Friday, January 17, 2014

My New TV Obsession - Orphan Black

Because I watch so much freakin' TV, I am always on the lookout for new shows to watch. For the most part, if a show is on one of the major networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox), I am not interested. There are exceptions, of course, but they are few and far between. My newest TV obsession is BBC America's Orphan Black.

I just watched the entire first season on demand in about three days (it was only 10 episodes). It was brilliant. The show is set in Canada, and centers around twenty-something British troublemaker, Sarah Manning. Sarah (Tatiana Maslany), an orphan raised in foster care, returns to the city where her foster mother lives to retrieve her young daughter who is living there. As she arrives in town, at a train station, she witnesses the suicide of a woman who is her identical twin. Freaked out, Sarah grabs the dead woman's purse and runs away.

By involving herself in the dead woman's life, Sarah is inadvertently inserted into a massive, international conspiracy involving human cloning and murder. Within 15 minutes of the first episode, I was hooked. Going any further into the plot would be serious spoiler to those who have not watched it -- and I want everybody to have the same positive experience seeing the storyline come alive.

The second season premieres in April. Can't wait.

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