Orphan Black Season 4 Begins Filming; Plot Summary Released

Clone Club fans will be exited to hear that filming has officially begun for season 4 of the acclaimed Orphan Black. The sci-fi show created for BBC America focuses on human cloning experiments created by the shady Neolutionists group, in the belief that human evolution should be enhanced by genetic technology. The results are a group of female clones - multiple characters that give star Tatiana Maslany the opportunity to flex her vastly talented acting muscles. Maslany has brought life to 10 different characters on the show, adding additional layers as the women often pose as each other.

Shooting is taking place in Toronto up until spring 2016, when Orphan Black season 4 will debut. Additionally, some official plot details have been revealed about what can be expected from the Clone Club and their many adversaries, in the episodes that lie ahead.

Orphan Black explores the complex issues of human enhancement, tackling the scientific, political and religious angles through the viewpoints of the central clones adversaries whilst exploring the human struggles of identity through the clones themselves. The show is written by Graeme Manson and directed by John Fawcett, who just tweeted a photo of himself with Maslany (in costume as unhinged clone Helena) and Kristian Bruun (Donnie Hendrix), all looking thrilled to be back to work:

@OrphanBlack #CloneClub Yep we are rolling!

— John Fawcett (@JohnFawcett75) September 28, 2015

The BBC have revealed details of the plot focus for season 4, explaining where we will rejoin the characters after the developments and events of season 3. Here is the official synopsis:

“Season 4 of the drama will see leader-of-the-pack, Sarah, reluctantly return home from her Icelandic hideout to track down an elusive and mysterious ally tied to the clone who started it all — Beth Childs.  Sarah will follow Beth’s footsteps into a dangerous relationship with a potent new enemy, heading in a horrifying new direction. Under constant pressure to protect the sisterhood and keep everyone safe, Sarah’s old habits begin to resurface. As the close-knit sisters are pulled in disparate directions, Sarah finds herself estranged from the loving relationships that changed her for the better.”

Season 3 ended with the clones discovering more about the nefarious Neolutionists, and their own origins. With this synopsis promising more Beth related story lines, season 4 looks to be circling back towards some of the unanswered questions from the series' beginning.

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It's Orphan Black's dysfunctional family element that brings these different characters together, with clone captain Sarah the center point. Season 3 branched out from this successful formula with various complicated plot lines that confused the season as a whole. The series arguably struggled to showcase its core characters as Sarah took her dangerous quest for answers away from her clone sisters. These issues were compensated for with almost farcical elements that turned soccer mom clone, Alison Hendrix, into comedic light relief... though, this approach was perhaps too over the top and not entirely well executed.

With many of the complicated story lines (for the time being) resolved, a focus on the clone family's issues and a new villain to fight, we can hope that season 4 grows from previous shortcomings to be the most refined offering from Orphan Black to date.

Orphan Black season 4 is currently in production and will air in spring 2016.

Source: BBC AmericaJohn Fawcett

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