Trailer Tuesdays: Orphan Black Season 4

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.

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Orphan Black: “History Yet to be Written” Review

orphan-black-season-3This year’s finale felt a little more toned-down than the finales of seasons past. The threats have piled up this season, and in this episode they all fall down like dominoes, giving us one mini-finale after another. After the sounds of the technologically superb clone dinner party faded away, we’re left with a number of revelations. Spoilers after the jump!

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Orphan Black: “Ruthless in Purpose, and Insidious in Method” Review

orphan-black-season-3Greetings, Clone Club! We’re now in the final stretch of Season 3; this episode really packs in the twists to set up the last two episodes of the season. While Alison and Donnie play babysitter, a three-way power struggle ensues between Clone Club and its sympathizers, and we get to meet a new clone! Spoilers after the jump, of course!

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Orphan Black: “Community of Dreadful Fear and Hate” Review

orphan-black-season-3That title sure puts you on edge for this episode, doesn’t it? Well, it was a good warning, because this episode was one of the most suspenseful ones to date. Alison got a starring role, we find out more about the clones’ secrets, and we re-emphasized the importance of family, especially when it’s your clone family. Spoilers after the jump!

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Fanfiction Fridays: Experimental by hotskytrosky

Birthday near Christmas, Cosima had said. That sucked. Did it? Delphine wanted to say, Who says I am a Christian anyway? to expose the bias of her charge’s mind, the part that assumed blonde white French girls must have grown up with a cross on the wall and a midnight mass to go to instead of staying up for Santa.

Who says I am a Christian anyway? She thought about it. It was too revealing. She kept her mouth closed.

The subject leaned across the table, eyes wide and made even wider by the dancing reflections on her glasses. Influence of external conditions, Dr. Cormier thought. The subject’s myopia, induced by long nights reading under the covers with a flashlight, was well-documented by now; she had no need to make note of it. But make note of it she did; her eyes traced the thick line of the frames and the thick line of kohl underneath, the lashes and strong brows and tan skin making up a perfectly unique, perfectly identical organism.

Maybe, Dr. Cormier thought, if she stepped back she would be able to see the subject for what it was. A scientific miracle, a first step on the moon, a perfect copy. Maybe looking too closely, with Cosima leaning across the table so far her wrap sweater threatened to steal a sip of wine for itself, distorted the full image, like looking at the shape of puzzle pieces and forgetting the picture they comprised.

I love Orphan Black, but I’ve always been a little iffy about Dr. Delphine Cormier, Cosima’s girlfriend and monitor. Cosima fell instantly for Delphine’s French accent and blonde curls, but, you know, sometimes Cosima makes bad life choices. Delphine was quickly revealed to be an employee of the Dyad institute, someone who worked directly for Leekie, but she claimed that she really did love Cosima. Were we supposed to buy it? I wasn’t so sure, especially after it looked like she and Leekie had been in a relationship, or were at least seen in a compromising position. Was Delphine lying? Or was she telling the truth? By the end of Season 2, the writers had pushed us firmly towards the latter, but I still couldn’t shake the feeling that it was all a poorly written version of the “I don’t love girls, I just love you” trope. And because the show is mostly from the point of view of the clones and their allies, we got very few scenes from Delphine’s perspective to help us clarify the situation. Fortunately, fanfiction can be from any perspective the author wants. Enter today’s fanfic rec: Experimental.

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