A brand new season of Orphan Black means a brand new clone. And we have all the intel on said clone right here! Meet Jennifer Fitzsimmons, a 28-year old teacher and swim coach. And you are about to meet Jennifer the same way Cosima does, through a series of video diaries that Cosima discovers while researching her own respiratory illness.
According to co-creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett, Cosima may not like what she finds. “Jennifer is a bright-eyed Midwestern pure of heart girl,” says Manson. But, as Fawcett explains, “Jennifer is a clone who was naïve, she didn’t know she was a clone, and was being monitored by her boyfriend. She gets sick, and with a kind of the version of the illness that Katja had. And of course, a version of the illness that Cosima has. Just that discovery alone is the kind of discovery that shakes Cosima. It really rattles her.”
And you may be rattled as well after watching footage from the video diaries below (some of which will air during season 2, and some of which appears here only). In what provides a haunting contrast, we see a just recently diagnosed Jennifer from her very first entry, as well as an entry from later in which the now hairless and clearly hurting subject struggles to even speak from her hospital room, noting that “Every week the Dyad tries a new treatment. Nothing works. I’m just getting sicker.” Wait, the Dyad?!? Is Jennifer being treated by the Neolutionists? It appears so. “Dr. Leekie said he can help, but he lied.” Well, that doesn’t sound good. Does Jennifer survive? And what will Cosima do with this information? Answers will be coming when season 2 premieres on BBC America on April 19. In the meantime, click on the video player below to see for yourself.
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