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The Hive Recap: Variation Under Nature

The Hive’s Own Observations and Unexpected Results

Variation Under Nature: Mind-Bender

The most difficult scenes in the series to shoot are those in which two and particularly three clones appear in the same scene. Scenes with more than one clone are shot first with one character, then again with another – and so on. The incredible hair, make-up and wardrobe that creates each clone’s distinctive ‘look’ takes anywhere from thirty minutes to an hour to perfect, depending on the clone. Equally rare is showing physical contact between the clones. Both of these cinematic feats are featured in this episode.

It ain't easy, being clones.
It ain’t easy, being clones.

Alison’s nosy neighbor Aynsley is introduced walking a muzzled Great Dane. As scripted, the dog was meant to leap at Felix, scaring him witless. But it so happened that the canine performer was the nicest dog in the world, and failed to muster any menace. As a result, the character of Aynsley was given the ‘real teeth’ in this scene.

The b!#$h who guards hell.

Why does Cosima need eye glasses, but the other do not?
SPOILER: Cosima wears glasses but Katja, Beth, Sarah, Alison and the mysterious Assassin do not. It is safe to assume Cosima’s eyesight degenerated due to her own individual environment and conditions (studying super hard!), instead of sharing a genetic condition. Unless some are wearing contacts, but that was never the intention of the writers.

Science geek clone, Cosima.
Science geek clone, Cosima.

The police Medical Examiner refers to Katja’s skull being crushed in an ‘industrial sausage maker’. What is she referring to, exactly?
The ‘industrial sausage’ maker Coroner Beckwith refers to is an actual gravel crusher; the discovery of Katja’s body was shot in a quarry outside of the City of Toronto, Ontario.

Is it true that the clones could not be differentiated by their fingerprints?
Science under-pins almost every plot point, right down to what motivates or confounds Detective Arthur Bell & Co. It is true that clones would have nearly identical fingerprints, which would flag a potential positive match to existing criminal records or even some government identification databases. Their fingerprints could only be differentiated due to wear and tear acquired from each individual clone’s life experiences.

Isn’t it just a matter of time before the clones’ identical DNA raises red flags with the detectives?
Indeed, but first they must have the crime scenes’ DNA processed, and receive all the results within the same timeframe all the action in the show occurs. Clarifying the real-world police science available to most homicide squads in North America was one of the most challenging aspects of plotting the detectives’ through-line in Season One. Turns out, very few police departments enjoy the speedy service lauded in most fictional forensics labs portrayed on TV.

Is it true co-creator Graeme Manson wrote the first three episodes of Season One?
Yes. And co-creator John Fawcett directed the first two – shot simultaneously – as well as the finale. Co-creator Graeme Manson wrote the first three episodes of Season One, as well as the finale.

Why does Beth’s boyfriend Paul seem so familiar?
Canadian-born Dylan Bruce has performed in over a dozens roles on television and film, including Martin Kail in 24: Conspiracy, Chris Hughes in As The World Turns, Brian Nelson in The Bay and even appeared as a doorman in The Sopranos.

Close call with Paul.
Close call with Paul.

Where do I know Kevin Hanchard from?
The mercurial, conflicted Det. Art Bell is performed by accomplished stage and screen performer, Kevin Hanchard, whose credits range from the walking the boards of the prestigious Shaw Festival, to appearances in popular international television favorites like Degrassi, The Listener and Due South.

Where have I seen Detective Angelis DeAngelis before?
Ingra Cadranel has performed in over 30 series and made-for-television movies, and will be recognized for her Saskia in Lost Girl, Jill in The Bridge, and Francesca in Rent-a-Goalie.

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