In Memoriam: Good-bye Hot Paul, Orphan Black â€œCertain Agony of the Battlefieldâ€
The Clone Club lost one of our own in â€œCertain Agony of the Battlefieldâ€ and he will be deeply missed. Major Paul Dierden sacrificed himself in the name of honor while trying to hold down the Castor military headquarters deep in the desert of Mexico. Before Major Dierden lost his own life, he managed to save the life of Leda clone Sarah Manning and destroy scientific research that could harm mankind. We salute you, Major Dierden.
In all seriousness, the death of Hot Paul will be felt as Team Clone Club tries to move forward and unravel what is turning into Dr. Coadyâ€™s sinister plans. He may not have always actually been Clone Club but we still loved him. Paul has been a bit of a wild card since the very beginning, first as Bethâ€™s monitor boyfriend, then Team Dyad and then the big reveal he was really Team Castor. No matter which team he played on, Paul acted with conviction. He believed in what the original Team Castor was trying to do: save the clones from the genetic defect that could kill them. It was an honorable intention and Paul threw his life into achieving it.
Paulâ€™s connection with Sarah was arguably the one thing that would make him waiver on what he believed to be right. Their off-the-charts chemistry made you root a little harder for Paul to untangle the militaryâ€™s plots, so maybe there would be a time when they wouldnâ€™t be on opposite sides of the Leda-Castor fence. Since the discovery of Dyad and Paul moved to side with Dr. Leakey and Rachel, Sarah categorized Paul as an enemy. Yet underneath that ran a current ofâ€¦dare I call itâ€¦.trust that he would believe her. While trapped by Project Castor in their secret bunker, Sarah knew that there was something in Paul that she could appeal to as an ally. Paul had enough instinct to trust in Sarahâ€™s concerns to start digging around, which led to the unveiling of Dr. Coadyâ€™s twisted human trials with the Castor clones. Once he knew that the cause he had been protecting was compromised into something darker and less honorable, he immediately took action to arrest Dr. Coady and secure the base, with devastating results.
Paulâ€™s power play against Coady has shown us a few things that will play out in the coming weeks. One: Dr. Coady is weaponizing the STD Castor Clone defect for someone higher up. The big question is WHO. How this STD can wipe out war in a generation (her words, not mine) is a little unclear. Two: her movements are being orchestrated from Arlington, meaning the military is for, not against, her experiments. Three: Castor clone Mark, upon learning that he may have infected Gracie with this mystery STD, will most likely do whatever he can to save her, even if it means going against his clone brothers. With Gracie still with Felix and Mrs. S, Mark may become Team Ledaâ€™s new ally.
In his final moments, Paul showed true courage and honor. Upon realizing that he had been set up by his contact at Arlington, Paul moved quickly to get Sarah out. They encountered Miller in their way and Paul got a stab in the belly before taking down Miller. (Another Castor clone down for the count.) Paul got Sarah to an exit grate. As she pleaded with him to come with her, Paul gave us the validation we had been waiting on since season one.
â€œIt was never Beth I loved.â€
Rip my heart out, Paul. Sheesh. Sarah sat crouched in the tunnel stunned by what those words really meant. For Paul, a company military man, that admittance is shattering. Paul and Sarah have been adversaries more than comrades, but Paul has always acted to save Sarah rather than sacrifice her. Sarah, being Sarah, could never fully admit what those actions meant. For both, their connection took a secondary place to their mission. But in the final moments, Paul voiced what has always been there, a love that existed no matter the circumstances around it. In the end, Paul loved Sarah and died to save her.
But he wouldnâ€™t go without bringing down what he could around him. Dr. Coady and Rudy encounter Paul on his last breath in their research room, the bones of Baby Johanssen next to him. Coady droned on about not giving up on science before shooting Paul multiple times just as Paulâ€™s hand fell away to reveal a grenade. The explosion rocked the base, leaving Sarah in the tunnels. (Sheâ€™s quickly found by Helena, over her anger and back to help her sister.) With any luck, Paulâ€™s final sacrifice will set Dr. Coady back and throw up some serious roadblocks to this weird Castor plot of infecting women with poisonous sperm.
Hot Paul and his sexy beard will be missed. How will Paulâ€™s sacrifice and death affect Sarah? Did Paulâ€™s grenade do any real damage to the Castor research? One can only hope that his death wasnâ€™t in vain and that the cause he fought so hard for will be worth it in the end.
Other moments to catch in â€œCertain Agony of the Battlefieldâ€:
- Alison and Donnie underwear cash dance party FTW. They are settling into the drug kingpin life quite nicely.
- Delphine is back and in uber-bitch mode. Sheâ€™s not only aware of Cosimaâ€™s dalliance with Shay, sheâ€™s the one who has been stalking them. Cosima and Shay have been moving at lightening pace but what will Delphine have to say about it?
- Military clones aka Miller was taken down by Paul, leaving us with two Castor clones left. Could that be right? We have five we know about: Seth (deceased), Parsons (deceased), Miller (deceased? He could just be knocked out), Rudy â€“ the mamaâ€™s boy and Markâ€”the good one. We saw Dr. Coady with a picture of four boys. Assuming they were the Castors, why were there only four? And have any more been made? Thereâ€™s at least 14 Leda clones we know aboutâ€¦.could be more. Interesting tidbit there.
Catch Orphan Black Saturdays at 9pm on BBC America.
This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.
