Creators: John Fawcett and Graeme Manson
After ten months away living with her abusive, drug-dealing ex-boyfriend, Sarah Manning takes a late subway train back to Toronto, hoping to see her young daughter, Kira. Unfortunately, Kira’s current guardian (Sarah’s own foster mother) makes it clear on the phone that Sarah can’t see her daughter until she has cleaned up her act. As she is about to leave the subway, Sarah sees a woman identical to herself commit suicide by jumping in front of the train. In the commotion that follows, Sarah—enterprising young grifter that she is—steals the dead woman’s purse. She realizes that she looks so much like the dead woman (who is revealed by her driver’s license to be Beth Childs) that she may be able to make even more money by stealing her identity. But Sarah’s plan to drain Beth’s bank accounts and then escape with Kira goes awry when she discovers that Beth was actually a cop. Even worse, Beth (now Sarah) is on trial for having accidentally killed a civilian. As Sarah tries to think on her feet and keep herself out of prison, she also discovers that Beth may have been caught up in something even more sinister and complicated than she first realized.
This show is awesome! It is a funny, suspenseful Sci-Fi thriller (though you wouldn’t know it from my description above; the Sci-Fi enters a couple episodes in) and is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat as you try to untangle the mystery. If you don’t like shows that make you think, this is not the show for you. But if you like humorous, fast-paced, suspenseful science fiction, you will love this show. It is incredibly well-written, and Tatiana Maslany is a phenomenal actress. She can play more than one role and have you fully convinced that she is two different people. She even has chemistry with herself. I cannot recommend it highly enough to Sci-Fi and mystery/thriller fans. It is quickly becoming a favorite of mine!
Orphan Black will probably appeal to viewers who like suspenseful yet humorous Sci-Fi such as “Warehouse 13,” “Doctor Who,” and “Firefly.” It may also appeal to fans of suspenseful shows like “Alias” and “24.”