Orphan Black Review – “Formalized, Complex, and Costly”


Kyle’s Review

Orphan Black’s male and female clones are more entangled than we first thought and the two genders are on the prowl for the original clone DNA. “Formalized, Complex, and Costly” sheds enough light on some questions so that twice as many new questions take their place but the show shines with its continued success of weaving multiple storylines.

Mark and Gracie, on-the-lam, pursue new leads to find the DNA samples that will cure both the males and females. At the same time, Cosima and Scott learn as much as they can about the male clone’s biology, which led to the revelation about the males and females as kin, while Alison is on the campaign trail and business/politics are looking good. Art finally joins the exclusive Clone Club and that causes a much needed link to Toronto, Canada. With Helen abroad and the rest of the clones spread out across the winds, it’s nice to have an anchor like Art. Rest assure that the show ends with a deadly showdown (no spoilers) and we get a cliffhanger that demands you to watch next week.

I’m amazed at how well Orphan Black can show enough of each member of its large cast to keep me vested in them. “Formalized, Complex, and Costly” gave me enough info to whet my appetite but it also keeps enough shrouded that I’ll be back for more.


Despite the second set of clones slowing down the narrative by a hair, Orphan Black continues with a strong third season.

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