A podcast for fans of Orphan Black, the sci-fi thriller sensation that combines crazy science with heartfelt sisterhood. Jean MacDonald, who has obsessively watched and rewatched the series, is joined by Kathy Campbell, who is watching it for the first time. We review and analyze one episode per week, looking at what makes this show so emotionally and intellectually satisfying. Watch (or rewatch!) Orphan Black with us!

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“The Redesign of Natural Objects” (S4E8)

Violent retribution plus musical theater: yep, it’s close to the end of another season of Orphan Black and they are pulling out all the stops. Will Alison play Judas to the sestrahood, while starring in a production of Jesus Christ Superstar? Orphan Black pro tip: if you’ve crossed Mrs. S., don’t let yourself get locked into a basement alone with her.

Jean MacDonald and Kathy Campbell


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Previous Episodes

37

“The Antisocialism of Sex” (S4E7)

It’s an episode that gives us a bit of a breather as the sestras process the traumatic events of last week’s episode. This doesn’t mean it’s a walk in the park for our favorite clones, though: Alison hosts the worst slumber party ever, Cosima nearly implants a maggot bot in her own cheek, and Sarah drinks all the bourbon in Canada. At least Felix as Super Brother-Sestra is on the scene, and we are grateful for that.

Jean MacDonald and Kathy Campbell


36

“The Scandal of Altruism” (S4E6)

A heartwrenching episode on so many levels. If it weren’t for Felix posing as a detective from Scotland Yard, complete with deerstalker hat, there’d be nothing to smile at. Get out your handkerchiefs. 😭

Jean MacDonald and Kathy Campbell


35

“Human Raw Material” (S4E5)

We set a record for length on this one, but we just couldn’t help it. Donnie and Cosima scope out Brightborn, where Krystal is also sleuthing. Meanwhile, Sarah is unconvinced that Adele is really Felix’s biological sister, and uses underhand means to find out the truth. We witness the shocking, true evil of the Brightborn perfect baby factory, and honestly, there is too much to unpack about ethics, science, parenthood, siblings, and trust to fit into a 50-minute podcast episode. If you’ve watched the episode, you’ll understand.

Jean MacDonald and Kathy Campbell


34

“From Instinct to Rational Control” (S4E4)

An old nemesis from Season 1 and 2 heads over to the lab at the Rabbit Hole. Helena says farewell to the science babies and the Hendrix family. For comic relief, we have Donnie and Felix posing as prospective parents at Brightborn Designer Baby Factory.

Jean: “I’m very glad you are not pregnant for this story arc, Kathy.”

Jean MacDonald and Kathy Campbell


33

“The Stigmata of Progress” (S4E3)

Content warning for maggotbots and other stuff that is icky. Sarah goes further down the rabbit hole, looking for a way to remove the neolution tech from her cheek, when an old adversary shows up at just the right time. Alison, Donnie, and Helena provide the much needed comic relief. How much do jackhammers cost anyway?

Jean MacDonald and Kathy Campbell


32

“Transgressive Border Crossing” (S4E2)

“A secret lab underneath a comic book store: what more could a girl ask for?” Cosima is ensconced with Scott, doing the crazy science. Something’s bugging Sarah (and it’s grossing us out). At least there’s good news from the obstetrician for Helena, and copious footage of Felix painting wearing only an apron.

Jean MacDonald and Kathy Campbell


31

“The Collapse of Nature” (S4E1)

It’s the start of Season 4, and wow! One of the best season openers of any show. In a fantastic episode-length flashback to Beth Child’s life in crisis, we learn so much about our favorite characters. It’s the Orphan Black universe before Sarah Manning took that fateful train ride that opened the series, and we enjoyed it so much. (Well, except for the icky bits…)

Jean MacDonald and Kathy Campbell


30

“History Yet to Be Written” (S3E10)

A wrenching rollercoaster of a season finale. Story arcs are tied up, new stories are being launched. The sestras come together (another clone special effects triumph) in an ending that is emotionally satisfying. Save room for the ethnic cake! We can hardly wait to watch Season 4.

Jean MacDonald and Kathy Campbell


29

“Insolvent Phantom of Tomorrow” (S3E9)

A cryptic clue (“In Londontown, we all fell down”) means a road trip for Mrs. S. and her foster kids. Siobhan the Bomb fronts her old band at the pub, putting on an amazing show. Felix wouldn’t eat jellied eel and Sarah wouldn’t mind her mother. Meanwhile, on the home front, Donnie makes a dad decision and Helena gets refund.

Jean MacDonald and Kathy Campbell


28

“Ruthless in Purpose, and Insidious in Method” (S3E8)

Like a good spy novel, this episode keeps us guessing right to the end. The much sought-after copy of The Island of Doctor Moreau could fall into the wrong hands; who will end up with it and what will they do with it? Kathy helps Jean figure out some of the nuances of the plot, even though Jean has watched this episode at least five times. That’s what sestras are for.

Jean MacDonald and Kathy Campbell


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