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Orphan Black - (S02E08)

Thriller . Sci-Fi & Fantasy . Sci-Fi . Drama . Action

A new player in the clone conspiracy turns up at Felix’s door, sending him into crisis mode. With Cosima running out of options, Sarah struggles with the decision to surrender a crucial piece of leverage and make a deal with Dyad.

Episode Title: Variable and Full of Perturbation
Airs: 2014-06-7 at urday
  • Jeff Jensen

    Slowly, a smartly constructed epic is taking shape.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Diane Werts

    A head-spinning, yet deeply humane, thrill ride.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    It is, flat out, one of the most intriguingly entertaining new series of the year, and it’s so much more than pure entertainment. For a sci-fi series, there’s some real heft to it.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Curt Wagner

    As Sarah makes one shocking discovery after another, Orphan Black weaves an increasingly intricate, suspenseful tale.

    RedEye Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    [A] gritty, visceral, and emotionally engaging thriller.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Orphan Black begins with a solid, well-constructed, one-hour pilot that breezily introduces the characters and the show's conceit. It does allow some questions to linger, but it won't leave viewers scratching their heads in confusion, an important distinction and a balance not all genre shows are capable of getting right.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    Funky, freaky and fascinating, Orphan deserves to be adopted by any pulp-fantasy fan.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    Orphan Black has the potential to be memorable entertainment, if they [creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett] can continue to deliver each and every plot development with a human touch.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    The mystery is wonderfully intriguing; the performances are excellent, especially from Maslany but also from Jordan Gavaris as her foster brother and best friend, Felix.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    Basically, it's fun: creepy when it needs to be, light when it can be (which is more often than you'd expect, given the life and death stakes), doesn't look too cheap (it has an easier time than "Copper," in that it doesn't have to recreate an earlier time period).

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Linda Stasi

    An intriguing new series.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    By the end of the second episode, this tasty show starts to reveal that it is not just another identity-swapping story. Something creepily sci-fi is definitely going on.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    Orphan Black has the same plain club soda flavor you get in most cable action dramas now, but I have to say that I’m enjoying some of its fizz.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    It's just as ridiculous as it sounds, chockablock with clichés, predictable exposition (two taps of the keyboard and entire histories are revealed) and some fairly whacked-out plot twists. But it doesn't matter because Orphan Black isn't so much about plot as it is performance, and as the series continues, the performances are pretty astonishing.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Laurel Brown

    The beginnings of answers do appear by the end of the episode, and they are definitely compelling enough to encourage continued viewing.

    Zap2it (Inside the Box) Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    It takes a bit longer than it should for the viewer to assemble a working knowledge of the show's core mystery, and there are some tonal issues (some attempts at jokey moments are a bit jarring), but overall, Orphan Black is a quite watchable thriller that plunges its heroine into a murky world that almost seems designed to drive her mad.

    The Huffington Post Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    The settings never seem authentic for the Big Apple, and accents veer like partygoers after last call.... Still, Maslany shows skill in her many alternate guises, and the show has a dark sense of humor.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    Orphan Black is a cool, clever show, and I don’t discount the possibility that it could become great, or at least excellent; but for now, both its tone and its premise seem worrisomely limited.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    Aside from the performances by Maslany, especially, and Gavaris, who gets some of the show's best lines, it takes until the third and fourth episodes for Orphan Black to start growing on you.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Other than enjoying Maslany in multiple characters, wigs and accents, there’s nothing so distinctive about the plot as to provide an incentive to hang around long enough to sort out all the gory details regarding who might want to eliminate them.

    Variety Full Review
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