The Hive Recap: Governed As It Were By Chance

The Hive Observations, Unexpected Results, and Mind-Benders


On set with Props Assistant Steve Stack.

Giving Props
And here’s one of the men behind that amazing cow dung from episode three. Props Assistant Steve Stack, filming exteriors with Cal and Kira in episode three.

Bloody Mess
We had to VFX blood onto Daniel’s head when he got out of the crash car because with the lighting you couldn’t see it properly. And John wanted MORE!

Work of Art
The art department had a ton of work to do this episode. The basement where Mrs. S. and Carleton get it on had to be completely covered in band posters because the art on the wall underneath wasn’t cleared by legal. They had to create science articles for Cosima’s research on Duncan and create Rachel’s home videos. Some of them were a part of Cosima’s research.


“I don’t believe I’ve ever done the nasty.” – Alison Hendrix

Golden Girl
The day we filmed Alison getting her tour of the rehab facility was the day that Tatiana found out she was nominated for a Golden Globe. We had a read-through that day at lunch as well. There was a standing ovation, cupcakes, and lots of celebrating.

Set Inspection: Mrs. S.’s Home
This is the first episode in season two that we went back to Mrs. S.’s house. It was a HUGE dress for the art department. Not only did they have to put the whole set back up, they had to match it exactly to the messed-up house at the end of episode one.


Little Rachel Duncan, played by Cynthia Gallant.

Casting little Rachel was very important because if we were to ever do flashbacks or home videos of the other clones when they were little it would have to be played by the same actress. In a way we had to cast a mini Tatiana Maslany. It worked out wonderfully because we found Cynthia Gallant who is her absolute tiny doppelgänger and a great little actress to boot. She even learned a British accent for the role.


“Leekie wouldn’t, Rachel might… this one is for me.” – Daniel

Rachel’s Doberman
Here’s to one of the best villains we have had on Orphan Black, Matthew Bennett, who played Daniel. He did such an amazing job as Rachel’s Doberman. Especially when he sharpens that razor. We didn’t have enough time to fully shoot the ear insert when Daniel cuts Sarah. So that is Bailey our stand-in’s ear, during a clone change over in our studio and not in the shower.



Helena makes a break for it.

Runaway Bride
The wedding dress just gets better and better. Debra Hanson is to thank again and again for her design here. We had a meeting one day where we ripped up the dress and distressed it to John’s standards. It was great!

NEXT: Series Science Consultant Cosima Herter

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  • WrittenByArose

    It’s so awesome to read how much you guys love Tatiana Maslany and the intelligence you fuel this show with is just inspiring! Viva La Orphan Black! :) xx

  • bostonmeg

    Tatiana Maslany does an amazing job getting the facial expressions & responses perfect every time – the responses we don’t control and the science is amazingly spot on. I look forward to finding out if Cal is a good guy or not and also watching Paul interact with Sarah this season. Don’t watch much TV but this show is so well written/acted/created that it’s a must see here.

    • Jonathan

      Officer Bell is also developing into an interesting character : ironically , he now seems to be the only one Sarah really trusts ( besides Cosima , Alison and Fe ) .

  • Ellie

    Great reading from the real Cosima! I’m so happy they have you in the writer room

  • Julia

    Mrs. Herter, thanks for the informative and very interesting article. I never knew about HeLa-cells and how they came to be, so I want to thank you. This will be a topic I’ll continue to think about.

  • Nerd

    What is the song playing when Mrs. S enters the club? I must know!

  • Hafsah M

    Fantastic writing on the episode, Russ! My favorite of the season, so far. Kickass work allaround.

  • Jonathan

    I really love Helena ! There she was caged up by The Family , drugged nearly out of her mind , nearly strangled and she keeps on kicking ! Then the poor little clone surprises Dead Beth’s Special Forces handler and nearly kills him – ending with a soulful reunion with her dear sister , Sarah ! Lot’s of surprises this season – I can hardly wait to see tomorrow night’s episode !

  • Jose

    There are three more pressing areas re: personal biological autonomy that the show doesn’t really explore (I do agree cloned/fabricated human material will be an big ethical issue in the near future).

    (1) Abortion – What rights do the unborn have? what obligation does society have to protect those rights?

    (2) Drugs – The state, via FDA prohibitions and prescription requirements, has partial autonomy over what we as individuals may put into our bodies.

    (3) Organs – Individuals do not have autonomy over their organs in that they are prohibited from selling them.