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June 26, 2014

Orphan Black

by Brendan

The second season is on us, in fact has concluded, so:

Tatiana Maslany’s performance in playing multiple clones has to be seen to be believed.

Tatiana Maslany

Tatiana Maslany

She’s very much the show — which makes sense because she plays multiple parts and is the lead character in the first place..  (Actually, the supporting cast is also just fine, including Dylan Bruce and Jordan Gavaris.)

The first episode of the show is set in the Toronto airport.  Sarah (Maslany) walks down the stairs to the airport subway platform.  On the platform she nears a girl who throws herself in front of the train.  Out of curiosity Sarah walks down the platform to investigate and finds that the girls is her double.  Emptying the girl’s wallet, she feels puzzled comcompassion.   And then gets completely involved in the girls’s life  – her new friends, her new boyfriend, other intrigue such as any number of other doubles.

Why is it called “Orphan Black”? In the early episodes, Sarah has a conversation with a woman who says, “You’re one of those orphans, aren’t you?  The ones who come from the black?”

And the episodes have fascinating titles, for instance:

By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried 

   —Knowledge of Causes, and Secret Motion of Things
   –Variable and Full of Perpurtabtion

 

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