Thursday’s Best Reviewed: Orphan Black

Call it a hunch, but barring a barrage of bad writing, I suspect this will be the headline for all Thursdays until Orphan Black‘s tumultuous fourth season comes to an end (which would be in two weeks). That it’s only competition this week, FX animated juggernaut Archer, closed out its second season this week only strengthens that conviction. For the second week in a row, Archer matched the BBC America sci-fi show’s scores from AV Club, which enjoyed Archer‘s familiarity, and Vulture who were less positive and criticized its (semi-spoiler) death as cliche and “an easy device for generating pathos and significance.” Orphan Black‘s 5 out of 5 from TV Fanatic put it over the top.

Thursday, June 2nd’s Best: Orphan Black (8.3/10)

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To take a cue from Walking Dead fans, if Donnie dies, we riot!  But what if Donnie’s life comes at the expense of all the clones’ safety? And what side would Allison take in the short run? AV Club‘s Lisa Weidenstein appreciates the logic that the show never tries to pretend any of them were doomed, but that it focuses its tension on the latter question, that “the show derives real tension and emotional stakes from the question of whether or not Alison knows she’s helping them.”  Despite a tepid 3/5 rating, Devon Maloney at Vulture seems to like this episode and saves specific praise for its use of musical Jesus Christ Superstar and Allison’s production of it as Greek chorus of sorts, calling it “nothing less than inspired. It’s entirely fitting that Alison play Judas in her darkest, most doubtful hour, and the lines of her song are so perfectly aligned with the clones’ plight at this moment. Now’s the time for everyone to decide ‘who they are and what they’ll sacrifice to ensure their survival.”

The Rest of the Night:

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Archer – 7.5

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