Critic Consensus: Though a jarring change in tone from the episode that came before it, "Community of Dreadful Fear and Hate" provided satisfying comic relief by focusing on Alison's story.
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Critic reviews for Community of Dreadful Fear and Hate
Sheila McCarthy as Alison's mom Connie was brilliant casting: Her overbearing, perfectionist ways spoke so much to Alison's composition and stressed-out mannerisms - a classic nature vs. nurture, if you will.
Without the Castor boys, this episode felt old-school season 1 ... and it's something we needed after last week's throwdown.
Strangely, the School Trustee drama is actually more tense and compelling than much of the military prison action of the past few episodes.
Not only did the episode slow the momentum gained from the previous two episodes, but it almost made Paul's death seem inconsequential.
I pleaded for more "multilayered texture" to "lighten the mood," and as if part of some cruel trick, tonight's episode of Orphan Black obliges with an hour of paper-thin comic contrivances, all topped with a generous sprinkling of mawkish sentiment.
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