Last Tango in Halifax S4 E2 is Part Two of The Christmas Special. Holy Moly! What an episode! Stirring, momentous scenes between Caroline (Sarah Lancashire) and Gillian (Nicola Walker) and between Gillian and Robbie (Dean Andrews). Beware the spoilers. Continue reading “Last Tango in Halifax S4 E2 The Christmas Special Pt. 2”
Episode 2 of season 3 of The Fall is “His Troubled Thoughts.” This is the episode where we discover that Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan) thinks it’s 2006 and that he was injured in a car accident. Is amnesia a defense? Beware the spoilers. Continue reading “The Fall S3 E2 His Troubled Thoughts”
Orphan Black season 4 episode 2 “Transgressive Border Crossing” begins with Mika’s (Tatiana Maslany – everywoman) phone call to Sarah in Iceland telling her to run because the neolutionists are coming after Kendall Malone (Alison Steadman). She runs.
Happy Valley S2 E2 has a few laughs, a couple of funerals, and a mess of disasters that will tangle future episodes. I’ll keep the review as brief and spoiler free as possible, but there are some spoilers.
Catherine (Sarah Lancashire) brings home Ilinka (Ivana Bašić) after a group of Croatian women were rescued from slavery. There were more women than the various facilities in the Calder Valley could hold; naturally, Catherine brought one home. Continue reading “Happy Valley S2 E2: Two Funerals and a Fall off the Wagon”
Episode 2 of Last Tango in Halifax in season 3 of this BBC series is a painful one. Pain from old wounds and betrayals still unforgiven come forth from the past to color and hurt again today. It begins mere minutes from where episode 1 ended.
Every spoiler imaginable ahead. Continue reading “Last Tango in Halifax: Season 3 Episode 2”
Orphan Black’s “Transitory Sacrifices of Crisis” begins where the last episode left off, with Sarah (Tatiana Maslany, a multitude) still looking for Helena and the male clone Rudy, AKA Scarface, (Ari Mullen, an army) freed from his basement prison and on the loose with Seth, AKA Mr. Moustache. The time between episodes appears to be just a few hours.
Rudy and the Boys
Ari Millen as Rudy and the other soldier boys gets all the wow scenes with multiple clones in this episode. There are several.
Rudy picks up a willing young woman named Patty (Natalie Krill) for sex, but she nixes the idea when Seth shows up and wants to join in. Later Patty reports the incident to Detective Bell (Kevin Hanchard) – yeah, he’s back on duty. Bell informs Sarah that the boys are loose and on the prowl and they both have a double headed horse tattoo on their left forearms.
Paul (Dylan Bruce) shows up and tells Rudy and Seth to report to base. Rudy asks if the orders come from “Mother.” I’m thinking mother is Dr. Virginia Coady (Kyra Harper). We glimpsed her last week and see more of her this week. She seems to be in charge of the military side of the clone experiments.
Rudy is the rebel. He’s a lot like Sarah in that way. He decides not to follow orders, but to finish the job and get the original genome from Sarah.
Rudy hides in Kyra’s (Skyler Wexler) blanket fort in Felix’s (Jordan Gavaris) apartment. He grabs Kyra and tries for force Sarah to talk. She knows nothing. When he realizes that Seth, who is waiting downstairs, is fritzing out like a bad transister, Rudy leaves and releases Kyra. Downstairs he sees that Seth is suffering a hopeless glitch and shoots him. Then he leans down and says, “I love you, brother.”
While we are on the subject of Felix’s apartment, it looks like the tank of liquid nitrogen is inside the blanket fort and has not come to the attention of any of the adults yet.
We also see another male clone at the military base where Helena is held. His name is Miller. More on Miller later.
Mark makes a brief appearance in this episode. He removes the horse tattoo from his arm in the most painful way possible.
Sarah and the Girls
Cal (Michiel Huisman) rents an apartment where he and Sarah and Kyra can play house. Sarah and Kyra love the idea, but it isn’t meant to be. Paul comes by to tell Cal that Sarah better get outta Dodge. Cal goes to Felix’s to warn her and sees Rudy shoot Seth.
