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Link: Time to bid adieu to Orphan Black

From James Bawden:

Link: Time to bid adieu to Orphan Black
So there I was at the local street bash in my Toronto neighborhood and a neighbor from several blocks away is telling me she never watches Canadian TV drama series.

“But you’ve just said you’re a loyal fan of Orphan Black,” I told her. “And it’s made right here in Toronto.”

And boy did she look surprised and chagrined! Continue reading.

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Link: What We’re Really Losing When We Lose Orphan Black

From Jennifer Still of Vanity Fair:

Link: What We’re Really Losing When We Lose Orphan Black
As Orphan Black embarked on its fifth and final season last week, it became clear that the sci-fi series was finally ready to answer the big questions—about eugenics, biology, and morality—that have intrigued fans and critics alike throughout its run. It was never a clear path getting there, but the joy was in the journey—and once it’s complete, viewers will lose one of the most intelligent, empowering shows ever to air on television. Continue reading.

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Link: Orphan Black creator answers season premiere burning questions

From Dalton Ross of Entertainment Weekly:

Link: Orphan Black creator answers season premiere burning questions
“Without giving too much away, we have arrived at the top of the pyramid, so to speak. We have arrived at the seat of power at Neolution. This is where P.T. Westmoreland, a man who’s apparently well over 100 years old, lives and marshals the global forces of Neolution — those setting out to change the course of human evolution.” Continue reading. 

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Orphan Black 501: The clones face the beginning of the end

Spoiler warning: Do not read this article until you have seen Orphan Black Episode 501, “The Few Who Dare.”

“Whatever this place is, it’s the answer.” —Cosima

Welcome to the final trip!

After four seasons spent tumbling down the rabbit hole in an attempt to uncover the conspiracy behind the creation of Sarah Manning and her sister clones, Orphan Black‘s fifth (and last) season finally emerges in Wonderlanda Wonderland as conceived by H.G. Wells, that is.

The season premiere, “The Few Who Dare,” written by Graeme Manson and directed by John Fawcett, begins right where we left off last season, with Sarah (Tatiana Maslany, fresh from her first Emmy win) badly wounded and fighting for survival on Susan Duncan’s (Rosemary Dunsmore) mysterious private island. The island potentially holds the answers to 40 episodes of questions because it also houses P.T. Westmoreland, the 170-year-old founder of Neolution whose quest for prolongevity spawned the creation of the clones. However, his search for the fountain of youth isn’t necessarily going as plannedas evidenced by the “Island of Doctor Moreau”-esque creature that attacks Sarah in the episode’s opening scenesand, as always, the clones can never trust the motivations of Machiavellian pro-clone Rachel (Maslany), who is in her most powerful position yet.

“There’s only one faction now.” Mr. Frontenac

Over the past four seasons of Orphan Black, we’ve met a series of individual and organizational villains with disparate ideologies and goals. This tangled web has led to both some convoluted plots and a few story misstepsI’m looking at you, Castor clonesbut Season 5 simplifies matters by focusing on the Big Bad behind the curtain, P.T. Westmoreland (Stephen McHattie). The Proletheans are long gone, but the island’s Revival campwhich has taken in Cosimakeeps that group’s cultish vibe alive by acting like a science-loving Peoples Temple. Cosima’s cheery new pal, Mud (Jenessa Grant), explains that the people in the camp are P.T. Westmoreland’s “children,” chosen from around the globe to “genetically improve the human race.” The group is completely self-sustaining, with their own power, food and educational system.

“This place is scary,” says Charlotte (Cynthia Galant), after leafing through a propaganda-laced children’s book.

Word, Charlotte. Word.

“Follow the crazy science.” Delphine

Yet, for all Revival’s creepiness, Cosima can’t help but be intrigued. While Sarah just wants to get off the island and take her sister with her, Cosima wants to stay, simultaneously repulsed and enticed by the science. This is great news for viewers, as Cosima’s ethical sparring with Susan in Season 4 was a highlight, and any sitdowns with P.T. Westmoreland will undoubtedly crackle, especially given our resident geek monkey’s inability to hold back the sass.

As for Delphine (Evelyne Brochu), it was wonderful to see her have a few romantic moments, albeit rushed, with Cosima again. These two have been put through the wringer, and any tender moments between them have been more than earned by long-suffering Cophine fans. Hopefully, Delphine’s forced trip to Sardinia will be short-lived.

But, of course, Delphine’s temporary exit opened the door for the episode’s most shocking and uncomfortable momentRachel administering the cure to Cosima with a giant needle to the uterus. Yikes!

“It’s a new day, Sarah.” Rachel

And what is up with Rachel? While her new right-hand man, Mr. Frontenac (Andrew Moodie), and Art’s (Kevin Hanchard) new Neolution partner, Detective Engers (Elyse Levesque), spent the episode trying to bring Felix (Jordan Gavaris), Mrs. S (Maria Doyle Kennedy), Alison (Maslany) and Helena (Maslany) to heel on Rachel’s behalf, the formerly bitter clone comes away from her “seclusion” with P.T. looking like she’s had a true religious experience. She not only helps Cosima, but she promises Sarah that “it’s a new day,” even as she has her darted and carried away. I must admit that Rachel has never been one of my favourite characters, and I was hoping she might finally meet her (very justified) end this season. However, her post-P.T. glow has me deeply curious. What do you have up your perfectly tailored sleeve, Rachel?

