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“(Wo)man Up” Series: Orphan Black

10th of August, 2017

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Eurythmics once sang along with Aretha Franklin those lines: Sisters are doing it for themselves. Standing on their own two feet. And ringing on their own bells. There are no better words to describe “clones-sisters” from Orphan Black – BBC America production created by Graeme Manson and John Fawcett. The viewers will have a pleasure (or sadness and pleasure, because production is one of the best ones) to see the last, finale episode Saturday, at 10 on BBC America channel. That is why Orphan Black will do the honour to begin new (Wo)man Up Series, where I write about women in tv shows and movies (once a week – different production).

Orphan Black is, without doubt, one of the best, the smartest, the most dynamic production people have ever seen. There is action, mystery and incredible chemistry between characters. All those qualities together gave me a thrill I never felt before. Tatiana Maslany, the main actress playing ALL(sic!) clones, is one of the most talented artist entertainment industry had ever seen – no doubt! She played almost 30 or more clones in the show. With the help of Katherine Alexandre – her double stunt – she created a group of amazing, independent, sometimes funny women who are not afraid to stand up and fight for their rights even if it means sacrifise. Oh, there was a lot of sacrifise. Fifth finale season gave fans one of the most brutnal clone death – MK, quiet clone, Helsinki survivor who was helping others. After the episode, Internet literally broke. People were grieving after MK’s death. That only proves how much of a talent Maslany really is: I try to get roles that challenge me in what I can do and who I think I can portray. For me, it’s about creating characters with really fascinating stories, because that’s what I like to watch on TV, said Maslany in one of many interviews.  Every one of Tatiana’s characters had beautiful, often sad story and the acress showed that without any fail.

Throughout all five seasons, the clones, which the audience had the best chance to get to meet Sarah Manning, Cosima Niehaus, Alison Hendrix, Helena and Rachel Duncan. Each of them, together, and also separately have shown that feminine solidarity is one of the most powerful things in the world. Each one is different, has a different way of being, different experiences – Sarah Manning is lost woman with daughter who wants to find her way in life, Cosima Niehaus is a smart scientist, trying to find a love she deserves. Alison Hendrix is not-so-typical soccer mom of two and suspects her husband is her monitor.  Helena is an Ukrainian orphan, Sarah’s real twin, trained to kill others. In her example, you can observe how difficult it is to free yourself from the mental abuse. Helena was raised by Prolethians, the group of dangerous people. Trained, tortured, raised without love, the character is a perfect example of a person, of a woman who survived and wants a change of her life.

 

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Rachel Duncan is a contrast of her sisters. Raised by Neolutionists – the creators of clones, she was being prepared to take over responsibilities of her guardian, Aldous. In many moments, Rachel resembles Helena. Although both women were raised differently, there is a certain kind of abuse that, in both cases, is similar. But the two characters show that you can get out of the oppression and after a lot of hard work, try to live normally.

Although sisters and Rachel Duncan are on opposite sides, there is day when they all have to unite to defend even more powerful villain – the founder of Neolution, PT Westmoreland who claims to be over 100 years old. Orphan Black has come to a point where there is, really is a man behind the curtain. There is a problem of patriarchy, still fresh and present  in modern world. Although PT tries to control women’s bodies, sisters, Siobhan – Sarah’s mother and Delphine along with Felix and Adele do everything they can to defy him. The time finally had come to show how strong and independed women can be to gain their rights and autonomy.

To defeat the enemy, Cosima Niehaus along with Delphine Cormier, her monitor and partner in life, and Scott, has to explore Neolutionism and work on clones’ advancing diseanse that touches her personally, too. Cosima reflects knowledge in Orphan Black, as well as his own sexuality. The scientist demonstrates that being scientifically gifted is not a graph of being so-called. geek. Cosima and Delphine (Cophine) helped many young women deal with their own sexuality. And if the series can positively affect the change in the public, it can only testify to the greatness and freshness of production.

Sarah Manning and Alison Hendrix, although so very different, they seem to be so similar. Sarah Manning is bravado, which sometimes ends up really bad. Alison seems to be like that too. A woman often makes decisions based on emotions. Both sisters have a problem with the abuse of alcohol. Both have children. Sarah Manning has a daughter, Alison has two adopted children – boy and a girl. In spite of this, Alison seems to be happier, giving the audience a laugh and a respite. Sarah, on the other hand, introduces powerful, often darker emotions.

Sisters show they can fight but they couldn’t handle everything without help of Delphine Cormier, Siobhan “Mrs. S.” Sadler, Felix Dawkins- Sarah’s brother and Adele, his biological sister. We also cannot forget about Art – police detective.

