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Orphan Black - Season One

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Published June 4th 2014
Twins Clones Genetic Determinsim
Sarah Manning witnesses a suicide. A horrific experience by anyone's standards, but for Sarah its doubly horrific. The dead girl looks identical to her. Without a second thought, Sarah assumes the identity of the dead girl, Beth. Sarah needs a place to hide, and what better than in plain sight?

Orphan Black season 1
Orphan Black season 1

Sarah is an orphan and at first is amazed to find someone looks like her. Her impersonation starts hitting a few bumps when Sarah realises Beth is a cop and part of a secretive group. Then others who are identical start popping up. It becomes abundantly clear that this ain't a case of long lost twins but an illegal human cloning experiment. Throw in a serial killer who is literially putting an end to the experiment.

Tatiana Maslany, who plays all of the clones, does an awesome job of conveying all her characters. A multitude of accents, personalities and mannerisms; its hard to fathom how she kept track of who she was in each scene. You could say it's easy just hair dye and a change of clothes. Well there's more than one scene where a clone pretends to be one or a few other clones; which is easier to wrap your head around than it sounds.

Before you jump to any conclusions about the believability of cloning, it's an exercise in possibility. Although current cloning procedures aren't as advanced as they are in the series, it is a real possibility. The science fiction is that of the future. The experiment is run by a group who are dedicated to the theory of genetic determinism; the idea of determining/deciding your genetic future. The show itself is a trial of ethics and genetic ideas. The science isn't too hard to understand and there is still something for those who know a little bit more about genetics. Throw in some religious fanaticism and you've got a believable situation.

Dark and effortlessly cool, Orphan Black is a welcomed Science fiction series. The psychology is baffling, the science is interesting and the ethics are a whole other mindfield. The twists and cliffhangers are beautifully timed and game changing. Orphan Black gives its own twist on the nature versus nurture debate with intelligent results.
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Why? Interesting sci-fi
When: SBS2 to replay on Sunday April 13 and Monday April 14 from 10:30pm. Available on SBS On Demand from12pm Sunday April 20th. Season 2 airs on April 22nd on SBS2.
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