Sunday, May 17, 2015

Late to the clone party

I'm finally hooked on Orphan Black. I got season one recently on DVD and have finally had time to sit down for a binge watch. I'm a disc and a half in and... wow.

For those who are unfamiliar, it's the story of Sarah Manning, a small-time grifter who is on the run from her abusive boyfriend and trying to get custody of her daughter.

Sarah sees a woman who looks just like her commit suicide. Sarah uses the opportunity to fake her death and assume the woman's identity. What follows is a series of weird events in which Sarah finds out she is one of an unknown number of clones. The clones are being monitored by an unknown party and being killed off, either by that same party or by someone else.

Sarah's life gets insanely-complex as she tries to figure out what's going on to save herself, her sister clones, and figure out how to get a life going with her daughter.

"Orphan Black" is utter genius. The stories are suspenseful, well-written, and well-paced. They really fly based on the insanely-good acting of Tatiana Maslany, who is able to play the varying roles of the clones.

It's good to find something original and solid out there. I'd almost given up hope. Thank you BBC!

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