Sarah sort of forgives Mrs. S (Maria Doyle Kennedy) for giving up Helena, but only if she will use her contacts to find Paul and get info on where Helena is. Sarah also wants to go after Mark in hopes he knows where Helena is hidden.
I think Mrs. S is the one who inspired the “transitory sacrifices of crisis” choice for the episode title.
Felix is taking care of Mrs. S, but he joins Sarah in urging her to do something about Helena.
Sarah decides to send Kyra to safety with Cal. They will go to Iceland.
When Ramone (Alex Ozerov) tells Alison that he’s closing down his business to go off to college, Alison and Donnie (Kristian Bruun) buy him out. They buy almost $80,000 worth of pills from him. Alison sees it as a way to make money now that Donnie is out of a job, but also a way to defeat Marci (Amanda Brugel) in the school trustee race. Seems most of Ramone’s clients are soccer moms like Alison. Her new voter base awaits drug delivery, yes indeed.
Cosima is feeling much better. She makes reference to some sort of spiritual effect in her recovery. She says as a scientist she needs to be open to everything, which I see as foreshadowing the arrival of Ksenia Solo as a guest. Neither Scott (Josh Vokey) or anyone else can quite explain her rapid recovery. She’s back in the lab looking for answers, and giving Sarah info on the two-headed horse mythology about Castor.
Helena is in a military compound. The male clone, Miller, is torturing her as part of a stress test. Helena is given the same strange eye test that earlier cause Seth to glitch out in a minor way. It drives Helena have a conversation with her spirit animal, the scorpion, about wanting to see the mango mentioned in the test.
Dr. Coady stops all the testing because she’s learned that Helena is pregnant. She’s warm and friendly to Helena, gives her food, treats her with respect. Look out for that one, Helena.
At the end of the episode, Sarah is no closer to finding Helena. Cal and Kyra are doing a geographical in hopes of keeping Kyra safe. Cosima and Josh haven’t yet started in on decoding “The Island of Dr. Moreau.” We’ve learned that the male clones have some sort of mental connection – Rudy knew what Seth was feeling & Mark decided the tattoo had to go.
I’m eager to see Alison interact with Marci. Amanda Brugel has had fleeting scenes so far, but I think the time is coming when we’ll see more of her and Alison together. I’m also eager to see Ksenia Solo appear.
The Title Quote
The title again comes from Dwight Eisenhower. In his farewell to the nation speech in 1961, there was this paragraph.
“Progress toward these noble goals is persistently threatened by the conflict now engulfing the world. It commands our whole attention, absorbs our very beings. We face a hostile ideology global in scope, atheistic in character, ruthless in purpose, and insidious in method. Unhappily the danger it poses promises to be of indefinite duration. To meet it successfully, there is called for, not so much the emotional and transitory sacrifices of crisis, but rather those which enable us to carry forward steadily, surely, and without complaint the burdens of a prolonged and complex struggle – with liberty the stake. Only thus shall we remain, despite every provocation, on our charted course toward permanent peace and human betterment”
The tension is unbearable and scary as hell in episode 2 of The Fall. Season 1 was more cerebral. Now the tension is mounting, and the danger has gone way up.
There are spoilers.
The music, the pace, and Jamie Dornan’s performance as a menacing killer make everything about this episode terrifying. The music is breath-holding, tense, yet pulsing, moving. Who knew the sound of a gong could be so nerve-wracking? Writer and Director Allan Cubitt has created something very scary here.
Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson) wakes from a dream. She’s sleeping on a cot in her office. She writes her dream in a journal.
Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan) takes Rose Stagg (Valene Kane) out of her house after making her write a note to her family. She tries to outsmart him. She tries to fight him. She tries pleading with him. It doesn’t work. He stashes her in the abandoned building he found near his in-laws place. The one where he tried some funny business with a manikin in season 1.
Stella Gibson is a lap swimmer. She works out that way. If that is really Gillian Anderson swimming laps, she’s an outstanding swimmer.
