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Episode 9: What You Didn’t Know About ‘The Mitigation of Competition’

Here are behind-the-scenes secrets from our very own Orphan Black production team!

Rachel’s visions from the opening of the episode were shot by our second unit team because our main unit couldn’t fit them into their schedule. And because we needed a second unit, we also needed a director for that crew, and this time, we didn’t have to look too far because we hired Script Supervisor Melanie Orr to take on the job. Melanie has been on the show since Day One, and over the past four years has started directing television in between seasons.


Fun Fact: Melanie was the second female director we have hired on Orphan Black; Helen Shaver being the first.


Did you spot the Canadian celebrity? Alex Levine wrote Episode 409 and wrote in a reporter role for the opening interview with Evie Cho. We decided it would be fun to go out to Canadian journalist and personality George Stroumboulopoulos (known as “Strombo”) to see if he would take the cameo roll of interviewing big baddie Evie Cho and he was in! You can see him interview her in the opening tease of the episode, something he is very experienced at.

Sestra’s back! After four episodes away it was time for Helena to come back to Clone Club. But we didn’t want to keep her hideout a secret so we decided to take our audience to her new home in the woods before she came back to the city.

Helena’s snow-covered forest hut was built out of wood, sticks, leaves, mud, tarps, and a car door. We built two versions: one for just the exterior that we used on location and another for inside the studio that had walls and parts we could remove in order to fit our camera team inside it. The art department went above and beyond decorating the inside of her hut, filling it with trinkets and ornaments, bones, and animal skins.





Fun Fact: When you are inside Helena’s hut in the studio you can see right into Delphine’s mysterious yurt as they were built side by side.


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