Orphan Black

BBC America (ended 2017)





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  • Not all that!

    Do not like this actress' acting. She is very over-rated, and is just, Not all that, at all!
  • She sounds awful

    Tatiana's accents are so bad that it is hard to focus on the show because every time she opens her mouth, it is so distracting. If there are no Canadian dialect-coaches, then at least import one. Even her Canadian characters like Allison have weird, foreign accents which only furthers the ignorant belief that a lot of Americans have that Canadians have accents as compared to Americans.

  • Slow and boring

    After just seen the 2 exciting seasons of The Originals, I started to watch Orphan Black, as there were so much praises for the series. The pilot is always important if they want to captivate the audience. To my disappointment, the first 3 episodes was so agonisingly slow and utterly boring that I deleted the whole of the 3 seasons. I was intrigued up to the point where the German lookalike was shot and then everything went down hill from there. I am a fan of the paranormal, sci-fi and horror stories, I do not have patience when I cannot relate to the characters and the storyline by the end of the first episode. It did not leave me wanting more. I had to force myself to watch 2 more episodes, hoping it will pick up the pace, unfortunately all it did was dragging the story with unnecessary scenes instead of making them compelling. It was like a pale imitation of DollHouse.
  • Don't know yet

    What to think about another series in which someone takes on the identity of another person.
  • I'm trying to get into it

    A great idea for a show and quite intriguing, really; but, it leaves itself open to too many questions and gaps. Hoping it picks up soon or I won't make it through to Season 2.
  • WTF! Where. What... Who!?

    Tried to bing this show, because of the lack of alternatives (lying now for a week in bed) and also because it was high rated here.

    First of all why is the show trying to pretend that all of this is happening in the US? When obviously EVERY thing around cries UK and almost every actor is speaking with a British accent?

    Second: Why are there so many story gaps and errors? For instance in Ep4 S01 Sarah is forced to stay at the station because... the writer said so and she convinces Alison to go to a extremely important meeting with her daughter Kiera - right? Then five minutes later, she left the station and went to meet with a psycho... and she aparently has time for that? What?

    OK I could imagine that the target group (I guess teenager euro-boys) would omit those facts and watch it just for entertainments sake. I would too when Mrs. Maslany could ever pull a believable performance, the writers would write actual good dialogue and not 'lines for actors to speak', which by the way are so obvious.... well then and only then I could imagine to watch it as a guilty pleasure. But like it is now? Oh no..... no chance! I rather watch The Room for the rest of my life.

    Ah well I went just a little to far. Sorry.

    It's just a mediocre show for kids that never saw, or rather should not see (You welcome MPAA), The Wire or even Sherlock (the first one plays in the actual US and the second one is not ashamed of being shot in the UK) and I do accept that. BUT please do something about this fan boy rating. Someone from the staff who could provide here actual ratings and reviews? Someone with taste (which excludes of course Mr. Timothy Spot) please? Do I really have to watch all this 5h1t You are promoting here?
  • decent but here's the thing people.

    This is a very intriguing show but, it's it's got more holes then a brick of string cheese. Lots of holes in the details of situations like one fight where a guy takes on 2 people from a chair. Well why the hell would he concentrate on the person in front of him when someone is behind him... oh yah and guns pointed at people that aren't even cocked so yah lets just use a gun that's been ran out of bullets and then put it right into the scene so everyone can look at the barrel sticking out.. but yah it's a decent show but be prepared to laugh and stupified. I'll give the over all story of the show 8 but i can't give the entire thing much more then 7 due to the lazyness of the set director.
  • Could be interesting if it survives

    It's kind of like "Ringer" only with clones instead of twins -- well, at least the basic premise of switched identities and all

    Other than that I'm not sure where it's going but it could be interesting and since it's on BBC America it might even stay on for more than a season!?
  • Fado music in a great show

    I just had to note this! In episode 5 in Pouchy's autoshop there's Fado playing in the background. I wonder whose idea that was. I'm enjoying this show better and better...
  • Review for episode one of season two.

