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Orphan Black Hides Secret Literary Messages In Instagram Promotion

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orphan blackI’m the kind of person who sees the forest from the trees, but it’s probably only because my forest exists on a tiny island in the middle of an ocean of despair. But I heartily admire the people who look into the trees from the forest and delve into the minuscule details that add curiosity to spectacle. One such person is Valerie Anne of the website AfterEllen, who rounded up all of Orphan Black‘s recent Instagram clips and decoded the hidden message hidden at the end of each of them. I didn’t even realize there were hidden messages. Sigh.

The brilliant BBC America series took a unique approach to promoting its upcoming second season by dropping eight clips in eight days, most of which were at a peak moment of conflict. As if I wasn’t bursting with excitement already. And at the end of each clip, just before the “#CloneClub” screen, is a flash of binary code, different for every video. As Valerie explains, they are all taken from a single source.

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Orphan Black Is Back With An Action Packed Trailer

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BBC America’s Orphan Black is coming back. Don’t get too excited, it’s not going to arrive for more than a month, so we still have what seems, at times, like an insurmountable wait in store for us. We’ve been seeing some promotional stuff dribble out, and as the season two premiere date gradually approaches, we’ll probably see much more. The latest installment is this short, 30-second teaser trailer.

Personally, I would have gone with a slogan like “Back in Black,” instead of the “Black is Back” this trailer went with. Don’t worry that’s just my inner AC/DC fan shining through, that happens from time to time, I’ll try to keep it in check from here on out. And though it’s short, this video does exactly what it was designed to do, which is keep up totally psyched for the return of Orphan Black.

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Orphan Black’s First Season 2 Clip Will Hold You At Gunpoint

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Oh man oh man oh man oh man oh man oh man! My repetitive state is due in part to the massive amount of excitement bubbling up in my guts for the upcoming second season of BBC America’s hilariously dark clone drama Orphan Black, and not simply to help me reach a word quota. (I really, really, really promise that.) The first actual clip from the show has made its way online via the official Instagram page, and instead of just another mysterious bit with cryptic voiceovers, we actually get to see these characters in action again!

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Orphan Black Fans Dispute Tatiana Maslany’s Emmy Snub With Crowdfunded Trophy

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orphan blackAward shunning is nothing new in the entertainment industry. In whose goddamned crazy world is Kramer vs. Kramer a better movie than Apocalypse Now? And when was Forrest Gump ever more substantial than The Shawshank Redemption? How did it possibly take the Emmys five years to give Breaking Bad the win for Best Dramatic Series? But the most recent blemish on the world of trophy-based back-patting was the odious absence of actress Tatiana Maslany’s name (as well as Orphan Black‘s) from the Emmy ballots this year. But since we can’t cure stupid or go back in time to force anyone to give the actress her due attention, it’s up to the Clone Club fanbase to get together and give her an award that comes from the heart, and the crowdfunding pocketbook.

Orphan Black fanatic Sarah Evans created this IndieGogo campaign to fund the creation of a homemade statue to show Maslany that there are more than enough TV viewers out there who think she deserves something more personal and meaningful than anything the Emmys or Golden Globes could give her. (She was beat out for the Globe by Breaking Bad‘s Anna Gunn.)

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Walkers, Clones, And Cosmos: What To Look Forward To In Spring Sci-Fi TV

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WDeadThe Walking Dead (AMC, Feb. 9)
When AMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead returns for the second half of its fourth season, the series may be in as good a spot as it’s ever been. The first portion of the year wasn’t spectacular, but with the exception of those standalone Governor episodes, and the flu story that went on for far too long, it’s been solid, and more importantly consistent.

After the kerfuffle at the prison left the group beaten, bloody, splintered, and down a few key members, The Walking Dead is poised to get into some meaty storylines. From the addition of new cast members, as well as what producers have said, it looks like we’re going to be following the arc from Robert Kirkman’s comics as close as we ever have. Scattered to the wind as they are, each splinter of survivors will have their own weight to bear. Carl (Chandler Riggs) is going to have to take care of his father Rick (Andrew Lincoln), who is in even worse shape, mentally and physically, than usual. I really, really, really hope they stay away from the whole dead wife on the phone thing from the comics. They tried that, and it failed miserably. Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Beth (Emily Kinney) gave to cope with not only the loss of their father, but watching him get beheaded. We’ll see if Glenn (Steven Yeun) can help, or if he’ll fall to pieces, too. Michonne (Danai Gurira), well, it looks like she’s going to be alone, again, hacking zombies apart with her katana, you know, the usual.

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Orphan Black Reveals Bacon-Flavored First Episode Title

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orphan blackIf you were a particularly detail-oriented fan of the first season of BBC America’s excellent clone drama Orphan Black, then you probably noticed that the season one episode titles all have something in common: each is a piece of a quote taken from Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species. This made sense, as viewers were privy to watching these disparate women as they have evolved from the same source DNA, and only the strongest of them have survived to make it to the second season. Season two will also employ similar contextual Easter eggs, only with a different thinker taking Darwin’s place.

While on a Toronto set visit, HuffPost TV managed to wring the title of the first episode from creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson. The season will kick off with “Nature Under Constraint and Vexed,” which doesn’t have quite the ring of “The Trouble with Tribbles,” but the meaning runs a little deeper. The title is taken from Plan of the Work by Francis Bacon, specifically the third part, “The Phenomena of the Universe; or a Natural and Experimental History for the Foundation of Philosophy.” In fact, all of this season’s quotes will come from Bacon, a multi-talented philosopher and essayist whose approach to the world was from the stance that science should be used to help advance humanity. He was both an experimenter and an investigator, always on the hunt for answers.