Formalized, Complex, and Costly



Critic Consensus: "Formalized, Complex, and Costly" offers satisfying action and a good shock, though the season is developing more slowly than some might prefer.

Episode Info

Leda and Castor hunt for the original clone DNA; Mark and Gracie pursue new leads to find the samples that will free them; Art and Sarah reunite to track down Mark and Gracie.


Tatiana Maslany
as Sarah/Beth/Alison/Cosima/Rachel/Helena
Matt Frewer
as Aldous Leekie
Ari Millen
as Mark/Rudy/Seth/Miller
Kristian Bruun
as Donnie Hendrix
Josh Vokey
as Scott Smith
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Critic Reviews for Formalized, Complex, and Costly

Kudos to Art for not being every other dimwitted supporting character cop we've seen on shows like this.

May 5, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Rudy tries to get in Helena's head, but yo, that's a crowded place, fam.

Jun 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Time didn't move all that fast this episode, but we got some interesting reveals in the plot.

May 5, 2015 | Full Review…

By all means, it's still a perfectly fine episode, but one whose quality is a bit diluted by the developing cracks in its foundation.

May 5, 2015 | Rating: 7.1/10 | Full Review…

"Formalized, Complex, and Costly" is packed with plot-driven dialogue, even if the plot itself hasn't advanced much by the end of the episode.

May 5, 2015 | Full Review…

Donny cracks me up... I also like how proud he looks of Alison whenever she puts the smack down on someone.

May 4, 2015 | Full Review…

As if the series didn't have enough narrative clutter to fight through, Orphan Black continues to reintroduce these phantom limbs from seasons past, seemingly desperate to bail out the sinking ship.

May 4, 2015 | Full Review…

Who else is still reeling from that shocking and violent ending?

May 4, 2015 | Rating: 4.1/5 | Full Review…

Carrying over my frustrations from last week, I spent a good chunk of "Formalized, Complex, and Costly" wondering why the mysterious conspiracy at the center of Orphan Black was no longer holding my interest.

May 4, 2015 | Full Review…

It was a great episode overall, one with just the right mix of plot advancement and character development.

May 4, 2015 | Full Review…