Review by Elizabeth C. Bunce
Not yet watching Orphan Black? Here’s your chance to get caught up before the season finale on Saturday. BBC America will be recapping the entire 10-episode season in a pre-finale marathon, starting at 11 a.m. Central. It might be a bit much to digest in one sitting, so I recommend jumping in around episode 6 or 7, when the storylines start to converge and the major series questions are being answered, one by one—only to raise new ones. BBC announced earlier this month that the Canadian-made sci-fi clone drama has been renewed for another 10 episodes, to air in 2014. We introduced borg.com readers to the pilot earlier this year.
And why aren’t you watching? It’s only the smartest and most gripping show on TV right now, not to mention boasting the hardest working star, possibly, in television history. At last count, Tatiana Maslany (Sarah, Beth, Allison, Cosima, Helena, Katja, and at least two others yet to be revealed) has acted beside herself in eight (eight!) roles as clones trying to sort out their past, present, and future. Maslany’s brilliant performances are bolstered by top-notch dialogue that clearly distinguishes every character, along with makeup, wardrobe, movement, and supporting cast that keep all the clones (or “Orphans” in fan parlance) utterly impossible to confuse—and easy to forget they’re all Maslany.
But if you’re just tuning in, here’s a Who’s Who of the Orphan Black Clones & Co.: