Press Release: BBC AMERICA’s Peabody Award-winning series Orphan Black is back and the first look at the new season is here! The conspiracy thriller (10 x 60) stars award-winner, Tatiana Maslany, who returns to her unprecedented lead role as multiple clones. More vulnerable than ever before, Sarah, Cosima, Alison, and Helena’s bond will be put to the test with the reveal of highly trained, identical male-soldiers played by Ari Millen. Seen above, Sarah (Maslany) is about to embark on a tense face off with the lethal Rudy (Millen) in a Dyad prison cell. The critically-acclaimed, action-packed series that sparked an inspired fan base named Clone Club, returns to BBC AMERICA, Saturday, April 18, 9:00pm ET.
The highly anticipated third season of the BBC syfy drama ORPHAN BLACK began production today. For those new to the Clone Club, ORPHAN BLACK focuses on Sarah Manning (Tatiana Maslany) an orphan who takes the identity of Beth, (Maslany) a woman that looks exactly like her, after the woman jumps in front of a train. Sarah later learns that she was part of a cloning experiment for the DYAD institution called Porject LEDA, and has many clones roaming the earth. She soon after meets Alison, (Maslany) Helena, (Maslany) Cosima, (Maslany) Katja, (Maslany) Rachel, (Maslany) and others, and that’s when it all begins to unravel. Welcome to the trip!
Aside from the fearless Tatiana Maslany, the game changing, addictive, and brilliant show, ORPHAN BLACK also stars Kristian Bruun. Bruun plays the secretive, and in my opinion most underrated character on the show, Donnie Hendrix. I chatted with Bruun about last season’s craziest moments, Project Castor, and what it was like killing Dr. Leekie. [Read more...]
Attention Clone Club. If you’re looking for ways to help pass the interminable hiatus between seasons two and three of ORPHAN BLACK we highly recommend the following: Our recently shot San Diego Comic Con videos featuring Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavaris, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Ari Millen, Dylan Bruce, Kristian Bruun Talk and EPs Graeme Manson and John Fawcett. See for yourself, after the jump. [Read more...]
The Most Terrifying Murderer on Television is a Woman You’ve Never Even Heard Of.
Bone chilling music crashes through the scene; a familiar uneasiness comes over me. Helena is here, she commands every inch of my Macbook as if she is a virus that I can’t exit out of. I am entranced by this intense and naïve creature, who dims all those around her. In “Effects of External Conditions” we met this beautifully haunting character, and although you may expect to be repulsed by her barbaric and gruesome disposition, you can’t help but savor the moments she graces your screen. There’s just one problem: why isn’t she hailed as one of the best characters of our generation? Why isn’t she on t-shirts? Why isn’t she the center conversation? The topic of more articles? Why is it that, Tatiana Maslany, the fearless woman behind this character isn’t recognized and admired as affectionately as she should be? Is it because she isn’t a man? Is it because her killings aren’t justified with an alpha male complex like that of Dexter Morgan? Or is it because audiences have yet to discover this unique, little show? [Read more...]
After weeks of debating what show on my “Must Watch List” I was going to start binging I finally settled on ORPHAN BLACK. I’d heard such great things about the show and about the shows lead that I had to start it. I watched the Pilot late at night on Sunday and am both ashamed and proud to say I’m already half way through season 2. (It’s only Wednesday) I had no idea how addicting and fascinating this show would be. I was instantly engulfed in this intense and insane story of Sarah Manning and the discovery of her clones.
But now lets talk about Tatiana! WHAT! Who are you? How are you that talented? While watching the show I had to pause it a couple of times because I could not believe that one person was portraying all of these characters. The way she mastered each and every quirk of all of the clones. The way Cosima moves her hands a certain way when she is explaining something or how she gets giddy when she is talking about a DNA sequence. How Alison always has to stand with perfect posture and how her hair can never leave that perfect up due she’s always sporting, or Sarah’s tough and rugged demeanor. But the one character that Maslany plays that just blows me away is Helena. The way she attacks food like she is a wild animal and her inability to show love even though she feels it for people. I’m so in awe of every character portrayed on this show, and the fact that one person is playing them is just astonishing to me. [Read more...]
In last week’s ORPHAN BLACK episode “Governed As It Were By Chance,” life began to settle into a new unexpected routine. For Sarah (Tatiana Maslany), it meant giving Cal (Michiel Huisman) and Kira (Skyler Wexler) some bonding time while she went in search of answers back at Mrs. S’s (Maria Doyle Kennedy) house and exploring at Rachel’s apartment. For Alison, it meant finding out that she had checked herself into rehab – maybe because she was drinking excessively or maybe just to get away from her monitor husband Donnie (Kristian Bruun). For Cosima, it was adjusting to the fact that she was terribly ill and desperate to find an answer while keeping her clone sisters in the dark to her condition. And for Helena, it meant getting the hell away from those crazy Proletheans and finding someone she could really trust – which turned about to be Sarah, the sister that had shot her and left her for dead. [Read more...]
