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Orphan Black - Knowledge of Causes, and Secret Motion of Things - Review: "Alison's Wonderland"

1 Jun 2014

Last night's episode of BBC America's Orphan Black gave us a much needed break from the darkness and mystery of recent weeks, and called on the humor and creativity used extensively in its freshman season to give the audience a good laugh.

"Knowledge of Causes, and Secret Motion of Things" focused primarily on the most useless, yet the funniest of the clones - Alison. She hasn't played a significant part in the storyline over the past few weeks but it was her turn to stand in the spotlight this week. Her temporary home at New Path Wellness Center was on show, and last week we saw Alison recruit Vic in anticipation of the event. The growing bond between the pair was almost immediately demolished following Alison's eavesdropping on a conversation Vic was having with the less often seen Angela Deangelis.

A panicking Alison called in the man of the hour, Felix, to get him to help solve the problem. A spiked drink was all that was needed to turn Vic the Dick's lights out, with gravity assisting in sending him face-first into a glittery table. There was something very satisfying to be felt when that happened, and I'll willingly confess to rewinding and watching that face-plant a couple more times.

The ensuing chaos saw Sarah swap with Alison, with the former being forced to make a speech, then role play with "Dummy" Donnie while the latter escorted a clumsy, Vic-laden Felix away from the crowd of people while cleverly throwing Deangelis off their trail. This was a beautifully designed sequence of events that I thoroughly enjoyed, but it didn't end there, thanks to Donnie's abrupt entrance to Alison's room which also contained Sarah, the one he had been humiliated by in a role play a few moments earlier.

Despite being the most memorable scene of the episode, it wasn't all that happened. Among other moments, an unusually emotional Rachel found out that all she thought she had known could now be a lie upon reuniting with her father, and Cosmia's treatment for her illness progressed, and led to a fallout between her and Delphine. Siobhan played some interesting games with Dr. Leekie and Rachel in an attempt to secure the wellbeing of Kira and her mother once more.

We also saw Cal Morrison wrap up his story arc for now. Upon reuniting with Sarah he most likely went his own way in light of his computer being compromised. Kira continues to mystify me. She has some sort of ability but the creative team are doing an excellent job keeping that under wraps.

Perhaps the biggest plot twist of last night's episode was the accidental death of Dr. Leekie thanks to "Dummy" Donnie. I really didn't see this coming at all, and it surprised me further because in the end it was accidental. Dummies and guns clearly aren't a good mix. Leekie's death puts several storylines in jeopardy, chiefly Cosmia's treatment which had been spearheaded by Leekie.

Notably absent from last night's episode was Helena, Art, and the Proletheans. I have to say this helped immensely with the enjoyment factor of the episode. Though their storylines are important, taking them out of the picture was the correct decision for an Alison-centric episode.

Thanks for reading! What were your thoughts about last night's episode? Hit the comments with them below.
About the Author - Jimmy Ryan
Jimmy Ryan lives in New Zealand. He is an avid follower of drama television and has a keen interest for television ratings and statistics. Some of his favorite shows right now are Person of Interest, Scandal, House of Cards, Orphan Black, The Blacklist, The 100, and Castle. You can visit his television ratings website, or follow him on Twitter, @SeriesMonitor.


  1. Awesome review, I really like this show, and Alison and Sara switching places again was fun. Rachel is so intriguing, and this show keeps surprising me!

  2. Thanks :-) I love the show as well. There's nothing else like it!

  3. Mirror mirror on the wall, how did they film that scene at all? :)

  4. I loved how Leaky is now out of the picture just as Mrs. S was arranging with him to turn over the data.

  5. Thanks for great review. I had not thought of the show from your perspective, and really enjoyed Allison being front and center. I for once loved Donnie. Lol, that was a masterful scene between he and Dr. Leekie. Love seeing Paul show up for anything, is a delight. I am more and more curious about Kira, and want to know, now, what her true gift is. Fee, looking at a knocked out Vic, so funny. This show brings the goodies, and makes me happy every week.

  6. Spot on Jimmy! This ep was full of laughter, fun, and even a Shocker! I too confess to rewinding Vic the Dick's face dive! I laughed uncontrollably when Felix turned him over to reveal his beautifully "crafted" glitter n pink feathered face!!! LOLOL Felix lugging him down the hall - hitting his head on a doorway! I once again rewound - this time to hear what Allison said, as I was too busy laughing to catch it! I'm thinking Vic's "deal" is now null-n-void. Sarah giving Allison's Welcome Speech! Role playing with Dummy Donnie was hysterical. Dummy Donnie is truly a Clueless Clown!

    *Rachel's (emotional) meeting Daddy Duncan.
    *Cos kicking Delphine out of the lab. (-am I the only one who doesn't care for her?)
    *Leekie meeting w Michelle Forbes!! (intro to a new baddie?- MF is a pro at it)
    *Rachel talking w Michelle Forbes (aka: Dr. Marion Bowles)
    *Dummy Donnie's meeting w Leekie & his (ooooops) bloody demise!
    *Cal saying goodbye to Kira....... leading to.....
    ............What IS Kira ? Besides being quite the Smart Kid!!
    *This episode will be "go to" show, for a laugh, a smile and a pick me up! - I will keep this one around for a long time!

    CC rules!

  7. The pink feathers really are the crowning glory, that final perfect finishing detail that makes you go "yep, that's it exactly!" :)

  8. CC Trading Cards:
    Vic the Dick's will show his lovely new feminine side!
    : D

  9. There ought to be a Clone Club trading card game... I play "Family Day Too Much For You" on Vic - now remember the house-rule, you have to wear *this* on your head while the card is in play :p

  10. LOL
    What a Fun(ny) game it would be!


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