So I thought I would post a thread about a fantastic TV show so that at least one person would be turned on to it because I know I love it when I come
across some thread somewhere that suggests a TV show, book or movie that I end up enjoying so much and simultaneously wonder how'd I miss it and what
if I'd never found out about it.
I know there's a lot of you out there that have probably come across it, but for those of you who haven't, if you're into sci-fi or thrillers that
are smart, edge-of-your-seat, got-to-watch-the-whole-thing-in-one-sitting, with phenomenal acting, check out Orphan Black
. Right now, it airs
in the US on BBC America. I guess it's a Canuck show, but I know UKers generally are more likely to know about it than Americans. On my cable
system, it's available for "free" in the on-demand section. You can also pay for it on iTunes - and I'm sure other services.
It's about a young woman, Sarah, who witnesses another woman commit suicide by jumping in front of a subway. She's kinda leading a thuggish life a
little bit, so she develops the idea to assume the woman's identity for the purposes of clearing out her bank account and moving on with her life
(getting back her daughter from her foster mother and supporting her and her brother). Oh, here's the thing, the woman who committed suicide looked
exactly like her!
Needless to say, her plan doesn't go as expected and she suddenly and involuntarily enters this world of WTF, with an incredibly interesting and
evolving mystery accompanied by one twist after another. I mean, within a few days of witnessing the suicide, this former criminal is a police
officer, lives in a fancy house with an expensive car and has a somewhat mysterious, if not cumbersome boyfriend. At the same time, her old life and
trying to get her daughter back is forcing her back and forth - not that she'd want to keep the dead woman's identity ... she's unmoved by the
urban, upper-crust lifestyle.
So within an episode or two, as the mystery starts being uncovered, we've been introduced to four or five identical women, all with different
lifestyles, living in different places, but all with identical features. There's a suburban mom, a German stranger, an evolutionary development
student from Minnesota, a trippy Russian religious nut, etc. That's all I'll say so I don't ruin it for anybody that ends up checking out.
The actress that plays Sarah and all the clones is unbelievable. She plays each part completely different to the point you would think they were all
different people, if their face wasn't the same. Each has completely different mannerisms, speech and appearance. It's one of the best television
performances I've ever seen.
I'm just about done with season one. By the way, all ten episodes of season one are available now. And season two has already been announced. Part
of me wants to stop watching and wait for the entire thing to finish so I can OD the whole series in one sitting - it's so freaking suspenseful and
awesome. But I can't stand the idea of not finding out what happens in the few episodes I have left either.