    This is a fantastic series. I just love it. You never know whats going to happen next. I hope he bitch Rachel learns to fear hope Elena gets Kara back for Sara and they become friends at last. Love the smack down of Rachel in her office. The uptight bitch had it coming. Need to get more new clones involved in the story. Hope Sara turns out to be a real bad ass. Thomas needs to be strung up some where.
  • The best new sci-fi

    Haven't seen one in a really long time. Good to have you here, come, take a warm spot in my tv list. Wish you not to lose it in season 2.
  • Season 3 Premiere: Stick In Baby

    When last we left our intrepid sestras, it was looking quite bleak. Sarah was stabbed, lost, freezing, and without hope on Neolution Island. Donnie, Alison and a very pregnant Helena were camping in a national park to stay off the grid. S and Kira were being kidnaped from yet another Not-Safe-Enough house. Cosima was rescued by the back-from-beyond Delphine, though the doctor isn't quite in charge of any of the experiments around her. 170-year-old Westmoreland is nominally in charge, but as he's never seen, he's probably only a puppet for Susan, and maybe now Rachel, who gives a rousing, Jonestown-esque speech, calling for "sacrifice". Do NOT drink the Kool-Aid, kids!

    I suppose the first scene was meant to be poignant, what with Sarah's cell dying faster than she was. And then with her very lastest match, she chooses to improve her odds of starting a fire by lighting up her daughter's picture.

    Did she even consider lighting the matchbook itself? Ugh.

    But before you could say "jump the shark", Sarah is attacked by some jungle mutant, no doubt the failed result of genetic experimentation himself. Luckily, he turns out to be allergic to rocks, and scampers off.

    Meanwhile Policeman Art is assigned a new partner, and she is totally on loan from Xena, Warrior Princess. Also, she's on the other team, by which I mean, with Dyad, and nothing else.

    Not that there's anything wrong with that.

    Dyad's new plan is to collect, but not harm the clones, so as Alison, Cosima and Sarah all get caught, none are dispatched. Yet.

    Nobody brings in Helena, the Ultimate Weapon, of course. She wrestles a goon and wins, though she lands on a sharp twig, which punctures her belly. Calmly, she points it out to Donnie: "Stick in

    Felix, comic-book guy and Ira the boy clone, collectively do nothing. Then Felix gets captured for whatever reason, towards the end. Now, everyone is at least as screwed as they were when the episode started, but don't worry, I'm sure Helena will resurrect from a hospital bed and fix everything. Violently.
  • Just as I was about to give up!

    Finally! As of the last couple of episodes (coinciding with decision to no longer regularly review this show) Orphan Black has returned to form! Why on earth we had to endure those terrible fake sets and Castor meandering in the first half of the season I'll never understand. All the Castor story to date could have been much more concise, to greater effect. Conversely the key elements of that story line such as Paul's demise were glossed over. Anyway, let's put that behind us, onwards to the end of the season :
  • Just discovered it, great show

    I just watched season 1 over a few days. They do a really fantastic job of making each clone seem like different people from the acting and look to the camerawork and editing.
  • Original, No cloning

    This is one of the best shows on TV right now. I started watching it because it was right after Doctor Who but I actually began to want to see it more than I wanted to see Doctor Who...
  • Emmy has finally recognized Tatiana's skill

    Tatiana Maslany has finally been nominated for Best Actress in a Drama!
  • Mysterious, Intense, Suspenful!

    I love this show! This is the best show on TV. I love it!
  • Not bad at all

    Glad I gave this show a chance.
  • Orphan Black.... Well, I guess 'Black Orphan' would of got them in trouble.

    Tatiana Maslany, is one incredible actress. She plays each role superbly. The producers and cast managers for Orphan Black found a real gem in Tatiana Maslany. This show is destined to send her into super celebrity status.

    Not a bad show at all, I'm hooked already after episode 3.

    It's an interesting storyline in my favorite genre of TV show... A science fiction storyline that COULD happen in the real world today.

    I will give a more detailed review when I've finished season one but right now I'm wondering why the girls don't all meet-up in one place and hold a very public press release to announce themselves as clones to the world. This could potentially solve all their problems, you know, the scientist who wants them dead to protect the illegal experiment from getting exposed. If they simply tell the world of their dilemma, not only would they be globally famous as soon as they prove they are clones, it would put an end to their assassins because there wouldn't be a point to killing them anymore. And that's it, end of story, end of plot. Granted, the government would probably keep them in a cage to do experiments on but they couldn't do this for long because the public wouldn't allow it.

    That's what I think but I'm only up to episode 3 so I'm still learning the plot. If it turns out they were government experiments then that might explain their secret mission to uncover their story and collect all the evidence.

