ATX: Clone Club’s Austin Convention

Orphan Black (Photo: BBC America)
Orphan Black (Photo: BBC America)

Orphan Black‘s Clone Club held a special meeting Saturday morning at the Austin Television Experience. What did we learn in preparation for tonight’s new episode?

The Blurb

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 weighs whether to surrender a crucial piece of leverage and make a deal with Dyad.

The Screening

Okay, so creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett asked the audience for no spoilers until after the show airs tonight. I would have honored that anyway, but I will say this: OHMYGOODNESS. WATCH THIS LIVE. WATCH THIS LIIIIIIIIIIIIIVE. It was quite good. The audience was fantastic and there were some excellent twists and turns, which you should come to expect from this show.

The Panel

The creators served as panelists for the Q&A. A lot of the questions related to tonight’s episode, so I can’t report much on that front. There were questions about BBC America and SPACE’s reception of the show and its progressiveness. Surprisingly, the creators said “we did not set out to make a feminist show,” and that the networks are “so into the wild stuff we throw at them.”

In the story building process, Sarah is the main thread with which all other stories weave. As a result, Sarah has been the hardest character to write. Fawcett’s favorite clone is Alison, who basically writes herself and reminds him of his suburban childhood. Manson digs Cosima and her west coast vibe, and she is named after their science consultant. The show was completely caught off-guard by the fan reception during/after season one, and we were assured that there is an endgame. How long it will take to get there is the big question.

The Experience


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