Let the third annual meeting of the BBC America Clone Club begin!
After an eons-long hiatus, "Orphan Black" will return on Saturday night (April 18) with its third season premiere, "The Weight of This Combination" -- and as we saw last summer, Sarah, Alison, Cosima, Helena and Rachel (all played by Tatiana Maslany, of course) will soon face their greatest threat yet: militaristic male clones, all played by the wonderful and terrifying Ari Millen.
MTV News was able to screen the first two episodes of season three in advance, and here's what I can tell you without Dyad knocking down my door:
The Clone Club swapping hits right away.BBC America
One of the greatest thrills of watching "Orphan Black" is an always shall be watching Maslany play one clone pretending to be another clone -- and this year, you won't have to wait seven episodes for a potluck to see it. Sarah and one of her sisters both play dress-up early on in the season, and Maslany, as always, does not disappoint.
Project Castor is terrifying.BBC America
According to science, girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice, while boys are nothing but snips and snails and puppy dogs' tails, which actually doesn't sound so bad when you really think about it. But either way, the boys of Project Castor are a horror show.
"Orphan Black" has always been great at making us think about the way society treats women's bodies. Alison, Sarah, Cosima, Helena and Rachel have all suffered due to Project Leda/Dyad/etc. using their reproductive organs as science experiments, and now we get to see firsthand how those same scientists have used and abused their men, just as weapons instead of sexual objects. However, at this point it's much harder to empathize with most of the male clones, since -- minus Mark -- they've all been brought up together into a life of violence.
Helena still has a sh-tty life.BBC America
Poor, violent Helena has always been the most unfortunate of the sestras. The end of the third season found her being kidnapped by unknown assailants, and when she finally wakes up, it's in the most brutal environment she's seen yet -- which is saying a lot, because last year she was kidnapped and impregnated by a religious cult, and the year before she was kept in a box by a priest. Let's hope the trucker hat boyfriend puts his beer down for a second and saves her. Or, you know, Sarah.
There's a new maybe villain in town.BBC America
In case you thought Dyad couldn't house any more shady, mysterious quasi-villains, in comes James Frain's Ferdinand -- who has a sick, twisted past with Rachel -- to both scare you and confuse the hell out of you, since his motivations are as hidden as the genetic coding that created Leda and Castor.
Alison and Donny are a dynamic duoBBC America
One of the greatest, most unexpected joys in "Orphan Black"'s second season came from watching the education and reformation of Donnie Hendrix, so I'm thrilled to announce that Kristian Bruun is back as a full-time regular this season. The first two episodes find Alison and Donnie off doing their own strange, suburban and definitely illegal thing as Sarah and Cosima focus more on Dyad, which actually works really well in providing some levity in the midst of the gravity of the whole clone thing.
Someone bites the big one.BBC America
Rest in peace, [SPOILER]. By the end of the second episode, one unfortunate character will take their final, very painful breath. It's a sick, sad world out there.