"You are a bloody wrecking ball. You are an exploding cigar," laments a confidante of the clones under siege in BBC America's thrillingly entertaining Orphan Black. She's also a bloody marvel, as Tatiana Maslany plays these diverse doppelgangers with astonishing range and surprising nuance. Scrappy street waif? Check. High-strung soccer mom? Check. Lesbian scientist-in-training? Check. Deranged Russian assassin? Why not. Beyond a provocative premise and blistering pace, Orphan Black is a terrific showcase for one of TV's great performances. Even when it threatens to look like a stunt, with one clone at another's throat in a smackdown or layering the subterfuge when one clone pretends to be another, this bonded-by-genetics sister act never feels forced or phony.
"Right now is the time to resist our predisposition to impulsive behavior." When the second season of sci-fi thriller Orphan Black returns Saturday (9/8c, BBC America), we'll see just how little the clones heed Cosima's advice.
Let the Clone Club rejoice!
Orphan Black returns for Season 2 on BBC America in April to continue the story of Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) and her various clone siblings (also Maslany). "We are going to take some risks in our premise in the second season, and push [it], technically," co-creator Graeme Manson said Saturday at the Television Critics Association winter TV previews.
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After only 10 episodes, Orphan Black made quite an impression on viewers, which makes the eight-month wait for Season 2 that much more difficult.
Over the course of its first season, Orphan Black weaved a tale of mystery and intrigue as to why a group of clones — all played brilliantly by Tatiana Maslany — came into existence and who is pulling the strings. Ultimately, Cosima's digging uncovered that each clone was actually trademarked, making them intellectual property of the Neolutionists with no control over their own lives.
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Suffice it to say, the question of freedom will be raised in the upcoming second season, which goes back into production at the end of September. TVGuide.com caught up with Maslany on the set of Parks and Recreation — where she'll appear as a love interest for Aziz Ansari's Tom — to get the scoop on what's in store for each of the clones, including poor Alison, who inadvertently signed her life away in the finale. The 27-year-old actress also discusses the...
Tatiana Maslany better catch up on her sleep. Season 2 of Orphan Black is going to keep her even busier than before.
At the Comic-Con panel for BBC America's cult favorite sci-fi series, co-creator John Fawcett revealed that the clones club is expanding. "I'm not surprised if we unveiled a few more clones in Season 2," he said to the audience's very vocal approval. "I don't think that's letting the cat out of the bag."