Welcome, Sestras and Brother Sestras! In a little over a week Season 4 of Orphan Black begins, and as I will recap the season, it’s up to me to offer some predictions for the season.
First off, though: I have what are believed to be the episodes titles. And as each season bases their titles upon the work, or works, of an individual, Season 4 is no different. The titles below are supposedly based upon the works of Donna Haraway, Distinguished Professor Emerita in the History of Consciousness Department and Feminist Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, United States. The titles are:
Ep 1: The Collapse of Nature
Ep 2: Transgressive Border Crossing
Ep 3: The Stigmata of Progress
Ep 4: From Instinct to Rational Control
Ep 5: Human Raw Material
Ep 6: The Scandal of Altruism
Ep 7: The Antisocialism of Sex
Ep 8: The Redesign of Natural Objects
Ep 9: The Mitigation of Competition
Ep 10: From Dancing Mice to Psychopaths
RT: According to the official episode guide released by BBC America on Orphan Black, I can also include the synopses for the first three episodes as well:
The Collapse of Nature
After two months of respite, Sarah’s hard-won refuge in Iceland is shattered by a Neolution attack. Once again forced to flee, she realizes no matter how far her family runs it will never be far enough.
Transgressive Border Crossing
After evading a Neolution attack in Iceland, Sarah returns home to track down an elusive new ally. She follows breadcrumbs and uncovers the next facet of Neolution’s agenda – implanting dangerous technological devices in humans. However, those she left behind are wary about her return, not wanting to relinquish their semblance of normalcy. As Cosima struggles with Delphine’s disappearance, Alison and Donnie host a pregnant and ever-hungry Helena. Meanwhile Felix, feeling like an outsider, embarks on his own journey of self-discovery.
The Stigmata of Progress
As Sarah reels from the shocking discovery of Neolution’s biotech, she’s desperate to find answers. Always impulsive, she follows a lead into a harrowing encounter that requires the help of a reluctant new player. Eager to assist, Mrs. S strikes an alliance with an old nemesis. Rachel receives a visit from her keeper and takes a fraught step forward towards recovery. Meanwhile, Helena is mistaken for “Mrs. Hendrix” when she answers a visit from suspicious visitors.
And in the instance you were wondering, Season 1 titles were taken from On the Origin of the Species by Charles Darwin, Season 2 titles were taken from the collected works of Sir Francis Bacon, and Season 3 titles quotes taken from the farewell address of President Dwight Eisenhower.
That said, what do I see for Season 4, and what do I hope for? Well, allow me to opine, and jump in here Rachel if the mood strikes!
#1: Who is “coming” and are they related to the Neolutionists?
The Neolutionists are the original big bads from Season 1, and the ones behind both Projects Leda and Castor. Though Drs. Aldous Leekie and Alan Nealon are gone, Susan Duncan is still alive, and her darling adopted clone daughter, Rachel “One-Eye” Duncan is back home with her, which can’t mean anything good.
But we know Sarah gets attacked while she’s staying in Iceland, and Kira makes the comment in one of the teasers, “They’re coming.” Are the Neolutionists coming for Sarah and Kira? Or, like with the Proletheans, are we gonna see another group out there who wants the Leda clones for either their own reasons, or just dead.
My Guess: It’s some other crazy ass group not associated with either the Neolutionists or Proletheans, and they’re going to be a pain in the Clone Club’s ass.
#2: Could M.K. be the real “protoclone”? Did she help develop “The Sestras”?
M.K. is the new clone (I wonder who the show got to play her?) who is supposed to make contact with Sarah and start laying some mysterious shit on her about their past. As the producers say, she has lots of information abut the Leda clones, and knows a tremendous amount of information, though she’s got tons of baggage, as well as being dangerous.
So what does she know? Was she one of the original clones, or maybe the original, and help the people who continued the development of the Leda clones? And is she dangerous because of something that occurred during her development?
My Guess: M.K. was one of the early clones, but she broke away and is sort of like a less-crazy Helena.
#3: Are we going to discover that Kira is also the result of genetic engineering? And will the same thing happen with Helena’s baby?
As we saw in Season 1 Kira is the little girl who takes a licking and keeps on ticking. She was hit by a car and though it put her in the hospital, she healed up rather quickly—too quickly some might point out. We’re promised that we’re going to find out some secrets concerning Kira, and perhaps one of them concerns her ability to heal quickly—
Because if there is someone else who shows that same ability, it’s Helena. She was shot in the chest and managed to walk her ass to a hospital with a sucking chest wound. She used to torture herself something horrible, and while she has the scars to prove her former devotion, she’s found herself in a few other damaging situations that might put someone else down for a while, but she sort of shrugs it off after a while.
The rest question is, did Kira’s healing ability come from Sarah, and if so, while Helena’s baby have the same ability?
My Guess: Whatever allows Kira an accelerated healing ability comes from Sarah, for it does appear that the whole cloning thing was actually leading to something else, as we saw with the Castor clones. Like something beyond their original intention—
#4: What will Sarah discover about Beth?
One of the McGuffins of Season 4 is supposed to be Sarah going off on a quest to find out as much as she can about Beth—going back to the beginning, one may say. Little is known about Beth other than she was a cop, she was living with her monitor, and we got to see her walk in front of a train in the first two minutes of the first episode of Season 1.
Her former partner, and a brother sestra in good standing, Art (Kevin Hanchard), is supposed to play a bigger part in Season 4 than he has in the last two seasons, so there is a good likelihood we’re going to find out something about Beth that may tell us why she killed herself, and perhaps even tell us more about the rest of the clones that we don’t already know.
My Guess: We’re likely to discover that Beth was slowly losing her shit because there was something killing her besides known her whole life was a freakin’ lie.
#5: What part if Krystal going to play in Clone Club, and will we meet other new clones besides M.K.?
Like, oh mah gawd, Krystal Goderitch was another sestra discovered by Delphine (Évelyne Brochu) working in a nail salon, and who was later used to fake out the Dyad Institute when the time came for Rachel to make her escape. The word is Krystal is going become a full member of Clone Club, though right now it’s impossible to say what part she’ll play in the group, or what skills she can use to help her new found sisters.
As for new clones? It seems like one or two or more always pop up when we least expect it, but since the show has already announced the presence of M.K., it’s possible our clone quota has been met.
My Guess: I’m sure the producers have another clone waiting in the wings, ‘cause they don’t want Tatiana to get bored playing the same half-dozen characters again and again. I’m sure if the show brings in another clone, it’ll be done in a dignified and intelligent way.
#6: Which of the established clones (Sarah, Alison, Cosima, Helena) will/may die this season?
This is the big rumor, that one of the original members of Clone Club will die. The even money is on Cosima, who’s been ready to die for two seasons now due to the illness that has caught up to nearly all the clones by now, but another set of rumors has Allison going out in a bad way—and given the already sorta spoiled fact that someone “mysterious” will confuse Helena for Allison, there’s always a chance that Allison will be confused for Helena, and scratch one clone.
My Guess: One of the main clones will die. I think it’s going to be Allison, because, like it or not, losing her would be a bit shocking. It would also open up the opportunity for Helena to hide in plain sight and take over as the “new” Allison: a lot wackier and a lot more dangerous.
There you go. What do you think is going to happen during Season 4 of Orphan Black? Chime in below and let us know!