It’s probably time to talk about Sarah Manning’s (Tatiana Maslany) skills at being a mother. She’s not that great at it. We’re not going to go so far and say Sarah’s a bad mother, but still …
This is a bold notion that comes with a lot of judgment attached, but given the events that have transpired in Season 4, so far, it’s pretty safe to say her own mental stability is on rocky ground. With that Neolution worm in her face and the threat of Felix’s (Jordan Gavaris) newfound sister further tearing apart her established — yet quite dysfunctional — family unit, it’s a pretty safe stance to make that Sarah should not be taking care of a child right now — or maybe, at all.
So far, we’ve not paid much attention to Kira (Skylar Wexler) and that’s our bad, but in Thursday’s (May 12) episode of “Orphan Black,” titled “Human Raw Material,” it’s difficult to not think about Sarah’s child. The main storyline explored in this episode may have been the Neolution connection to BrightBorn and the questionable experiments that are being conducted by Sarah Duncan (Rosemary Dunsmore) and the gang. But with the focus on making babies without genetic deficiencies, we have to wonder, what’s going on in Kira’s head?
Aside from her possible psychic abilities — remember that possible premonition she had earlier this season? — she’s probably not in the best place, physically or mentally. She has to have some deficiencies of her own brewing — separation anxiety and trust issue come to mind. Things will only get worse for her as she gets older.
Look, motherhood comes with some deep responsibilities and saying Sarah is not a good mother is not meant to be an insult to her character. Sometimes, love is not enough. Given everything on her plate, though … maybe it’s the perfect time to completely hand over Kira to someone who has more resources to raise the girl in a healthy, loving manner away from all this complicated chaos.
Then again, this is “Orphan Black” and who exactly can Sarah trust, anyway? Mrs. S (Maria Doyle Kennedy) seems to be doing an okay job, but even she has a world of problems to work out. Relying on Cosima and Scott (Josh Vokey) to look after her isn’t the best option either. Bright side: at least a comic book store is better than being holed up in an Iceland hideout. Right?
What about Felix’s biological sister, Adele (Lauren Hammersley)? Aside from that alcohol and drug use, her and Kira got along swimmingly. Wow, OK, there really are no good choices here, are there?
“Orphan Black” airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on BBC America.