TV Club: Orphan Black risks it all to save Donnie

Orphan Black is a show that depends heavily on the element of surprise, as any good thriller does. You may think you know what’s happening, but how the show gets to the outcome is half the fun—the best episodes tweak viewer expectations and narrative convention. This was part of the issue in the last two episodes. The plot was either going in odd directions, or it was taking really unnecessary steps to get there.

But in “The Redesign of Natural Objects,” in one respect, we already know what’s going to happen. Sarah and Mrs. S are on to Duko from the start, thanks to Mrs. S trying to hunt him down, so there’s very little concern about him succeeding in his plans. Instead, the show derives real tension and emotional stakes from the question of whether or not Alison knows she’s helping them. She’s …

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