It’s no secret that I have a habit of binge-watching shows when I first start them, but I took it to a whole new level a few weeks ago. I was recently introduced to Orphan Black by a friend of mine, and managed to finish off the first two seasons in less than a week. The show is incredibly addicting, and the cast is extraordinarily talented. Although it’s not a new show (it premiered in 2013), I decided to feature it since I’ve only just discovered it.
Since summer is such a dead zone when it comes to good TV, I thought I’d share my thoughts on this show with all of you. (That way, you can experience the joy of a new TV show in your last few weeks of summer.)
Sarah Manning (Tatiana Maslany) comes looking for her young daughter after leaving her behind nearly a year ago, but finds something else entirely. After witnessing the suicide of a woman who looks just like her, Sarah assumes her identity to find out more about her doppelganger. She and her stepbrother Felix Dawkins (Jordan Gavaris) are drawn into a complex situation where it is revealed that Sarah is a human clone. The series follows Sarah as she meets several of her other clones (played by Tatiana Maslany) and works with them to learn more about her origins, as well as the groups seeking to find the cloned “sisters” for their own purposes.
BBC America created a wonderfully unique sci-fi story line with Orphan Black. Most of the scenes are located in surprisingly normal, urban environments, but the show subtly introduces questions about the ethics of scientific procedures like human cloning and more. (Being a huge science nerd, I love this sort of thing.)
The show is definitely one with a lot of suspenseful twists and turns as new characters are revealed throughout the show. It can get a little creepy at some points, but it’s by no means a horror show. Still, it does a great job of keeping you on your toes and waiting for every new episode.
However, what really drew me into Orphan Black was the insanely talented cast, especially Tatiana Maslany. Maslany plays nearly ten different clones through the course of the show, but what’s truly incredible is how she portrays each and every character’s distinct qualities. She doesn’t just put on a wig and a new outfit, but she adopts new mannerisms, ways of speaking, and even walks differently. In an interview, her mother admitted that she only saw her daughter as Sarah, and didn’t even think of the other clones as being played by her daughter because the transformation was so complete.
All in all, if you’ve been looking for something to watch while you’re waiting for your regular shows to start up again, Orphan Black is definitely worth checking out. Season 3 is headed our way in 2015 (a long wait for those of us who are caught up), but I’m sure that it’ll be completely worth it.
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