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Orphan Black

August 14th, 2013 (05:54 pm)

So, just lately I've been watching Orphan Black, and, apart from obvious stuff like, "hell's teeth, this is excellent" (seriously, check it out if you possibly can; depending on where you are that may involve slightly less than licit means of viewing; I've no idea when BBC3 will actually be showing it, although they apparently will; mind you, according to Amazon the UK DVD/Blu-Ray release is set for September 16th), my main thought is that just through this one series Tatiana Maslany may have stolen Mark Sheppard's crown as "busiest person in genre TV". She plays (not terrifically major spoiler, as it's kind of the premise of the whole show) several identical clones, often as many as four in one episode, with many scenes involving two or even three meeting up, so, lots of work involving shooting the same scene two or three times. You've got to admire the work she puts in, and also the quite invisible effects work. There's one scene in particular in the sixth episode that you don't realise quite what they're getting away with until you stop and think about it...

But yeah. Go. Check it out.

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Posted by: Soufflé Girl Wannabe (ragdoll)
Posted at: August 14th, 2013 05:49 pm (UTC)
RCMP //Ehch

Orphan Black is really excellent tv -- there were a few times where I kind of went "um oooookay" in terms of the plotting, but it was easily ignored, and just watching Tatiana Maslany tackling all those roles was entertaining enough. Plus I like the supporting cast, esp Jordan Gavaris (Felix) and Dylan Bruce (Paul) and the little girl who plays Kira.

It also has the added entertainment value of being set in Toronto, so there have been some really funny (for me) omg moments when obscure Canadian actors show up, particularly former cast members of Degrassi: The Next Generation (an ongoing Canadian teen soap/drama). Plus Matt Frewer in basically anything.

Posted by: Roobarb (roobarb)
Posted at: August 14th, 2013 06:04 pm (UTC)

oooo that's addictive, just watched ep 1

nrrd rest now

Posted by: Speaker-to-Customers (speakr2customrs)
Posted at: August 14th, 2013 06:22 pm (UTC)
Helen from Primeval

Tim Faraday played up to a dozen clones at a time in Primeval Seasons 2 and 3.

Posted by: Diaries of a dolphin (luckykaa)
Posted at: August 15th, 2013 07:30 am (UTC)

Tatiana Maslany does the accents really well (and Alison's "British" accent is hilarious), but the one I absolutely adore is Felix.

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