Spotlight On: Orphan Black

If for some reason you haven’t yet found the gem that is Orphan Black, please do yourself a favor and start watching! Orphan Black is a hybrid mixing suspense, science-fiction, thriller, romance and even comedy. A combination which is absolutely worth watching. It showcases Emmy-nominated actor Tatiana Maslany who portrays an array of different women-clones actually- with each their own diverse backgrounds, interests and motivations.

Season 1 opened with Sara Manning (Maslany) witnessing the suicide of a woman who looks strikingly like her. That woman happened to be a detective named Beth Childs. Being down on her luck, London-born Sara assumes the stranger’s identity. She views this ‘opportunity’ as an easy way to solve her problems and salvage her estranged relationship with her family, that includes her brother Felix and her young daughter Kira. She makes a mends with them whilst getting to grips with the mysteries that began the moment she warily took Beth’s home and husband Paul (Dylan Bruce). Her stint impersonating Detective Childs also brings her to work with her partner Art Bell who was close to the deceased. They eventually become allies of sorts and help each other out when in need.

Sara Manning discovers that other women share her face. A startling fact that brings her to meet and develop a great bond with diametrically different people. Sara is introduced to: Cosima, a scientist; Allison a suburban mom, and Helena, who simply does her own thing with (most might say) psychopathic tendencies coupled with a heart of gold, or at least loyalty to family… Although the clones share a same physique, they are by no means identical spirits or personalities. Each has their own struggles, voice, gait, traits and style. They form an unlikely bond or rater a sisterhood, as they find out some people are hunting them down.The women quickly come to realize that they are not the only ones sharing identical genetics. By working together, they come to discover others like them. The clones additionally learn that they were part of  a scientific experiment led by an organization whose people have their own disturbing agenda. Finding and understanding the reasons that explain their existence results in an ongoing, ambiguous and very tumultuous mission. It leads to mind-blowing connections, implications and gives them a glimpse into the grand-scale nature of their conception.

This is the kind of series that sucks you in from the first moment you watch it. Addicting , mysterious and thrilling, the 10-episode seasons are fast-paced and deliver the goods. By that I mean, you will find everything sure to keep your attention. Each episode ranges from drama, action sequences, humor (especially from the ever-so dynamic Allison), touching moments as well as betrayal and revenge. It is unequivocally a recipe for success and guaranteed entertainment and intrigue. The show keeps you on your toes, bringing you to frequently question yourself on the character’s intentions and loyalty. Thus it is a suspenseful tale that never stops to captivate the viewer.

The show constantly adds new faces to the mix whether it be clones, love interests or even dangerous enemies menacing Sara and her sisters.The third season of Orphan Black did all of that by introducing new male clones portrayed by Ari Allen, who is briefly seen in season 2 . Most of the clones he portrays are clearly up to no good and shed light on a revealing truth about the organizations that brought all of them to life. A predominant theme in the show is the importance of family and doing everything possible to keep the ones you love safe from harm. Happiness often appears as an illusion, or rather something most characters long for. They each get moments of joy, only the storm is never far behind.

Rating Orphan Black (including the recent third season): 4/5

The release of the fourth season is set in Summer 2016, the show airs on BBC America and Space (Canada).

Feature photo: Orphan Black Official Facebook


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