Delphine Cormier had come a long way into Clone Club to be finally trusted yet there are still some people who don’t truly believe her. But, to be honest, there is nothing to believe in or not believe in anymore. Delphine had been welcomed in clone family for good. Evelyne Brochu, playing the rold of the blonde scientist said: Women can’t only be the person only there to french kiss the hero after he’s won the game or won the war. Women are half of humanity. They’re part of history. Brochu proves that in her role. Delphine’s specialty is immunology, whose heroine devotes essentially all her life. Doctor, whose home country is France, is assigned the role of monitor. Delphine shows viewers the world of science and technology, which is extremely important in Canadian production, but not only, because the viewer has a chance to watch the heroine through the deeper relationship with Cosima that suddenly turns into love.

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In all its complexity, the image of Delphine’s world, however, creates some coherence. Spectators have the opportunity to watch her: her climbing the ranks of the career and the gradation of feelings that character reveals to the audience season-after-season. She is an employee first and answers before Leekie and then takes his place. Delphine becomes director of the institute and has to make decisions that affect not only her and her relationship with Cosima but also with her lover’s sisters. Delphine Cormier proves in every season of production that she will do everything to be a good boss and an effective caregiver. Despite the discrimination of the Cosima’s sisters, she still tries to do everything for them. The doctor proves to viewers thinking that her relationship with Cosima is ephemeral and not important, that it is an illusion. Delphine also shows that she is a much better boss than her predecessor. Delphine Cormier is the defition of a strong woman who will do anything for love and truth. mrs s ssssSiobhan Sadler keeps her pace with one exception. Not only does she prove the power of women, but also shows how tough and important it is to be a mother. Mrs. S adpoted Sarah and Felix when they were kids, had to handle all their behaviours, then Sarah’s dissapearens. She had to take care of Kira, Sarah’s daughter. But she did all of it in the name of love. Siobhan is the shadow of her family through all seasons of production. A woman cares for their well-being and takes care of them. Even when it comes to tragedy and the woman loses her mother who turned out to be a clone original – she still stands with her loved ones. Siobhan along with Felix, Delphine and Adele, destroy the Neolution. Siobhan, even for the price of her life, will not let their chickens to be killed. She sacrifises herself which is one of the most powerful, most heartbreaking scenes in Orphan Black. 

 

 

Tatiana Maslany said once: I feel so lucky to be in a show that puts women at the center. And this is true. Production proves that women can be strong and fight for what’s good for them. As Felix said in episode eight, season five – To galaxy of women!

Who is Delphine Cormier? Theories About The Character From “Orphan Black”

18th of April, 2016

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The last, 5th season of science-fiction futuristic tv show Orphan Black will air on 10th of June 2017 on BBC America. The picture about clone sisters and new science called Neolution is a huge success all over the world. Tatiana Maslany, an Emmy awarded actress who is behind all clones, is unbelievable talented. She created more than twenty completely different characters. The only thing that’s the same is their face.

The final battle will be played out between five main sisters: Sarah Manning, Cosima Niehaus, Alison Hendrix, Helena and evil one – Rachel Duncan. We will also have a chance to probably see Krystal Goderitch who was the one that actually saved Delphine Cormier – the second main character (after all clones) in Orphan Black.

Before I go to the theories, let’s go back to the last episode of season 4. MK is back to sestras, because she got sick too. She’s trying to help all of them again. Donnie got out from prison.ob410_2983 Along with Alison, they can’t stand living like they do so they decide to leave for holidays. Unfortunately it looks like they can’t – Evie Cho’s guy tries to kill them, but suddenly out of nowhere Helena saves the day (again). All three of them go to the shelter Ukrainian clone built. In the same time, Rachel exchanges the places with Cosima – she comes back to destroy Evie Cho and Cosima goes to the island to find the cure along with Susan. The cure is found, Rachel messes with sisters again and tries to continue Neolution science. Cosima is cut off by Susan. The medicine is taken away from her. Sarah decides to go and help Cosima. Rachel also comes back to the island,  stabbing Susan whilob410e Cosima and Charlotte escape from the mansion. There is the moment everybody was waiting for – they are found by The Messanger and brought to the camp where Delphine is (we find out it was detective Duko who shot her but Van Lier – Evie Cho’s helper – rescued her). That was the most beautiful moment in the tv series. Delphine has to help Cosima, whom is slipping away. French doctor cannot believe Cosima found the cure. In tob410_3243he same time she asks her lover not to tell anyone about it. Season 4 ends with Sarah escaping Rachel’s claws. But everything can go all worse and well… that’s how it is. Sarah calls Mrs. S. who cannot talk to her, because Ferdinand, who is with her and Kira, takes the phone away.

