By Fleur Clarke
Posted on September 20, 2013 in Television with tags Orphan Black, Weekend Recommendation
Begin your weekend on the edge of your seat with the UK premiere of new sci-fi series, Orphan Black, at 9pm tonight. There are no zombies, space ships or kaijus, but after a summer of big budget sci-fi flics and brushes with the apocalypse, Orphan Black offers something a little different. A tightly plotted series that expertly balances character and concept, with a heavy dash of the kind of wit you expect from John Fawcett, the director of werewolf cult classic Ginger Snaps.
Orphan Black follows Sarah (Tatiana Maslany), a twenty-something ex foster kid who begins the series trying to get a handle on her life (though not her reliance on black eyeliner) only to be thwarted when she witnesses the suicide of a woman who looks exactly like her (minus the eyeliner). As the series progresses, more doppelgangers emerge and Sarah finds herself entrapped in a scientific conspiracy.
Throughout the course of the series the Tatiana Maslany plays not one but seven characters, each of them unique. Maslany’s masterful performance is at the centre of a show which explores important contemporary issues such as cloning and gene patenting alongside the indeterminable force of human identity. So, don’t go out in the rain: sit down, watch Orphan Black, and then count down the days until the next episode.
Orphan Black starts on BBC on the 20th September, at 9pm.