Orphan Black Season 5 Episode 6 “Manacled Slim Wrists” Review

“She’s Been Poisoned! – By Big Cosmetics!”

Everybody’s favorite esthetician is back. Krystal adds her amazing sleuthing capabilities to the efforts against Neolution and manages to kick a bad guy in the jumblies just for good measure. She’s always welcome (in small doses), but the fact that Dyad just so happened to buy the company owned by Krystal’s latest hookup was an unnecessary detail as there is no reason why the vast global conspiracy wouldn’t have already included a pharmaceutical/cosmetics business in their portfolio. I’m going to have to get a screen shot of all that stuff Cal laid out when he was explaining Topside to prove it, but I’d bet I’d find something.

The Krystal situation is symptomatic of the disappointing turn Orphan Black has taken in “The Final Trip.” Not everything needs to be explained and when the choice is made to do so, it better be important and flawless. Much of what’s been going on feels rushed and artificial. The writers just need to get back to basics on the techno-thriller roots that is the strength of the series.

So we are left to endure Westmoreland as a toothless fraud, Cosima somehow not smart enough to get out of a wooden and chain link cage, and Mrs. S with mysterious, powerful and rich additional sources. It all seems so slap dashed and convoluted. Hopefully the upcoming last for episodes will do much in the way of smoothing the rough edges.

7
Score
Orphan Black Season 5 Episode 6 “Manacled Slim Wrists”
The Bottom Line
Beware the villagers bearing torches.
Yes!
Beware the villagers bearing torches.
No...
No need to be mean to Scott. He is a heroic stand-up guy, leave him alone.