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Maslany as Katja and Sarah on Orphan Black

With the snoozefest that is the annual Emmy Awards, what better time than to recognize the best acting performance and series of 2013 with a review of the DVD/Blu-ray release of BBC America’s Orphan Black?  It’s a shame that there is not one major award show that praises the best acting of the year–pitting the best of films against the best of TV and best actors against actresses.  Our win for 2013 “all-around, male or female” would be easily handed to Tatiana Maslany for her too-many-to-count characterizations on Orphan Black’s inaugural season.  If you watch the garden variety of shows and performers that were nominated for Emmys this year (and every year ineptly seem to be nominated for Emmys ad nauseam) and you don’t know what we mean, then now is the time to review for yourself this ground-breaking dramatic science fiction series on DVD and Blu-ray.

We previously reviewed here at borg.com at the beginning of the season here and at the end of season one here.  In the latter we listed the five major roles played by Maslany.  For our “best performance, male or female” of the year award we would nominate first, “Maslany as Sarah Manning,” along with “Maslany as Alison Hendrix,” and “Maslany as Cosima Niehaus.”  For our “best supporting performance of the year, male or female” award we’d nominate “Maslany as Helena,” but then we’d add some other roles we hadn’t mentioned earlier that would help cinch the “best all around, male or female” award for Maslany.

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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.

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But if you’re just tuning in, here’s a Who’s Who of the Orphan Black Clones & Co.:

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