BBC America, the citadel for smartly written and geekworthy shows has done it again with their new sexy science fiction series, “Orphan Black.” Following the amazing “Doctor Who,” “Orphan Black” is now part of BBC America’s and the Space channel Supernatural Saturdays and I’m in my glory. Orphan Black was created by Graeme Manson and John Fawcett and is produced by Ivan Schneeberg, David Fortier, Graeme Manson, and John Fawcett. It stars Tatiana Maslany as Sarah, Beth Childs, and all the other clones. How many clones are we talking about? Let’s find out after the jump.
Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) is smart mouthed and streetwise and she’s on the run from her ex-boyfriend Vic (Michael Mando). She has something that belongs to him, a large bag of coke and he wants it back. After getting off a train, she is on a pay phone (Yes, they still exist) arguing with someone over her daughter Kira (Skyler Wexler), who Sarah abandoned ten months ago with Mrs. S. While on the phone, Sarah sees a woman take off her coat and shoes before jumping in front of an oncoming train. The shocker, the woman is a mirror image of Sarah. While everyone is running to aid the victim, Sarah steals the look-a-like’s purse and identity. She hurries to her foster brother’s apartment to tell him what had happened.
Felix (Jordon Gavaris) is a hustler and male prostitute, but he’s all the family that Sarah has, except for the abandoned daughter. Sarah gives Felix the bag of coke to hide and tells him about the accident and the woman who looked exactly like her. Could she be a twin, being a foster child, it’s a possibility. Sarah has the woman’s information and goes to her apartment to investigate. Vic comes looking for Sarah at Felix’s apartment. Felix plays dumb, but finally returns the bag of coke. When Felix sees the news report on the unidentified victim, he goes to the morgue and tells the officials that the dead woman is Sarah.
Sarah takes on the identity of Beth Childs, the dead look-a-like, and learns that she has money in the bank and a handsome boyfriend, Paul (Dylan Bruce) who is away on business. Sarah begins to morph into the persona of Beth by wearing her clothing, changing her hairstyle and copying her way of talking. When Sarah/Beth is ready, she heads to the bank to withdraw the money, but the banker tells her that she must return the next day. As Sarah/Beth leaves the bank, she is grabbed by a man who forces her into his car. Sarah/Beth realizes that Art (Kevin Hanchard) is a Detective and her partner. Yep, Beth is a detective who has been suspended because of a questionable shooting. Art is taking Sarah/Beth to a formal meeting with her superiors to explain the shooting of an unarmed woman.
When Sarah/Beth returns to her home to pack (she intends to get the money, her daughter and Felix and run away) she is surprised by Paul who returns earlier than expected. He’s confused; Beth is dressed different and her hair is different. But Sarah has a sure way to distract him; it works. Later, she leaves the house, telling Paul that she’s going to the gym.
Best Laid Plans
Vic is heartbroken over the news that Sarah is dead. Even though he is a dirt bag, he really loved Sarah. Felix takes him to the morgue to view the body and they make plans for a memorial. Sarah/Beth goes to visit Felix to tell him her plans to take him and Kira away once she gets the money. What Sarah/Beth doesn’t know is that she’s being followed by her partner, Art. Sarah/Beth observes the memorial from a distance and is very upset when she sees that Mrs. S (Maria Doyle Kennedy) has brought Kira to the funeral. Sarah/Beth is upset, but as she goes to drive away, she is accosted by a German version of her. This look-a-like is sick and needs to see Sarah/Beth’s doctor. When the stranger realizes that she’s not talking to Beth, she begins to ask questions. Before Sarah/Beth can find out who this stranger is and why she looks like her, the stranger is shot and killed. All the look-a-likes have the same pink phone.
I loved the show and so did my husband, who normally will not watch BBC America. I can’t wait until the next episode to find out why there are so many look-a-likes and who wants them dead.