Orphan Black

Season One
(DVD - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Orphan Black

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Sarah is on the run from a bad relationship when a lookalike stranger commits suicide right in front of her. Sarah sees a solution to all her problems by assuming the dead woman's identity and clearing out her bank account. Instead, she stumbles into a thrilling mystery and uncovers an earth-shattering secret: she is a clone. She learns there are more like her, genetically identical individuals, nurtured in wildly different circumstances, and someone is trying to kill them off, one by one.
Title: Orphan black
Season one
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: [United Kingdom] : BBC Video ; Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, [2013]
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (ca. 450 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Special features: Interview with Tatiana and set tour from "The nerdist"; Send in the clones; Insider vignettes.
Includes all 10 episodes from the first season.
Title from container; credits from title frames.
Contents: Disc 1. Natural selection ; Instinct ; Variation under nature ; Effects of external conditions
Disc 2. Conditions of existance ; Variations under domestication ; Parts developed in an unusual manner ; Entangled bank
Disc 3. Unconcious selection ; Endless forms most beautiful.
Summary: Sarah is on the run from a bad relationship when a lookalike stranger commits suicide right in front of her. Sarah sees a solution to all her problems by assuming the dead woman's identity and clearing out her bank account. Instead, she stumbles into a thrilling mystery and uncovers an earth-shattering secret: she is a clone. She learns there are more like her, genetically identical individuals, nurtured in wildly different circumstances, and someone is trying to kill them off, one by one.
Audience: Not rated.
Alternate Title: Orphan black. Season 1
Statement of Responsibility: created by Graeme Manson and John Fawcett ; produced by Claire Welland ; written by Graeme Manson ... [et al.] ; directed by John Fawcett ... [et al.] ; [produced by Temple Street Productions Incorporated in association with BBC America and Bell Media]
Credits: Music composed by Trevor Yuile.
Performers: Tatiana Maslany, Dylan Bruce, Jordan Gavaris, Kevin Hanchard, Michael Mando, Maria Doyle Kennedy.
Event: Originally broadcast on television as individual episodes by BBC America in 2013.
System Details: DVD; NTSC; region 1; anamorphic widescreen (16x9) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1.
Other Language: English dialogue; English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH).
Subject Headings: Murder Drama. Human cloning Drama.
Genre/Form: Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Television series.
Fiction television programs.
Science fiction television programs.
Action and adventure television programs.
Topical Term: Murder
Human cloning
Publisher No: 2000087640
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Jul 23, 2014
  • decarabas rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Very entertaining! Tatiana Maslany is awesome; just be kind about her sometimes not-perfect accents :)

Jul 14, 2014
  • danikcryer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sarah Manning is perplexed when she witnesses the suicide of a woman – Beth Childs – who looks identical to her. A con artist and orphan, Sarah assumes the woman is an unknown sister of hers and proceeds to take her identity as a way to start her own life fresh and escape the chaos that she was submerged in within her real life. She soon realizes, however, that not only was Beth not the only one who looked like Sarah, that there are at least three more – Katja, Alison and Cosima – but also that they are all clones. A whole world of secrets and distress unfold for all of the clones from there on out, as they attempt to get to the bottom of who they are and what the purpose of the science experiment that created them was. Are there more of them? And who is slowly trying to eradicate them? In trying to escape her own trouble, Sarah finds a world of more complex difficulties, when all she really wants is to have a good life with her daughter, Kira and foster brother, Felix. What she finds, however, is something much deeper.

Orphan Black broaches heavy and dark subjects, given that the premise alone is human cloning. The concept, however, is a set-up to deal with real issues and important topics that are facing the world today, specifically the ones that are affecting women. As a whole, the show poses the nature vs. nurture debate, which continues throughout the season. Though all the clones have similarities due to the fact that they are genetically identical, it is made very clear through their personalities and circumstances that they have all endured vastly different upbringings and thus, have led very different lives. As they get to know each other more this is further proven as they all realize that they deal with the similar situations they are presented with differently.

The central theme of the show is female agency, specifically where the clones are lacking it. Throughout the whole season, the clones are trying to find a way to gain some control over their lives and bodies. However, it becomes apparent that they have no say in anything that has happened to them, and so their goal is to gain control of what will happen to them in the future. They are a literal science experiment; only existing because of it and as such, are essentially property to their creators. This lack of agency over their lives is a metaphor for what women have to endure in the real world, where are bodies are policed by the media, as well as men who think they get a say in what we do to our bodies and if have a right to touch us, amongst other things. As these women discover how little they’ve had to say in their lives up to this point, they are determined to fight to have agency over what happens to their lives from here. That is a notion that all women in a non-fictional world are currently struggling to obtain every day of our lives.

Tatiana Maslany is a true gift to the world. Her range of ability is overwhelming, especially considering the fact she’s acting off herself most of the time. It’s so seamless – both in editing and performance – that it is impossible to tell. These characters are all so different, in personality and in their mannerisms, body movements, even the way that each character moves their lips and that is a testament to Maslany’s ability to embody all of these women. It’s a talent that is rivaled by no one else in television. Tatiana and the entire cast, as well as the writing, are a treat.

Jul 02, 2014
  • tdfung rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Tatiana Maslany is the primary reason to watch this, along with mind-boggling technical execution to film multiple clones in a single scene. Also Season 2 does not disappoint....so get in line for that as well.

Jun 11, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.


May 28, 2014
  • KCLSLibrarians rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

An orphan assumes the identity of a person who looks identical to her only to discover a cloning underworld. Pretty edgy for BBC - I thought it was great, maybe a bit cheesy at times. Kind of like a cross between Dr. Who (not that cheesy) and maybe DCI Banks? Lead actress is fantastic.

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Jan 27, 2014
  • RavenIsland rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Although it gets off to a somewhat convoluted start, this is a fun and very watchable series. The lead actors are excellent and engaging and, as the story unfolds and the plot thickens, they hold it all together quite capably. You will have to suspend your disbelief on occasion, especially as coincidence after coincidence drives the plot, but it's worth if just to watch Tatiana Maslany play the parts of her clone sisters with such relish. Looking forward to Series 2.

Jan 14, 2014
  • wongsokguan rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I'm impress with this show. It shows originality, so different from anything that I've ever seen. It's like what split personalities, so many different people.

Nov 19, 2013
  • xaipe rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Clones on the run. Talky sci-fi "thriller" which really dragged along for me. Kind of like a one-trick pony performance with the plot centered around multiple clones trying to evade their handlers so they can live normal lives. The main character, played byTatiana Maslany, who does a remarkable job of playing multiple parts convincingly, is what saves this series from being a total bomb. A smaller part, played by the Irish actor Maria Doyle Kennedy, was very good within the limits of the script. I kept wanting to like this series, but never really connected with it. Can't imagine where they will go with series 2 unless it's just more Clones On The Run.

I believe season 2 starts in 2014, maybe Jan or Feb.

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