The other day, I read a post of someone on Facebook, mentioning how engrossed they were in Orphan Black. As I was loosing interest in Salem, I was looking for something else. I checked out Orphan Black and finished season 1 this weekend. We just got into season 2.
The main character, Sarah Manning, played by Tatiana Maslany, actually plays twelve characters! And they’re all different, not only in looks but also in voice and how they carry themselves, not to mention sexuality. Maslany does an awfully good job pulling it off.
Her fellow actors are Dylan Bruce as Paul Dierden, an ex-military mercenary, who is a monitor and boyfriend. Jordan Gavaris plays Felix (“Fe”) Dawkins, Sarah’s gay foster brother and confidant. Whether he is gay in real life or not, he does a great job as the comic relief in the series. Kevin Hanchard is Detective Arthur “Art” Bell, Beth’s police partner. Michael Mando plays Victor “Vic” Schmidt, Sarah’s abusive, drug-dealing ex-boyfriend. I felt so sorry for him (but not because he’s a drug dealer 😀 ). Maria Doyle Kennedy is Siobhan Sadler, Sarah and Felix’s Irish foster mother. They call her ‘Mrs. S.’
Évelyne Brochu is Dr. Delphine Cormier, Cosima’s monitor (I actually visualized this name as being ‘Kozimaa’), Ari Millen is Mark Rollins, a Prolethean, and Kristian Bruun as Donnie Hendrix, Alison’s husband and monitor.
I’m not going to give away too much as I don’t want to spoil the fun for you. It starts with Sarah Manning witnessing a woman, Beth Childs, who looks very much like her, throw herself in front of a train. Being in a bit of a pickle after stealing her boyfriend’s cocaine stash, she grabs the dead woman’s bag and takes her identity, not realizing the woman was a police detective. Sarah has a seven-year-old daughter, taken care of by her foster mother Shioban, that she wants to start a new life with, but Sarah has no idea what danger she has gotten herself and her daughter into.
What I like about Orphan Black
As mentioned before, I love the way that Tatiana Maslany plays all these different characters. She has different hairdo’s, different ways of speech, different mannerisms. It must have been so hard for her! I’m sure it’ll put her on the map of great actresses. This, of course, couldn’t have been pulled off without the great eye of the director, John Fawcett, who was bold enough to put three of the same characters interacting with each other in the same scene.
As I’m always looking for things that take me out of a scene, I’m happy to mention that the only thing that bothered me was the hairdo of Rachel Duncan. That said, it was a hard one to pull off; a high-back bob-line. With all the other wigs, there never is a moment that you think they’re fake.
All the actors play their parts excellently and the story is extremely intriguing, nothing like you’ve seen before. That said, I’m not sure if they can keep this up for five seasons. I guess I’ll be looking for something else again after season 2, but in the meantime I’ll soak up every second!
What I didn’t like about Orphan Black
Nothing. Absolutely nothing.
If you haven’t yet, watch it. Just watch it. It’s funny, it’s scientific, it’s got drama, romance, and action, murder and mayhem. All the good stuff.