By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol
3:22 PM CDT, May 3, 2013
It didn't take a brain surgeon to figure out that BBC America would pick up "Orphan Black" for a second season. But on the heels of this week's good news for the clone conspiracy thriller, we've got to talk about the brainiest of the clones--Cosima.
In the upcoming episode "Variations Under Domestication," the evo-devo student played by Tatiana Maslany (as all the clones are) gets closer to fellow University of Minnesota student Delphine (Evelyne Brochu). They met cute in last week's "Conditions of Existence," and the flirting heats up this week.
Delphine talks Cosima into skipping study time to attend a lecture by Dr. Aldous Leekie (Matt Frewer), the author of a book called "Neolution: The New Science of Self-Directed Evolution." He's immediately drawn to Cosima--and I don't think it's because he's a dirty old man, either.
Maybe Cosima has met her "monitor"--those people the clones--er, Orphans--believe are spying on them for whatever shady organization created them.
But the smart, stylish Cosima can probably take care of herself. Earlier this season, Maslany shared exclusively with Show Patrol the musical playlist she used to crawl into Cosima's skin.
"Cosima's taste in clothes, in people, in the world--it's [all] very eclectic," she said. "This music gave me her business--the kinetic nature of her thoughts and actions."
Here's the Cosima playlist:
Sarah, Alison and their monitors figure in the other "Variations" storyline. Sarah thinks dead clone Beth's boyfriend, Paul (Dylan Bruce), was watching Beth (and is now watching Sarah, since she's pretending to be Beth). Uptight suburban mom Alison is so convinced her husband, Donnie (Kristian Bruun), is spying on her that she bought a nanny-cam to film their bedroom at night.
Alison goes off the deep end, doing something so ca-razy that she puts all the Orphans at risk. (See the clip below.) Sarah heads to the suburbs to help out, a move that turns Alison's home into Grand Central Station for various people in the lives of Alison, Sarah and Beth.
"Variations Under Domestication" airs at 8 p.m. CT May 4 on BBC America. You can listen to Maslany's "Orphan Black" playlists at Spotify by clicking on the link below. After that I included BBC America's release about the show's 10-episode second season, which will air in 2014.
BBC AMERICA has renewed highly acclaimed original series, Orphan Black, for a second season to return as part of Supernatural Saturday in 2014. The conspiracy clone thriller starring Tatiana Maslany has been re-commissioned with a 10-episode order from Temple Street Productions, ahead of its season one finale on Saturday, June 1.
In making the announcement, Perry Simon, General Manager, Channels, BBC Worldwide America said: "Tatiana Maslany has delivered one of the year's standout performances. We're excited to commission a second season from the talented team of Graeme, John and Temple Street Productions, and we can't wait to see who Tatiana shows up as in season two."
"We're delighted with the second season order for Orphan Black and want to thank everyone at BBC AMERICA, BBC Worldwide and Space for their support and commitment to our show," commented David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg, executive producers of Orphan Black and Co-Presidents of Temple Street Productions. "We're thrilled to continue this journey with such a strong team and fantastic cast, led by the ridiculously talented Tatiana Maslany. A huge thanks to the fans for their steadfast support of the show. We're looking forward to giving every one of them more Orphan Black."
The innovative series has earned critical acclaim including The Hollywood Reporter saying "It is, flat out, one of the most intriguingly entertaining new series of the year," TV Guide Magazine calling it: "a tangy, sexy blend of sci-fi and Run Lola Run-style chase thriller." and the New York Post proclaiming: "If God and the Emmys are fair, at least six Maslanys will be picking up statuettes this September."
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