Can We Talk About Tatiana Maslany?!


After weeks of debating what show on my “Must Watch List” I was going to start binging I finally settled on ORPHAN BLACK. I’d heard such great things about the show and about the shows lead that I had to start it. I watched the Pilot late at night on Sunday and am both ashamed and proud to say I’m already half way through season 2. (It’s only Wednesday) I had no idea how addicting and fascinating this show would be. I was instantly engulfed in this intense and insane story of Sarah Manning and the discovery of her clones.

But now lets talk about Tatiana! WHAT! Who are you? How are you that talented? While watching the show I had to pause it a couple of times because I could not believe that one person was portraying all of these characters. The way she mastered each and every quirk of all of the clones. The way Cosima moves her hands a certain way when she is explaining something or how she gets giddy when she is talking about a DNA sequence. How Alison always has to stand with perfect posture and how her hair can never leave that perfect up due she’s always sporting, or Sarah’s tough and rugged demeanor. But the one character that Maslany plays that just blows me away is Helena. The way she attacks food like she is a wild animal and her inability to show love even though she feels it for people. I’m so in awe of every character portrayed on this show, and the fact that one person is playing them is just astonishing to me. [Read more…]

ORPHAN BLACK Redux: Who’s Your Daddy?


The one question no one thought to really focus on in Season 1 of ORPHAN BLACK was: who’s Kira’s (Skyler Wexler) father? In last week’s episode “Mingling Its Own Nature With It,” that question was answer in a rather surprising fashion. Sarah (Tatiana Maslany), Kira and Felix (Jordan Gavaris) were on their way out of town and decided to spend the night at an empty farmhouse, when the owner unexpectedly returned. With Kira’s innocent question: “Are you my daddy?” the ORPHAN BLACK world exploded.

Not only did Kira finally get to meet her father, fans and viewers did too. Apparently Cal (Michael Huisman) was one of Sarah’s marks from her good ole days of grifting. But after just one month together, Sarah high-tailed it with $10,000 of his money and he has not seen her since. So imagine his surprise when she shows up 8 years later with a daughter in tow, which she claims is likely his.

Somehow the question of Kira’s paternity seemed irrelevant last season with Kira was safely tucked away with Mrs. S (Maria Doyle Kennedy) while the events of “clone club” and the Prolethians and the Neolutionists unfolded. But after it was discovered that Kira’s life was on the line, a close call with a near abduction by the Prolethians, and with Mrs. S no longer to be trusted as Kira’s guardian, Sarah turned to her one last resort – Kira’s father. [Read more…]

ORPHAN BLACK Redux: Sarah Got A Gun, Felix Got Chapped, and Kira Got Her Picture Taken!


Season 2 of ORPHAN BLACK was off to a rip-roaring start as Sarah Manning (Tatiana Maslany) frantically searched for her missing daughter Kira (Skyler Wexler) – unfortunately, with both the Neolutionists and the Prolethians closing in. So it was a race against the clock for Sarah to get a gun and take down her sister pro-clone Rachel at the Dyad Institute in order to rescue Kira.

It took was some fancy clone shenanigans to get Sarah into Dyad; namely Alison had to procure a gun and get it to Sarah without the nosy cops and their monitors from finding out. Then Sarah infiltrated Dyad posing as Cosima into order to slip past Dr. Leekie (Matt Frewer) and security; and, fortunately, Rachel’s insistence on having Paul (Dylan Bruce) nearby also worked to Sarah’s advantage once things got a bit dicey.

But the terrifying surprise of it all was Rachel never had Kira; someone else had taken her. So all of Sarah’s efforts and planning to confront Rachel were for nothing. The moment Sarah realized that she did not know who had her daughter or where to begin searching for Kira was when we saw her strength disintegrate inside her. It was the helplessness that any parent would feel not knowing where their child was – and that moment of truth was devastating. [Read more…]

ORPHAN BLACK Preview: The Clone Club Is Back With a Vengeance for Season 2


If you were one of the privileged few that discovered this gem of a television series last year when it first aired on BBC America, then you are a bone fide member of Clone Club. But, hey, anyone who subsequently discovered the series online or through the DVD’s also qualifies, because Clone Club welcomes all members to the ORPHAN BLACK universe as the show returns for its second season. As fans are already well-aware, it is going to be a global social media party as Clone Club rises up to dominate on Twitter, Facebook and all other social media venues on April 19th.

So what does Season 2 of ORPHAN BLACK have in store? The answer is obvious: more clones. That’s right – plural. In a nice twist at the end of the first season, ORPHAN BLACK’s hero Sarah Manning (Tatiana Maslany) came face-to-face with the original clone Rachel Duncan. Rachel joins the ranks of the known clones: Sarah, Beth, Cosima, Alison, Helena, Katja, Danielle, Aryanna, Janika and Rachel. The other new clone that viewers will meet in Season 2 is Jennifer. [Read more…]

First Look: BBC America Unveils ORPHAN BLACK Season 2 Character Posters


Press Release: Today, BBC AMERICA released four ‘Orphan Black Character Posters.’ The character posters are extensions to the Iconic Cast Photo revealed in March, and offer further insight into the highly-anticipated new season of the dramatic conspiracy thriller. Season two of Orphan Black premieres Saturday, April 19 at 9:00pm ET/PT on BBC AMERICA. [Read more…]

Year in Review: Top 10 TV Shows of 2013

Like each year before, it is excruciatingly difficult picking out a Top 10 list of TV shows. In fact, it seemed that television critics everywhere found creative ways to go around the traditional Top 10 list. They broke down TV shows by categories: best new shows, best returning shows, best comedies, best dramas, best cable, best broadcast, or any other way they could carve out the television pie into smaller pieces. Then some just gave in and posted lists of their Top 20 or Top 30 shows of the year.

For 2013, the only downside to too much great TV is that a Top 10 list is virtually impossible to come up with.

So in trying to come up with our Top 10 lists at, we allowed each of the contributing staff the opportunity to come up with their own “Top TV” list this year. It seemed only fair since everyone has such diverse taste and criteria as to what makes it into their “Top” lists. [Read more…]

Sarah’s Top 10 TV Shows of 2013: Bring on the Butt-Kicking Ladies!

By: Sarah Stephens

As always at the end of another year, it’s in our nature to look back and reflect on what we’ve learned over that year. What did we learn when it came to TV in 2013? It’s all about the ladies! From the grungy to the corsets, women in TV kicked ass this year and we’re bringing them straight to you in this rundown of the Top 10 Best Shows of 2013.

Now, not all of these shows are female-driven in concept but probably have a badass mama somewhere in the wings. What they all do have in common is great fun and even better writing. If shows like these are an indicator of what’s to come in 2014, I say keep them coming! [Read more…]