Jordan Gavaris: Nothing in the Orphan Black Universe is 'Magical,' Including Kira

Thursday, 30 April 2015 - 12:26PM
Orphan Black
Thursday, 30 April 2015 - 12:26PM
Jordan Gavaris: Nothing in the Orphan Black Universe is 'Magical,' Including Kira
Last week on Orphan Black, we expressed more than a little consternation at the heavy implication that (possible spoiler!) Kira has magical powers. While her accelerated healing after being hit by a car could potentially be explained by idiosyncratic DNA, an apparent ability to heal others seems much more on the fantasy side of the spectrum. But to our relief, Jordan Gavaris, who plays Felix, responded to a question from Rotten Tomatoes on the topic that nothing in Orphan Black would ever approach "elvish territory":

"I don't think anything in the Orphan Black universe is ever magical. I don't think we're in elvish territory... I would maybe go as far as to use the word 'alchemy,' but what was considered magical 200 years ago is explained very easily by science now."

Although Gavaris is an actor on the show, rather than a writer or producer, he is privy to many more episodes than we are, and so probably knows where Kira's storyline is going. Plus, Maria Doyle Kennedy, who plays Mrs. S., expressed a similar sentiment:

"I definitely was like, 'Oh, look at the way [Kira] healed after that accident.' I like that. I wonder how the hell she was made, what was the difference in [Sarah's] DNA and therefore in Kira's? I'm really hoping it's going to go somewhere... Maybe we could cure diseases on our show."

This comes as a huge relief; although fantasy is all very well and good in general, it would absolutely not fit with the tone of the show. It would fall victim to the same pitfalls as Battlestar Galactica, which was at its best when it was a relatively grounded sci-fi show and at its cheesiest when exploring its "spiritual" elements.

Rotten Tomatoes also spoke to creator John Fawcett on those inflammatory claims that Orphan Black might end after a planned five-season arc: "I got a little spanked over that one," Fawcett admitted. "Let's say when we were initially designing this, yes, we were talking about five seasons. We were trying to design a story that would have a beginning, middle, and end."

So it seems that Fawcett was only trying to say that Orphan Black has a cohesive plan in place and an endgame in mind, rather than that it would definitely end after five seasons regardless of ratings. "I want to know how the thing ends so that we can be focused on telling a cohesive story. I think that's what's really important," Fawcett said. "I don't want this to feel like we're just floating around and trying to invent stuff from season to season. It really needs to feel like we have a clear way that we're going forward."

They also spoke to Dylan Bruce, who plays Paul, and he coyly admitted that we'll be discovering Paul's true motivations and loyalties over the course of the season: "Ultimately, [Paul] has a task and he has goals but he's also answering to someone much higher up than we have yet to see," Bruce said. "I really got who this guy was [this season]. I got why he did what he did the prior two seasons, good and bad."

And finally, not only did Tatiana Maslany voice Helena's scorpion friend and provide all the sound effects, but she actually put a real scorpion on her face. If she doesn't get an Emmy this year, I swear...

Orphan Black airs on Saturdays at 10pm on BBC America. 
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