We first heard about — and were intrigued by — BBC America’s original “clone-based sci-fi adventure” Orphan Black this past June, and now we finally get to feast our peepers on the first footage for the show, courtesy of the below trailer. If you watched the Doctor Who Christmas special earlier this week and didn’t fast-forward through all the commercials, it may have caught your eye like it did ours.
Orphan Black is a co-production between BBC America and Canada’s Space channel, and was created by Graeme Manson, one of the guys who wrote Cube — the excellent first movie, not the sub-par sequels — and John Fawcett, writer/director of the teen werewolf flick Ginger Snaps, as well as a director on shows such as Lost Girl and Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. Tatiana Maslany stars as Sarah, a young woman who begins discovering other women who look just like her. And not like in a “if the lighting is dim and you’ve had a few drinks” way. Here’s the official synopsis for the show:
Sarah hopes that cleaning out a dead woman’s bank account will solve all her problems. Instead, her problems multiply – and so does she. Experience a whole new side of BBC AMERICA with the channel’s next original scripted series, “Orphan Black,” the exciting and ambitious new addition to the Supernatural Saturday programming block. “Orphan Black” features rising star Tatiana Maslany “(Cas & Dylan,” “Picture Day”) in the lead role of Sarah, an outsider and orphan whose life changes dramatically after witnessing the suicide of a woman who looks just like her. Sarah assumes her identity, her boyfriend and her bank account. But instead of solving her problems, the street smart chameleon is thrust headlong into a kaleidoscopic mystery. She makes the dizzying discovery that she and the dead woman are clones… but are they the only ones? Sarah quickly finds herself caught in the middle of a deadly conspiracy and must race to find answers about who she is and how many others there are just like her.
The show’s got an intriguing premise and some decent talent involved, and God knows it’s nice to see new science fiction actually finding its way onto the airwaves. The short trailer has a bit of a Dollhouse vibe, what with one actress playing many different “versions” of herself. Hopefully Orphan Black will be as interesting as that show was on its best days, and also manage to survive longer.
Orphan Black will premiere on BBC America on Saturday, March 9th at 9/8c, as part of the network’s “Supernatural Saturdays.”