Look, we’ve probably told you how awesome Orphan Black is about a kajillion times at this point, so either you know already or you’re just not watching it for reasons we can’t understand. Either way, I don’t need to tell you how great Tatiana Maslany is in it or how you need to be watching it.
You know already.
The fifth and final season of the series will premiere in just a few weeks, and BBC America has released another trailer for it. It’s dark, it’s engaging, it’s Orphan Black. Not sure what else I have to say about it.
The final season of Orphan Black premieres Saturday, June 10th.
To say that Orphan Black has been an incredible ride is an understatement. We’ve repeatedly raved about the show (and its star Tatiana Maslany’s performance), so if you haven’t checked it out yet, I’m not quite sure what’s been stopping you. Anyway, the show’s fifth and final season begins this June, and while we’ve gotten some sufficiently creepy marketing for it, we now have an actual trailer.
And in it, the clones are ready to fight.
The show has been building to a final conflict, and it looks like our heroines are ready to face it. Honestly, I’m really excited for this season, but I think I’ll be fairly sad to see the show come to an end after these last ten episodes.
The final season of Orphan Black premieres Saturday, June 10th.
The final season of BBC America’s Orphan Black is coming later this year, and like always the marketing team has opted for “let’s make this as weird as possible” as their strategy. They tweeted out a series of videos promoting the new season this weekend, and they are unclear as possible as always.
We start with a pretty standard-ish 15 second promo for the show.
BBC America’s Orphan Black is probably one of the best shows to air in the last decade of television, due in no small part of lead actress Tatiana Maslany’s performance. A performance which includes almost a dozen separate characters on the show, that finally netted Maslany an Emmy last fall. We learned that the show was being renewed for a fifth and final season way back in June, and fans have been waiting patiently to find out how the clone centric story would resolve.
And now we know when that final season will air.
It’s now been announced that Orphan Black season five will begin airing June 10th at 10pm on BBC America. Like previous seasons, it will run ten episodes in length, and showrunners have promised a satisfying conclusion. While it’ll be sad to see the show end, it’s nice to know that it’s going to go out as a completed story.
On this episode, recorded live at the first Nerd & Tie Expo, we mourn the loss of C. Martin Crocker, celebrate Tatiana Maslany’s Emmy win, stare blankly at the live action Ghost in the Shell teasers, discuss Peter Capaldi appearing on the upcoming Doctor Who spin off Class, consider the Black Lightning pilot ordered by Fox, and lament the delay of Star Trek: Discovery to next May.
We also do mailbag, respond to the audience, and Nick says something really weird in front of Voice Actress Tiffany Grant.
We can never stop raving about Tatiana Maslany’s powerhouse performance on BBC America’s Orphan Black, where she doesn’t just play one character, but almost a dozen. Often Maslany is sharing scenes with multiple versions of herself, but she so perfectly creates people so different from each other, it’s actually difficult to remember that they’re all still her.
But for the first couple of years of the show, she was seemingly ignored by the Emmys. Maybe that has to do more with the show being on a cable network many still don’t receive than anything intentional, but it still seemed odd not to hear her name during nominations those first couple of seasons. Then, last year, she was finally nominated — but lost out to Viola Davis (who, admittedly, is an amazing performer). This year Maslany was nominated again though…
…and last night she won.
It’s a long time coming, and well deserved. I’ve embedded her acceptance speech below (though it’s not from any official account so it may get pulled), and frankly she looks pretty surprised that she finally won too.
Orphan Black returns for its final season next year.
BBC America’s Orphan Black is, arguably, one of the most well acted shows in the last decade of television. Tatiana Maslany’s performance as a collection of clones is a tour de force, having to often share scenes with just herself. The fact that it’s so easy to forget it’s the same actress playing all of the characters speaks to how good the show is.
Despite the fact that it’s literally one of the best shows on Television though, the ratings haven’t always followed. Every year the show sits on the bubble, with fans not knowing whether or not it will return for another year. Well, we have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that Orphan Black has been renewed for a ten episode fifth season. The bad news is that this will be the series final one.
I mean, it makes sense. From a storytelling perspective, they can only go so deep before they start running out of conspiracy to explore. It’s often best if a show is ended before the writers run out of material. Frankly, the show being over is our heroes only real shot at a happy ending anyway.
Orphan Black‘s final season is expected to air in the first half of 2017.
Okay, I’ll be the first to admit it – I almost missed this one. Orphan Black‘s upcoming season 4 got a new trailer last week and we posted nothing about it. We had a lot of other stuff on our plate, but it’s no excuse as card carrying fans of the clone club. We totally should have posted it.
So we’re posting it now.
Like the earlier trailer and the teasers, season 4 looks like it’s going to be an intense one. Sarah’s diving into the stuff that got Beth killed back in episode one, and the stakes are going to be pretty damned high.
And I, for one, am excited.
Orphan Black season 4 starts Thursday, April 14th at 10pm Eastern/9pm Central on BBC America.
We like liking things here at Nerd & Tie, and one of the most fun things to like is BBC America’s Orphan Black — an acting tour de force by lead Tatiana Maslany. The upcoming season 4 has already had some pretty weird promos got another one, but this time we also got the premiere date.
Orphan Black returns to BBC America on April 11th.
Now, for the record, that is a Thursday – so adjust your internal TV watching schedules if you’re the kind of person who still watches shows live when they air. I know that’s not a lot of you, but it’s still a thing I’m told.
To be fair, this is one of the shows it’s still worth paying for cable for.
Orphan Black‘s ongoing awesomeness should not be understated, and its fourth season promises only to enlarge the overall mystery of the show’s dense mythology. Tatiana Maslany’s ability to give voice to so many different characters simultaneously (while often only acting against herself or a body double) makes you forget how special effects driven the show is.
It just feels natural – which is a pretty amazing feat to consider when how unnatural the process is in actuality gets taken into account.
We’ve recently gotten two teasers for the fourth season (which premieres in April), and while neither really give anything away, both are strangely surreal. The first is a close up of a bionic eye (which most of us believe belongs to a certain previously-pencil stabbed clone), and the second features a new character (likely played by Maslany) running through the woods in a sheep mask.
And… well… it’s just sort of cool.
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