“Newer Elements of Our Defense” continued the entangled genetics of the male and female clones with delicious results. This week’s Orphan Black ended with a cliffhanger, so I won’t be able to go into too much detail, but believe me when I say you won’t be disappointed and if you haven’t been following Orphan Black, “Newer Elements of Our Defense” would be a difficult entry point.
Orphan Black found a way to give all the main clones – both male and female – even screen time. That doesn’t happen in most episodes – it may have never happened in a single episode – and it’s nice to see here. We pick up where we left off last week with Sarah in a cornfield with Mark, who’s bleeding out. They dance a Tango of I don’t trust you and we’re family all the way to unearthing something every organization on Orphan Black has been looking for since the first episode. I won’t spoil the surprise but the two clones were good dancing partners and their little dance factors into the show’s cliffhanger.
As for the rest of the clones, they filled certain roles for a well-rounded episode. Cosima give us our romantic angle as she moves on from Delphine and hits the dating scene. Allison has great comedic timing with her bumbling husband and they give us a break from the heavier scenes. But Helena shows off her stealth abilities. While Sarah delivered some great psychological thrills, Helena had the physical thrills on lock down.
After a slow start, Orphan Black has reached its stride with this week’s “Newer Elements of Our Defense.”