Orphan Black: Season 2 (2014)

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Season 2
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Anchored by Tatiana Maslany's brilliant multi-role performance, Orphan Black is as densely-layered, thought-provoking, and wildly entertaining as ever.

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Critic Ratings: 39

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Air date: Apr 19, 2014

In the season premiere, Sarah is out of options, on the run, and pursued by deadly adversaries. Desperate to find her daughter Kira, Sarah suspects ruthless pro-clone Rachel is behind her daughter?s disappearance and sparks an all out war against her. Alison and Donnie attend the funeral of her fallen friend, Aynsley, causing Alison to sink into guilt and despair. Cosima is faced with a perplexing decision that may have dire consequences. -- (C) BBC

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Air date: Apr 26, 2014

While Alison struggles with Aynsley's death and Cosima grapples with the worsening symptoms of her mysterious sickness, Sarah enlists Art's help to find Kira and is shocked when she learns where the trail leads.

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Air date: May 3, 2014

After hitting the road with Felix, Sarah is forced to turn to a ghost from her past - an old flame named Cal Morrison. When their brief respite is brutally shattered, Sarah realises that no matter how far she runs it will never be far enough.

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Air date: May 10, 2014

Sarah comes home to search for answers and with Cosima's help she digs into the origins of the clone experiment. The hunt takes her into perilous territory that could cost her more than she realizes.

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Air date: May 17, 2014

Rachel goes on the warpath and lashes out at Sarah's loved ones. While Sarah tries to keep them safe, an unexpected visitor threatens to derail her plans.

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Air date: May 24, 2014

Sarah joins forces with an unlikely ally, when she follows a trail of clues that she hopes will lead her to the origins of the clone experiment. Meanwhile, Cosima and Delphine make a discovery that could prove to be the key to treating Cosima's illness.

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Air date: May 31, 2014

A rehab confidante betrays Alison and threatens to expose the truth about Aynsley's death, which causes Alison to go into a free fall on the eve of Family Day. The clones gather to contain the fallout.

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Air date: Jun 7, 2014

Sci-fi drama series. A new player in the clone conspiracy turns up at Felix's door, sending him into crisis mode. With Cosima running out of options, Sarah struggles with the decision to surrender a crucial piece of leverage and make a deal with Dyad.

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Air date: Jun 14, 2014

Cosima takes a turn for the worst, forcing Sarah to take desperate action - with tragic consequences for those she loves. The Proletheans set their ultimate plan into motion. Alison and Donnie tangle with the law.

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Air date: Jun 21, 2014

The war with Dyad is all but lost when Rachel's latest ploy forces a broken Sarah to concede. The Clone Club springs into action, uniting in a reckless gambit to save Sarah. As they fight to gain their freedom, Sarah encounters a new ally and uncovers a terrifying new dimension to the conspiracy.

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Orphan Black is a dramatic conspiracy thriller about a grifter, Sarah, who discovers she's a clone that's being monitored as part of some mysterious scientific experiment.

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Critic Reviews for Orphan Black Season 2

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (21)

Sorry to say, the sometimes arbitrary storytelling, the lackadaisical direction, the reliance on coincidence and miraculous plot turns all undermine the drama. Maslany deserves better.

Apr 21, 2014 | Full Review…

Maslany is so good here that one wishes she wasn't so often forced to deal with exposition in her dialogue instead of the truly remarkable characters she's crafted from each clone but it's impossible to deny the pure entertainment factor of Orphan Black.

Apr 19, 2014 | Full Review…

I'll always value how Orphan Black's ability to shift and combine genres - sometimes in the same scene - kept me hooked through the first season while supercharging the second.

Apr 19, 2014 | Full Review…
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Orphan Black is a very dense show, and I mean that in a good way.

Apr 18, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

There is not a better performance-magic trick?-on television right now than watching Maslany break herself into a multitude that's learning it might be one.

Apr 18, 2014 | Full Review…
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Thanks to its creators' verve and its star's zest, Orphan Black feels electric, sky-high on its own supply.

Apr 18, 2014 | Full Review…

One thing is certain, with Maslany's impressive acting gymnastics at its center, Orphan Black continues to be a highly rewarding viewing experience.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

It was a thrilling hour and we've only just begun!

Apr 21, 2014 | Rating: 4.8/5 | Full Review…

Going into the second season, expectations are high and if the first episode is any indication, we're in for an exciting ride.

Apr 21, 2014 | Full Review…

I would like some more questions answered, but the thrill of the chase will do just fine for now.

