Merging Science and Creativity: The Joys of Orphan Black

Merging Science and Creativity: The Joys of Orphan Black

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Orphan Black returns to BBC America this Thursday, April 14th and I am beyond excited! I watch a lot of television and I enjoy a lot of shows but I truly…I LOVE this show. 

A couple of years ago I was going to school for an advanced degree in the science field when I had a revelation that I didn’t want to spend my days toiling away in a lab and I should just embrace my inner storyteller.

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Around the time of this revelation, Season 1 of Orphan Black premiered. I loved how it appealed to my scientific side and my creative side. The writers of this show stay true to the science, but also are master storytellers, dropping little clues here and there and then dropping huge bombs that you never see coming. Absolutely glorious. I am so excited for season four!

SPOILER ALERTS AHEAD (If you have not watched seasons 1-3, do NOT read!)

If you are unfamiliar with this show (you really need to catch up before Thursday), it revolves around Sarah and her discovery that she is not just an orphan with only an adopted brother, Felix, but she is a clone and she has an entire family of clone sisters (also known as sestras). In fact she even has a twin, Helena, who is my personal favorite. The other main sestras are Rachel the dark and devious head of Dyad (the only clone that grew up self-aware of her clone status), Cosima the scientist and Alison the crafty housewife.

Throughout the show we discover that the clones have monitors and they have all grown up in different environments. Over time, the sestras discover the truth about Dyad, the company that created the clones. This leads to the discovery that there is also a set of male clones. The biggest plot twist from season 3 was that the cell lines that created both the female and male clones came from the same person, Sarah’s adopted grandmother. GASP!!! Mind blown!

The other fantastic part of this show is that all of the sestras are played by the same actress, Tatiana Maslany. Her acting skills are amazing and each clone has her own mannerisms and accents. In a fantastic scene from last season, Cosima has to pretend to be Alison speaking in front of a large group. Even though it is one person playing both characters, Tatiana masters the awkwardness of one clone trying to pretend to be another clone.  

As you can tell, I get really excited talking about this show and I hope that you too fall in love with the characters and the majestic story telling. The only bad part is that each season is only ten episodes. However, if you haven’t seen the show yet, that gives you plenty of time to binge watch it on Amazon Prime or BBC America before the premiere on Thursday night.

Happy viewing!

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