Saturday, 5 October 2013

Opinion: Orphan Black
It's a none-hokey Clone plot! From tvtyrant
Couldn't leave this one alone.

BBC America's cross-Atlantic drama Orphan Black made its UK landfall on BBC Three two weeks ago, after a successful run in the US. Set in TV-Toronto and aiming for a Miracle-Day-esque combination of UK writing and US production values, the series follows a series of clones who aim to discover where they come from, who made them and why they're all being slowly assassinated. The focus is on British clone Sarah Manning, who must make the decision between exploring the conspiracy around her birth and in taking care of her foster family and estranged toddler.
     While the show's clone pot is nothing special, Tatiana Masleny's performance as around three or four different clones in the same episode (often within the same scene), as well as her performance of Sarah who then pretends to be her other clones, is one of the most remarkable I've seen in a while. While the Canadian actress' accents often slip and slide, she accomplishes certain feats which from an acting perspective are astounding. The way that one actress can create personalities and mannerisms for six different characters as well as portraying how each of those characters would go about impersonating one of the other six is just astounding. It's not too much of a stretch for me to say that she is probably one of the best actresses I've ever seen.
      While Maslany's ridiculously good performance is proably what you're tuning in for, the show's developing background mystery does play off the various characterisations of her clones in order to create a fairly interesting show. So far the show's plot has dipped and dived in a number of directions, but I'm fairly confident that the show can deliver on its premise and create a slice of cross-Atlantic TV that actually works for once. And I'm really glad that someone has managed to make that happen.


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