[SPOILERS AHEAD for Orphan Black season 2.]
BBC America’s hit sci-fi series Orphan Black finished its second 10-episode season a matter of weeks ago, with a finale (read our review) that served up a scintillating blend of satisfying payoffs to overarching narrative threads with some big revelations – the biggest shocker being that the mysterious (ex-?) Prolethean Mark (Ari Millen) is, in fact, a male clone – that just begged to be explored in greater depth. Fortunately, we can now say for certain that this trip down the rabbit hole won’t end there.
THR is reporting that Orphan Black has been picked up for a third 10-episode season, following a significant increase in season 2’s ratings compared to the show’s initial 10-episode run. Production on season 3 will kickoff in Toronto later this year, with the main cast members from the previous seasons (Jordan Gavaris, Dylan Bruce, Maria Doyle Kennedy, etc.) all ready to join lead Tatiana Maslany on a third expedition into the Orphan Black universe.
The clone-based mystery/drama show, co-created by John Fawcett and Graeme Manson, hasn’t crossed over into the mainstream pop culture consciousness yet – and, if we’re being honest, it probably won’t in the future, either. However, at the same time, its following continues to increase in size thanks to good word of mouth from TV show critics and the series’ loyal fanbase, especially where it concerns the continuously remarkable performances by Maslany – playing the various members of “Clone Club”, which even added a transgender clone with a loner mentality to its ranks in season 2.
On that note, Orphan Black‘s critical success can also be attributed to its socially-progressive outlook – one that it maintains while, at the same time, providing viewers with an engaging puzzle-like collection of story threads. The result is a show that is able to examine a number of complex ideas (see: the similarities/differences between science and religion, gender roles, biological rights, etc.) without feeling preachy or heavy-handed in its approach.
At the same time, though, Orphan Black is enjoyable just as pure entertainment – frequently throwing plot twists and turns that catch its viewers off-guard – and rarely (if ever) fails to impress in terms of craftsmanship, with respect to how it differentiates the many performances by Mislany. Fingers crossed, the show’s third season will have little trouble with maintaining the established quality standard.
Now… who else is excited to see Rachel wearing an evil eyepatch in season 3?
Orphan Black season 3 will premiere on BBC America in Spring 2015.