Orphan Black

Description:

Sarah Manning witnessed someone who looks exactly like her jumped down the train tracks. Through a case of mistaken identity, she ended up pretending to be that person- a detective named Beth. This led her into finding out about the clone club- a group of people who look just like Beth and Sarah, because they are all clones! They were monitored by an evil company named Dyad and they were getting sick. So, Sara, along with the clone club, were on a mission to find out about themselves, and to take on Dyad.

Different secrets were revealed through the different seasons, more clones were introduced, and the story got more complicated. The main idea is that the clones shared the same DNA (genetic background), but due to the environment they grew up in (social influence), they have different personality, ambitions, vocation, intelligence, sexual orientation, etc. Genes might be the basis to who we are, but it isn’t everything.

Characters:

Sarah Manning- our main protagonist. She is a rebel, British, and gives no f*ck about how the world views her. She is strong, loves her daughter, but also makes extremely bad decisions at times.

Felix- the flamboyant, British, gay adoptive brother of Sarah. He is funny, sarcastic. And he is an artist.

Cosima- the adorkable nerd scientist, Berkeley Ph.D. student, and the lesbian of the show. She is chill, intelligent, and a romantic at heart.

Delphine- the French scientist who realized she might be bi after meeting Cosima. She is intense at times. But she also is one of the few who cares about the clones. And her hair! It is like always perfect!

Tony—Oh Tony. He is a trans clone introduced in Season 2 then quickly rid of in the same season. He was there, but has no big role.

There is also Shay, but we don’t know enough about her.

 

LGBTQ+ Positivity
Entertainment Value

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  1. Plot

    9.00

    Writing

    8.50

    Acting

    9.90

    LGBT Positivity

    8.00

    Review:

    Orphan Black is a little dark, and a little violent. But it is also dramatic, full of action, and mystery. You are hooked from the beginning because you are following the journey of Sarah Manning discovering more about the clones. Whatever she found out, you found out. And when she was introduced to the clone club, you also got to follow the other clones, learn their personalities, watched their lives unfolded.

    Acting:

    All the clones are played by one actress- Tatiana Maslany. She is amazing and her 2016 Emmy’s is well deserved. She plays a dozen characters in Orphan Black. Just naming the main ones, there are Alison, Sarah, Helena, Cosima, and Rachel. Each of them has a distinct personality, style, and accent. Even the little gestures like fiddling with the hair, or the way they talk, or walk, is different between them. And Tatiana played them so well you never get confused about who is who.

    Entertainment value:

    There are so many things happening at the same time. One clone could be dealing with a financial emergency, and another trying to escape from an evil corporate goon, and yet another trying to figure out how to solve the genetic code. You will never get bored, but you are also not lost. There are times when one clone is pretending to be the other. Yes, Tatiana is so amazing that she can play one clone pretending to be another clone and you would still be able to tell it is Sarah pretending to be Cosima.

    And there are yet other times when one clone knows things that the other clones don’t and tried to contact the other. It could be a matter of life and death. To illustrate the sense of urgency, there is a special tone. You know the X-file tone that no matter how long it had been, it still made your hair stand up when you hear it? It is like that. Except it is a strange phone chiming sound.

    Summary:

    So basically, the show is crazy, full of surprises, intense at times, but also incredibly fun to watch and ADDICTING! If you are starting the show new, make sure you have nothing urgent to do. Because you will binge watch it.

    This is it. This is how wild the show is.

    LGBT representation:

    You have a lesbian, a gay man, a transgender, and a bisexual. As for how positively they are represented. Well it is mixed.

    Positive representation:

    There is Cosima, who basically said ‘the most interesting thing about me is not my sexuality’. And then Delphine, who dealt with her new-found love for the ladies extremely well. She is basically like ‘sexuality is a spectrum,’ and she happened to fell in love with an amazing intelligent lady. Then there is Felix, he is flamboyant, and so very feminine. Basically, the gay man that everyone pictured in their head. But he also owns it. So basically, all these characters are interesting in their own rights and they are treated by others just as equals, as peers.

    Not so positive representation:

    But then there is also Tony. The show came from a good place. The point is to illustrate that sexuality and gender is not encoded in the genetics, because the clones all share the same DNA. But then with Tony, the most interesting thing about Tony is that he is a transgender clone. That was it. He simply didn’t work as a character. And the makeup was kind of bad.

    Overall, Orphan Black has a good amount of diversity in terms of sexuality, and most of them are main characters who are interesting in their own rights.

    Overall, Orphan Black is based on a very cool idea- clones. It is well-executed. And most importantly of all, this show managed to be unpredictable and surprises you! Amazing show, with amazing actors and actresses! Watch it! Watch it! I dare you!

    Want to know which clone are you? Come take this quiz.

     

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