The Hive Recap: Variation Under Nature

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“We are your biological imperative now.” – Cosima

The first rule of Clone Club is, tell no one about Clone Club.

Finding out you’re a human clone is packed with psychological, moral and ethical issues. Sarah’s key conflicts in Season 1 include accepting the fact that human clones can exist, that she is one, and that she has to come to terms – as they all do – with some form of relationship to all the others. Our clones’ shared DNA means they share a common dilemma: who should they trust with the fact of their existence?

To be a human clone in 2013 means you are a living body of evidence, proof of a great scientific accomplishment that is also a crime: someone somewhere broke the international scientific moratorium on human cloning, way back on the very day you came into being.

Human cloning is not illegal in all countries, but it is banned in most. After the birth of Dolly the Sheep, and in consideration of humanity’s sketchy history with abusing science to ‘improve’ our species, the world’s more ethical cloning enthusiasts agreed that developing a human clone – after about 300 failed attempts to get one sheep – wouldn’t be right, on all kinds of levels.

Thus, we have Alison’s theory: ‘someone is wiping them out, covering their tracks.’ The surprise is, just who the clones’ assassin turns out to be.

As a grifter-clone, Sarah’s predicament is especially complicated, morally. Being a clone allows her to pose as Beth, and shadow the police hunt for Katja’s murderer. But the clones too have been ‘covering their tracks’, to protect their own identities and privacy. Sarah – who has faked her own death – buries Katja before she had any idea of what was truly at stake. A traditional cover-up plot might hammer away at the consequences of Sarah’s own physical evidence, posited at the scene. But in a real-world clone-related crime, the victim herself could expose their secret. Katja’s fingerprints, DNA, crushed face (when reconstructed) could expose Sarah Manning, Beth Childs – or any one of the clones whom Beth was originally able to identify using police databases and facial recognition programs.

There is nothing like a common enemy to forge an unlikely alliance. The only people our clones can truly trust with their unprecedented reality at this point is one another. While Sarah and Alison are hellbent on keeping this stuff out of their own lives and plans, the assassin forces them to confront the situation together. Familiarity can breed contempt …and vital insights; thanks to their individual strengths, skills and resources. They’ll set out together to stop their own slaughter, and ideally discover the truth about their origins. But can they do all that and not expose their loved ones to the explosive truth about themselves?

Sarah playing clone cop, Beth.

Sarah playing cop clone, Beth.

As Sarah slips in and out of Beth’s skin, thanks to Cosima’s scientific advice and support, she can’t avoid entangling herself with both Art and Paul. Beth put her life on the line for the clones, for their Truth. As strong as she was, Beth did not survive the quest. Is Sarah really equipped to fill her shoes? And when will her own deceptions catch up with her?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/JoeVirus Joe Virus

    What is the song that is playing in the bar scene??

  • http://www.facebook.com/maxie.simone Maxie Fae Simone

    the clones vibe is a new way for a show to go I like :-)

  • http://twitter.com/lordfuture shawn goolsby

    This clue was the left for us in the season 1 episode 2. It
    is the Bible that was left open with some versus circled and the headline truth
    written in red ink. It was even highlighted again in the beginning of episode 3
    during the previously on segment. it took a little work but the passage
    highlighted is Psalms 73 verses 13 to 14 in the new international version (or NIV.)

    it reads:

    13 Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure

    and have washed my hands in innocence.

    14 All day long I have been afflicted,

    and every morning brings new punishments.

    This is the 1st time I to try to unearth a clue. Could mean
    something could mean nothing. Just an overenthusiastic set dresser or a person
    from the prop department who got carried away.

    What can I say I’ve been re-watching the BBC version of
    Sherlock LOL.

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151591992908529&set=a.10151591992818529.1073741826.546223528&type=3&theater

  • http://twitter.com/lordfuture shawn goolsby

    This clue was the left for us in the season 1 episode 2. It is the Bible that was left open with some versus circled and the headline truth written in red ink. ( https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151591992908529&set=a.10151591992818529.1073741826.546223528&type=3&theater )
    It was even highlighted again in the beginning of episode 3 during the previously on segment. it took a little work but the passage highlighted is Psalms 73 verses 13 to 14 in the new international version (or NIV.)
    it reads:
    13 Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure
    and have washed my hands in innocence.
    14 All day long I have been afflicted,
    and every morning brings new punishments.

    This is the 1st time I to try to unearth a clue. Could mean something could mean nothing. Could be an overenthusiastic set dresser or a person from the prop department who got carried away.

    What can I say I’ve been re-watching the BBC version of Sherlock LOL.

  • aashaydalvi

    #KillerClone looks scary good! <3

  • C J

    As identical siblings (monozygotic) do not have identical fingerprints, I’m guessing that the ‘in utero’ phase of the clones’ lives was very … interesting.