    As I said, an interesting story so far.
  • Very engaging and unpredictable

    Reminds me of dollhouse, but with a better actress and story(at present). They keep you guessing at what's happening, while still keeping a very good pace. Even if you tried to guess, you will still be shocked at several points. Also Tatiana is great and very convincing in her role(s). Although that wouldn't matter, if the characters weren't so excellently written. It gives hope for the SciFi genre..
  • The story makes you overlook any bad thing there might be

    Awesome story, so well written, so creative! Tatiana Maslany plays all the characters beautifully and the difficult screen moments where there are two or more of them in one shot are overall executed very neatly. The few times that it is a little bit less seamless are easily forgiven, just because it's such a powerful story!
  • I recommend to watch it and to give it a try

    Just read that Tatiana got the CCA for her role in this series. And I must say she definitely earned it.

    Although some might say she is very beautiful. I dont think so, but that is not the point, why I am watching it ;)

  • HoPeFuL

    does anyone know if it is renewed for season 3???
  • Compelling, Cryptic and I'm Addicted!!

    This original new Sci-Fi series is outstanding. The writing is stellar, the pace quick and clear. The actors are winners all around. Tatiana is perfectly wonderful and convincing in each role she plays, I honestly thought maybe they did have twins acting as her talent at owning each role and "being" each character is mind boggling. I must admit, Jordan Gavaris,(Felix) nearly steals the show, his character provides wonderful light moments and comedic relief in what is otherwise a thrilling and intense show. The more answers you get, the more questions you have and I can't wait for season two!!
  • My dexter replacement

    OMG just finished watching s1 and I can't wait for s2,at least I found something to replace the Dexter that is gone from my life. This show has my attention and I'm really liking it.
  • Best new show of the year

    Possibly of a few years. I was intrigued by the advertising and being a Doctor Who fan, I watched the debut. Now, I look forward to it more than Doctor Who. Tatiana Maslany is a female Gary Oldman. She convincingly plays multiple roles. The writing and directing is phenomenal as well. Jordan Gavares also deserves accolades as Felix, the show wouldn't be the same without him. DAMMIT! Now I have to wait until January to see what happens next.
  • Amazing story

    This show is just great. Plot is really well written getting us craving for more.

    All actors are very convincing this mixing of US and GB has a magical chemistry that gets you stick to the screen.

    The opening sequence with the cg thingies is the only thing that needs to be changed, it stinks.

    Kudos to the writers.
  • A very unique show!

    This is the first show review I've written on this site, but I just feel compelled to tell you how cool this show is! I've only recently discovered it, but I'm more than halfway through Season 1 in a day; and I can tell I'll be left breathless when I reach the season finale.

    What strikes me about this show, is firstly, the fact that Ms. Tatiana Maslany plays SO MANY CHARACTERS! Seriously, she must play at least four characters just by episode 3. While it can get a bit confusing at times, all her characters are distinguishable from one another - at least enough so the viewers don't get completely turned around. Sarah Manning is certainly adept at identity theft and impersonations - I'll just leave it at that. It's extremely impressive. (Not to mention the many accents she adopts. English, German, American, many more over the course of the rest of the episodes, I'm sure!)

    The other thing that makes this show so cool, is just that it's simply unique. Sure, there are a million and one sci-fi shows out there, and even more cop shows, but this one is a neat blend of the two; with some other, more "everyday problems" thrown in to ground it. (ie: Sarah grappling with the fact that her daughter is being brought up without her, in foster care, her relationship with Felix, and of course her boyfriend Vic, whom she threw an ashtray at.

    Bottom line: You don't mess with Sarah Manning.

    Consider me a fan!!
  • Addicted!

    Tatiana Maslany is amazing. The fact that she can play so many characters, and make each one different and enjoyable. Looking forward to season 2!!
  • it's getting better and better at each episode...

    I usually need to really be into the very first episode of a show to start liking it or becoming addicted to it

    the first episode of Orphan Black made me doubt about the show and i didn't really like Felix at the beginning

    but i found some interesting clues that made me believe that it would be a good story behind

    then i started to watch the second, then the third... and finally it's really a great show

    that's too bad clones are dying too quickly in the first season (unless there are plenty coming up soon) and the first season is also too short :(

    can't wait the see the next season
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