The Best Show You Aren’t Watching (But Should) Returns Next Week

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The O.J. Trial is over and Winter Is Coming, but who is just as excited that the Clone Club is meeting again?

Yes, BBC America’s heavenly slice of dystopian sci-fi, Orphan Black, returns for a fourth season April 14. The series stars Tatiana Maslany in her Emmy nominated performance as the ensemble cast of cloned women who are in a race against time and evil corporations all while building a sisterly bond that refuses to be broken.

Here’s a quick recap of the first three seasons for those unfamiliar with the show.

While the main detective story ebbs and flows through the course of the series, something that never dips is Maslany’s performance. During the show’s run she’s played close to 10 different characters with five – Sarah, Cosima, Helena, Alison and Rachel – performed on the regular.

The individuality Maslany injects into each character is mind-blowing. They smile different. They eat different. They carry themselves different. As a viewer it makes you forget this is a single performer acting against a series of tracking shots and body doubles. There’s no better example of the skill of the performer paired with the complexity of the process than the clone dance party from the end of Season 2.

To make things even more complicated, the clones often masquerade as one another to hilarious ends, like when the unhinged Helena posed as her uptight sestra Alison.

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It’s a delight to watch Maslany work, and when the writing matches her performance, the results are electric. Even when the writing falls short, there’s always the sisterhood or your favorite clone (I’m a Helena) to fall back on. Last season got a little too wrapped around itself, but this season feels like it’s going back to basics, which should help things immensely.

If all that isn’t enough to make you want to dip your toe in the gene pool, the cold open to the season premiere was released earlier this week.

Orphan Black returns to BBC America on April 14 at 10 p.m. EDT which for the first time will be followed by a Talking Dead-like aftershow called After the Black. You can get caught up on past episodes via Amazon Prime or going to BBC America’s website.

We’ll close with a few minutes of Maslany being adorable while flubbing her lines:

Craig Wack

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