I’ve waited a full year for this moment, and now it’s finally here: Orphan Black is back on BBC America! Season Four premiered on Thursday, April 14th, and it looks like yet another miracle has been achieved by this incredible show: show-runners who actually care about their audience’s concerns. And it pays off! Look at that, it can happen!
Season 3 left the our favorite clones is some wicked positions. We found out about the clones’ origins and how the Clone Project was originally divided in two branches: Project Leda, the female experiment, the one Sarah and her sisters belong to, and Project Castor, the male branch. The introduction of the Castor clones in Season 3 was a interesting way to expand the world of the series, but it took time and space away from the Leda sisters and Tatiana Maslany’s impossible, amazing metamorphosis. The plot tangled up as well, with too many characters and story lines to keep up with in the span of 10 episodes alone. Luckily, show runners Graeme Manson and John Fawcett must have caught on with the fans’ mood, and the premiere of Season 4, The Collapse of Nature brought us back to the old core of the series: clones shenanigans and creepy murders.
In fact, the show went literally back to the start, because the episode was entirely focused on Beth Childs, the clone that we’ll mourn forever, and showed a glimpse of her life right before Sarah came in the picture. It was even more heartbreaking and captivating to watch, knowing that it was sort of a prequel, that Beth is gone forever. The episode also managed to tie up a lot of old lose ends from Season 1, and it brought the focus back on the Neolution movement, the big bad from the first two Seasons which seemed to have evaporated in thin air during Season 3. Least but not last, we also met a new rogue clone, MK, because there’s apparently absolutely no limit to Tatiana Maslany’s acting. Which is good and great and a godsend gift, if you ask me.
I have to say, I was a bit throw off by the lack of Project Castor and Season 3 references – with the exception of the last minutes of the episode, where we were back in the show present. I wasn’t a fan of the Castor plot, and I’m all here for going back to the Leda-filled good old times. I only hope Project Castor doesn’t become the new lose end, because there was a lot of good stuff in Season 3 too.
All in all it was an excellent season premiere. It’s good to have the crime side of Orphan Black back, and seeing Beth interact with some characters that are very much still around has put a whole new dept and perspective in Sarah’s past and present relationships with those same characters. There are some questions from Season 3 that needs to be addressed, but The Collapse of Nature proved me yet again that this show in handled by clever, capable and dedicated people, and I can’t wait to see how my favorite clones’ lives will evolve.