Side Notes

  • What the hell, Donnie (Kristian Bruun)? Alison gets captured and you casually tip-toe off into the woods like you’re bailing on a boring lunch date? Not cool, dude. Not cool.
  • Sorry, the stick to Helena’s belly doesn’t frighten me. That pregnancy has gone on far too long for it to end that way. However, her injury does provide more opportunity for Donnie/Helena to bond, and, most importantly, they have to leave the shelter of the woods for help.
  • In a parallel to the first time she received treatment for her illness (that time with Delphine at her side), a single tear fell from Cosima’s left eye as Rachel administered the cure. Kudos to Tatiana Maslany for remembering that detail.
  • Art has always been the steadiest ally for the clones, but how much will his loyalty bend now that the Neos have threatened his daughter?
  • Elyse Levesque is my favourite addition to the cast. Disarmingly deadpan delivery.
  • Great to see Hellwizard (Calwyn Shurgold) again, and looking forward to M.K.’s (apparently) imminent return.

Orphan Black airs Saturdays at 10 p.m. ET on Space.

Images courtesy of Bell Media.

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Links: Orphan Black

From Michael Schneider of Variety:

Link: Orphan Black cast, crew reflect on genre-bending show’s strange trip
“It was the crazy Canadian clone show that could. But it really has become a pop culture-defining show. [It took] big storytelling swings, but it also had an emotional heart and depth to it…. It’s a rather rare mix of serious things, social provocation and wit. There’s something quite unique and brilliant about that.” Continue reading.

From David Wiegand of the San Francisco Chronicle:

Link: Co-star Garavis’ goodbyes to Orphan Black and all the clones
“It was very strange to leave behind five years of your life. Acting becomes very intimate, and you go through these emotions. So it’s very discombobulating afterwards to find the frequency of your relationships just as people.” Continue reading.

From Sarah Hughes of The Guardian:

Link: Send in the clones: Orphan Black, TV’s smartest show, is back
This clever Canadian import – an addictive blend of revenge drama and sci-fi thriller – is that rare thing on TV these days: a mythology-heavy plot twister with characters so well-crafted, and lines so intelligently written, that you genuinely, deeply care about what happens to them. Continue reading.

From Alicia Lutes of Nerdist:

Link: Orphan Black’s final season is the ending it deserves
Over the course of the previous four seasons, the series has managed to do what, before its premiere, felt largely un-accomplishable on television: make a thrilling, conspiracy-laden science fiction series—populated by a hero’s slate of fully dimensional female characters—that plays foil to the myriad issues facing women in our society today. Continue reading.

From Brian Truitt of USA Today:

Link: Tatiana Maslany looks back on five seasons of her Orphan Black clones
It takes most actresses several projects to get 11 different personalities on their resume. Tatiana Maslany just needed five seasons of a single TV series.

“Got it all done in one show. Now there’s no more characters to do!” the Orphan Black star says, laughing. Continue reading.

From Victoria Ahearn of The Canadian Press:

Link: Orphan Black’s final season caps a landmark show for Canadian TV
When Tatiana Maslany first stepped onto the Toronto set of “Orphan Black” in 2012, doubt crept into her mind.

“I was like, ‘How do we get through a season of this show?'” recalled the Regina native, who’s blown away audiences by playing multiple clones with vastly different personalities. “‘How do we do this, how do we pull this off, how do I embody these characters?’ It was just a moment-to-moment challenge.” Continue reading.

From Hermoine Wilson of The TV Junkies:

Link: Orphan Black: Evelyne Brochu tips her hat to Cophine shippers
“What I was most excited about was getting some answers, and I think the viewers will be super happy because there will be answers. But in terms of my character, I obviously wanted to know how Cosima and Delphine would end up and there’s going to be answers regarding that as well.” Continue reading. 

From Eliza Thompson of Cosmopolitan:

Link: Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany on what to expect from the show’s final season
“We start on the island right where we left off last season, with Sarah mortally injured and crawling her way to some kind of safety. All of the clones are disparate and separate and trying to come back together. I think the whole story’s really about how individuals are stronger in groups. We’re stronger in communities.” Continue reading.

From Carli Velocci of The Wrap:

Link: Orphan Black showrunner credits Six Feet Under, The Sopranos for show’s existence
“We really dug into the hard cloning, but [also] coalesced the themes of nature vs. nurture and body autonomy and really realizing how deeply feminist the show had to be or else it would be missing a real terrific chance.” Continue reading.

From Jackie Hong of the Toronto Star:

Link: Orphan Black Season promises answers, though not always happy ones
“It’s a heavy show and it’s a heavier season than most, because we’ve got to get to a lot of answers and the answers aren’t necessarily always happy . . . (but) it’s time to get those answers. Like, how long can you string an audience?” Continue reading.

From Jeff Dedekker of the Regina-Leader Post:

Link: Tatiana Maslany will always have Orphan Black
“We’ve definitely explored a lot about identity and the science behind the cloning and that sort of stuff but there’s always more to do and there’s always more we could’ve done. But I’m really happy the series leaves an impact of questions and a legacy of characters and women’s stories that will inspire more. It exists within a bigger conversation about science right now, autonomy and the world.” Continue reading.

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