tatiana maslany orphan black season 2 'Orphan Black' Season 2 premiere has a title, but what does it mean?BBC America is being stingy with the spoilers over at “Orphan Black” — and frankly, we’re probably better off for it — but here’s another little tidbit that might tide you over until the Season 2 premiere on April 19: The episode’s title is “Nature Under Constraint and Vexed.”

Huffington Post Canada squeezed out that morsel of information during a top-secret set visit, and they got the showrunners to reveal that all of the episode titles of Season 2 will be taken from Sir Francis Bacon‘s texts (much like the Season 1 titles were all based on Charles Darwin‘s “The Origin of Species”).

The specific passage comes from Part III of Bacon’s “Plan of the Work,” which reads:

“Next, with regard to the mass and composition of it: I mean it to be a history not only of nature free and at large (when she is left to her own course and does her work her own way),–such as that of the heavenly bodies, meteors, earth and sea, minerals, plants, animals,–but much more of nature under constraint and vexed; that is to say, when by art and the hand of man she is forced out of her natural state, and squeezed and moulded. Therefore I set down at length all experiments of the mechanical arts, of the operative part of the liberal arts, of the many crafts which have not yet grown into arts properly so called, so far as I have been able to examine them and as they conduce to the end in view. Nay (to say the plain truth) I do in fact (low and vulgar as men may think it) could more upon this part both for helps and safeguards than upon the other; seeing that the nature of things betrays itself more readily under the vexations of art than in its natural freedom.” 

The next logical question: But what does it all MEAN?!

“Orphan Black” Season 2 premieres Saturday, April 19 on BBC America.

Posted by:Jean Bentley