“Orphan Black” Review
Orphan Black serves up loads of mystery, intense action, phenomenal acting, and lovable characters. This Canadian sci-fi show is immensely entertaining and has something for everyone.
The show follows Sarah Manning, our morally ambiguous protagonist who is both a con artist and a mother trying to redeem herself. Sarah’s entire world is changed when she witnesses someone jump in front of a train someone who looks exactly like her. Sarah is swept into a whirlwind adventure as she tries to take over this woman’s life and con her bank out of $75,000 so she could start a new life for herself and her daughter. Along the way she encounters murders, uncovers mysteries, and meets even more people who look like her.
Tatiana Maslany plays Sarah Manning, the “low-life grifter” with fierce protective instincts, Alison Hendrix, the not-so-typical suburban soccer mom, and Cosima Neihaus, the witty PHD student with an affinity for microbiology. Tatiana Maslany is so incredibly talented the viewer often forgets they’re watching one actress. She brings individual mannerisms to each character and manages to smash through each of their stereotypes to create complex characters.
This show has been praised throughout the LGBT community for creating a complex relationship between two women. It’s a relationship whose problems don’t revolve around either person’s sexuality. It also has a character who has clearly stated she was bisexual, a word a lot of shows tend to skirt around.
The show is filled with powerful and intriguing characters and has a super interesting and suspenseful plot. It’s immensely entertaining and completely worth watching. It earns five out of five stars. Seasons one and two are available on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Blu-ray, DVD, and on BBC America On Demand for most cable providers. Season three is slated to start showing in spring 2015 on BBC America.
By Sienna Mata