Detective Superintendent Gibson realizes immediately that Paul has taken Rose when Rose misses an appointment. The look of dread on Gillian Anderson’s face is telling.
Stella’s boss ACC Jim Burns (John Lynch) isn’t convinced they have an abduction on their hands. The police go to the Stagg house and look around. Rose’s little girl tells PC Dani Ferrington (Niamh McGready) about the man who came in the night and taught her the Peter Piper tongue twister. The boss is finally convinced.
Paul is the bereavement counselor for his own escaped victim, Annie Brawley (Karen Hassan). Oh my god! He alone with her in her hospital room. When he realizes she doesn’t recognize him, he actually does a decent job of counseling her. He tells her to think about the future and forget the past. Once they connect the scissors that killed her brother with the guy in her hospital room counseling her, it’s going to get crazy.
The Spector’s former babysitter Katie (Aisling Franciosi) is doing some crazy 16 year-old-shit. She takes the Spector’s daughter Olivia (Sarah Beattie) to attract Paul’s attention. Later she goes to Paul’s sleazy hotel room hoping for some sort of sexual adventure. He does not provide sex, but he is really tempted to strangle her. She’s going to get herself killed the way she’s acting.
Paul won’t have sex with Katie because she’s a child. He actually tells her to think about what she’s doing because every decision has consequences. He doesn’t want his wife to have an abortion because that would be killing a child. He’s got a thing about children, but it doesn’t carry over into the murder of grown women. As Bo Dennis, AKA Lost Girl, might say, “Mommie issues, get in line.”
Stella and pathologist Tanya Reed Smith (Archie Panjabi) realize that by revealing the police sketch of “Peter” to the press, they may have lead the killer straight to Rose. Tanya was friends with Rose before any of this started. They both feel responsible and guilty about Rose’s abduction.
Prof. Reed Smith confirms that the scissors they found could be the murder weapon. It’s a hilarious scene to watch when Stella and Tanya discuss the scissors as a possible murder weapon. They’re standing over a nude Joe Brawley on a lab table. They’re looking at the puncture wounds in his back. His bare butt is just inches from Gillian Anderson’s face. It cracked me up, and there are very few scenes in this series that make me smile.
They get a print from the scissors belonging to Paul Spector. Stella finally has a name for the killer. Stella realizes they’ve interviewed him and remembers seeing him in the hallway of the police headquarters.
With Rose missing and the killer’s name in her hand, Stella gets a little frantic to fill in all the blanks that were ignored when they questioned him as a witness in season 1 and when they interviewed his wife. Stella wants everything redone: interviews, checking stories. She’s almost yelling, showing some emotion, losing her cool. Since Stella is a very cool number, this is revealing of her concern for Rose Stagg.
Paul calls her on Rose’s phone. There’s blood on the phone. Stella calls him Peter and doesn’t let on she knows his real name. She reminds him Rose has two children and asks what he’s going to do with her. He answers, “No one can outwit death.” He throws away the phone. He drives away in Rose Stagg’s car and we hear someone making noises in the trunk.
Lost Girl begins “Like Hell, Pt. 2” with Kenzi (Ksenia Solo) wanting out of her coffin. By the end of the episode Kenzi is headed somewhere else entirely.
Here’s the story in pictures. Lots of spoilers ahead.
Thanks for digging me up, guys. Big problem. Bo (Anna Silk) traded herself for me.
A ghostly presence interrupts the physical exam and vodka shots by writing HELP on a glass door. Is it Bo?
Dyson (Kris Holden-Ried) holds open the gates of Valhalla so Bo can get out. Along comes a Valkyrie named Stacy (Kate Corbett) who is after a soul to replace the Russian human. Dyson decides to be so charming and sexy that Stacy forgets what she’s doing.
Off the elevator to hell, Bo wanders around in the dark looking for Dad. In a dress that would make Angelina Jolie jealous.
Something takes a bite out of Bo’s leg and says, “You just got bitch snacked.”
Let’s think: that bitch biter Puca (Alex Appel) on one side, this 6000 year old lovely (Hannah Anderson) on the other. Which path will Bo choose? Why, yes, the pretty young thing shows Bo around the maze of hell.
