Being a scientist, Cosima is going to take the lead, with Delphine, in diagnosing and treating her own illness. And it’s hard on her. She’s such a life-affirming character to be facing her own mortality — in one sense that’s really heartbreaking. In another sense, she’s the character to do it. … Cosima is going to have to make a few deals with the Devil to get to the bottom of her own biology and illness and step in to the belly of the beast.
Wait wait wait. You’re telling me Cosima is going to take control in a scientific field to tackle a complex and apparently dangerous puzzle to solve her own problems? With the help of another woman?
They had to know they’d be dealing with the clones having illness, and one of the clones being someone capable of doing her own study, rather than running to / being reliant upon a third party - who used to inevitably be some dude, though that’s slowly changing - is a wonderful use of character as well as trope (she is ‘the geeky one’).
Though Felix, Art, Paul, Delphine, all the secondary characters, really, have supplementary skill sets and uses, having the clones take control of their own lives, even when organizations are actively trying to deny them that, is a wonderful commentary in its own right. That’s the very core of the series, but to follow through in such aggressive ways, to ensure each woman is innately capable without running to dudes all the time (in fact, often running from them), is bloody refreshing.
These are flawed women who of course will need help from a support system to deal with the vast web of conspiracy they find themselves tangled in, but they’re also inherently capable to help themselves with street smarts, weaponry, scientific knowledge, general subterfuge, etc., and that’s damned beautiful, and sadly still unusual.