Orphan Black is a Canadian Sc-Fi Thriller TV series created by John Fawcett for The BBC America. The premise of ‘Orphan Black’ probably would not even have to be half as intriguing as it is – and yet the show would still be fun to watch. Some TV shows have such a large cast that I would still watch for the joy of seeing an exceptional ensemble act. Getting those kind of actors is a rare privilege for any show, and ‘Orphan Black’ is very privileged. Fortunately, it also has a fascinating story to tell, and that combination makes it one of the most entertaining and most original shows on recent television.
Orphan Black offers a perfect blend of mystery elements, science fiction, thriller, drama and comedy – and many wonderfully colorful characters – that will make you want to see complete seasons. And while everyone in the cast does an outstanding job, one thing can not be stressed enough: Tatiana Maslany, the lead actress, is a revelation. It’s hard not to ruin anything for those who still have the joy of seeing ‘Orphan Black’ in front of them, but let’s say: you’re not likely to see so many different aspects of the actress’s amazing acting ability in any other show or movie. So the acting is phenomenal, but if only it could turn it into a kind of FaceOff competition. In its place there is much more. The plot is layer after layer of intrigue, and every time a layer is peeled away and you think it’s down to what’s really going on, it turns out to be just a deeper layer. A Canadian production made with a limited supply of Canadian dollars, “Orphan Black” shows that you do not need megabux of luxury special effects if you have truly inspired writing.