Orphan Black Season 4 isn’t out yet, but we have a number of things to tide us over until it arrives. Obviously, we have the trailer above, but the Orphan Black folks also kicked off the season with a really cool fanart contest—the fanart of one lucky fan will be used as the actual poster for Season 4 across all of BBC America’s promotional materials (and, of course, the fan will be paid for their work). That’s pretty huge, and I eagerly look forward to the results of the contest. The trailer also seems exciting, even if it took us a while to get to it.
There’ve been a couple of trailers for Orphan Black thus far, and the first one didn’t really tell us much of anything. Orphan Black has always been full of fun, wacky shenanigans, but the first trailer seemed old and repetitive—Cosima’s still pining over Delphine, there might be a new clone in the mix, and more people are after Sarah, Kira, and Mrs. S., which will undoubtedly force them back into the path of the other clones. I like the usual excitement of the clone club, but after three seasons of it, I was hoping for something that felt a little newer.
Fortunately, the second trailer, above, had a lot of things I’m interested in. We get to see more of Krystal Goderich, the underestimated blonde clone from Season 3 who looks like she’ll be playing a far bigger role in this season, Felix might be getting into shenanigans of his own rather than covering for the clones all the time, and, most of all, it looks like we’re definitely going to get into Beth’s story. Over the summer I illustrated some of the concerns I have with Orphan Black’s constantly repeating storyilnes, and I feel like exploring Mama Duncan’s Neolutionists and Beth’s past would make for the most unique plot without retreading on any past character beats. Delphine might not even be dead! While I would love for Cosima to stop being the show’s sad pining lesbian, I am interested in whatever it was that Delphine was involved in and whoever she was talking to before she got shot at the end of Season 3. Maybe Beth isn’t dead either—a new clone just as they’re finally talking about Beth? And she says the only reason she’s alive is that they think she’s dead? Well, well, well. If we actually get any new characters of color along with all this, I would be really pleased.
Orphan Black premieres April 14th! I’m still a little cautious about it, but I’m definitely going to watch. How about you? Let me know in the comments.
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I’m in this show for the long-haul, so I’ll be watching! I sort of feel like it’d be a narrative cheap shot if Beth wasn’t really dead, but at the same time her piece of the story seems like the key to unlocking a bunch of stuff.