2014’s Best Sci-Fi TV: Brent’s Picks

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Anchored by a truly mind-boggling performance from Tatiana Maslany, who plays multiple distinct characters, often in the same scene, BBC America’s clone-drama Orphan Black has progressively gotten better, and that’s saying something as it started off very strong. After taking us by storm, season 2 opened up the world, showing that there’s even more to the conspiracy that Sarah, Allison, Cosima, and the others chase after. There’s intrigue, action, drama, and emotion, and even though we have months to wait until season 3 kicks off later this spring, we’re willing to wait and suspect it will be worth the time.

The last season steadily moved Sarah and the others towards the brink of war, though with who remains unclear. Just when you think you have a handle on it, the landscape shifts and your perspective changes. Now not only is there the Dyad to contend with—not to mention Allison’s suburban soccer mom troubles—but they’re not the only clones on the block. A male set of clones, all played by Ari Millen, showed up on the scene, but unlike their female counterparts, who live relatively normal lives (as normal as can be given the circumstances anyway), they’re all highly trained soldiers and are going to be a force to be reckoned with.

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  1. Stan says:

    I watched the first episode of the 100 and never watched again,but if it finally got it’s act together as you say I will give it another shot.

    • Brent McKnight says:

      It admittedly takes three or four episodes to really figure out what it’s doing, but after that it’s been a pleasant surprise.

      • Stan says:

        I am into episode 6(I get it on Netflix) and am begining to warm to it.

        • Brent McKnight says:

          Nice. I’m curious what you think when you finish the season.

          • Stan says:

            I’m a binge watcher,so it won’t be to long.

          • Stan says:

            I’m done with the final episode of the first season and I have to agree with you it’s much better than I thought it would be., I think the level of writing is above the normal fare we see in most sci-fi on network tv ,a bit weak in the first few episodes but someone is making a damn good effort put it all together..I’m sorry now I dismissed it after the first episode because of the young adult look only to discover now we have a story that cover alll ages.It keeps surprising you with new directions and the characters are developing nicely. Also, .. I like the grittyness of it and that being a pretty young thing is no guarantee that your going to survive to the next episode. The final episode was a treat and the ending has me looking forward to the second season for the answers.

          • Brent McKnight says:

            I’m glad you wound up enjoying it. I had a similar experience. I started watching it because I’ll give any new sci-fi show at least a chance, but for the first few episodes it was just kind of on in the background. They end episodes really well, and that’s what kept me coming back until one episode I realized that it wasn’t just on in the background anymore and I was ignoring everything else. Season 2 continues to go in unexpected directions. They do things that I initially thought would ruin what they’d built, but they do them well and really expand the scope of the show in unusual ways.

  2. Cito Kurrukan says:

    Never got to see The 100. I think Firefly tops a lot of favorite lists, though.