Orphan Black

Orphan Black

Season 1

DVD - 2013
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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 thriller 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.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Entertainment One Films Canada, 2013
Branch Call Number: DVD TV ORPH
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (approximately 450 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in


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Nov 26, 2018

Great series, full of suspense and keeps you interested. I didn't get bored and the story line flowed. Looking forward to watching all of them.

Oct 16, 2018

If your looking for a great Sci Fi series this ones for you. I'm hooked.

Aug 05, 2017

The last episodes touch on the concept of how a corporation can own human genetic material based on intellectual property. It leads into a concept of ownership and implied consent. Person-hood is questionable with the clones but the corporation is given full person hood through right of ownership.

Oct 19, 2014

Good show, watching the first series now and will order the second one,

Aug 25, 2014

Rated 4/10.

Jul 14, 2014

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.

Jan 27, 2014

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.

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