The Hive Recap: Endless Forms Most Beautiful


“Our souls are like those orphans whose unwedded mothers die in bearing them:
the secret of our paternity lies in their grave, and we must there to learn it.”
– Herman Melville, Moby-Dick

Sarah began her journey desperately wanting to be reunited with Kira and just be a normal family. But Sarah was sidelined by a surrogate family of identical clones, and by her twisted twin sister, Helena. Ever since Sarah took over Beth’s life she’s been running from one identity to the next — from one lie to another — in a desperate attempt to get to the murky bottom of who she really is.

This epic struggle of identity has taken its toll on the clones collectively, with each of them looking to reconcile their own role in this brave new world. Alison and Cosima are offered exactly what they want — Alison gets to live in domestic ignorant bliss while Cosima can study herself and her kind. But tough and unpredictable Sarah needs to be handled by someone who knows how to deal with more problematic clones. Someone with a uniquely intimate understanding of what living the clone experience is really all about. Someone named Rachel. Brandishing a ‘peace offering‘ that Sarah can call what it is — a threat.

Meanwhile, yet another threat that’s been chasing Sarah comes to a grisly head with the murder of her own twin sister, Helena. A tragic and soul-killing act that leaves Sarah with no fight left in her. Just as Sarah is about to give in to Rachel’s demands, Cosima discovers a terrifying truth about the core of their existence. Their DNA bears a patent: they are owned.

People or intellectual property?

Who decides what you’re really made of? What could or should happen to this little life you think you ‘own?’ Who your kids belong to or get to be some day? Who decides what anything you want or do is worth? Think about who profits from you being alive. What happens when you do not even legally own this skin you’re living in? What if your personal freedom and self-direction as a woman, as a mother, as a sister, as a human being is just an illusion you’ve learned from the regular world. In our new social order, and the new economies all over — the value of your life is never ultimately up to you.

If Sarah’s fight for freedom has been a big effing joke, it ain’t the clones getting the last laugh. Or at least, not the ones we know. A twin is dead, a child is in the balance and in the wind, all allies are scattered. So who owns Sarah Manning?  Some Uber-Bitch-Suit in shoes worth twice your annual income — who looks just like her, but couldn’t be morally or ethically farther from where we want to park our hearts.

Rachel Duncan: Corporate ProClone?

Rachel Duncan: Corporate ProClone

Get ready for Season Two: The poster girl for For-Profit People is out to get you comfortable with human beings as products.

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  • guessWho

    that was a HOLY WATERSHED episode. My jaw landed on a floor back and forth.
    How can I possibly survive till 2014?!

  • CloneD

    Helena better be in a coma or I’ll say goodbye to the show, sadly. I really hated that scene where Sarah shot her, although it was perfectly made and acted. And Tatiana better get like 10 awards for this role/s!!

    • Recton Kracke

      ^^ Love Helena. Hated that scene too. “I already have a family!” yeah you do Sarah, but for better or worse Helena’s in it. Kira understands this in a way her moms can’t.
      -I’m with you; hoping to see Helena again in season 2

      • CloneD

        100% agree with you!

        • Recton Kracke

          Good to see some Helena love CloneD! Viewers are emotionally attached to her character at this point. She hasn’t even interacted with any clone but Sarah.(Blasting a hole through Katja’s head aside.) It would be fun to see how she; Reacts to Alison & Cosima, (& vice versa). Then watch her kick the crap out of Paul, (& or Vic), and get her revenge against Tomas!! Finally I don’t think Rachel Duncan is at all ready for “London calling” courtesy of Helena.

      • Marie Schlingoff

        I bet you’ll see Helena again I’m guessing she has Kira and is protecting her

    • Mike

      As much as I liked Helena and know she’s not coming back (Writers have said that). She wasn’t the only element that made up this show. She was in 6/10 episodes i believe and the other characters are just as interesting. The plot will stand strong as well. I hope you’ll continue to watch and not stop over one character.

  • Kortney Parkey

    Can we have a tiny bit of info released on Mrs. S’s involvement in Project Lena?

  • Megan

    I’m just praying that Helena isn’t actually dead.

  • disqus_bvsdkbQhyG

    Since patents expire would Sarah and Kira be free eventually.

  • Allen

    The patent is illegal. Those contracts were illegal. Slavery or human bondage is outlawed in all western nations. That being said, Helena looked to me like she was ‘playing possum’. The fans are too emotionally invested in her now for the writers to just cancel her out with a bullet.

  • Mrd

    All you have to do is add uploading stir (not shake) and you can play musical chairs with bodies.

  • RealityEngineer

    re: “Their DNA bears a patent: they are owned.”

    Of course as someone else pointed out, that is complete nonsense, slavery was outlawed long ago in this country. This is a great show and most of its fact glitches I can just “suspend disbelief” and tune out, but this is something that most adults who graduated high school in modern countries should be aware of. It doesn’t matter if a gene is patented, humans can’ be owned. Yes there are some paranoid clueless people who know little about the law, blindly fear corporations since they know little about how world really works, or are scared oft technology that might spread nonsense like that, but it is absurd to think a character who is supposedly educated enough to be in grad school would take the idea seriously. The show needs to consult pretty much any legal expert, or most high school graduates, and avoid jumping the shark. I fear the way the episode ended that nonsense might become a major plot point, and the great lead actress and a promising show deserve better than that.

  • fan

    What a great TV series. I am hooked. Since it is only show on BBC America, many people in US do not know about this TV series. The name does not help either,
    just like some great movies with terrible names (The Constant Gardener for one). I think the producer should find a way to let more people know about this wonderful TV series. The only complain I have is that it takes too long for the seriesII to come out.

  • Marie Schlingoff

    I bet Helena isn’t dead and she is caring for Kira