Apr 21, 2014 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

I'm very much onboard for Season 2 and hope to spread the word to those who haven't watched this show yet on what they're missing out on.

Apr 21, 2014 | Rating: 8.8/10 | Full Review…

Orphan Black could be in for yet another innovative, smart and powerful run.

Apr 21, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Orphan Black: Season 2

  • Aug 18, 2020
    Maslany's performance carries the show: fresh and entertaining. The plot, however, begins to unravel into murky directions.
  • Apr 09, 2020
    A great show, too bad that it got cancelled...
  • Mar 17, 2020
    Season 2 was a muddled mess of narrative dead-ends, illogical character decisions, and repetitive plotting, to the point of boring. Orphan Black really jumped the shark this season. (But don't worry, it gets good again about mid-season 3)
  • Sep 04, 2018
    This show was AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Apr 21, 2018
    BBC's most popular program is back with more new material a lot stuff was discovered last season; Sarah found out she had several clones, Cosami and Alison, her sister Helena was feral and violent, she met her birth mother only to lose her again, her daughter and foster mother disappeared, and she met the head of the company DYAD Industries, Rachel Duncan trying to get her to sign her life over to them the police from Beth's life before her death almost found out everything but were stonewalled This season introduces newer elements: Dr. Leeki whom has taken Cosami under his wing at the company but did something terrible during the many clones that were created The Duncans are also revealed being part of Project Lida It looked like Helena was beaten but she survived somehow, Kira was then kidnapped and Alison decided to go back to suburban life A new group called the Prometheans make their way into this season Helena is then taken in by a secular society called Cold River in which they take something very valuable taking nature vs science into their own hands, Alison can’t deal with the guilt of her neighbors death, and a new sickness is discovered by Cosami affecting another clone Another clone named Toni arrives shaking things up even more the finale is okay and not as good as Season 1 but the world is expanding and more mysteries have yet to be unraveled what is Topside? What's Project Castor? how many other kinds of clones exist besides Sara and her sisters? is her daughter finally safe? we're all capable of things we don't know once danger sets foot, what is natural and unnatural, is it our call to determine what kind of people should be born into this world?, does our body/our choice still exist even in the name of science? I'm happy to say 'Orphan Black' still has me hooked
  • Mar 16, 2017
    I love British TV Even More Now...... I wish I could clone every season
  • Nov 07, 2016
    still as good!, but getting a bit darker, more deadly and heavy than the previous one
  • Mar 31, 2016
    Season 2 of Orphan Black fills the cracks of Season 1, and continues to play to its strengths and nothing else. Tatiana Maslany continues her bulletproof performance, and somehow distinguishes between the clones as if they are different people entirely.
  • Mar 12, 2016
    Amazing TVShow and amazing Tatiana!
  • Mar 02, 2016
    Interesting but not entirely compelling. A woman, Sarah Manning, spots her doppelganger on a station platform. The double then commits suicide by jumping in front of a train. Sensing an opportunity, Manning takes on the deceased woman's identity. However, she soon discovers that the doppelganger is not just a once-off and the more she investigates this strange occurrence, the more dangerous it gets... The series covers a very interesting subject - human cloning - and started out very intriguingly. However, you often feel that the series is padded with unnecessary sub-plots to draw out the suspense. (There are, however, entertaining sub-plots too - anything involving Alison was always good for a laugh). The main plot itself feels quite random at times too. In the end you feel you have to endure the padding and the random detours in order to make some progress. Season 2 initially seemed like an improvement: tighter, more focused plot, and more intriguing. However, after a while it degenerates into randomness too. More importantly, Season 2 seemed to revel in introducing new characters for the sake of new characters, and this gets quite tiresome quite quickly. On the plus side, the performance of Tatiana Maslany, as Manning and at least eight other characters, is excellent. As each clone has a different personality, mannerisms and sometimes even accent, she has to inhabit 7+ characters, many of them at the same time. She does this extremely well. Her portrayal of Alison is particularly good, and funny. However, after a point the producers of the series start to introduce new characters for her, just for the sake of new characters and to go "Look how versatile she is!". This is irritating and smacks of a lack of original ideas. The supporting cast are a bit hit-and-miss. Jordan Gavaris is very good as Felix, as is Kevin Hanchard as Art Bell. On the flipside, Michael Mando is atrocious as Vic. The character was loathsome enough, Mando then made him irritating with a very hammy, unconvincing performance. I made it to Episode 8 of Season 2 before giving up.

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