Orphan Black Season 3 Premier: The sestras are back


Episode 1: “The Weight of This Combination”

Seasons 3 of Orphan Black opens Helena’s dream sequence: blue skies, mountains of cupcakes and costumes right out of a little girl’s dream (including Cosima in Ukrainian folk dress). But for anyone watching the Canadian sci-fi show for the past two seasons, they know that the dream is a far cry from the reality of the clone sisters.

When Helena wakes up, she’s in a small box with scorpion. At the dramatic conclusion of season 2, she had just been kidnapped by the military with the authorisation of Mrs S. This season is shaping up to be something far complicated, and really an undertaking. And it is a far, far cry from any dreams and happiness.

There has rarely been a chance for anyone to breathe – both for the characters and the audience. The show is increasingly becoming more and more complex: characters like Delphine are not what they seem, the looming shadow of Dyad Institute, and the introduction of the male clones that were a part of the Project Castor experiments. It’s been a constant series of changes that has made it difficult to keep up with at times, but that can often be the beautify of things. Viewer’s don’t know the answers any sooner than any of the girls in Project Leda do.

It is that addition of Project Castor that seems to have muddled things a bit. Their goal seems a bit vague at the moment. They were raised together, unlike Project Leda, so it might be interesting to see how their dynamic differs. So far they’re not very compelling at the moment, but hopefully they will find their place.

Someone who has found their footing in a big way is Delphine. She’s now acting as the “new Rachel.” Suddenly she’s a bad bitch. As to why or how this happened seems to be a bit clunky, but so far it has been enjoyable. Her new found inner-power was the catalyst for much of the action in this episode. Unfortunately, that means ending her relationship with Cosima in a really heartbreaking, though brief, scene.

Tatiana Maslany continues to be utterly brilliant; has she won all of the acting awards yet? As her roles become more demanding, she rises to the occasion. She’s even compelling as a scorpion. Even as the relationships increase in complexity, she delivers performances that help see into the unique psyche of each clone.

It’s clear that the comradely and love between the sisters has grown, and yet they clearly don’t understand each other fully. When they have to act as each other, as suburban mom Alison has to act as Sarah, it is still a one-dimensional depiction of each other. Maybe it’s just poor acting by the clones, but the women have a ways to go if they are going to win the war with sisterhood.

This seems to be where the show wants to take viewers next. “The Weight of this Combination” focuses not so much on the individual, but the workings of each individual group. There’s a lot of characters coming out of the woodwork, but no storyline is as compelling as the women viewers have grown to care about over the past two seasons. There’s a lot of directions they can go, but there’s a battle coming that is bound to be relentless.

The sestras are back indeed.

I watched Girl Talk starring SMG, and you should too


We have a lot to talk about here.

In the early 90s, my sister and I owned a Girl Talk board game. It was a truth-or-dare style game in which girls do what girls do: call boys, be silly or get a zit! A zit in this case being a red circular dot that you could remove after the game. If only life were still so simple.

So this game mostly belonged to my older sister, who is six years my senior. She and her friends would crush on boys and wear zit stickers. I couldn’t ever join in because I didn’t know if Aladdin even had a landline. The owes of being the youngest.

But something incredible came to my attention recently. There was a Girl Talk television show starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Soleil Moon Frye and an unfortunate girl not a part of the three-name-party who went by “Russell.” The product was a teen magazine chat show full of all the awkwardness you could expect from something created in 1989 starring Punky Brewster.

Tragically, this show only lasted five episodes. Worst still, only the pilot appears to be available on YouTube. If all five were available for my viewing pleasure, I would almost certainly partake because that theme song is so damn catchy. It’s one and a half minutes screechy, adolescence nonsense with some of the most… er…poetic of lyrics: “They say talk is cheap, but we’re know that’s wrong because we can talk girl talk ALL DAY LONG!”

Watch the Pilot below and be transported back to the absolute pinnacle of late 80s teen drama:

“Talk talk lemme hear you girl talk lemme hear you talk talk lemme hear you GIRL TALK TALK!” 

Try forgetting that song in the next two days.

This show was filled with everything one could expect. Even pointing out the most painfully awkward moments seems frivolous because segment after segment just provides more bizarre antics. It’s like the gift that keeps on giving.

Even so, here are a few highlights and thoughts on the show:

  • Russell awkwardly dancing after the theme song. She’s really no Soleil.


  • Sarah Michelle Gellar (SMG) clearly ended up playing the dork of the show. But I’m not buying that.
  • I asked my oldest sister, who was born in the late 70s, if Soleil Moon Frye was really cool at the time or not. She decidedly says no.
  • What the hell was Head of the Class?
  • Maybe I don’t believe my sister. Soleil seems to know everyone. And she can talk to boys. I’m now convinced she’s the coolest. If she was my friend I would definitely be the dorky one… which I guess in this case makes me SMG? I can live with that.
  • Was Russell painting the nails… of her glove? Poor Russell.
  • The build up to the performance of New Kids on the block – only to realise you’re only getting crappy pre-recorded nonsense. Just look at the girl’s deep and intense interest:


There is possibly nothing more 1989 than this show. Everything is so embarrassingly perfect, even down to the “Electric Youth” homework reference – so good. Sadly, there is no word on if there will be a future All Boy Girl Talk Band reunion in the future. Although, ironically, Brad Kane provided the singing voice for Aladdin so I suppose all things eventually come full circle in life.

What are the final lessons we can take away from Girl Talk? Girls only care about boys and clothes. Raid your brother’s closet for promising fashion choices. Don’t do drugs if you don’t want to (otherwise it’s ok). School is gross. But most of all: stay away from GEEKS.

I couldn’t seem to locate our old Girl Talk game after digging through our basement, so here’s a bonus commercial for Girl Talk starring Jewel Staite of Firefly/Serenity fame. Enjoy.


Special shout out to both of my sisters for answering all my weird questions so I could write this post. You’re the best!