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!


“Community of Dreadful Fear and Hate” (S3E7)

In an unusual episode where Sarah and Helena are minor characters, it’s time for a crazy romp with Donnie, Alison, Cosima, and Felix as Alison’s school board campaign heats up. The big surprise this week? Donnie speaks Portuguese, but it doesn’t assuage Pouchy the Portuguese drug dealer and his papercutter.

Jean MacDonald and Kathy Campbell

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“Certain Agony of the Battlefield” (S3E6)

Kathy is back! We celebrate her return with a kickass episode that features not four, not five, but six clones! Kathy has been Team Paul since the beginning, so we definitely needed her back for this episode. She also needed to be here to comment on the best dancing-on-the-bed-in-underwear sequence on TV.

Jean MacDonald and Kathy Campbell


“Scarred by Many Past Frustrations” (S3E5)

This week, Allison Sheridan (that’s Allison with two Ls) is our guest co-host, while Kathy is on hiatus. Allison introduced Jean to Orphan Black a few years back, using the classic strategy of “Hey, I’ll watch the first episode again with you.”

In this episode, the drama unfolds at Castor Base, where Sarah and Helena are imprisoned in side-by-side cells. There will be blood. Don’t act all surprised by this.

Jean MacDonald and Kathy Campbell with Allison Sheridan


“Newer Elements of Our Defense” (S3E4)

With Kathy on hiatus, we welcome Tim Mitra as guest co-host this week. He is a mobile apps developer and producer of both a tech podcast and a scifi podcast. Of greatest interest to SestraCast? Tim lives in Toronto, practically next door to the Dyad Institute. We talk about the Canadian-ness of Orphan Black and its cast, and how the show was received in Canada. We also try to untangle ever more complicated genetic shenanigans.

Jean MacDonald and Kathy Campbell with Tim Mitra


“Formalized, Complex, and Costly” (S3E3)

Kathy is taking a break, due to being pregnant. (Spoiler alert: she had the baby! Everyone is healthy and happy.) For the next three episodes, Jean has invited some special guests to co-host. Kelly Guimont, podcaster, volunteer, and friend extraordinare fills in, and offers some personal insights on the nature of family ties. (“My family is a PowerPoint presentation, it’s not a tree!”) We also vote for our favorite (and least favorite) mother figure on Orphan Black.

Jean MacDonald and Kathy Campbell with Kelly Guimont


“Transitory Sacrifices of Crisis” (S3E2)

Cosima’s feeling better, and so are Jean and Kathy, after a short hiatus during hay fever season. Alison and Donnie become entrepreneurs. Helena would like to see the mangos. Sarah and Kira play house with Cal for too brief a moment, before finding themselves stalked by another clone on a mission. Don’t doubt our stones.

Jean MacDonald and Kathy Campbell


“The Weight of This Combination” (S3E1)

Welcome to Season 3! New clones means incredible performances, shocking storylines, and… new butts. We also talk about Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States.

Jean MacDonald and Kathy Campbell


“By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried” (S2E10)

It’s the Season 2 finale, another triumph for our sestras and for the series. We loved this episode and this season. Excellent ending with a special treat for sestra fans and a peek at a new clone we’ll learn about in Season 3.

Jean MacDonald and Kathy Campbell


“Things Which Have Never Yet Been Done” (S2E9)

How dark and tense is this episode? Well, the light-hearted bits are all about burying a dead body in the garage. Kathy and Helena have something in common that might surprise you. We are one episode away from the season finale, and things do not look good at all for our sestras.

Jean MacDonald and Kathy Campbell


“Variable and Full of Perturbation” (S2E8)

In this episode, a lot of pieces are being moved around the chessboard (or should we say the Runewars board) as we hurtle toward the season finale. Donnie and Alison are united again, in love and in felony. Rachel gets some bad new from her dad. Sarah tries cooperating with DYAD for Cosima’s sake. Cosima schools the lab’s battle bitches in their favorite board game. Oh, and there’s a new clone in town who’s got a unique perspective. (“Not our usual identity crisis,” notes Sarah.)

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Jean MacDonald and Kathy Campbell


“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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