Orphan Black - Season 4

Director - Various

Cast Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavaria


Country of Origin- Canada/UK

Discs - 2

Distributor - BBC

Reviewer - Scott MacDonald

Date - 08/02/2016

The Series (4/5)

   Orphan Black is probably the greatest show most people forget they are addicted to. When the latest series ends up in my mailbox every year, I remember enjoying the last one compulsively, but am never too excited to jump back into that world until I am in the middle of it. Which is strange, because by the time any season of Orphan Black is over, I am begging for the next one.

   This series picks up a few months after the last one ended with Sarah Manning (Tatiana Maslany) have escaped to obscurity in Iceland finding her silence broken by an attack by the show's original enemy the Neolutionist.  This sends her back home, and back into the conspiracy to find and fight the Neolutionist. At the same time we go back in time to the life of Beth Childs the clone who threw herself in front of the train right in front of Sarah's eyes and brought Sarah into this life, and explore her existence and how it parallels to the modern life of Sarah and the other clones.

   Orphan Black this season was another wild ride. The show was endlessly compelling for the most part with new twist and turns happening constantly. The performances from Tatiana Maslany are at this point legend, as she continues to maintain consistency of character with the old clones, while adding new ones to her performances.  The show has a great pulp sci-fi feel to it, and a solid atmosphere that helps to make it as addicting as it is.

   The only downsides of this season is that at the start of the season, mostly after the first episode but before the mid-point the show struggles to keep up with all its various plots, and the pacing seems off. Also, we have so many clones in the show at this point that it is hard to keep them straight in the narrative at this point. However, by seasons end things have been ironed out, and as per usual I found myself clamoring for Season 5, which is apparently the final one for the show.

 

Audio/Video (4.5/5)

   BBC Worldwide presents Orphan Black Season 4 with a solid 16:9 1080p AVC encoded transfer preserving the shows OAR. The show looks quite solid with excellent detail, color reproduction, and black levels. There is some minor softness on occasion, but overall a solid presentation.

   The audio is presented with a DTS-HD MA 5.1 track in English the track does the job well with dialogue and score coming through audibly, and no issues with the track that I noticed when listening.

 

Extras (3/5)

   BBC Worldwide have included multiple featurettes on the back story of the characters and a look into the production of the show.

 

Overall

   Another exciting season of Orphan Black sends the show forward, but also gives us a glimpse back into the pre-narrative past. The Blu-ray from BBC Worldwide looks and sounds quite excellent and comes with a nice slate of extras. RECOMMENDED.