allegedly, according to Sarah) and things are very strained. They both really want to trust the other, in a way, because it means they will get what they want, but in another way I think they'd like for their suspicions to be confirmed with some kind of treachery. As it turns out, Rachel is on the level (or as close to the level as she ever really gets) and Evie Cho gets really publicly taken down in one of the most satisfying moments of the show yet. Thanks so much for listening, and I will see you soon with a new episode!
53 minutes | May 14, 2018
Orphan Black, S04E08- The Redesign Of Natural Objects
Hello everyone! It's time for that episode where we have to sit through some awkward moments of Jesus Christ Superstar (Maggie throws some shade at Andrew Lloyd Webber and I LOL) in order to get a pretty satisfying ending to a certain shady cop's storyline. Listen, I'm going to warn you all that this show has a syndrome that I'm going to call Monet Syndrome, where I go into a recording all ready to talk about how much I enjoyed a certain episode...and then. The more I start talking about it and looking closer at it, the more things start to fall apart. People don't do things that it seems their characters should have done. The logistics of things don't always work out. The reasoning behind certain things can remain murky to the point where Maggie and I aren't actually sure if there's a reason at all. That's not to say that this is a bad show. It's not doing things so poorly that I'm yelling at the TV while I'm watching (like I was with The Walking Dead, which shall forever be my yardstick for bad television). It's not until later, during discussion, that a question occurs to me and Maggie sorta stop and is like, "Ummm, I don't know, maybe...this?" And we have to fanwank in order for the plot point to make sense. So I would love it if, after listening, you all share with me your answers to some of our questions, if you have them. Because sometimes I think we genuinely missed things, and others...I guess we'll see! Thanks so much for listening, you lovely gems, and I will see you next week!
67 minutes | May 7, 2018
Orphan Black, S04E07- The Antisocialism Of Sex
Hi there, you beautiful people! Maggie and I are back to talk about the horrible aftermath of the hit on Kendall, and what a downward spiral so many of the clone club seem to be on. Poor Sarah was hoping for some forgiveness from Siobhan, but instead she gets a whole dose of blame and is basically disowned. It's a truly awful scene, and it's completely unsurprising that Sarah goes off on a bender the way she does. If Neolution are interested in nabbing her, now would have been an excellent time if it weren't for Fe finally stepping in and saving her from herself. Meanwhile, Cosima is on the edge of a breakdown both from being at the shooting and finding out that Delphine is dead. She is so flipped about the fact that there's no cure that she's about to actually insert the damn maggot bot from Sarah's face into her own cheek, until Fe manages to save her too. And let's not forget what happened at the Hendrix's place! Donny is in the middle of hosting a charming birthday party with his emotionally-panicked wife, when the police bust in and arrest him for drug trafficking. I wonder what the hell kind of evidence they have? Will Alison be implicated? Thank you so much for listening, and I will see you next week!
69 minutes | Apr 30, 2018
Orphan Black, S04E06- The Scandal Of Altruism
Wow. So this is an episode and a half, huh? What a brutal series of events, and what a nasty twist! I pretty much spend the first ten minutes of the show railing about how much I hate Evie, because that tricksy bitch is just evil and I want SOMEONE, anyone, to take her down please. The emotional punch at the end of this episode is really surprising to me because we've been given such a short amount of time to get to know Kendall so I wouldn't really have expected to care about losing her as much as I did. But the old bag was really loveable despite (or maybe because of) her attitude, and I know that Siobhan is going to be a wreck over this. Plus this is when Cosima finds out that Delphine was shot to death, so we're going to have two major player deeply grieving over the next however many episodes. And grieving people do crazy things. Plus there's the whole little side plot with Krystal walking right into the police station where Art and Duko are, which was a delightful little wrench to throw into the works. I love that Fe and Sarah decide that rather than tell Krystal just what's going on, they instead opt to lean into the crazy theory Krystal has developed about the cosmetics companies. I understand their stance on Krystal and why they don't want to tell her anything, but I have to say that it seems pretty inevitable that she'll eventually figure it out. It just remains to me seen how that will happen. Anyway, thanks so much for listening and I will see you next week with a new episode!
