Hi guys! Looking for your next binge-watch? I have the perfect series for you. Orphan Black is a Canadian science fiction television series that stars actors such as Tatiana Maslany, Dylan Bruce, Jordan Gavaris, Kevin Hanchard, Michael Mando, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Évelyne Brochu, Kristian Bruun, Ari Millen and Josh Vokey. Its first season aired four years ago, so you might have already heard of it. If not, please crawl out of the rock you’ve been under and get to it right now.
Orphan Black is exceptional, with BBC America giving us so much in terms of plots, music and performances. The show is about the rebellious and street-wise, Sarah Manning, who witnesses the suicide of a woman, Beth (who looks just like her) and decides to steal Beth‘s identity in an attempt to begin a new life. She eventually learns that Beth was a clone and a cop caught in the middle of a deadly conspiracy, making Sarah the new target. With an engrossment in a conspiracy of geneticists, murderous anti-geneticists, and various other clones and the later introduction of pro-science religious fanatics, Proletheans, and militarized biological male clones the series evolves into a very intriguing story. Still not convinced that this show is worth seeing? Maybe these reasons will help…
- The opening scene:
Personally, opening scenes on TV Series help determine if I would see it or move on and this did not disappoint me one bit.
- It is genre-diverse:
Orphan Black could easily be described as mix of sci-fi, drama, comedy, conspiracy-thriller and even police drama. Yet, the core of the show remains one woman’s desperate attempt to make sense of her life.
- Tatiana Maslany is brilliant:
Tatiana Maslany previously played small roles on Canadian shows like Heartland and Being Erica. She is behind not one, not two, but all 14 of the identified Leda clones in the series and she’s so good I had to search online to know if she had a twin taking some roles with her. I can personally guarantee that after watching one episode you cannot help but fall in love with every single one of her characters in one way or another.
- Amazing supporting cast:
Every show has a leading light, but rare is it to find one that has so many strong supporting performances too. From Alison‘s husband Donnie Hendrix (Kristian Bruun), to Felix and Sarah‘s foster mother Siobhán Sadler (Maria Doyle Kennedy). Felix “Fee” Dawkins (Jordan Gavaris), Detective Arthur “Art” Bell (Kevin Hanchard) who was Beth‘s partner and even Sarah‘s daughter Kira Manning (Skyler Wexler) are all great in the series. My favourite has to be the fabulous and sassy Felix though.
It is a perfect binge:
The show gives you just enough each episode, leaving you anxious and eager to find out what happens next. With not too many episodes per season (actually just 10), it is easy to catch up on all 4 seasons now before the final season premieres 10th June.
Orphan Black could easily be ignored as another weird sci-fi show but I assure you it is actually one of the best series around. Not satisfied with all my reasons to see it? The clip below might finally convince you…