 First questions that appear in my head – if Rachel has all Neolution in her claws, does that mean she wants Kira in exchange for Sarah’s life? Or maybe she’s blackmailing them (Ferdinand will shoot Kira and Siobhan if Sarah Manning doesn’t come back to Rachel?) We will all find out very soon.

The real question is that is with me all the time – who is Delphine Cormier? TherOrphanBlack310_2826e is no doubt that she is the most mysterious character from the show. Who know me knows that she is my favourite character played by Evelyne Brochu. But wheter someone likes her or not, we cannot avoid the fact that all she had done since the first season, she did for Cosima and sisters. After her lover found out Delphine was her monitor, French didn’t do anything on purpose to hurt her. That’s the fact.

After Delphine dissapeared, Cosima was in a very bad condition – not only physical, but also emotional. When Krystal tells Felix she saw Delphine got shot, but then was rescued, Cosima couldn’t believe in it. Then they met on the island. What happens there?

When I look and analyze characters I can say that we don’t know anything about Delphine’s past. How did she get involved in Neolutiovan liern? Is she really from Lille? Who are her parents? Were they scientists too? Is that how she met Aldous Leekie? This is were my theories start. Delphine was shot by detective Duko and then saved by Van Lier. Let’s say again – Ian Van Lier was serving Evie Cho who hated clones. Then why did Ian save Delphine who was so involved in clones’ lives? Of course she was brilliant, but that made her a threat even more – she knew too much. Then why did Van Lier save her?

In season 4th finale where Krystal meets Delphine who is shot in the Dyad parcade, Van Lier appears and takes her somewhere. As we find out later – she is on the island. When Sarah Manning dressed up as Krystal tries to find out what really happened, she asks Ian why did he save Delphine? He then says he was told to. But not by Evie Cho, but someone more important. Who then? Did he mean Westmoreland? If so, why did inventor of Neolution saved Delphine who hates that futuristic science?

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The scene on the left gave me some tips. We see The Messanger (a man connected to Westmoreland) and Delphine who is operated. It looks like they know each other. I’m not sure about Delphine, but surely him. Does that mean he knew Westmoreland was going to save French doctor? But again – why? Why did Westmoreland along with The Messanger bother to save brilliant doctor who knew too much about everything?

More answers we get in the scene of them talking. The man tells Delphine he is not happy about that. He definitely means legendary P.T. Westmoreland.

Delphine: What am I supposed to do? What does he have to say about this?

The Messanger: He’s not happy about any of this.
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Delphine: Of course. Altruism poses a distinct challenge to the evolutionist.

The Messanger: His altruism saved you.

Delphine: That wasn’t what it was.

The Messanger: You won’t be allowed to stay with her.

Delphine. I know. But she’s my patient. So if you’ll please excuse us…

What did he mean by His altruism saved you? And the most important question – why? If Westmoreland is Neolutionist, this probably means he’s gonna support Rachel. Delphine hated that, so why did he save her? In my opinion Delphine is related to Wesmoreland. That’s why she’s talking so freely about him. That’s why he saved her. Maybe she didn’t really know her roots, but I think she may be connected to him. The same thing is with saving Cosima and Charlotte. They didn’t have to save them. Susan, then Rachel took the cure (thank God Cosima took it back before she escaped). Both, woman and a girl, were sick which means weak. And how exactly The Messanger y648know where they were? Maybe it was Delphine who asked Westmoreland to save them in order for her to keep helping him?

What if we don’t know that, but Delphine has more power in Orphan Black than we think she had? Maybe more than she thought she has? Another thing that speaks for my agruments is the book who is going to be released around August 2017. It’s gonna contain all secret files of Dr. Delphine Cormier. It will tell us more about clones but most importantly – more about the character, personality and past of Delphine. This along with the season finale might completely shock us. And, as far as I know amazing creators of Orphan Black (Graeme Manson and John Fawcett) – it’s gonna happen.

Another thing is the new trtumblr_onzyfon0mi1vo44vfo6_r1_400ailers of season finale. Creators gave us a lot and thank you for that! In the first one we see Delphine in the dress and Cosima in the tux suit. Are they going to meet Westmoreland? I think they might. Especially that in the next trailer Delphine says to Cosima: This place is the heart of Neolution. 

I know they are haters and lovers of Delphine Cormier. I am definitely team Cophine and I’m not ashamed of that. But sides of the coin cannot deny:  she is very important character and soon we will see if my theories are correct. Or maybe I am wrong? What do you think?

Season finale of Orphan Black starts June 10th on BBC America. 

Remember My Words. Forget My Name.

