Human cloning is a fascinating idea. Probably only identical siblings can even come close to knowing what it would feel like to have carbon copies of yourself walking around. That’s the premise of the BBC America series Orphan Black.

Tatiana Maslany is Sarah a troubled, punk, single mom who discovers that she is a clone. Rescued from an orphanage, she and her foster brother Felix (Jordan Gavaris), a cheeky out and proud fountain of witty one-liners are raised by Mrs. S (Maria Doyle kennedy) who leaves England with the two in search of a better life for them. The show gets off to a quick start in the opening scene with Sarah’s fateful encounter on a train platform with Beth, a well-dressed woman who looks exactly like her and turns out to be a police detective.

She soon discovers there are more versions of herself out there and that someone wants them eliminated after she takes on the identity of one of the dead clones. Sarah’s plan is to stick around long enough to get a large amount of cash that’s due her dearly departed double and leave town with her daughter Kira (Skyler Wexler) and Felix. Surprise—the plot thickens, complications ensue and she’s sucked into the clone conspiracy mystery while trying to survive. Continue reading »

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