Orphan Black: Season 2
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It is, flat out, one of the most intriguingly entertaining new series of the year, and it's so much more than pure entertainment. For a sci-fi series, there is some real heft to it. --Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter
Gritty, visceral, and emotionally engaging thriller. --Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer
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Orphan Black is Back
Season Two of Orphan Black hits the ground running with Sarah Manning in a desperate race to recover her missing daughter. However, her scorched-earth tactics end up sparking a war that divides the clones and puts them all at risk. As Sarah discovers more about her past, mysterious newcomers appear, but can they be trusted? Find out as this suspenseful BBC TV series continues.
Actress Maslany plays seven different roles (clones) in the series and has a continuity team to keep her from mixing up the various characters.
To develop his character Felix, Jordan Gavaris used glam rockers Mick Jagger and Billy Idol for inspiration.
To create the clone scenes, Maslany does one take with a double and then repeats the scene with a different double. The two takes are layered together during editing.
The show has a science consultant whose real-life name is Cosima, the same as one of the lead characters.
Co-creator and director John Fawcett has said the movie Memento was a major inspiration for the Orphan Black series.
An Addictive Sci-Fi Drama
- Presented by BBC America
- Created by screenwriter Graeme Manson and directed by John Fawcett
- Seven and a half hours of mystery and suspense across 10 episodes
- Available as a three-disc DVD or two-disc Blu-ray set
- Bonus material includes character profiles, behind-the-scenes interviews with makeup artists and more
Meet the Cast
Sarah Manning (Tatiana Maslany)
Raised from birth in a London orphanage, Sarah is tough and street-smart. Her efforts to break away from her past open a mystery she’s out to solve.
Paul Dierden (Dylan Bruce)
Dierden is assigned to monitor Sarah’s clone, Rachel Duncan. Although somewhat cold and calculating, he shows his softer side to those he cares about.
Felix Dawkins (Jordan Gavaris)
Felix is Sarah’s younger, sarcastic brother. He unwillingly goes along with his sister’s schemes but also acts as the voice of restraint and reason.
Siobhan Sadler (Maria Doyle Kennedy)
The adoptive mother of Sarah and Felix, Mrs S. has been left to care for Sarah’s young daughter, Kira. Mrs. S puts the interests of the children ahead of her own.
Top Customer Reviews
This episode has a twist at the end fans of the first season will just love.
The writing is witty. The cinematography is brilliant. Each of the primary characters; Felix, Art, Shivon, Delphine are all portrayed powerfully and extremely well. The rest of the supporting cast; Lekey, Paul, Thomas, etc. are all pretty good. But, Rachel, Helena, Cassima, Allison and especially Sarah are all played breathtakingly perfect, in fact, absolutely perfect in every way. IMHO, Orphan Black is the best TV on TV right now.
Fast forward to season two and apart from the exceptional lead actress, it's like they fired all the original writers and decided to jump the shark during the season break. There has been an explosion of weak secondary characters introduced for no reason other than to create B plots - from the cliched nutty religious group to the horribly cliched evil genetics company run seemingly by a handful of people and headed by one kindly grandfatherly (but evil) guy, it's hard to engage seriously with any of these 2-dimensional setups.
Season 2 has failed to create a central dramatic question and has instead opted to use poor dialog to create weak tension that only serves to get the audience to the next scene. The dialog has devolved into exposition where at any given time characters are explaining backstory to the audience, searching for something or trying to find someone that introduces the next step of the odyssey. And the problem with this is that it's lost the dramatic tension that made the audience care in the first place, and now characters are making illogical decisions and operating in a consequence-free vacuum.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love the program. It's constant twists and turns, keeps you guessing and on the edge of your seat. Tatiana is an amazing actor. Read morePublished 4 hours ago by Suzanne Vitale
Great so far! So many predicaments, but that's what makes for an entertaining show!Published 8 hours ago by David Tesch
Great season one. Season two has started to become predictable but still good.Published 15 hours ago by Anthony D. Costa
This is a very smart, entertaining show.
And Tatiana Maslany is a n amazing , super talented actress
Immediately grabs your attention and leaves you always wanting more!!Published 15 hours ago by Rhiannon Colby
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