TV Review: Orphan Black Season 1

Orphan Black begins with Sarah, a troubled woman with an abusive ex-boyfriend she’s trying to shake and a daughter she’s trying to get custody of. She needs money, and she’s not exactly afraid to use illegal means to get it. But she doesn’t even know what trouble is yet …

In the subway, Sarah sees a woman jump from the platform in front of a train. A woman who looks exactly like her. They could be twins! Sarah is an orphan, so maybe she does have a twin she never knew about. She grabs the woman’s phone and ID, then decides to take over Beth’s life when she realizes that the woman has 70k in the bank.

It should have been so simple. Pretend to be Beth, get the money, go. But she doesn’t just have one identical twin, she’s got at least 8, and they’re dying. Being killed off.

Sarah teams up with two of the clones as they try to figure out what’s going on.

This show was dark and intriguing. Most of the episodes left me with a sort of surreal feeling at the end, like I wasn’t quite sure what I had just watched and I certainly had no idea what to expect next. The season ended on a cliffhanger, of course, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

I have to admit that I didn’t watch these episodes back to back to back like I often do with a new show. I’m not sure why — other things going on, in part — but I watched these episodes over the course of a few months. I don’t think it says anything bad about the show, although it is worth noting that the surreal feeling I was left with at the end of each episode didn’t always have me rushing to see the next one. I did also keep coming back. This may just be one of those shows that needs to be savored, rather than binged upon.

I highly recommend to scifi fans and I look forward to reviewing season 2!

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