The Watch List: Orphan Black

By Sara Da Silva

Orphan Black

This one will be a short review seeing as I’m still tackling the Madeirian wilderness and the awful wifi connection. But in the short time I have I shall attempt to convince you to watch Orphan Black. To be perfectly honest I don’t think it’ll take too long to convince you. The magnificence of the show speaks for itself.

This modern sci-fi series follows Sarah Manning (Tatiana Maslany), orphan and con artist, as she begins to learn more about her hidden past and her creation. Yes, I said creation.

In the first episode Manning witnesses the suicide of a woman, Beth Childs, who appears to be her Doppelgänger. Later is it discovered that Manning is one of a series of clones manufactured as part of a scientific movement called Neolution to direct human evolution. As the series progresses the other clones become central characters within the story line. Alison Hendrix, your average soccer mom, Cosima Niehaus, a brilliant microbiologist, and Helena, just plain crazy.

Tatiana’s portrayal of each of the clones is mind blowing. Especially during scenes where multiple clones are interacting. It’s genuinely astounding. I would often get so lost within the show that I’d forget that it was one woman playing a bunch of characters. It’s that good.

In addition to the perfect casting, the story lines are fast-paced and intense. You never know what could happen next, especially following the introduction of the Proletheans, a secret religious group, who are intent on killing off the clones. It’s the perfect binge watching show.

Whilst being a sci-fi show at heart, it does well to not focus too much on the science and more on the character development. Whereas some lesser shows may struggle to give enough attention to all the characters, Orphan Black has successfully given each story line time and depth to develop. The characters are amazingly complex and distinct from each other, and the detail in the filming is impeccable. It is unlike anything I have ever seen.

The second season recently ended so if you’re not a fan of binge watching then you can catch up at a leisurely pace. But something tells me that you probably won’t. It’s just that addictive.

Keep on keepin’ on,



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