Orphan Black: You’ve Got Me Head Over Heels

 Something happens and I’m head over heels
I never find out till I’m head over heels


I don’t have a huge amount to say about this episode of Orphan Black, but felt that the acknowledgement of one of the best musical cues on any TV show in the past year was imperative. It continues to amaze me how well this show utilizes every character in its arsenal, and manages to make time for great, humorous, sweet moments amidst all of the bloodshed and blackmailing. Most other shows would have been content to pack an episode to the gills with double-crossing, children in gas masks and their lips sewn shut, and a sniper showdown in a warehouse, but Orphan Black has understood where its strengths lie from the very beginning and continues to put a smile on my face with the less tense moments that pop up.

This week, that moment was Felix prepping for a booty call like he was a 17 year old heading out to see his first Culture Club cover band perform on a date. Any sequence that involved Felix bouncing around the loft trying on countless pairs of skinny jeans and patterned/sheer button ups would already be a winner, and then they decided to add “Head Over Heels” by  Tears for Fears  as a soundtrack to the montage and it put a cherry on top of the whole thing. Of course, the quickie with a long-lost beau was interrupted by Hot Paul and a gang of police officers because it is still Orphan Black after all, but it was fun while it lasted. I wasn’t able to pull a proper gif of Felix in the mirror, but here’s the original “Head Over Heels music video. There’s really no bad time to listen to Tears for Fears.

A few other quick notes on “Ipsa Scientia Potestas Est”:

  • The title translates as “knowledge itself is power”, which explains a lot.
  • I mentioned it briefly above, but Grace turning to the camera with her lips sewn shut was horrifying. Even more horrifying, her mother pulling the stitches out of her lips after casually mentioning how her daughter is in danger of being a unwitting surrogate.
  • Not nearly enough Cal in this episode, way too much Hot Paul. At least the moments with Cal moved his story forward, because everyone knew the “he has a gun/large rolls of cash drop was coming eventually. I’m glad it was revealed sooner rather than later.
  • Couldn’t help but think of “The Empty Child” when Kiera appeared from within the trailer in a gas mask.
  • “He is brother seestra?”

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