BBC America’s original series “Orphan Black” is returning for its final season. It is set to air on June 10, 2017, at 10/9 p.m. CT. After a year-long hiatus, fans are anxious to see what is in store for Tatiana Maslany.
‘Orphan Black’ Trailer and Sneak Peak Pump Up the Tension
In April, an “Orphan Black” extended trailer was released. Viewers hear and see four of the clones passionately describing their mutual affection and battle to survive — “to the end.”
On June 4, BBC America presented a 6-minute sneak peek. They teased audiences with by offering a glimpse of the Season 5, Episode 1 premiere of “Orphan Black,” entitled, “The Few Who Dare.”
It begins with Maslany, aka Sarah Manning in the woods on a cold night, she is struggling to light a fire. Once successful, she attends to the heavily bleeding gash in her right thigh and passes out from the pain.
When she comes to, she hears a noise. A man comes out of the dark and attacks her Manning. During the battle, she uses a large rock to repeatedly strike him, until he stumbles off back into the woods.
The Clone Sisters of ‘Orphan Black’ and Supporting Cast
Maslany masterfully portrays every one of Mannings’s clones, with the help of her stand-in, who is viewed from the side, back, or at a distance, when two of the sister clones are on screen at the same time. Each character that Maslany plays has their own accent and significantly different personality.
The fantastic supporting cast rounds out this original, action-packed sci-fi drama. Manning’s foster brother, Felix Dawkins, played by Jordan Gavaris, is one of the “Orphan Black” LGBT characters. Maria Doyle Kennedy, plays Siobhan Sadler, the woman who raised Felix and Sarah.
Donnie Hendrix, played Kristian Bruun, is the lovable hubby to the suburban stay-at-home mom clone — Alison. She is overachieving, often anxious, and aggressive. The couple has two adopted children; Gemma and Oscar.
Some of the other “Orphan Black” sister clones are:
- Beth Childs — She takes her own life in the first episode but reappears in back story scenes;
- Krystal is a ditzy blonde nail technician, who is over her head and does not know about her clone sisters;
- Cosima Niehaus sports dreadlocks. She is another “Orphan Black” LGBT character. Cosima is a scientist, desperately trying to find a cure for the clone-related illness, which is slowly killing her;
- Helena is a quirky girl. She was raised by a cultish sect and has a thick Northern European accent. Due to her isolated upbringing, she is naive. In Season 4, she becomes pregnant through an involuntary in-vitro procedure;
- Rachel Duncan has a type-A personality, she is all business, sadistic, cold-hearted, and has a love-hate relationship with the others.
‘Orphan Black’ Season 4 Finale Recap
The last episode of Season 4, “From Dancing Mice to Psychopaths” leaves the clones in dire situations. Krystal witnesses Delphine Cormier, Cosima’s lover, being shot. The victim was taken away by Dr. Van Lier.
Cosima, working with Professor Susan Duncan create a viable cure for the clone’s illness. Unfortunately, the computer system is shut down by outsiders, and the data remains elusive.
The professor has other plans. She wants to use the cell regeneration to begin the cloning program again. After Cosima overhears Duncan speaking to Rachel, about the alternate plans for Cosima’s work, the professor locks her away to prevent interference.
The Neolutionists are foes of the sister clones, and Rachel joins their risky endeavors. Their intent is to create clones on a multi-generational international level.
In order to forward her agenda, Rachel uses a butcher knife to stab the professor; the woman she calls mother. When confronted by Sarah, Rachel uses the same knife to slash her sister’s right thigh.
Cosima is reunited with Delphine after she and a younger version of the sister clones escape the professor’s house. Charlotte and Cosima suffer from the same ailment.
At the end of the “Orphan Black” season finale, an extremely ill Cosima tells her lover that she finished their project. Audiences are left to wonder the condition of the bleeding and tied up Professor Duncan.
In the final scene, Sarah limps away from Duncan’s house and phones her mom for assistance. Rachel’s boy-toy, Ferdinand is holding Shioban at gunpoint.
Viewing Past ‘Orphan Black’ Seasons Available From Several Sources
“Orphan Black” episodes can be seen via BBC America’s On Demand and Amazon Prime Streaming. On YouTube, “Orphan Black” can be viewed for either $1.99 per episode or 14.99 each season for SD; HD is available for a higher fee.
Neither Netflix nor Hulu stream “Orphan Black” at this time. However, Hulu has several short clip interviews with Maslany.
By Cathy Milne
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Xfinity: Season 4, Episode 10; “From Dancing Mice to Psychopaths”
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