Last week, the serial storytelling platform Serial Box became Realm, and with that change came the news that some of their series would be available as free podcasts. Now, you can listen to Orphan Black: The Next Chapter on your choice of streaming platforms. The Next Chapter is the official continuation of the BBC America show’s story, narrated by its star, the unbelievably talented Tatiana Maslany.
In The Next Chapter, Maslany is back playing all the sestras—Sarah, Alison, Cosima, Helena, and more—in a story set eight years after the events of the TV show. Everything changes (of course) when they find there are even more clones than they ever suspected.
The writing team for the first season of The Next Chapter includes Malka Older (Infomocracy), Madeline Ashby (Company Town), Mishell Baker (Borderline), Heli Kennedy (Orphan Black: Deviations), E. C. Myers (Fair Coin), and Lindsay Smith (Sekret).
In a (non-spoiler) review, Natalie Zutter wrote:
The best way to experience Orphan Black: The Next Chapter is in audio form, hands down. While the writing team picks up the TV series’ DNA and engineers a new genetically-centered conflict, Tatiana Maslany’s voice is the catalyst that brings back the spirit of the show. Lack of practice has not dimmed her incredible ability to infuse distinct inflections, accents, tones into the clones’ voices, even and especially in conversation with one another. Nor does the fact that she narrates the entire thing—internal monologues, familiar and new characters, action sequences—diminish the effect.
You can listen at Realm or via Apple Podcasts, Spotify Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Stitcher.
Season two of Orphan Black: The Next Chapter is expected this fall.