I should start this post by saying if you haven’t watched BBC America’s Orphan Black, then you should stop reading now and make the best decision of your life. There’s no good way to talk about this show without giving everything away, so you may not want to read any further. Trust me, you will absolutely love this show.
Currently in its third season, Orphan Black follows the story of a young woman named Sarah Manning (Tatiana Maslany) as she dives deeper into an intricate conspiracy involving herself and her clone siblings. Clones! I was hooked from the moment I started watching. I can safely say that I’ve never seen anything like this show. I am never not surprised. That was a little redundant, but seriously this show is incredibly sneaky! There are so many moments where they let you believe you know what’s going on, and there’s some crazy twist and you realize you never really knew what was happening at all. Surprisingly, the best parts of the show aren’t necessarily centered around the clone conspiracy. Many segments of the show are solely dedicated to each clone’s own story line, which helps keep Orphan Black interesting.
The performances are stellar, especially from Tatiana Maslany. She has to play several identical (physically anyways) characters, and she does it so well. Beyond using different accents (since some of the clones grew up in different countries from each other), she gives each clone her own unique mannerisms. Sometimes it’s just the way they smile or laugh, but Maslany even physically moves in a certain way depending on the character she’s playing. She is simply a delight to watch. But arguably the next best part of Orphan Black is Felix (Jordan Gavaris), Sarah’s foster brother. I have yet to be disappointed in Felix in any way. He always has the best lines, whether funny or serious. Felix is an essential part of this show. I really can’t imagine it without him.
By now I think you’ve got the idea. I love Orphan Black. Perhaps an unhealthy amount. Regardless, it is an incredibly original and thrilling show.