65 minutes | Apr 26, 2018
Orphan Black, S0405- Raw Human Material
I'm really excited to see Krystal again despite being a little dubious about how she's returned to the story. Because Krystal is my new fave, and I just enjoy any time she's on-screen. This episode went in so many directions that I didn't expect, and I actually really enjoyed all of it. Well, almost all of it. There are some things (like the final makeout scene) that I definitely squirmed uncomfortably through, and there are some definite "I guess they still aren't surveilling Fe's place" moments that make me a little crazy. I won't lie, the combo of Fe not being under surveillance and there seeming to be no cameras in a lot of areas where there definitely should be cameras...well, it feels too convenient and it's really starting to get under my skin. But I guess I'm just going to have to come to terms with that. The whole deal with Brightborn is the absolute creepiest thing, right? I am just so flipped out by the whole thing, from the top-tier customer service aspect that makes the whole thing feel like nothing more than a day at Canyon Ranch, to the secret hospital rooms for when something goes badly wrong...to the deformed dead babies that are born as a result of this experimental therapy. I am very curious about what is actually going on here, because because they're nice and vague about what all of this really means beyond "perfecting genes". Anyway, thanks so much for listening, everyone, and we will see you soon with a new episode!
75 minutes | Apr 17, 2018
Orphan Black S04E04- From Instict To Rational Control
Hey there, everyone! There's always something getting in the way of editing, and this week it was my inadequate immune system. I'm sitting on a backlog of episodes that is simply not to be believed. This episode of Orphan Black had a few problems, but there were a lot of things I liked, too. First of all, I missed Fe and I'm not thrilled about him being roped into this whole thing again but I am glad to see him on the screen so I'm putting aside the character's wellbeing for the sake of my own entertainment. Also I like that despite being back in the hijinks, Fe is clearly still irritated about everything and you can see that playing through the whole scene. I love the consistency of his character. But frankly the thing I enjoyed most, in some ways, was seeing Ferdinand sweat. I am really glad he is still around, and I can't wait to see what they do to him next, but the truth is that the man deserved to die and I don't blame MK one bit for what she tried to do. I'm just a selfish viewer, and I want his weird face to stick around for a little longer. Thanks so much for listening, and I will see you soon with a new episode!
68 minutes | Apr 9, 2018
Orphan Black, S04E03- Stigmata Of Progress
Maggie and I are here with the next episode of Orphan Black, the one where the police finally show up at the Hendrix's front door because of a pile of dead Portuguese. OOPS! Truthfully, while I would love for Helena to get away with the massacre scot-free (because fuck those people amirite) I'm also pleased that this is coming back to bite them a little bit. Can't have our people pulling off mass-murders and just getting away with it, or else they'd all want to do it! There have to be stakes, right? Speaking of stakes, this thing in Sarah's cheek is giving me a little too much in that area. I just can't handle how nervous I am while she's in that damned dentist's chair, and they insist on showing us that damn video of the tendrils over and over again to just keep it fresh in my mind how horrific her death would be. I knew that Nurse Ratchet over here wouldn't succeed in getting it out, but I allowed myself a sliver of hope that she'd manage it just because the whole thing has me so damn on edge. There's actually a great deal happening in this episode so I will just let it speak for itself, and thanks for listening!
63 minutes | Apr 2, 2018
Orphan Black, S04E02- Transgressive Border Crossing
Hey listeners! Just FYI there won't be an Orphan Black episode next week due to a scheduling conflict, so soak up this one and enjoy it until we return the following week! This episode we get to see the first-ever footage of someone attempting to remove a maggot-bot, and it's the worst thing ever. Like, so bad. The kind of thing that wouldn't even occur to me if I were trying to invent something terrible, because it's just crossing some kind of mental line for me. Nope. I hate it. I hate it so much. And I hate it all the more because surprise surprise, it turns out that Sarah has one implanted in her cheek. NOOOOOOO I HATE IT. Also, there's a much less dramatic but no less upsetting thing happening with Fe. We've been used to him being there every time anything has needed doing, and this episode really points out how much Sarah and the audience have taken it for granted that he will always be there when she needs him. Turns out, finding out that she's actually related to Siobhan has fucked him up a bit, and spurred him to look up who his birth family are. On top of that, there's finally resentment bubbling to the surface, and he's taking a step back from the whole mess of Clone Club. Can't say as I blame him. Thanks again to all of you for listening, and see you in 2 weeks!
66 minutes | Mar 24, 2018
Orphan Black, S04E01- The Collapse Of Nature
I am really excited about this fourth season because it really feels like we're getting back to the foundations of this plot, and back to all the characters that I really cared about in the first place. Now that Paul and Delphine and Dr. Coady and Rudy are all got rid of, we can just zero in on the people that are left and whatever gets added in will hopefully be supported better by this more solid, renewed foundation. Speaking of foundations, this is a hell of an episode because we get to go back to almost the start of everything, at least before the moment when Sarah first spots Beth on that train platform. Because as it turns out, there was a ton of shit going on with Beth that we still don't know about, and one of the people working with her (another clone, as it turns out) is still out there, but being way more careful than the others have, so she's still not been tracked down. I'm totally here for all of this, and I really loved getting to "meet" Beth properly. I can't wait to find out if we get to see more of her.