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Orphan Black

'Transitory Sacrifices of Crisis'

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If these Castor clones are a bunch of glitches, why are they taking up so much of our time? It’s Episode 2 of Orphan Black and those unstable, freaky copies are mucking about, messing with our girls—and girls everywhere—for that matter. The title of this week’s episode, “Transitory Sacrifices of Crisis” comes—as did Episode 1’s title, “The Weight of This Combination”—from President Eisenhower’s 1961 farewell speech, which addressed the need for maintaining a sufficient military presence with concern over Cold War enemies.

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Orphan Black creators on that 'twisted' clone threeway

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[SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched Saturday’s “Transitory Sacrifices of Crisis” episode of Orphan Black.]

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Why Orphan Black actually needs more from Tatiana Maslany

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Orphan Black began its third season with a dream of a scene. The sisterhood of the traveling patents—the fantastic clone core of prim Alison, spunky Sarah, egghead Cosima, and cracked Helena—gathered for a baby shower to celebrate the latter’s pregnancy. It’s a child spawned from perverse Prolethean religio-science, but wanted by the endearingly demented assassin all the same. The camaraderie was family-tight warm, the banter colored with foreshadowing (“Oh yeah, I’m way better, thanks to science,” says sick-no-more Cosima, her emphasis a set-up for things to come), and Alison’s meticulously frosted cupcakes were impossibly divine.

Felix (Jordan Gavaris) was there, too, working a grill. Yes, this really was a dream—and a for a few minutes, a happy one, a sweet, strange, subversive tableau of family and feminist esprit de corps, brought to life by Tatiana Maslany’s imaginative performance(s) and clever filmmaking capable of remarkable verisimilitude. The charms of Orphan Black, distilled into yet another sensational set-piece. It wasn’t an audacious dance party—but then, this wasn’t a real party, anyway.

Helena’s psychic sugar rush intensified—those cupcakes were sinful—and then crashed. The music, a cover of “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” a poppy ode to happily-ever-afters, slurred and stopped like a carousel organ sapped of power. Helena woke up alone, locked in a box. With a scorpion. That talked to her! “No one said this was going to be easy, kiddo,” quipped the scorpion, the voice (provided by Maslany) croaky like a frog.

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'The Weight of This Combination'

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Welcome back Orphan Black fans! It’s time for season 3, which if the opening episode is any indication, it’s going to be chock-a-block with male soldier clones and if we’re lucky, lots of our self-aware girl clones mimicking each other as much as possible. The season picks up right after season 2 left off with just enough time for Delphine to get a blow-out and everyone else to realize that Helena is missing.

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Orphan Black creators break down that sexy and surreal season premiere

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[SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched the season 3 premiere of Orphan Black.]

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Here's where Orphan Black left the Clone Club going into season 3

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Orphan Black returns on Saturday with a new male clone twist, picking up from the events of the crazy, chaotic second season finale.

But what exactly led to the reveal that the Leda clones were not the only ones sharing DNA? So many new characters, clone or otherwise, were introduced and discarded, layer after layer was added to conspiracies, and any number of deaths caused problems for Sarah, Helena, Allison, and Cosima in the drama’s second year.

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Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany talks choking and spanking in the season premiere

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[SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched the season 3 premiere of Orphan Black.]

Sarah Manning is a dangerous woman—especially in the bedroom. James Frain’s character Ferdinand learned that the hard way in Saturday’s Orphan Black season 3 premiere. What he took to be kinky foreplay—spanking and choking—was actually Sarah (in disguise as Rachel) trying to end him to protect her other sisters. (Thankfully for the Topside cleaner, Delphine showed up just in time to save him.) We spoke to star Tatiana Maslany about filming that scene, as well as that surreal opening section, clones in disguise, and playing yet another new character—this time, a talking scorpion. (Also make sure to read our season premiere breakdown with creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson.)

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Tell me about filming that crazy surreal dream opener at the backyard baby shower.TATIANA MASLANY: That was one of the most exciting things I read in the first episode. We haven’t done this before. We haven’t played in the dreamscape yet. It was so fun to see how the set dressers and designers saw the inner workings of Helena’s brain and how she would kind of picture the ideal baby shower. It was sort of like an Alison-influenced thing. It was really fun. Those four clone scenes are always insane but they’re super fun and I think the more we get comfortable with the technical side of the clone scenes the more we’re going to push the boundaries of what we can do with them.

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Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany says fan love is 'like fuel for us'

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Fans love Tatiana Maslany and Orphan Black, and the star and her castmates love their fans right back. In fact, the actress says the support they get from #CloneClub inspires team OB to keep making the best show and tell the best stories possible. With season 3 of the BBC America clone drama kicking off this evening, we chatted with Maslany about her unique connection to viewers as well as what to expect coming up on the show.

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Orphan Black cast explains the sci-fi thriller in 30 seconds

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BBC America’s Orphan Black stars the many faces of Tatiana Maslany, who is introduced to us as Sarah Manning, a woman who suddenly discovers that there are more than one of her out there. The upcoming season of the sci-fi thriller picks up as Manning and her sister clones are forced to protect themselves agains

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Orphan Black's male clones: Exciting twist or cause for concern?

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Orphan Black is upping the clone ante in season 3 with a whole new set of male clones. All played by Ari Millen, these Project Castor clones will present an entirely new source of information—and potential threat—for the Tatiana Maslany clones of Project Leda.

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