From Instinct To Rational Control
Orphan Black Season 4



Critic Ratings: 10
Critics Consensus

"From Instinct to Rational Control" is classic Orphan Black, furthering the story arc while introducing great reveals and new narratives.

Episode Info

Sarah forms an alliance with a former enemy in hopes of getting to the head of Neolution. Elsewhere: Alison orders Felix and Donnie to invade a Neolution fertility clinic and a Susan Duncan leaves Rachel to make a devastating decision.


Tatiana Maslany
as Sarah/Beth/Alison/Cosima/Rachel/Helena
Ari Millen
as Mark/Rudy/Seth/Miller
Kristian Bruun
as Donnie Hendrix
Josh Vokey
as Scott Smith
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Critic Reviews for From Instinct To Rational Control

It's possible, in fact, that M.K. tipped off Sarah to the imminent attack in Iceland in the first place in order to eventually lead them all to this endgame. Seems a stretch, but Orphan Black has pulled off stretchier.

May 6, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

So far the fourth season has done a terrific job of taking some of the focus from Sarah and the other clones and allowing the supporting characters to shine through.

May 6, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

From Instinct to Rational Control juggles both a new series of stories for the individual clones as well as furthering the season's arc.

May 16, 2016 | Full Review…

"From Instinct to Rational Control" keeps the clones connected in purpose, yet in many ways they're drifting from one another personally.

May 10, 2016 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

"From Instinct to Rational Control" (and, indeed, the series as a whole) is a hard item to critique-after all, it's near impossible to properly judge rising action until you have the whole layout to judge it against.

May 8, 2016 | Rating: 7.6/10 | Full Review…

The fourth episode of Orphan Black gave us some classic moments that make us love to be in #CloneClub.

May 6, 2016 | Full Review…

Basically, no one won anything this episode (unless you count Ferdinand winning at not getting blown to bits), but all the reveals gave us a great episode.

May 6, 2016 | Full Review…

For all its screwball comedy with the Hendrix clan, this episode was also a bit of an exposition dump.

May 6, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…

So, Ferdinand is back. I have to confess: I have never been able to hate this dude. He's so weird and gross and cold-blooded and totally a coward, but I'm still psyched he's back.

May 6, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Orphan Black Season 4 Episode 4 revealed much to its audience, both about the mysterious MK's motives and backstory, and the larger "Big Bad" of Orphan Black Season 4.

May 6, 2016 | Rating: 4.25/5 | Full Review…