The one question no one thought to really focus on in Season 1 of ORPHAN BLACK was: who’s Kira’s (Skyler Wexler) father? In last week’s episode “Mingling Its Own Nature With It,” that question was answer in a rather surprising fashion. Sarah (Tatiana Maslany), Kira and Felix (Jordan Gavaris) were on their way out of town and decided to spend the night at an empty farmhouse, when the owner unexpectedly returned. With Kira’s innocent question: “Are you my daddy?” the ORPHAN BLACK world exploded.
Not only did Kira finally get to meet her father, fans and viewers did too. Apparently Cal (Michael Huisman) was one of Sarah’s marks from her good ole days of grifting. But after just one month together, Sarah high-tailed it with $10,000 of his money and he has not seen her since. So imagine his surprise when she shows up 8 years later with a daughter in tow, which she claims is likely his.
Somehow the question of Kira’s paternity seemed irrelevant last season with Kira was safely tucked away with Mrs. S (Maria Doyle Kennedy) while the events of “clone club” and the Prolethians and the Neolutionists unfolded. But after it was discovered that Kira’s life was on the line, a close call with a near abduction by the Prolethians, and with Mrs. S no longer to be trusted as Kira’s guardian, Sarah turned to her one last resort – Kira’s father. [Read more...]
In last week’s episode “Governed by Sound Reason and True Religion,” Cosima got a new lab, Alison went to a funeral, Helena got a new home, and Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) continued her hot pursuit of her missing daughter Kira (Skyler Wexler). But in the end, only one clone was really happy with the results.
When Kira first went missing, we feared that the search for her would take an entire season, so it was a great relief that this past episode finally reunited Sarah and Kira, and briefly Mrs. S (Maria Doyle Kennedy). For after quickly ascertaining that Rachel had been bluffing when she said she had Kira, Sarah got right back on track in searching for Kira; and, fortunately, that search ended up not being that long as Kira was only being in used in bait to lure Sarah into a Prolethian trap — unbeknownst to Mrs. S, who simply thought her friends were helping her and Kira escape the country. But like usual, everyone underestimates Sarah. The second she had a chance, Sarah grabbed Kira and high-tailed it away from the so-called safehouse. She is also mighty lucky that Mrs. S proved to be on her side and could wield kitchen utensils and a shotgun in such a handy, lethal fashion. But with Sarah, Kira and Felix (Jordan Gavaris) making a hasty exit out of town, where does that leave everyone else? [Read more...]
Season 2 of ORPHAN BLACK was off to a rip-roaring start as Sarah Manning (Tatiana Maslany) frantically searched for her missing daughter Kira (Skyler Wexler) – unfortunately, with both the Neolutionists and the Prolethians closing in. So it was a race against the clock for Sarah to get a gun and take down her sister pro-clone Rachel at the Dyad Institute in order to rescue Kira.
It took was some fancy clone shenanigans to get Sarah into Dyad; namely Alison had to procure a gun and get it to Sarah without the nosy cops and their monitors from finding out. Then Sarah infiltrated Dyad posing as Cosima into order to slip past Dr. Leekie (Matt Frewer) and security; and, fortunately, Rachel’s insistence on having Paul (Dylan Bruce) nearby also worked to Sarah’s advantage once things got a bit dicey.
But the terrifying surprise of it all was Rachel never had Kira; someone else had taken her. So all of Sarah’s efforts and planning to confront Rachel were for nothing. The moment Sarah realized that she did not know who had her daughter or where to begin searching for Kira was when we saw her strength disintegrate inside her. It was the helplessness that any parent would feel not knowing where their child was – and that moment of truth was devastating. [Read more...]
If you were one of the privileged few that discovered this gem of a television series last year when it first aired on BBC America, then you are a bone fide member of Clone Club. But, hey, anyone who subsequently discovered the series online or through the DVD’s also qualifies, because Clone Club welcomes all members to the ORPHAN BLACK universe as the show returns for its second season. As fans are already well-aware, it is going to be a global social media party as Clone Club rises up to dominate on Twitter, Facebook and all other social media venues on April 19th.
So what does Season 2 of ORPHAN BLACK have in store? The answer is obvious: more clones. That’s right – plural. In a nice twist at the end of the first season, ORPHAN BLACK’s hero Sarah Manning (Tatiana Maslany) came face-to-face with the original clone Rachel Duncan. Rachel joins the ranks of the known clones: Sarah, Beth, Cosima, Alison, Helena, Katja, Danielle, Aryanna, Janika and Rachel. The other new clone that viewers will meet in Season 2 is Jennifer. [Read more...]