What would you do if you saw someone with your face jump in front of a train?
For Sarah Manning of BBC America’s hit show Orphan Black, it puts her at the center of a dangerous conspiracy that involves cloning, secrecy, and competing ideologies. The further down the rabbit hole she goes, the closer she gets to figuring out who and what she is, putting both her life and her daughter’s life at risk.
I discovered Orphan Black after preordering a dress from the Hot Topic fashion collection inspired by the show. I figured, since I bought something from the collection, I should check out the series to see what it was all about. After one episode, I was hooked and ended up binge-watching seasons one and two.
As we gear up for the start of season three, here are a few of my favorite aspects of Orphan Black that have me signing up to be a member of the Clone Club.
Don’t forget to check out season three of Orphan Black premiering Saturday April 19 at 9/8c only on BBC America.
1. The amazing acting skills of Tatiana Maslany
Orphan Black wouldn’t probably be nearly as successful if it didn’t have leading lady Tatiana Maslany. This girl plays not one, not two, but all of the clones featured in the show. Between her ability to mimic multiple accents and the way she gives each character their own subtle, unique gestures, Tatiana transforms between each of her alter-egos so seamlessly you almost forget it is only one actress playing all these different characters without looking closely at their faces.
2. The suspense
This is definitely a blink-and-you-miss-something show especially since all the seasons are only ten episodes long. Just when you think you’ve got the puzzle figured out, something is revealed that changes the entire picture, and everything you thought you knew is suddenly turned upside down. With a revolving list of who to trust and cliffhangers at the end of every episode, Orphan Black’s twists and turns will keep you on the edge of your seat.
3. The amazing bond of Alison and Felix
Felix has incredible bonds with all of the girls, especially his foster sister Sarah, but my favorite out of all of them is his one with Alison. She’s a neurotic soccer mom from the suburbs. He’s a free-spirited artist who’s not afraid to break the rules. Together, they are a dynamic duo, abet a little messed up, that has each other’s backs and always willing to share a vice or two.
4. The show’s unexpected humor
While Orphan Black is a twisted show that deals with some heavy topics, the writers of the show know how to lighten the mood with small insertions of humor in the most unlikely situations. Whether it’s a one-liner during a tense interrogation or an attempt to cover illegal activities by people who have no idea what they are doing, the humor is the perfect blend of dark, smart and witty.
5. Everything about Helena
Helena has got to be the cutest assassin on television right now. She’s can be an unpredictable killing machine, but she’s also a sweet, abet awkwardly quirky, center underneath. Come on, how can anyone resist that face?