Orphan Black is one of the best shows of the past year, sci-fi or otherwise. Its compelling premise — that the protagonist realizes she’s a clone and that someone is trying to kill her, and the others who share her DNA — results in all kinds of action and science intrigue the likes of which haven’t been on television since Fringe. But what really surprised me about the show is its level of nuance, both in terms of plot development that explores the human costs of scientific ambition, and in terms of acting. Tatiana Maslany plays a half-dozen iterations of herself, and in the hands of a lesser actor this could have been a disaster, but she displays utter mastery over accents, idiosyncrasies, and emotions. Patrick J. Adams, one of the stars of Suits, has repeatedly declared his admiration for Maslany and for the show via social media. In fact, it appears that his demonstrations of love for Orphan Black have helped him snag a guest spot on the show’s second season.
Adams hasn’t shied away from his opinions regarding Maslany and her Emmy snub.
Tatiana Maslany not getting nominated for an Emmy is like breathing not being nominated for important thing to do.
— Patrick J Adams (@halfadams) July 18, 2013
I mean, the guy could have simply said, “That sucks,” but instead he phrases his disgust in the form of a simile. What more could you want? And he didn’t stop there. Once the show wrapped its first season, he took to Twitter again to praise the show and its lead, but this time he included a pointed hashtag.
— Patrick J Adams (@halfadams) June 27, 2013
We all know the power of social media and how it can make dreams come true. Adams has landed a guest spot on the show and has been in Toronto for the filming. Adams will play a new character named Jesse, who, of course gets pulled into a world of trouble when he meets Sarah (or another of her iterations). And if the first season is any indication, I’m guessing Adams will fall for the clone he meets; almost no one unrelated to Sarah has been able to ignore her charms. But who knows — maybe he’ll play one of the many double-crossing folks with complicated agendas that get revealed layer by layer as the episodes play out.
Regardless of Adams’ role, he’s understandably psyched to be on the show.
— Patrick J Adams (@halfadams) December 10, 2013
Although we don’t know yet which episode(s) Adams will be in, we do know that season two will begin on April 19, and if you’re like me, you’ll soon be counting down the days. In the meantime, after I post this article I’m taking to Twitter — you never know what might happen.