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Orphan Black Photos And Featurettes Introduce New Faces And Big Ideas

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Orphan BlackWe’re finally on the downward slope towards the return of BBC America’s Orphan Black. At least it feels that way, we’re still more than three weeks out from the April 19 premiere of http://www.giantfreakinrobot.com/scifi/orphan-blacks-season-2-clip-hold-gunpoint.html
, but at this point the wait feels manageable. And we’re certainly seeing enough promotion for the sophomore season that you’d swear on your life that the show was about to jump right out in front of us. Right now we have not one, but two new galleries of photos, as well as a pair of new featurettes for the clone-based drama, which should help you make it through the intervening days and weeks.

Gallery number one consists of half a dozen stills that are taken from the first three episodes of the season, and are definitely the most interesting part of photo portion of our presentation. You see Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) running around the street, and she seems to be looking for someone or something. We know that the action of season two picks up shortly after the conclusion of year one, and at the end of that Kira was kidnapped, so it stands to reason that Sarah may be looking for her young daughter. To this end you better believe she’ll enlist the help of guilt-laden turncoat Paul (Dylan Bruce) and her brother, Felix (Jordan Gavaris). We’re also well aware, the abduction has more than a little to do with her and her fellow clones search for answers, so they’re going to be thrown into the mix as well, even though they’ve got their own shit going on. Allison has a marriage to fix, and you can see that in addition to her health issues, things are heating up between Cosima and Delphine (Evelyne Brochu).

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Ladies First: The Best Female Characters Of Sci-Fi Film And Television

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RipleyLoaderOne of the reasons we love science fiction is because there’s no shortage of strong, dynamic, fascinating female characters kicking around the galaxy, a trait that isn’t always a given in other genres. Iconic characters like Ripley and Sarah Connor have become the bar by which most other female heroines are measured against, but thankfully sci-fi doesn’t limit its badass females strictly to the most obvious form of badassery. Our favorite sci-fi heroines might have what it takes to field-strip a pulse rifle, or they might have the fortitude to lead a desperate fleet of mankind’s remnants across the stars to a new home. They might be able to take down multiple murderous cyborgs, or they might have the courage to serve as inspiration for revolution against an oppressive government.

When it came time for us to pick out favorite female characters from science fiction film and television, the task was more than daunting. After several rounds of voting, arguing, throwing things, and threats of blackmail, we finally whittled our list down to 19, our picks for the very best, most interesting, most compelling, most badass female characters the genre has had to offer across film and TV. We’re listing them in alphabetical order by last name, but it’s strangely appropriate who wound up as number one regardless…

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Orphan Black Puts Its Best Face Forward With Character Posters

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orphan black posterWhile the BBC America thriller Orphan Black is enjoyable in almost every way, there’s no denying its biggest selling point is the immense talents of lead actress Tatiana Maslany and her chameleon-like ability to give each of her clone characters a marked personality and point of view. So it’s no surprise that Maslany’s character line-up is the focal point for the recent set of posters advertising the series’ sophomore season. Leave it to this show to utilize an optical illusion and irony at the same time.

In the poster seen above, we see half of our main clone, Sarah, whose face is cut off by the outline of a female profile. It works particularly well at the mouth and chin area, where it legitimately looks like the bottom of another person’s face. In fact, if your brain allows you to picture this part of Sarah’s face entirely as another person’s profile, it’s almost sickening. Her eye in in the wrong spot! And she’s balding!

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Cross The Streams With Clone Wars, Cloned Girls, And Ghostbusters II

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Welcome back to another Cross the Streams, which hadn’t been around for a while due to too much stream crossing, resulting in me having to undergo a special procedure to remove all the junk from my system. But this edition is jam-packed with a plethora of quality goodies that have hit the Internet in recent weeks. The only way you could get bored is if you stopped reading right now.

Enough small talk. Let’s get down to brass sci-fi tacks and take a look at what’s new in streaming science fiction, including Netflix Instant, Amazon Instant Video, and more.

the clone warsStar Wars: The Clone Wars – Seasons 1-6 (Netflix Instant)
A lot of tie-in cartoons over the years have been substandard crap, and while The Clone Wars started out as a fairly average take on the Star Wars universe, it became so much more over the course of the next few seasons, expanding the link between the second and third Episodes with excitement, sweet-ass CGI, and more ample storytelling skills than Lucas has shown in many years. Not to mention the host of voice actors that crop up over the course of its run. The major plus here is that Netflix has added the never-before-seen sixth season, which fans thought they might never see after the show was canceled post-Disney buyout. May the Force, and so on.

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Meet Orphan Black’s Latest Clone, Jennifer

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Orphan BlackWith a little over a month until BBC America’s Orphan Black comes back for season number two, it’s time for those of us who fell in love with the first season to start getting excited. Part of the pleasure of the series is watching star Tatiana Maslany seamlessly play multiple clones, often within the same scene. Not only does she give a fantastic performance, she gives multiple fantastic performances, creating entirely different people and characters in the process. Moving forward and looking for answers, Sarah (Maslany) and her identical clone counterparts will uncover even more copies of themselves, and now we have a picture and video that introduces one.

Entertainment Weekly unveiled the latest addition to the cast, a 28-year-old teacher and swim coach named Jennifer Fitzsimmons, played, of course, by Maslany. She was apparently quite the swimmer in her youth, at one point on track to become and Olympian. As it turns out, she’s also sick, like, very, very sick. You probably got that from the picture, because she does not look like a well woman. Check out this video below to see exactly what Jennifer’s illness has taken away from her, as she transforms from a relatively healthy patient at the outset of her treatment, to someone who looks like she’s on the verge of death.

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Orphan Black Gets A New Trailer And A New Streaming Home

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Since damn near the second BBC America’s Orphan Black wrapped up season number one, we’ve been tenting our fingers in anticipation of the sophomore effort. We can’t wait to see what the clone drama has in store for the follow up. A new trailer just appeared on the Internet, as if by magic, and it does absolutely nothing to quench our thirst for this show. Once new episodes finally do begin to air on April 19, they’ve found an exclusive new home for online streaming.

This video may only be only a minute long, but there’s a bunch going on here. First off, we get to catch up with all the main players, most of whom are played seamlessly by star Tatiana Maslany. There are, after all, nine identical copies wandering around. At least they’re physically identical, as Sarah, the main clone, reminds you, there’s only one of her, and they are all drastically different people, no matter what genetics has to say. The fact that the characters are all such distinct entities is a testament to how good Maslany’s performance, or performances are.