19 Jun

Orphan Black: the show too few are watching

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Indeed. Worth watching just to see Tatiana Maslany inhabit all the different roles:

“Orphan Black isn’t most shows. It’s one of the best shows; the only problem is that no one is actually watching it.

Genre fans are living in a golden age of television these days, with series like Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead tearing up the charts as fellow standouts such as Arrow and Doctor Who continue to carve out strong niches. But ratings aren’t always indicative of quality, and those aren’t the only awesome shows out there.

Not content to keep riding the coattails of Doctor Who and other imports from across the pond, BBC America expanded into original science fiction fare last season and took a shot on an ambitious little series that — at face value — sounded almost like a ripoff of The CW’s fairly terrible (and short-lived) Sarah Michelle Gellar vehicle Ringer. Oh, how wrong that early assessment was.

Instead, the network had essentially given screenwriter Graeme Manson and director John Fawcett free rein to develop an insanely deep character drama framed around a cloning conspiracy. They also gave the duo enough development time to map out not just the first season, but a framework for future seasons so they could plant seeds and start peeling back layers until those happy few actually watching realized that, yes, this is one of the best shows on television, science fiction or otherwise.”

(Via Orphan Black is absolutely the best sci-fi show you’re not watching | Blastr.)