Bo quickly convinces Miss Congeniality of Hell to help her heal.
Lauren (Zoie Palmer) takes a nap and has ghost sex with a spirit bearing all the earmarks of Bo. Everything Bo does in one place happens to Lauren in the other. Is Bo so sexually powerful she can have sex in two realms of existence at the same time?
“I am Persephone. Daughter of Demeter. Wife of Hades, King of the Underworld. And I am your step mother.” What? She couldn’t mention this BEFORE the sex? Oh, by the way, the Artemis flame is the way out.
Bo finds pop. Bo was born in hell. Just like in the dawning. Hades began to lose his power after Bo’s removal from Hell.
Aife left drawings that show how much she loved Bo.
Hey, Dad, you’re darkness and I’m not walking into it. There are people who truly love me back home. I don’t need to know you to know myself. I’m taking everything you have. You don’t like it, come and get me.
Come and get me, did you say? Nice try, Pops, but Bo can fight you off easily because her mother taught her how to fight.
Upsets a girl when dear old dad turns out to be the strangler and the Lord of the Underworld.
Ouija boards and incantations will bring Bo back. Don’t they look just like Willow and Tara here?
Bo leaves hell with a promise to light the candle. Sometimes all it takes to keep the evil at bay is to let the light in.
She’s out. She’s back. Here’s Bo!
The ouija board sent a demon instead of Bo. The solution: burn the board up while screaming “Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.”
Stacy shows up wanting the uppity doctor’s soul to replace Kenzi’s. Tamsin (Rachel Skarsten) arrives and defeats Stacy in a Valkyrie showdown because she’s good Tammy now. Stacy left the labrys necklace behind when Tamsin scared her off.
Everyone is home and alive. Time for a family dinner at the Dal. Tamsin forgives Dyson for sucking face with Stacy. Bo tells Trick (Rick Howland) that the afterlife is “personal.”
Dyson gives Kenzi something Hale left her in his will. Seems Kenzi now owns property on the coast of Spain.
Lauren and Bo go to the keg room where they should be KISSING, but no . . . they discuss Kenzi. But at least Bo has her necklace back. And wait – there’s still a demon around!
That damn Edimmu is here, wanting a bite outta Bo. Kenzi shoots it with a big gun. They never use guns on this show, but Kenzi has a gun. Probably because Edimmu was wearing Bo’s kimono.
Back at the clubhouse, Kensi drops the news. She says, “I can’t keep being a lost human in a Fae world. I need to try something new. Something human. I need to go.”
Big hugs but no crying. Bo says, “We’re sisters. I love you, Kenzi. Sometimes I think it’s the only thing I’m completely sure about.” And Kenzi leaves.
Bo tears boards off the window and lights the Artemis candle.
While Bo lights the candle an unidentified woman (Amanda Walsh) talks annoyingly on her phone in an elevator. When the candle is lit, she’s holding it. Suddenly there’s screaming and darkness. Question, what’s with all the people whose faces we cannot see in this elevator?
This episode was written by Emily Andras. Very happy to see her writing an episode, especially this very important one that explains why Kenzi won’t be around for every episode this season.
Ksenia Solo explained in an interview,
I came to a fork in the road and I had to make a decision for myself. I started “Lost Girl” when I was 21, and it’s been a six-year commitment. It’s a long time in a person’s life, especially at that age. I really wanted to expand myself creatively, and in order to do that and continue to grow as an actor, I needed to have the chance to play other roles and do other projects. But you need time for that, and I didn’t have it.
I love Kenzi. We all love Kenzi. But she’s not that skinny kid she was. Ksenia Solo has grown up right before our eyes. She’s demonstrated her acting abilities. She’s matured in both mind and spirit. So, if Ksenia Solo has a chance to move on, to grow, then bless her and good luck. She deserves it.
Ksenia’s going to take good care of the Lost Girl fans before the season ends. She won’t be gone in every future episode. And because of the social phenomenon known as a “con,” I’m sure Ksenia Solo will be in front of Lost Girl fans many times in the future.