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.

property 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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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.

sides "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

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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The Hive Wet Lab & Library

"Shallow men believe in luck or in circumstance. Strong men believe in cause and effect." — Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man." — Charles Darwin

An Entire Book Written in DNA from Susan Young for the MIT Technology Review “Researchers at Harvard encode information in DNA at a density on par with any other experimental storage method.” Who’s Your Mommy?  Surrogate Birth Mothers; How Mammal Cloning Worked with Dolly the Sheep from the Roslyn Instutute US Milestone in medical human cloning from BBC News - Health Who Owns What: The DNA Patent Database (USA) “...contains a collection of DNA-based patents and patent applications issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and makes the full-text of such patents and applications available to users at no cost.” Genetics & Patenting from the Human Genome Project (INTL/US Department of Energy) Are Human Genes Patentable? Editorial Board, The New York Times Gene Patents are a Hindrance to Innovation Scientists researching diseases such as cancer are impeded by having to pay companies who own specific gene patents from Adam Rutherford for The Guardian