This past weekend, Orphan Black began it’s fifth and final season. It’s a planned exit, which means the stories will be wrapped up in the way the creators intended, which is always a good thing. Of course, like most fans, I’m not happy to see the show leave. I’ve been hooked from the start – great premise, fantastic writing, good twists… and you never know when another clone will show up.
For those unfamiliar with the show, it’s a dark science sci-fi set in present day. It involves clones who, at first, don’t know they are clones but slowly discover each other and then try to figure out just what’s going on. It’s full of drama and action, secret societies, back stabbing… and almost no noticeable special effects. The main effect throughout the series is the green screening used to have one actress play the clones. But it is amazingly seamless and Tatiana Maslany does such amazing acting that you really see each clone as an individual and not as one person playing multiple roles. It’s the lynch pin that makes the entire series work so well.
I’ve said before that I love sci-fi shows depicting dark science or tech gone wrong in the real world. Orphan Black has been one of the best of the last few years. Often, after a couple of seasons, shows slow down and might even get a bit boring. Not here. The intensity has increased with every season – it’s like reading a book that you can’t put down. So if you’re into this kind of sci-fi, enjoy thrillers or like shows that don’t serve all the answers up on a platter, I highly recommend finding season one and giving it a try.