Clone Club, now that “Orphan Black” season 3 is available on DVD and Blu-ray, you can complete your collection and rewatch all the clone fun whenever you want. Sure, some moments may be harder to rewatch than others – who else still isn’t over Paul’s death? – but in the end, it’s worth it, just like the first two seasons.
For “Orphan Black’s” third season, the 10 episodes are divided across two discs, with disc 1 featuring the first five and disc 2 featuring the second half, along with the special features. This time around, the special features include “The Look of Orphan Black,” “Creating the Castor Clones,” “The Rendition Camp: Behind the Walls,” “Team Hendrix: Rockin’ the Suburbs,” “Dissecting the Scenes,” “At Home With the Hendrixes” (if you liked the twerking scene, you’ll love this one because that’s all it is) and a blooper reel.
In the first featurette, “The Look of Orphan Black” delves into the importance of making the world of the show “pretty” and “stylized” with its own unique feel while still making it feel like the real world. The cast offers up the scenes that were most visually striking to them – Josh Vokey chose the Black Room, Kristian Bruun the scenes in the garage, Tatiana Maslany Helena’s introduction and Kevin Hanchard finding the body in the quarry – and it gets into how they brought in Aaron Morton, the Director of Photography. If you like getting into the differences behind bringing each clone and each clone’s world to the screen, this is the special feature for you (and one of the best of the set).
“Creating the Castor Clones” offers a look at the differences between the male and female clones when it comes to differentiating them. For example, with the Leda clones, there are different accents and makeup choices that are not present with Castor. Instead, there are things like Rudy’s scar, Miller’s limp and the like. With the Castor clones came the introduction of the rendition camp and “Behind the Walls” gives a thorough look at how they created the set and the environment – “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Orphan Black”-style – and staged Helena’s escape.
Two featurettes are all about the Hendrixes – “Team Hendrix: Rockin’ the Suburbs” and “At Home With the Hendrixes” – with the first focusing on episode 307, as Alison’s worlds collided. Alison’s world is a bit different from the other clones’, with a different tone that offers a reprieve from the heavy, emotional material found with the others, and because of that, some things work in Alison’s life that couldn’t in Sarah’s world. And with the chemistry and improv backgrounds of Tatiana Maslany and Kristian Bruun’s, they get the chance to have fun with scenes, like they do at the dinner party, leading to Maslany inserting improv dialogue as Helena off her own improv as Alison with Donnie, as discussed in the longest special feature of the set.
That is in “Dissecting the Scenes,” which breaks down the dream sequence and dinner party that essentially bookended season 3. These scenes with the sisters are more about what they’re fighting for, keeping together their family unit, which is just a dream of Helena’s at the beginning of the season. That’s a dream that allows them to explore each clone through Helena’s eyes. (There was even talk of having a version of Donnie as well.) It’s a good feature for those who like to see what goes into making these clone scenes. It’s more than just making sure everyone is where they need to be and making sure no one overlaps; props have to be put in the same exact spot, especially when it comes to switching between things like a pre-dinner and during dinner moment when filming the dinner party at Bubbles.
The funniest featurettes are easily the last two, “At Home With the Hendrixes,” which is simply nearly two minutes of Alison and Donnie twerking (from episode 6) and the blooper reel, which clocks in at five and a half minutes.
“Orphan Black” will be back for a fourth season on BBC America. Have you added the season 3 set to your collection?