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The Hive Recap: Conditions of Existence

The Hive’s Own Observations and Unexpected Results

Conditions of Existence: Mind-Bender

Is it true that Sarah was not originally the character meant to wake up mid-medical testing?

True.  The earliest drafts of this episode, Alison woke up mid-medical exam.  It’s probably a tribute to our evolving understanding of developmental factors on character that this significant change to the original plot was made.  For Alison, as an individual, would take such a personal travesty to very different ends than Sarah would, at this time.  Both characters’ tendencies and traits determined that Sarah was the ideal character to not only experience this now, but also infuse the story with bad things happening later.  For the medical team have of course inadvertently taken samples from a clone who has been out of the monitoring system since infancy.  Ramifications abound.

Lab rat in an illegal experiment?
Lab rat in an illegal experiment?

If Sarah (as Beth) has quit being a detective, what’s going to happen with Art and DeAngelis?

Don’t worry, the detectives aren’t done with ‘Beth’ yet.   We left Art & DeAngelis sifting through the rubble of four as yet unsolved mysteries:  identifying the sniper/killer, identifying her victim in the gravel quarry, understanding why ‘Beth’ really quit, and what really happened between Beth and the allegedly innocent civilian she shot, Margaret (Maggie) Chen.  Oh yes, …they’ll be back.

Why is Cosima based at the University of Minnesota?

The University of Minnesota has one of the most advanced genetics departments in North America.  As a clone who is also a Ph.D. student of Evolutionary Development Biology (aka Evo Devo), Cosima would see this acclaimed institution as mecca for her pursuit of the science behind the clones, as well as pursuing other contemporary insiders’ understandings of the vast possibilities and implications of an on-going experiment in human cloning (see her friend and colleague, ‘Scott’).  UMinn is also currently home to our Canadian Science Consultant, – the real-life Cosima – Cosima Herter.

Standing in for the University of Minnesota in the show? 

The University of Toronto.

Why is what Delphine studying of particular interest to Cosima & all cloning buffs?

Delphine studies immunology and particularly, the ‘host-parasite relationship.’ While Cosima’s scientific research is concerned with the theory and ethics of bioscience, Delphine is focused on its potential and pragmatic application. Together, their knowledge and insight can offer our clones a fulsome picture of the pros and cons of human cloning:  what it could achieve for advanced medical health and welfare, what it could destroy for personal freedom and self-determination. Their mutual attraction, therefore, seems quite natural….  Whether it’s genuine or not, remains to be seen.

Cosima takes a peek at Delphine's grades.
Cosima takes a peek at Delphine’s grades.

Did the writers plant any clues, before this episode, that there was more to Paul than met the eye?

Yes. Actions always speak louder than words in our world. Casting a glance back at the first four hours of the story, you’ll find that Paul is the first to say, “Something’s different” when he first meets Sarah posing as Beth.  He begins examining everything about ‘Beth’ very closely as a result.  He is excessively attentive, often preoccupied with “Beth’s” comings and goings, and general state of being.  He rarely sheds much light on himself or his own absences.  He’s constantly checking in, – even when the relationship has clearly been either arrested or on very thin ice since before Sarah assumed Beth’s identity.  When Helena pretends to be ‘Beth in distress’ in #104 — Paul comes running, even though he’s moved out for a while.  Now granted these are all the indicators too of a caring partner.  And Paul is developing unexpected feelings for Beth, so his questions are coming from someone with an escalating curiosity about what is happening between them (really, between Paul and Sarah).  In many ways, both Donnie and Paul were designed to seem just like many partners.  As any good mole would be.  Whether Donnie deserves Alison’s paranoid assumptions remains to be seen.  But from the beginning, Paul was a bad ass.

What's Paul's motive?
What’s Paul’s motive?

We meet or spend more time with a whole bunch of new or returning characters in this episode:  should we regard them all with suspicion?

Here we get to know Donnie through Alison, Paul through Sarah, Vic returns to haunt Sarah, and we introduce the alarming Olivier and the compelling French scientist, Delphine.  In this story, it is wise to always regard anyone on the clones’ path with suspicion.

Where have I seen Donnie before?

Alison’s husband is played by the incredibly funny and talented Canadian-Finlander Kristian Bruun, who has graced stages and screens all over.  You may have caught him most recently in his recurring role on Murdoch Mysteries, where he plays Constable Slugger Jackson.

Why do I recognize Delphine, the immunology student that Cosima meets in this episode?

Montreal’s Evelyn Brochu’s brilliance is no mystery to fans of French-language cinema around the world.  Hailing from Quebec, our bilingual francophone star can be seen in Inch’Allah, and you may recognize her as the star of previous international festival hits such as Jean-Marc Vallee’s Café de Flore and Denis Villeneuve’s Polytechnique. We are truly honored to have this opportunity to feature such a mega-star of modern independent French cinema in Orphan Black.

Can Delphine be trusted?
Can Delphine be trusted?

Why does Olivier look familiar?

Actor David Richmond-Pec has appeared in over 80 titles; most recently are Bomb Girls, Flashpoint, Lost Girl, Beauty and The Beast, Rookie Blue, The Firm and Endgame.

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