A multiplicity of trailers for Orphan Black season 2 (2014)

Tatiana Maslany returns as Sarah Manning, and her many clones, in season 2 of BBC America's critically-acclaimed ratings hit Orphan Black (image via bbcamerica.com)
Tatiana Maslany returns as Sarah Manning, and her many clones, in season 2 of BBC America’s critically-acclaimed ratings hit Orphan Black (image via bbcamerica.com)

 

SEASON 2 SNAPSHOT
Season two of the series hits the ground running with Sarah (Tatiana Maslany, Picture Day, Parks and Recreation) in a desperate race to find her missing daughter Kira (Skyler Wexler, Carrie). Her scorched earth tactics spark a war with pro-clone, Rachel (Maslany), dividing and imperiling all the clones.  As Sarah discovers more about her past, mysterious newcomers appear, but can they be trusted? (source: bbcamerica)

Who is the original?

Who created us?

Who’s killing us?

As you might expect from Orphan Black, an intricately-constructed series rich in mystery and conspiracy, these pithy enquiries from the trailer underline that there are more questions than answers remaining for Sarah Manning, the woman whose witnessing of a suicide by someone looking eerily just like her led to the wildest, most frightening ride of her life.

It’s a trip into the unknown that hasn’t ended yet despite season 1 loose tying up of some of the threads, with questions remaining about who Sarah, and her closest clones, geeky scientist Cosima and liberated suburban housewife Alison, really are, who created them and for what purpose, and whether anyone in their respective lives can actually be trusted.

There is precious little in the way of anything revelatory – which is to say nothing –  in either brief trailer but both effectively evoke the sense of fear at what lies ahead and determination to find some answers or die trying.

 

 

One thing we do know is that who’s been cast in season 2, and the roles they will play, according to the press release sent out by BBC America:

“Michiel Huisman (World War Z, Nashville, Treme) joins the cast in a recurring role as Cal Morrison, a rugged, resourceful outdoorsman with surprising emotional depth and a sixth sense about people and situations. Cal will need all his wits and humanity as he crosses paths with the clones. His journey will be fraught with surprise, danger, and revelations he could never see coming.

Also in a recurring role this season is Peter Outerbridge (Nikita, Beauty and the Beast) as Henrik “Hank” Johanssen, a mercurial modern-day cowboy. Johanssen leads a flock of followers that have broken away from the old world “Prolethean” brotherhood. Under his messianic vision, the age old divide between science and religion has merged, forming a new and formidable threat.

Rounding out the additions to the cast is Ari Millen (Rookie Blue, Nikita) as Mark, a cunning predator with a dark edge. Mark is utterly devoted to Johanssen, who took him in and built him into a true believer in the cause. Now, guided by twisted morality and desperate faith, he’s a relentless and dogged pursuer of the clones.”

It all suggests a season every bit as gripping and tension-filled as the first, anchored by the amazingly talented Maslany who garnered a slew of awards for her portrayal of Sarah Manning and her sister clones, all trapped in a desperate fight for survival.

Orphan Black returns April 19, 2014 on BBC America and Space in Canada.

 

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