Newer Elements of Our Defense



Critic Consensus: Though it's as complicated as ever, Orphan Black ratchets up the action in "Newer Elements of Our Defense," with Alison and Donnie providing some much-needed comic relief.

Episode Info

Mark is taken down in a Prolethean shootout and Sarah steps in to help. But as she gathers intel that puts her on the trail of the original Castor DNA, a familiar foe is not far behind.


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 Newer Elements of Our Defense

If last week was setting up things to come, this week kicked it into overdrive.

May 10, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Nothing good ever came from a pale woman with floral layers on and a weapon with a long term scope.

Jun 26, 2018 | Full Review…

This week's Orphan Black turned out to be one of the more entertaining of the season so far, as Sarah and Mark reluctantly teamed up to discover a potential key to curing the Castor clone defect.

May 10, 2015 | Rating: 8.2 | Full Review…

"Newer Elements of Our Defense" was a necessary episode... but if I never have to watch Helena create a key out of a chicken bone and then stab someone in the brain with a scalpel, it'll be too soon.

May 10, 2015 | Full Review…

I've complained that Alison hasn't played enough of a part in the clone shenanigans recently, but those complaints come to an end tonight.

May 10, 2015 | Rating: 4.2/5 | Full Review…

Perhaps surprising to no one, but if this were a contest, Helena's corner of the world would once again take the lead this week, for more than one reason.

May 10, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A slash of blood, a pulsing wound, a gaping hole, an exposed brain: Orphan Black isn't a subtle show, but damn if it isn't an arresting one.

May 10, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Plot gripes aside, this episode was filled with some really great crazy moments that should be celebrated.

May 10, 2015 | Full Review…

Until proven otherwise, each new twist must be treated as a cheap cliffhanger, rather than a concerted effort to push the plot toward a satisfying conclusion.

May 10, 2015 | Full Review…

What I enjoyed this week is that the scorpion counseled Helena to leave the Castor clone behind, while he begged her to put him out of his misery.

May 10, 2015 | Full Review…