10 Reasons You Should Watch Orphan Black

by Danielle Owen

Season two of BBC America’s critically acclaimed sci-fi series Orphan Black is slated to premiere on April 19th. If you’re all caught up on House of Cards and Game of Thrones, but you still have a little extra procrastinating to do, season one of Orphan Black should be your next TV binge spree. Here’s why:

Tatiana Maslany in her many roles in Orphan Black.

1) Tatiana Maslany.

2) Tatiana Maslany.

3-7) TATIANA MASLANY. Orphan Black is a show that relies entirely on one actress playing several different people—and boy, does she deliver. Nominated for both an Emmy and a Critic’s Choice Award, Tatiana brings talent and nuance to every character she portrays—all seven of them. You can tell she possesses some sort of supernatural acting ability when she plays a character pretending to be a different character. Girl can act.

8)Watch it for Felix, the protagonist’s foster brother. Just do it.

9) The show’s writing is strong from the first three minutes all the way through to the last episode. The characters are well-developed and complex. The plot, although intricate, never loses its audience in the confusion of the story. It’s a character-driven sci-fi show with far fewer plot holes than most others (looking at you, recent Doctor Who).

10) All praise well-written female characters. Female characters facing gender-neutral conflicts!? Diverse female characters who are completely different from each other!? Lesbian main characters!? The show revolves around women and it’s pretty darn awesome.

Orphan Black is a show that hits every mark. With a perfect mix of suspense, sci-fi, thoughtfulness, and emotion, it’s more of an experience than it is a just a television show. There are no aliens or superheroes — just seven women in all of their messy, human realities. Prepare yourself to be pulled in during the show’s first three minutes—you won’t be able to stop until you’ve spent seven or eight hours binge watching the entire show. It’s perfect for midterms week.

Danielle Owen is a first-year at Barnard and a staff writer for The Nine Ways of Knowing.

Image courtesy of The Mary Sue.


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