It’s always refreshing when a TV show delivers its best season in a season that is other than the first one. We’ve all seen it. Plenty of shows out there start their TV journey with a fantastic first season (*cough* Arrow *cough*) and then it all goes downhill from there. I’m glad that’s not the case with Orphan Black. I feel like season 4 has been mesmerizing so far, with the showrunners finally finding the perfect balance between mystery, drama and of course humor.
Humor was always what Orphan Black did best — thanks to the versatility of my girl crush Tatiana Maslany and the impressive supporting cast. However, one might argue that the show did lost a bit of its vibe in season 3 with some rocky moments and plot loops. Season 4 is helping us forget all that by moving the story forward and making us feel proud members of the ‘Clone Club’ more than ever.
Is there even a point to write a review about Tatiana? She has been the selling point of the show since day 1 and I’m so glad she keeps involving in front of our screens as an actress. She just keeps getting better (and she was already bloody good to start with). She has this tremendous ability of not only changing up hairstyles and accents but face expressions, character traits and body languages quite distinctively and that’s what makes us love the characters so much. Sarah (Tatiana Maslany), who once was the main clone we were rooting for, now feels like she has taken the back seat both screentime-wise and story-wise. I’m okay with that. I still love Sarah to bits because all of her actions — though somewhat over-the-top — are entirely driven by her love for her daughter. So Sarah, we’re cool.
Cosima (Tatiana Maslany) has been my favorite for the past couple of seasons but Allison (Tatiana Maslany) has been delivering BIG lately. People have stuck the “Soccer Mom” label up her ass but she’s just so much more than that. When she first appeared, I remember I was kind of ignoring her but she has been given such a captivating storyline that she’s creeping up at the top of my favorite clones. Donnie (Kristian Bruun) and Allison are true relationship goals and I want to hang out with them so bad.
Helena (Tatiana Maslany) has had quite the run so far and even though she’s been relatively quiet this season, I believe the show is about to get all adventurous with her going MIA now (Note: Where has she been?!?!?! Alone?!?!?!? With twins?!?!?!?! Helena come back!!).
MK (Tatiana Maslany) and Krystal (Tatiana Maslany) have been fascinating as well, with Tatiana doing such a good job grasping the essence of both. I especially love Krystal because she’s just the complete opposite of everything we’ve seen so far on the show and even if she comes across as artificially silly, her wit and bubbliness are fascinating to say the least. MK has not caught my attention and sympathy yet but she might do it in the future. If anything, Orphan Black has proven it can do that.
Season 4 has been brilliant so far. We’ve learned so much about Neolution and the horrific Brightborn ‘procedures’ which is a story development we’ve been waiting for quite a while. However, the top highlights for season 4 have been the relationship shake-up between Sarah and Felix (Jordan Gavaris) which was long due — Felix was looking stupid for following blindly after a while — and the revealing insight into Beth’s investigation (which includes MK). Beth (Tatiana Maslany) was always kind of a mystery to the viewers since we lost her so so early so it has been an amazing ride looking into her life.
I can’t wait to see the rest of the season. Jordan Gavaris, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Kristian Bruun, Kevin Hanchard, Josh Vokey and the rest of the cast, thanks for taking Orphan Black to the next level along with the best actress on TV right now, Tatiana Maslany.
p.s. Even though she was finally nominated at the Emmys last year, I hope she gets her long-deserved award this time around though Taraji P. Henson might win for her role of Cookie in Empire. We’ll see. It’s a very strong year.
Credit to Clone Club on Tumblr for these gifs.
Propcake’s Orphan Black Season 4 DiCaps Rating: 4.5/5
Now over to you.
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