Chillin’ on the Couch with my Remote: Orphan Black

This Canadian TV show deals with a very interesting subject: human clones and related moral and identity issues. By now there are two seasons with ten episodes each.


The Plot:

Sarah Manning witnesses the suicide of a woman who seems to look exactly like her. She decides to take on the woman’s identity who she finds out is Beth Childs, a cop. Soon she finds out that there are more doppelgänger. Not only do those women look like her, they share the same DNA. It turns out that Sarah, Beth and all the others are clones. Sarah struggles to win back her daughter whom she left with her own former foster-mother and has to cope with several problems arising. She can’t keep up Beth’s identity and on top a killer shows up, trying to liquidate all the clones. In the course of the second season a religious group gets more and more involved. On the opposite side we have a strong scientifical front, led by the neolutionists. All the clones spent there lives in foster families as they are orphans. Their past and origin is more than dubious and the more information they gather, the deeper Sarah and the others get into trouble.

The Rating:

I am very fond of the interesting subject the show deals with. I can’t recall many movies or TV shows about this matter. However, another fascinating point is the concept of neolution introduced in the show. It is very well thought out and credible.
My biggest praise goes out to Tatiana Maslany. She has to incorporate so many different roles in this shows, portraying each of the clones. I can’t even imagine how difficult it has to be to have a conversation with a different version of yourself. The clones are so versatile it’s impresses me deeply how well Maslany does. Another favorite in this show is Jordan Gavaris as Felix, Sarah’s foster-brother. I just love his cheeky way and sarcastic comments.
Furthermore there are so many fascinating aspects the show uncovers it never gets boring. There is still so many stuff we don’t know, I can’t wait for the next season. Despite the many topics covered it is rather easy to follow, you never get lost with understanding.
When I started watching I had no idea what to expect but by no I am really fond of the show and excited to find out how the story unravels. Definitely a recommendation!


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