Orphan Black: The Next Chapter Review: The Thrilling Sequel Clone Club Deserves

It’s been two years since Orphan Black aired its collection finale, tying up the narrative of the Project Leda clones in an emotional and satisfying conclusion. In the time since, the spirit of the present has lived on by means of varied tie-in comics, a possible spinoff at AMC, and even a Japanese remake. Orphan Black: The Next Chapter, a brand new audio collection from Serial Box, units out to broaden the world even additional, and does a fairly good job of doing so. The first full episode of The Next Chapter, half certainly one of which is launched in the present day, serves as a very thrilling sequel that captures the thriller, humanity, and coronary heart of the unique collection.

The collection (which is out there to each learn and take heed to, with the audio model narrated by collection star Tatiana Maslany) picks up eight years after the occasions of Orphan Black‘s collection finale. The narrative opens on Vivi, a authorities agent despatched to surveil a shady scientist on the Genetic Research Institute of Toronto. During her investigation, Vivi comes nose to nose with biologist Cosima Niehaus, setting off a sequence of occasions which threaten to destroy the conventional lives that the Leda clones have constructed for themselves.

The approach the occasions of The Next Chapter unfold really feel extremely distinctive, because it concurrently is heavily-rooted in Orphan Black‘s years of lore, whereas additionally being comparatively accessible to informal listeners. This is particularly true for the early scenes involving Vivi, that are so engrossing {that a} listener may momentarily neglect that Orphan Black‘s established characters are going to point out up (making it much more of a thrill after they do arrive). To an extent, The Next Chapter can perform as merely standalone drama collection, albeit one that may hopefully make new followers return and discover out extra about Orphan Black‘s historical past.

Even with that accessibility, not one of the new parts launched in The Next Chapter really feel unearned or misplaced within the bigger Orphan Black universe. It’s clear that the collection’ all-female writing employees has a deep reverence for the supply materials, notably with how they deal with the time soar. Setting the story eight years later makes use of followers’ familiarity for Orphan Black‘s forged of characters, whereas organically including in lots of thriller. The first episode builds upon the occasions of the collection finale fairly nicely, starting to reply the query of how the Leda clones and people of their orbit have developed within the almost-decade that adopted. The reply to that query proves to be probably the most thrilling parts of The Next Chapter and makes following the collection’ bigger thriller much more unpredictable. In the primary episode alone, there are updates about sure characters that really feel like fan service in one of the best ways, and in the end make the general world of Orphan Black really feel a lot richer.

While the narrative of The Next Chapter simply stands by itself, it is positively magical listening to Maslany convey every thing to life within the audio format. It could be troublesome to think about an audio model of this with out her on the heart of it, as she embodies the feminist coronary heart and earnestness that Orphan Black has all the time had at its core. Hearing Maslany voice Cosima and Sarah once more is as comforting as being wrapped in a heat blanket, and The Next Chapter is ready to seize a lot of her Emmy-winning method to the Leda clones. Fans can even stay up for her portrayals of the non-Leda characters, notably Evelyne Brochu’s Delphine. Maslany’s voice work is so efficient that it is easy to neglect that she’s taking part in each character, a sense that followers typically had whereas watching her act towards herself within the unique collection.

Maslany’s tour-de-force of a voice efficiency is accompanied by understated however extremely efficient sound design, which can make listeners immediately really feel like they’re within the halls of GRIT or Cosima and Delphine’s home. While the manufacturing is not as labored as another audio collection, it positively helps transport followers again into the world of Orphan Black, proper all the way down to the nostalgia of listening to Two Fingers’ theme music function an interlude in between scenes.

Orphan Black: The Next Chapter is a genuinely nice sequel, one which the unique collection and its “Clone Club” of followers completely deserve. The efficient writing and masterclass efficiency from seize the power of Orphan Black in spades whereas bringing in a little bit of maturity and an enchanting thriller. If this primary episode is any indication, the world of Orphan Black could not be in higher arms, and will probably be a real thrill to see what The Next Chapter does subsequent.

Rating: 5 out of 5



Part One of the primary episode of Orphan Black: The Next Chapter is now accessible on Serial Box. Episodes shall be launched weekly, with a mid-season hiatus after episode 5.

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