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TV Review: ORPHAN BLACK: Season 2, Episode 2: Governed by Sound Reason and True Religion


BBC’Orphan Black Governed by Sound Reason and True Religion TV Show Review. Orphan Black: Season 2, Episode 2: Governed by Sound Reason and True Religion was dynamic and fast but just as energetic, counting more on suspense and surprise than pace and anxiety (the second episode of Orphan Black is a different type of success). The cast is doing a great job, from the little girl to the main heroine, the direction works as well almost throughout the whole thing and even though there are overall several minutes of arguably boring chit-chat, the majority of the episode works.

Tatiana Mastany is proving herself more here. She is responsible for a large, if not the larger part of the success of Orphan Black. Apart from being downright beautiful, she embodies all those different characters in extraordinarily believable fashion and we keep interest In every single one of them even though admittedly the story of the girl that is facing dangerous agents is more interesting than that of the girl who is facing an amateurish theater play. In addition, Jordan Gavaris’ acting is always quite solid and specifically in Episode Two the hidden villains are quite effective, even if clichéd.

The story is a tiny bit more boring in this episode but the suspense persists with the danger hanging directly upon a mother and her kidnapped child. It is a story that deals more with betrayal, suspicion and the counting on personal strength, the last of which is why we love so much all three of the clones. Satisfyingly enough, this time the three stories are more close to being equal in terms of entertainment, even if Sarah’s continues to win the race. This time around and surprisingly so Alison’s storyline takes the silver. Both Sarah and Alison look best when they take things in their own hands and when they do in this episode, it is a pleasure to behold. They are constantly in danger but whatever goals they set out to achieve, they do.

The comedy is slightly less present in the show, even if it is always affecting. This is an episode of much more tension and less talks. Every scene is stretching, except the culminating fight scene in which the editing is firing in a very efficient lighting quick pace. A group of characters which quite successfully stand out even more this time around are the hunters of the clones. They are slick and brutal and close the episode in a spectacular cold-blooded manner.

The suspense regarding the endangered child is kept by the director at all times and Sarah’s story concludes in quite a thrilling and suitably slow-paced action scene which will keep you at the edge of your seats. There are plenty of twist and turns throughout the episode, the writer and the director constantly manipulating you in all sorts of ultimately unjustified fear but the important news is that it always works. If episode one counted more on thrilling pace, this works more in terms of a slow horror that is waiting for the right moment to take you by surprise.

One thing that is striking about Orphan Black and that is undoubtedly effective is the fact that it plays around well with the attractiveness of the actresses and is not afraid of graphic violence. This raw style is more than obvious in this second episode and hopefully it will continue to stand out.

The ending of episode two doesn’t leave you begging to see the third one but by the end of it you will more than satisfied enough to realize that Orphan Black is in quite a solid shape and that you shouldn’t miss any forthcoming chapter of this breathlessly told

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