Sunday, March 31, 2013
Orphan Black: Series Premier (spoilers)
Last night was the series premier of BBC America's new show Orphan Black. Now, the premise of this show excited me almost immediately. Everybody thinks about what it would be like to have a doppelganger, right? I even remember a month on facebook where everybody changed their profile pictures to their celebrity dopples. Honestly, it's amazing that a show like this hasn't come up before, especially with the advent of cloning. The concept of Orphan Black feels new and fresh which is exciting since now-a-days everything on TV just seems like re-hashing of old concepts.
The show revolves around a con girl named Sarah who is on a train on her way back to New York. While on the platform waiting for her connecting train, Sarah sees a woman going through some odd ritual, putting her bag down, taking of her shoes and when she turns around well... she looks exactly like Sarah.
Sarah takes this all rather casually and goes to meet up with her fabulous friend Felix.
Now to skim through. Sarah goes to Elizabeth's apartment and finds she has 75K in a bank account. Sarah decides to pull off the ultimate con, watching videos of Beth, mastering her accent, dying her hair, giving herself a quick "Being Beth 101" course.
As Sarah is busy taking over Beth's life, Felix is dealing with the other side of the con. ID-ing Beth's body as Sarah. In the process he even tells Sarah's baddie BF "Vick the Dick" that she's dead which devastates him. Sarah keeps telling Felix not to tell too many people she is dead, but frustrated with her antics Felix goes against his word and throws a makeshift wake.
Sarah is annoyed with Felix, but gets a bit of a rise watching her own funeral from a distance That is, until Mrs. S, the woman who has been taking care of Sarah's daughter Kira. Sarah freaks out, she doesn't want her daughter to think she's dead! She begins to panic and on her way back to the car she finds herself face to face with another woman who looks exactly like her. This version is German and... coughing up blood. She quickly realizes that Sarah isn't Beth but not soon enough as A SNIPER SHOOTS HER IN THE HEAD.
Pros: The acting is superb. Tatiana Maslany is playing all the clones, and damn is that girl good with accents. As Sarah pretending to be Beth, she does an amazing job at a bad American accent, slipping in some English sounding vowels here and there... Jordan Gavaris (Felix) is also fantastic, his Canadian accent undetectable under a nearly flawless British accent. I am also very impressed with the writing, the show is engaging and original and I can't wait to see where it goes. One last fantastic aspect is the effects, when Sarah is with the clones, you don't get that weird "Split Screen" feeling, it really looks like they are all together.
Con: Really I have just one. At the beginning of the show, at the train station the conductor announces the next train to New York. Now, I don't know if they meant NYC or just somewhere in New York State, but I live in New York City... this does NOT feel like NY in any way, nor does it feel like Brooklyn or Queens. Now if this is meant to be upstate or Long Island, fine, but if not epic fail on the NYC vibe.
All and all I will absolutely be checking out the next episode to see where this crazy train is headed.