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Orphan Black

"Just one?
I'm a few;
no family, too.
Who am I?"

mumpish encouraged me to watch this; I've just completed all the episodes of this show to date: I don't want to spoil anyone who hasn't seen it, so I'll put the rest of this behind a cut. If you're reading this post via RSS, those viewers don't recognize LiveJournal's cut tag, so be warned that from here on out, there may be spoilers.

So, this show. It pushes the envelope of plausibility at times (Oh, hi, conveniently-cut tree branches to hide the car!), but it's no wonder that Tatiana Maslany was nominated for a Golden Globe: this is one of the most demanding roles I've ever seen anyone play.

I have just a few reactions to the current state of things because I need to go to bed:

  • I'm really most curious about Mrs. S. right now.

  • I feel bad for Felix: he's been a part of the process every step of the way, and the primary male figure in Kira's life -- I can understand his feelings of displacement.

  • I like Cal. I don't want him to be part of this, but I sort of had the feeling that he recognized the name when Sarah mentioned the Dyad Institute. Maybe somehow related to that bit of tech he built for pollination that got taken away and used by the military? Perhaps a connection with Paul's work as a contractor?

  • Art mentioned a few episodes ago that he'd known about the Proletheans for a while, so I guess that's how he got out to the cultists' property, but it would've been nice for the show to lay a breadcrumb or two from Point A to Point B.

  • Speaking of the Proletheans, I'm assuming that the lethe part of their name refers to the river of forgetfulness in Hades? To what end?

  • Rachel may be the HBIC at the moment, but she's no Adelle DeWitt. Oh, Dollhouse, you were so underrated.

  • I get the whole twins/Helen of Troy/Leda mythological reference, but I don't yet know where the show is really going with it.

I'm entertained. I don't think it's going to end up in my Top 5 favorites of all time or anything, and Alison can be a little too over the top for my taste, but so far, it's fairly well executed and worth watching for Maslany's performance. Jordan Gavaris is no slouch, either - he's clearly put some effort into that accent!

I don't have any Orphan Black icons yet, but even if I did, there are probably precious few I could associate with posts without being spoilery, so I'll just use my default for now.


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May. 13th, 2014 04:23 pm (UTC)
I had to skim here because we are still not done with season 1, but I'm enjoying it, too! Tatiana Maslany is impressive. Very entertaining show all around.
May. 14th, 2014 03:17 am (UTC)
Hey, you! Thanks kindly for commenting. How far into it are you? I look forward to hearing your perspective on it when you're caught up. :)
May. 14th, 2014 12:20 pm (UTC)
We finished episode eight a couple nights ago, where Alison attacked her husband thinking he was her monitor, then the party happened, etc.

So far, to me it's like a delightful mix between The Bourne Identity and Anna to the Infinite Power (which was one of my favorites when I was a kid -- did you ever see that one? Came out in the early 80's.)

We are also watching Justified -- have you watched any of that? Also great fun. Some of it supposedly takes place in my hometown of Lexington, Ky, so that's amusing when they mention particular street names and places. Great writing and smart characters, which is nice to see for a show that takes place in Ky, where I'm accustomed to everyone being the butt of a redneck joke instead.
May. 16th, 2014 10:11 pm (UTC)
I only ever got to see Anna to the Infinite Power once, and it was the second half -- I think I caught it the last day HBO aired it or something. I remember being very intrigued, but not much else. I think it's on YouTube somewhere, or was, but I haven't taken the time to check it out.

I haven't watched any of Justified so far, but I've had like fourteen mazillion people recommend it to me. Amazon has some of the seasons via Prime, so once I catch up on what we've got recorded on the DVR, I'll probably give it a shot. :) I was a fan of Deadwood (unusual, since I don't generally care for Westerns), and I know Timothy Olyphant stars, so that's in its favor. :)
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