While the air schedule of Orphan Black’s Series 3 is as questionable as some of the Prolethian’s parenting choices, the massive dollop of Maslany on iPlayer all in one go should ensure that any grumblings will be gone faster than Helena’s bowl of jelly. The important thing is Orphan Black came piling back all at once and the opening two episodes instantly justified why the wait was worth it.
If you haven’t yet seen Series 1 & 2 yet, you can find them on Netflix or check the recap on iPlayer. I’ll be picking up here straight from Episode 3.1, so if you want to just dive in then feel free but there will be spoilers beyond this point!
There are many factors that contribute to my love of Orphan Black. There is that it is a mind-bending delight of drama meets science meets comedy; there is that it’s a feast for examining the fundamentals of nature vs nurture; there is that it’s a ride of twists and turns and because of the excitement of never really knowing who you can trust…but really, there is one immense feature of Orphan Black that makes me love it and it is absolutely unique to this show. I love it because every episode has a moment, a very special moment, and each time I watch I assume it will be the last time it happens – but it never is. It’s the moment where I shake my head and remember that the character on screen is being played Tatiana Maslany…and that that one is too…and that one. I rub my cheek and can’t understand how I fell for the illusion yet again, that I forgot yet again…but I do – and if experiences of friends and other commentators are anything to go by, I am not the only one. This may make little sense for those unfortunate enough to have not spun through the whirlwind of series 1&2, so let me explain.
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