The Hive Recap: Instinct

Sarah's on the clone phone with a mystery caller.

"Every time I think I know something, I'm wrong." - Sarah Manning

How often do we all wish we were in somebody else’s shoes? Who might we have become if we came into the world under different circumstances, with different options, or simply pursued some other path? How much of who we are is pre-determined, ‘in the blood’? How much can we put down to how we were raised, what’s happened to us, how we each adapt to our big, bad world? If you’re born a clone, you soon find out. Slipping into dead Beth’s skin was supposed to be a means to an end for Sarah: taking control of her life, and forging a better one for her daughter. Sarah’s focus is on her own survival. But in assuming Beth’s identity, Sarah has discovered she has more than one dead ringer out there in the world. Watching two die right before her eyes is enough to implicate her in something far bigger than impersonating a dead police officer. But what exactly is it? To get what she wants, and to get out of Beth’s mess, Sarah forces a meeting with the women on the other end of those pink phone calls. Like any of us, the last thing Sarah expects to find is yet another iteration of herself. Except it’s not her. It’s a woman who happens to look just like her. And Beth. And Katja. But just like the others, she seems to have absolutely nothing else in common with Sarah. It’s fair to say they dislike one another at first sight. It would take something much, much bigger than both of them to force their paths to cross, normally. Alison Hendrix doesn’t even seem to share Sarah’s need to know who the hell they are to each other. Or at least, she’s very good at setting her own personal boundaries on this unwanted quest; the opposite of what Sarah can say about this experience, so far. But whether they like it or not, they are connected by the fact of their existence. It will fall to another utterly different iteration - Cosima - named after our real-life Science Consultant - to enlighten Sarah and explain what’s happened to some of the others. Oh yes, there are more. How can genetic identicals be such completely different people? Why are they apparently living all over the place, unaware of each other until now? What clues to the truth about their origins have died with Beth and Katja? Most importantly, who will Sarah have to become next, to find out what's really going on?

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Instinct: Mind-Bender

Tatiana Maslany plays Sarah Manning who plays dead police detective Beth Childs who apparently killed an innocent civilian named Maggie Chen, whom the real Beth allegedly mistook for a Person of Interest named Xan Yip. Say that five times fast. What’s up with the riddle? By the end of Episode 101 and again in Episode 102, a riddle is used by clones in the know to test the identities of one another. We never hear the answer to the riddle. How many impersonations does Sarah Manning pull in Episode 102? Two. She impersonates police detective Beth Childs, and ‘The German’ aka Katja Obinger. Why are German-speakers laughing at Sarah’s impression of Katja? As she prepares to present a convincing impersonation of Katja, Sarah practices the German word ‘genau,' which means, ‘exactly’ or ‘just so.’ It’s a strange but resonant repetition for a non-German speaker like Sarah to be warming up with, and a teensy bit ironic in the circumstances. What word is most clearly scrawled in 'The German's' hotel room Bible? Truth. Far-flung fortunes.... In this episode, Sarah acquires identification that imply more 'dead ringers' from France, Germany, Italy, Austria... and the closet to where Sarah is mid-discovery is Alison Hendrix - who lives in Bailey Downs - a North American suburb, near by. Where have I seen this suburb before? Alison Hendrix lives in the clearly denoted fictional suburb of Bailey Downs; named in tribute to the same fictional suburb that was home to the Fitzgerald sisters of co-creator John Fawcett’s 2000 horror film, Ginger Snaps. The film coincidentally also shot scenes in the same real-life municipality now featured in Orphan Black, some 13 years before. Which studio office was re-purposed for this episode? In both Episode 101 and 102, Beth’s psychiatrist's office is actually the Orphan Black Writers Room. What is Fung's? Fung's is the fictional name of the diner Detective Art Bell and his partner, Beth Childs, hang out in. Felix's awesome coat had a name. Felix’s beautiful overcoat was called The Withnail Coat. Co-creator Graeme Manson regarded it as a fitting tribute to one of his favorite films, Withnail & I. Where have I seen Mrs. S. before? Maria Doyle Kennedy has previously appeared in acclaimed television series like Downton Abbey (as Vera Bates) & Dexter. She is also a singer-song writer, and made a point of scheduling her first Canadian live musical performance - in Toronto - during the shooting of the series. Learn more about Maria’s music here: Why does 'Vic the Dick' look familiar? Michael Mando has previously performed in acclaimed television series like Flashpoint, The Border, King, and The Bridge. But if you love video games, you may also recognize him as Vaas from "Far Cry 3," and The Far Cry Experience.

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“If you have ever peeled an onion, then you know that the first thin, papery layer reveals another thin, papery layer, and that layer reveals another, and another, and before you know it you have hundreds of layers all over the kitchen table and thousands of tears in your eyes, sorry that you ever started peeling in the first place and wishing that you had left the onion alone to wither away on the shelf of the pantry while you went on with your life, even if that meant never again enjoying the complicated and overwhelming taste of this strange and bitter vegetable.” - Lemony Snicket, The End

Clones: How Can DNA-Identicals Be So Different? Why is Sarah a kick-ass punk and Alison’s so uptight? Check out this very informative spread from NOVA on what shapes who we are before we’re born... and afterwards. Just how much is really ‘in the blood’? The Human Genome Project on Behavior & Genetics Do You Have A Doppelganger?... By Episode #102, the writers admired this wonderful project by artist Francois Brunelle ... Real World Cloning: via Clone Safety Real World Science History: The Annals of Eugenics “Eugenics is, for good reason, a neglected part of the history of science. It is often associated with genocidal dictatorships such as the Nazi regime, but it's easy to forget the uncomfortable truth that this was a well-established field in America and Britain too, only a few generations ago.” Designer Babies...& Ethics A furor has developed over the ethics of creating "designer babies" ahead of new UK guidance on use of genetic screening techniques. Behavioral Genetics... The public is to be asked how scientists should investigate the possible link between genes and behaviour. Have questions for The Hive? Leave them in the comments below!