If you haven’t been watching BBC America’s sci-fi thriller Orphan Black, now is not the time to start, as it’s already five episodes into its 10-episode first season, and the series is piling on the plot development. Start from the first episode, take into consideration that this is the network’s second scripted show, and you won’t be disappointed. And if you are, you’re a clone.
Notice how I said “first season” up there? That’s because BBC America has renewed the series for at least 10 more episodes. Admittedly, part of the reason the show’s rushed thrills are so appealing is because 10 episodes is nearly the perfect amount of time it takes to tell a well-planned story. And given the show is all about clones, it’s more than possible that the show could become gimmicky instead of whatever level of genuineness it’s currently at, but I’m always hopeful. It’s quite possibly my favorite drama on TV right now, since everything I really love is in between seasons right now.
For those unaware, Orphan Black follows a troubled woman named Sarah, who witnesses a woman who looks exactly like her commit suicide, and tries to solve her own problems by taking on the double’s identity. Instead of a quick fix, she gets dragged down into a conspiracy filled with police, her daughter, and her former drugged-out life.
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BBC America’s first scripted show, the “New York in 1864” drama Copper, also got its call for a second season before its first season had finished. These guys have confidence. Copper got a 13-episode order, three more than its first season. Why not for Orphan Black, huh? Wait, wasn’t I just saying less is more? Dammit, my opinions are not my own!
No exact dates are set just yet, but Orphan Black will make its return at some point in 2014, as part of the Supernatural Saturday line-up.