Last night I sat down and dredged through BBC’s iPlayer and after aborting the quite horrifically bad ahem ‘documentary’ Teenage Exorcists which was a cross between Cheerleaders find Jesus/Teen Charlies Angels/The cast of 90210 I switched off and discovered Orphan Black.
Totally engaging sci-fi drama with interesting plot and decent characters. The story is to sum up the BBC blurb ‘After witnessing a woman’s suicide, Sarah assumes her identity in the hope that cleaning out the dead woman’s bank account will solve all of her problems. Instead, the street smart chameleon is thrust headlong into a kaleidoscopic mystery. She makes a dizzying discovery and is racing for answers while attempting to evade a pursuing assassin hot on her heels.’
Sarah, who’s played with a dodgy Australian/Mockney accent by Canadian actress, Tatiana Maslany, leads the way she’s an ex foster kid, living on the cusp of street life, just left her drug dealer boyfriend with his stash and wants to recover her abandoned daughter and start a fresh. She assumes the identity of a woman who looks just like her and this is where the mystery and adventure kicks off. Her (scene steeling) foster step brother, Felix, played by another Canadian actor, Jordan Gavaris, with an as yet unexplained cockney accent (especially as it’s set in New York).
The first episode rollicks along like a frieght train, starts with a suicide and ends with a shooting and speeding car. Can’t wait until the second episode. It’s already been aired in America and a second season has been commissioned.
Check out the trailer, the first episode is available on iPlayer now until the 20th September.