Orphan Black

Orphan Black Season 1 - Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavaris, Michael Mando, Kevin Hanchard, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Dylan Bruce, Natalie Lisinska, Matt Frewer, Evelyne Brochu, David Richmond-Peck,

Orphan Black (Season 1) [Mild Spoilers]: When her doppelganger commits suicide a con artist tries to steal her identity; but gets way more than she bargained for. I’d class this as ‘Sneaky Sci-Fi’ – it starts out as an innocuous TV drama, but soon hits some obscure territory: DNA sequencing, evolution, cloning, body mods, it even gets a bit ‘Matrixy‘ in tone and style. The smart part about this is that by the time someone figures out it’s not something they’d usually watch, they’re probably hooked. Despite the Sci-Fi leanings there’s enough titbits of standard genres (Police procedural, Suburban Housewife comedy, Science girl for the nerds, religion) to give it general appeal. The central actress (Tatiana Maslany) is absolutely outstanding; she has to play at least 6 people, often one disguised as another – and is so convincing throughout; looks, mannerisms, accents – all nailed down. The gay step-brother is also fantastic comic relief. There are a heap of welcome – albeit unnecessary – panty shots / lesbian scenes for no real reason other than to keep the hard sci-fi dudes interested. Overall, a good concept, tight story, great talent and a solid budget – what’s not to like?

Score: 8/10

Orphan Black Season 1  - Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavaris, Michael Mando, Kevin Hanchard, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Dylan Bruce, Natalie Lisinska, Matt Frewer, Evelyne Brochu, David Richmond-Peck,

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8 comments
  1. Ive been meanibg to watch this as I’ve heard nothing but great things about the girl that stars in it

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      She’s superb. Literally playing dozens of roles in total. Surprised she hasn’t popped up in much else lately, but probably tied in to this for a few more series (and would literally be on every day of shooting).

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  2. Nostra said:

    Have been hearing good things about this show, but have not come around yet to checking it out.

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      Seems to be on all Netflix regions so shouldn’t be tough to find. Also, as it’s BBC funded it’s not ridiculously long!!!

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  3. Jaina said:

    Season 1 of Orphan Black is a strong one. Really sets the tone and kicks things off brilliantly. I felt season 2 waver a little bit – but I’ll let you find that out for yourself. Still one of the better things on TV these days.

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      Just waiting for S2 to appear on Netflix again. Can’t wait, although can see why it may become a bit thin over time.

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  4. I love this show. I watched Season 1 on Amazon Prime. Season 2 should be available for free this month. I can’t wait!

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      Absolutely. Still waiting for it. Seems quite fresh and original for a BBC program.

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