23th of September, 2016

The title is actually a quote. Those are words of Aurora Luft – one of the main characters in Canadian/Hungarian tv show called “X Company”. You don’t know this show? Well, that’s a shame, but I’m coming with the review of this production, so you would know if you liked it. Let’s get started.

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“X Company” tells us the story of five people who are trained and prepared to serve during the World War II as secret agents for the Canadian  facility in Ontario. After the training they are supposed to be sent to the field and complete different missions. It is a spy thriller series, created by Mark Ellis and Stephanie Morgenstern.

There had been two seasons of the show by far. Third and in the same time last season is gonna air around February 2017. As the creators say, the project was in their minds for a long time. They finally could produce  what they’ve dreamed of. And I can tell you one thing. They did it good.

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What are the opinions? Different. Some people say that the historic facts are messed up. Other say that the show is good. Denette Wilford from Huffington Post said that X Company is another history lesson CBC is offering audiences, and it nails it once again. I’m not gonna say whether I agree with it or not. I am not historician either and I can’t point exactly what facts may or may not be truth. The one thing is for sure – Camp X existed in a real life and I don’t need anything else.

Someone may be upset with me and not agree with me. Well, if the show is so good, I don’t care if one thing may not be exactly true. Besides, iny my opinion in this show is more about human relationships during the World War II other than exact historic events.

Aurora Luft. Alfred Graves. Neil Mackay. Harry James. Tom Cummings. Five people and they have one target – sabotage of as many Nazi’s plans of destroying the world as they all can do. Spies take the orders from Duncan Sinclair, the leader of Camp X in Ontario. They communicate each other by Morse code through the stations with iambic paddle. The master of it is Harry James, the youngest of all. The leader of the group is Aurora Luft – half Jewish half German young woman. She was journalist at the time when Germans took France. She immidiately organizes a group of Resistance fighters. She knows she’s not gonna let Germans take her land just like that.

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She’s an excellent leader. And here we have another thing I need to talk about. How media changed their attidute towards women’s roles. There she is, a female leader. She’s in charge of four other fighters, four men and she is amazing at it. Aurora is smart, Aurora has a strong sense of intuition and the most important – she knows what she does.

I could not not mention amazing character – Alfred. The man joins the group only because of one reason. He has super intelligence and memory. He can only look at something once and he remembers. That’s why he is deathly weapon for Germans. In the same time as he works with others, he needs to be protected. Aurora is told not to let Germans take him alive. It’s getting harder and harder, because young woman find strong feelings towards him.

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Their relationship is really strong. In the same time though, Aurora always tries to treat all friends equally, so at one point, she is really torn apart.

We also have Tom, Neil and Harry. Tom and Neil are very good friends. They know each other very well, they are loyal and respectful towards Aurora. The same goes with Harry. Although he has rebellious moments , he knows that the woman is a great leader.

As I’m talking about the characters I also have to mention the actors who did and do amazing job, bringing the history back again. Evelyne Brochu, Warren Brown, Jack Laskey, Connor Price and Dustin Milligan are doing amazing job, creating characters all fans adore and support. When we look at the pictures behind the scenes, we also see how close all of them are. It’s really important for actors to be friends, because then characters are real.

As I said at the beginning, “X Company” circulates around the World War II. It is about five spies who complete missions, sabotage Germans and fight for their country. But in the same time you see their connections. Their closeness. Their personal struggles. You see how Tom is apart with his love. How Harry falls in love and is in pain. How Alfred is scared because he hates gun shots and gun, but he has to fight it in order to serve the country. You see how Aurora has to cope with loss and how she has to gain the trust of someone who could be best friend, but she can’t be friends with them. And you notice that all of them have problems, big problems. But all of them support each other.

Next to it, we witness horrible scenes from World War II. We see executing innocent men, because that’s what they had to do. We see how sometimes you need to kill someone who you love, so they could be safe, so they wouldn’t be in slavery. We see how strong you have to be after losing the best friend, in that moment you just need to pull yourself together and fight for your country.

To be honest, watching “X Company” was really personal for me. First thing is that I am Polish. As we all know, Poland was kicked down, beaten all the time, people from Poland were in concentration camps, they were executed. So watching this producion made me realize, made me appreaciate one more time what people from the past did for our future. In one or maybe two episodes there is Polish man who helps spies. I was watching and I was wondering what would I do if I lived in the times of World War II. Would I fight like them for my freedom? Would I be caught? Or would I just give up straight away?

I couldn’t answer on any of these question. I just appreciated my greatgrandfather one more time. Him and many other people.

Today “X Company” gets 8/10 stars. If you like drama, if you like spy thrillers and some history, this tv show is for you. Plus amazing cast and acting deserves audience and applause.

Farewell!

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