The Hive Recap: Endless Forms Most Beautiful

The Hive’s Own Observations & Unexpected Results

Can someone really ‘own’ someone else’s DNA?
Maybe/It’s complicated and being argued in the highest courts as we send this episode to you. Check out this week’s Wet Lab & Library for some hair-raising, real-world news on these court cases in the US and Australia that are challenging precisely these questions. Patents and ownership of any kind of property are based in law, and law changes from country to country.  Much of our unfolding conspiracy, present and past, is inspired by real-world court battles over who – if anyone – would, could or should profit from scientific advancements.

How was the character of Rachel conceived?  Why was she chosen to be the next clone we meet?
When we came up with the concept of ProClone, the idea of a child raised within a corporation and fully aware of who she is was something we wanted to explore. Tatiana was really excited about exploring the elite perspective of the 1%. For inspiration she looked at the films Margin Call, Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada, and Anna Wintour of Vogue Magazine.

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“Is this the part when 20 more of you robot bitches walk in for effect?” – Sarah Manning

Will we meet more clones next season? How many are there? Will we ever meet the original?
In order, Yes, Highly Guarded Show Secret, and Stay Tuned…

Can you explain how Amelia was Sarah and Helena’s ‘birth mother?’
Sure! You can learn all about how mammals have been created and implanted in surrogate mums by reading the real-world procedures used in creating Dolly the Sheep, here.

Does Amelia’s appearance mean there were surrogates all over the place, in multiple countries, having clone babies at the same time?
Yeppers.

Where are the other clones’ ‘birth mothers?’
We have not yet met the other clones’ surrogates, nor their ultimate, adoptive mothers. We only see their influences in the unique characteristics and values of each clone.

Who plays Amelia?  She’s fantastic!
Amelia is played by the amazing Melanie Nicholls-King. You may recognize her as Cheryl from The Wire, Noelle Williams from Rookie Blue, or Judge Avery Hansen in One Life to Live – among her many kick-ass credits. Amelia’s also a short film producer.

"I am your birth mother." - Amelia
“I am your birth mother.” – Amelia

Who wrote and directed this episode?
The Season One finale was written by series co-creator Graeme Manson, and directed by his fellow series co-creator John Fawcett.

Holy shit! What happened to Mrs. S and Kira???!!!
If we told you that, we’d spoil the debut of Season Two…

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