Orphan Black

Season One

(DVD - 2013)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Orphan Black
Sarah is on the run from a bad relationship when a lookalike stranger commits suicide right in front of her. Sarah sees a solution to all her problems by assuming the dead woman's identity and clearing out her bank account. Instead, she stumbles into a thriller mystery, and uncovers an earth-shattering secret: she is a clone. She learns there are more like her, genetically identical individuals, nurtured in wildly different circumstances, and someone is trying to kill them off, one by one.
Publisher: [United Kingdom] : BBC Video ; [Burbank, CA] : Warner Home Video, [2013]
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (450 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Dec 05, 2014
  • dad2two rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Fantastic series. Tatiana Maslany is superb, Jordan Gavaris is comic relief, not a weak link in the cast. Wonderful production!!!

Oct 19, 2014
  • Adelheid rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Good show, watching the first series now and will order the second one,

Oct 01, 2014
  • downsman rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Really enjoyed this, as there are enough new things thrown into the mix as one goes along to keep it interesting. Tatiana Maslany is excellent at morphing into all the various versions of clone, as the series seems to be showing how much of an individual's self is shaped by environment and experience, as opposed to genetics. (She needs to work on that English accent, though).
I'm a bit mystified by one viewer's comment (below) that implies it's a British series; it's 100% Canuck, isn't it? The BBC helped finance it, but the writing, production, acting: all Canadian.

Sep 15, 2014
  • jazeebelle rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

So addictive!!! I had tried once before but didn't stick with it long enough. Give it three episodes. If you aren't enthralled to almost the point of obsession... well, you have more of a life than i do! (and shame on you baftas for snubbing her. It is AMAZING how you believe these characters are all portrayed by various actresses....)

Sep 05, 2014
  • Saint_Mirin rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved it! It's like Run Lola Run meets Bourne Supremacy meets Dollhouse meets Coma meets Alias. Some minor glitches but not with the main actress. The writers seem to forget sometimes that accents, monetary amounts, and expressions should be location specific. Off to a slow start it picks up around the 3rd or 4th episode.

Aug 26, 2014
  • dolphinwolf rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I was a bit iffy on this series at first but I really got into as it went on. Like how they are able to make it entertaining by using the same character as many different ones.

Aug 25, 2014
  • Reynold_Nugter rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

In my opinion, the plot and acting was not that great. The series did not appeal to me and I stopped watching after the 2nd episode.

This is really a great show. All the clones I was introduced to in season 1 I wanted to learn more about them. This series keeps you at the edge of your seat wanting more. I am not normally into British TV shows, but the story line is really well written from beginning to the end. One has to keep an open mind watching this show because there is no telling where the clones will take you.

Jul 23, 2014
  • decarabas rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Very entertaining! Tatiana Maslany is awesome; just be kind about her sometimes not-perfect accents :)

Jul 14, 2014
  • danikcryer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sarah Manning is perplexed when she witnesses the suicide of a woman – Beth Childs – who looks identical to her. A con artist and orphan, Sarah assumes the woman is an unknown sister of hers and proceeds to take her identity as a way to start her own life fresh and escape the chaos that she was submerged in within her real life. She soon realizes, however, that not only was Beth not the only one who looked like Sarah, that there are at least three more – Katja, Alison and Cosima – but also that they are all clones. A whole world of secrets and distress unfold for all of the clones from there on out, as they attempt to get to the bottom of who they are and what the purpose of the science experiment that created them was. Are there more of them? And who is slowly trying to eradicate them? In trying to escape her own trouble, Sarah finds a world of more complex difficulties, when all she really wants is to have a good life with her daughter, Kira and foster brother, Felix. What she finds, however, is something much deeper.

Orphan Black broaches heavy and dark subjects, given that the premise alone is human cloning. The concept, however, is a set-up to deal with real issues and important topics that are facing the world today, specifically the ones that are affecting women. As a whole, the show poses the nature vs. nurture debate, which continues throughout the season. Though all the clones have similarities due to the fact that they are genetically identical, it is made very clear through their personalities and circumstances that they have all endured vastly different upbringings and thus, have led very different lives. As they get to know each other more this is further proven as they all realize that they deal with the similar situations they are presented with differently.

The central theme of the show is female agency, specifically where the clones are lacking it. Throughout the whole season, the clones are trying to find a way to gain some control over their lives and bodies. However, it becomes apparent that they have no say in anything that has happened to them, and so their goal is to gain control of what will happen to them in the future. They are a literal science experiment; only existing because of it and as such, are essentially property to their creators. This lack of agency over their lives is a metaphor for what women have to endure in the real world, where are bodies are policed by the media, as well as men who think they get a say in what we do to our bodies and if have a right to touch us, amongst other things. As these women discover how little they’ve had to say in their lives up to this point, they are determined to fight to have agency over what happens to their lives from here. That is a notion that all women in a non-fictional world are currently struggling to obtain every day of our lives.

Tatiana Maslany is a true gift to the world. Her range of ability is overwhelming, especially considering the fact she’s acting off herself most of the time. It’s so seamless – both in editing and performance – that it is impossible to tell. These characters are all so different, in personality and in their mannerisms, body movements, even the way that each character moves their lips and that is a testament to Maslany’s ability to embody all of these women. It’s a talent that is rivaled by no one else in television. Tatiana and the entire cast, as well as the writing, are a treat.

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