Attention sci-fi nerds, dystopian future enthusiasts and clone lovers! Have you watched the BBC’s “Orphan Black”? I just finished the 10-episode first season and am HOOKED. Thankfully, the show is back on April 19, giving you a full month to get addicted … but trust me, it won’t take that long. Here are nine reasons you should watch the cult clone thriller.
1. Because Tatiana Maslany is fucking incredible. The actress is not only the star of the show, in the first season, she plays four characters in nearly every episode, plus a few others throughout the season. These characters are all clones, but having lived completely separate lives, they’re incredibly different. This is a concept that would not be nearly as successful with a weaker actress, but Maslany is so distinctive as each, I find myself forgetting it’s the same actress in each role.
2. Because the show’s female characters are varied and complex. Like I said, Tatiana Maslany plays a chunk of the show’s main characters. “Orphan Black”‘s primary character, if I had to pick one, would be Sarah Manning (above), a British single mom who was born an orphan. In the first episode, Sarah returns home after disappearing to search for her birth mother, only to make a startling discovery when she gets off the train.
“Hey weird, we totally look alike … wait … where are you going? Be careful!”
This is Beth Childs, a lookallike that Sarah encounters and then sees kill herself. But WHY? Sarah assumes Beth’s identity — as a cop, no less! — for her own purposes, but as you might expect, things don’t quite go to plan. Because there’s more than one clone. In fact, there’s lots of ‘em. Like…
This is Alison. She’s an uptight suburban wife and mom with a thing for headbands…
…and step aerobics.
But she doesn’t trust her husband and has a total mean streak. Just wait till you see how she deals with a meddling neighbor.
Cosima is another clone. She’s a brainiac scientist who’s determined to get to the bottom of this whole crazy clone thing.
She also manages to work white girl dreads better than any white girl ever.
And her glasses game is on point.
3. Because of this crazy blonde bitch. Not all of the clones Maslany plays are as, uh, together as Sarah, Alison and Cosima. This here is Helena. She is off her rocker.
Her primary interests are Jello, Jesus and murder.
Helena has been convinced by a religious nut that she’s the original that all the other clones were made from. She’s really conflicted about whether to kill Sarah or embrace her as her seestra (which is how Tatiana as Helena pronounces “sister”).
Did I mention there are a lot of clones, with even more to come in season two? This is Katja. She’s Russian.
And this is Rachel. Sarah calls her ProClone because Rachel works with the company that made them.
I mean, Tatiana Maslany is so amazing, she frequently has to play opposite herself in scenes, and is so convincing, you’d actually think she was cloned.
3. Because Felix is fierce. Felix is Sarah’s foster brother and the two grew up together in the care of their foster mother Mrs. S. Felix adds some serious comic relief to the show and is always dropping the best one-liners.
Plus, he is clearly flawless.
4. Because of this hot piece of ass. When Sarah assumes Beth’s identity, she discovers the role comes with a total hunk for a boyfriend. Actor Dylan Bruce plays Paul, an ex-military mercenary who maaaaaaybe can’t be trusted.
But he sure as hell looks good.
5. Because there’s some hot sex. What do ya know, stealing her clone’s identity has its perks! Like having better sexual chemistry with Beth’s boyfriend than Beth ever did.
Maybe there’s hope that these two can work things out.
Because, I mean, HELLO.
6. Because there’s more than one couple to ‘ship. Cosima’s connection with fellow science nerd Delphine, a hot French woman, makes me swoon.
When they’re not busy ogling genetic material under a microscope and trying to figure out the clone mystery, they’re kissing.
And kissing some more. They’re really sweet and authentic, but it’s unclear where Delphine’s loyalties lie — with Cosima or her boss, Dr. Leekie? Speaking of…
7. Because MAX HEADROOM. Actor Matt Frewer plays Dr. Leekie, a scientist desperate to regain control over the clone experiment and may know the secrets to their origins.
8. Because there’s a guy with a tail. ”Orphan Black” actually raises some interesting questions about science being used to play God. Like, just cause this dude wants a tail, doesn’t mean he should have a tail. As far as crazy Helena is concerned, that tail doesn’t belong to him.
9. Because of TAIL DANCE. Oh, you’ll see…