2014’s Best Sci-Fi TV: Brent’s Picks
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.