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Orphan Black - Season Two

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Published June 16th 2014
Dyad and the Proletheans have it out for the Clone Club
Fresh off season one we see the Clone Club divided. Old enemies resurface and previous mysteries are built upon. This season truly sees the clones go down the rabbit hole. Expect cliffhangers and twists in every episode.

This season sees the Dyad Institute (lab for the original clone experiment) putting pressure on the Clone Club. Rachel and Dr. Leekie are two opposing forces within the institute, who both seek to control the Clone Club however they use drastically different methods. Dr. Leekie offers Cosima her own lab and information on the mystery respiratory illness that affects some clones including herself. While Rachel puts a hitman on Sarah.

Orphan Black Season Two
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Helena's religious cult, the Proletheans, make a prominent presence this season. There is a sect whose cowboy leader, Henrik Johanssen, is interested in science. He seeks to marry their religious beliefs with science, and particularly to use the clones to further his agenda. In many ways, the Proletheans represent an evolution of the religious cult. The ideology has swung with Helena's priest, Tomas, representing an archaically narrow viewpoint.

The relationships between the Clone Club are developed and strengthened. There are no more fresh faced opportunities to sit down and chat about meeting each other. With Dyad and the Proletheans breathing down their necks, the espionage factor is upped. Felix is finally inducted as a brother sestra and his place in the Clone Club is more important. He is not just Sarah's brother, he is a brother to them all, particularly to Alison as she spirals downward. Art, Beth's partner, becomes a solid ally, who endeavours to put his current partner, Angie in the dark about them, while Siobhan and Paul's relationships with the Clone Club are less well defined. Siobhan unwillingly reveals a few secrets about her life as a rebel against Dyad, however she continues to withhold information. Paul has a hard time being slotted in between his loyalties to both Sarah and Dyad.

The great this clone is pretending to be in clone scenes are used to full effect. We are blessed with more of these exchanges this season. You need to watch closely as it just takes one expression or twitch to let slip who it really is. These are mostly used for comedic relief as the ongoing scientific debates deepen. The nature versus nurture debate continues to rock the Clone Club's and our understanding of developmental psychology. The ethics of the original experiment become even more questionable and is becoming more complicated than previously thought.

From their genomes to their bodies the girls have no control. Along with the patent on their DNA, even their significant others are designated 'handlers'. The handlers' job is to stay close to their subjects, report details to Dyad and facilitate more invasive testing. Unbeknownst to the clones, the person that they love is merely doing a job. Although the Clone Club's relationships with their handlers have evolved beyond this point, this is a recurring theme for any of the clones.

Season Two deepens the overarching story threads and works at building on each member of the Clone Club's worlds. Old stories' threads and characters dip back into the current story thread. The game changers keep happening and look to be developing the story to something big for the season finale.

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When: Currently airing at 8:30pm on Tuesdays on SBS2
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One of my favourite shows! And a knockout second season currently on SBS2 - love it!
by Judith Clark (score: 2|100) 1676 days ago
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