John Griffin and Harold Perrineau Talk From on EPIX Season 1 Finale
[Warning: General spoilers ahead.] How are we doing, #FROMily? In case you missed it this morning, the very good news is that that cliffhanger will be followed by a second season, which was gifted this morning ahead of the linear broadcast of the finale. I always legitimately appreciate when we…
Elizabeth Saunders Talks EPIX’s From
[Warning: General spoilers ahead.] One of the things that makes EPIX’s From such a fun ride is the abundance of Canadian cast members. Elizabeth Saunders, who plays Donna, is a favorite from her turn on the third season of Mary Kills People [streaming on Global TV in Canada and Roku…
Corteon Moore Talks From “Broken Windows, Open Doors”
[Warning: Spoilers for tonight’s episode.] Tonight’s episode of From had us all in our feels as we learned through flashbacks about the Sophie’s Choice Boyd had to make to save his son, and back in the present as Boyd said his piece with Ellis before heading into the woods with…
Pegah Ghafoori Talks From “All Good Things…”
[Warning: Spoilers for tonight’s episode] Tonight on From, Fatima’s anniversary celebration turned into a Colony House of horrors when a misguided Kevin let his monster bae in and she promptly killed him and left the window open for her crew. While the party devolved into terror and sent everyone running,…
Shaun Majumder Talks From “Book 74”
[Warning: Spoilers for tonight’s episode.] Tonight on EPIX’s From, Father Khatri made a bold move, kidnapping Sara instead of turning her in, and then recognizing her as a vessel for some big messages. That startling realization speaks to him on multiple levels–as a man of faith, a man trapped in…
Avery Konrad Talks About Sara’s Struggle in From “Silhouettes”
[Warning: Spoilers for tonight’s episode.] Over the course of the season so far on From, we’ve witnessed Sara’s battle against the voices telling her to to do terrible things, and tonight we saw her unravel further, threatening the Matthews and lashing out in a moment of terror with horrifying results….
Hannah Cheramy Talks From “Choosing Day”
[Warning: Spoilers for tonight’s episode.] Tonight, on EPIX’s From, the Matthews participate in the show’s version of the sorting hat, choosing where to call home–the town or Colony House. At the end of the episode, Julie makes the decision to split from her family and instead settle in with Fatima…
Ricky He Talks From “The Way Things Are Now”
[Warning: Spoilers for episode 102 of EPIX’s From.] Epix’s new series From is two episodes in and it’s already laying the groundwork for a seriously spooky season. Tonight’s episode demonstrated the careful balance of relief and horror that the show hits, with our characters’ worst fears realized, just not when…
Catching Up with Ted Lasso and Previewing Season 2
[Warning: General spoilers ahead.] The not so dirty little secret about how I approach a new series is that I sometimes make a call based on the headspace I’m in at the time. It’s been a minute since I’ve picked up a show after the first season and then binge…
What They Said: Three Revealing Conversations from Survivor’s Remorse “Closure”
WARNING: Spoilers for Survivor’s Remorse “Closure” The latest episode of Starz’s Survivor’s Remorse featured conversations that showed characters really digging deep into their thoughts, emotions and motivations.
Two Takes: The Catch “The Knock-Off”
Who can you trust? If this episode of The Catch was any indication, the answer is just about nobody. Betrayal was running rampant as Felicity (Shivani Ghai) arose from the dead to seduce-con Margot, Gretchen (Maria Thayer, Gotham, The Mindy Project) played gold-hearted Alice 2.0 before swindling Ethan, Tessa jumped…
What They Said: Top 3 Quotable Moments from Preacher “El Valero”
Both Quincannon and Jesse refuse to give up on what they each think is rightfully theirs. While Jesse is struggling to face the consequences of his actions, Quincannon has laid his past demons to rest and is hellbent on moving forward and putting Annville on the map again. Despite a…
What They Said: Favorite Quotes from Supergirl “Worlds Finest”
Oh, Supergirl. That ending was cold. But I can’t hate on you because the latest episode has quickly become one of my favorites.
What They Said: Top 4 Quotable Moments from Black Sails “XXIII”
The dialogue in “XXIII” is phenomenal. It’s always a fun ride when Black Sails carries its viewers along without giving them the chance to catch their breath. When an episode moves at this unforgiving pace, there is no chance for a breather nor is there a respite from the information…
What Lucifer Said: Favorite quotes from Supernatural “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”
Supernatural episodes are almost always funny but thanks to the dialogue and a certain man speaking said dialogue, I laughed a lot during “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” You know, when I wasn’t busy fearing for Sam’s life or wondering what in the world was going on with Dean and…
What They Said: The Flash, “Legends Of Today” and Arrow, “Legends Of Yesterday”
Two nights of Arrow +Â The Flash = what more could we ask for?! I don’t know what it is about blending these shows, but I canâ€™t help but feel that every time they come together, they somehow become greater than the sum of their parts. And thatâ€™s saying a lot…
What they Said: Top 4 Quotable Moments from Graceland “Little Bo Bleep”
Shoot outs. Fake outs. And long-awaited revelations. “Little Bo Bleep” was a jam-packed episode that wrapped up some loose ends and totally frayed others. Â It finally gave us one Sarkissian in jail and pulled back the curtain on Briggs’ master plan, but it also set up Jakes for a world…
What They Said: Favorite Quotes from Poldark “Part 4”
â€œWhat have I told you, I don’t require my wife to crochet and sip tea, but I do require her to remember she’s not a beast of burden.â€ No, Iâ€™m not talking about The Rolling Stones! I have to admit though, just for a second, the lyrics popped into my…
3 Moments of Goodness from Brooklyn Nine-Nine “Johnny and Dora”
The most satisfying part of this season’s finale has to the Jake and Amy kiss. Well, they kiss three times but the last one is the best one — and it means something. The Charles and Rosa dynamic was also great. I love how she’s convinced he doesn’t know anything…