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!


“Knowledge of Causes, and Secret Motion of Things” (S2E7)

In the tradition of last season’s favorite, “Variations Under Domestication,” Felix, Alison, Sarah, Vic, and Donnie treat us to another fantastic romp of rehab hijinks and identity switching. We also love the musical tie-in to our favorite Christmas movie, Love Actually. (Haters, don’t @ us.)

Jean MacDonald and Kathy Campbell

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Previous Episodes


“To Hound Nature in Her Wanderings” (S2E6)

Sestras hit the road! It’s like a Girl Scout camping trip, except you’re sharing a tent with your insane clone and professional killers are on your heels. When Sarah finds what she was looking for, she learns about the science that is responsible for her existence.

Jean MacDonald and Kathy Campbell


“Ipsa Scientia Potestas Est” (S2E5)

Knowledge itself may be power, according to the title, but we have all the feels this week for our sestras as they undergo serious trauma and shocking revelations. There’s even one really awesome date, or at least it starts out that way. “You make me cry, sestra,” says Helena to Sarah. No, you make us cry, Orphan Black.

Jean MacDonald and Kathy Campbell


“Governed As It Were By Chance” (S2E4)

The blood really hits the fan in this episode. Alison is locked up in rehab. Helena escapes from the Proletheans. Sarah tries to figure out what Mrs. S. has been up to. We can hardly contain ourselves when we get to the scene of badass beautiful Mrs. S. tracking down an old flame in a dive bar. Another amazing episode!

Jean MacDonald and Kathy Campbell


“Mingling Its Own Nature With It” (S2E3) + Secret Santa!

Jean and Kathy draw names of clones for a fun Secret Santa segment. Check out the show notes to see our picks for the ideal gifts for Alison, Rachel, Cosima, Sarah, Felix, and Helena. (And feel free to share your picks with us on Twitter or Facebook.)

This week’s episode is a bundle of cliffhangers and one big reveal. There will be all sorts of mingling!

Jean MacDonald and Kathy Campbell


“Governed by Sound Reason and True Religion” (S2E2)

Yes, a lot happens in this episode: Sarah finds Kira; Helena is whisked out of the hospital by a flying-fish-belt-buckle-wearing dude; Alison finds shocking messages on Donnie’s phone and immediately resumes drinking. But the most important thing we learn: Do NOT doublecross Mrs. S., especially when sharp cutlery is handy.

Jean MacDonald and Kathy Campbell


“Nature Under Constraint and Vexed” (S2E1)

We are back for Season 2! Kira and Mrs. S are missing, but who has them? Is it the cool elegant evil Rachel or the wild-eyed guy trying to capture Sarah in the diner who wears a Prolethean flying fish belt buckle? Meanwhile, Alison is promoted to lead in her community theater musical, while simultaneously procuring a clean piece for Sarah.

How do you convince your friends to watch Orphan Black? Jean and Kathy talk about their recruitment strategies. It’s hard to avoid spoilers!

Jean MacDonald and Kathy Campbell


“Endless Forms Most Beautiful” (S1E10)

A satisfying season finale, despite its cliffhanger ending. Cosima and Delphine unravel the secret encoding in the clones’ DNA. Alison takes care of her Aynsley problem. Helena has mother issues. Sarah has sister issues. And finally we learn how “sestra” became the favored term of endearment on Orphan Black.

Sestras, brother-sestras, sibling-sestras: thanks for listening to our Season 1 (re)watch. Jean and Kathy look forward to bringing you Season 2!

Jean MacDonald and Kathy Campbell


“Unconscious Selection” (S1E9)

Revelations, revelations, revelations. Sarah finds out why she and Helena feel a connection. Cosima learns the hard way that she can’t trust Delphine. Alison spills the beans on Aynsley. Art discovers who really died that night on the train platform. With the introduction of one more mysterious woman, the stage is set for a dramatic season finale in Episode 10.

Jean MacDonald and Kathy Campbell


“Entangled Bank” (S1E8)

Alison uses Chad to get back at Aynsley. Delphine uses Cosima to get info for Leekie. Mrs. S. uses tea to comfort her expanding brood. We use a lot of tissues. Kathy needs a hug after this one.

Jean MacDonald and Kathy Campbell


“Parts Developed in an Unusual Manner” (S1E7)

From last episode’s twisted yet lighthearted romp, we delve deep into the basement of depravity and evil. One “part” in particular has us totally cringing. On the other hand, it looks like romance is budding, and that makes us happy.

Jean MacDonald and Kathy Campbell

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