Alright, I’ve see a lot of mixed responses to the introduction of the male clones, one of the main responses being anger. Which, I admit, I felt myself. How could they? I thought. I mean, this was our show. Didn’t they even say that women needed to be shown in their multitudes more so than men? And it’s so, so easy to be pessimistic and cynical when every show out there has screwed over women again and again. Then I remembered. These are the OB writers. These are our writers, who have given us such a brilliant, well thought out and written show that really shows women, and female camaraderie, and such great, loving, healthy bonds between women and shows powerful, real women. Also, from a writer’s standpoint, all the hints and clues and symbolism, it just makes sense for there to be male clones, yeah? You don’t do anything half-way, and the male and female aspect of the experiment seem to make it whole. So, I get it, and I liked having it be solely women more as well, I admit. It’s nice to know that there’s a flip side to the experiment, but to go through what we went through—what we’re still going through—with Sarah and her sisters would feel repetitive. Also, seeing the different aspects of male identity isn’t really new stuff. It’s old. It’s been done. It’s boring. However, I feel like the writers get that because, let’s be honest, these are some pretty smart people. Look at what they’ve given us so far. The relationships, the storyline, the brilliantly whole and real characters that have been just so wonderfully brought to life by Tatiana. Possibly we’re going to get a contrast between how the female and male clones are treated and viewed. Like the guy clones being merely a decoration to further the development and depiction of the female clones. Kind of a flip to the usual trope, where it’s women used as an accessory to further create the image of the guy. After all, turning tropes on their head seems to be a signature move of theirs. Need I remind everyone of the “last dance,” Cosima explaining her tattoo, all the signs that usually point to a character dying by giving everything closure. They even had Delphine, awash in the light of angels, caressing her and saying she wouldn’t leave. However, at the last minute the writers did what they do so well, laughed and blindsided us with Cosima just waking up and eventually discovering Duncan’s research. This time by offering a yin to the yang (or yang to the yin, whatever), perhaps they are just offering a complete view so that we can look more comprehensively at the women. I’m not sure as to how they’d do it but I have no doubt that these writers can pull it off. So unclench Clone Club, let’s not spend the hiatus believing the worst of our beloved writers. Give them a chance before we start getting upset.