First Three Minutes of BBC's "Orphan Black"
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First Three Minutes of BBC's "Orphan Black"

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | March 20, 2013 | Comments ()


When I first heard the title "Orphan Black", I assumed that it was the inevitable Lifetime sequel to "A Blaffair to Rememblack". Then I realized that it would also be the perfect code name for Harry Potter once he becomes an international secret agent once realizing he has no actual job skills other than hunting dark wizards. Then I actually watched this video because it had the words "science fiction" and "BBC" which is enough to get me to watch until the end of the credits in a centaur snuff film. Sadly, no centaurs in this. But it has that other thing. Quality.

Oh that's cute, the British think Americans still have payphones! Here's the plot description, which sounds depressingly like "Ringer" but because it involves clones instead of twins, I am optimistic:

Sarah, an outsider and orphan whose life changes dramatically after witnessing the suicide of a woman who looks just like her. Sarah assumes her identity, her boyfriend and her bank account. But instead of solving her problems, the street-smart chameleon is thrust headlong into a kaleidoscopic mystery. She makes the dizzying discovery that she and the dead woman are clones...but are they the only ones? Sarah quickly finds herself caught in the middle of a deadly conspiracy, racing to find answers.

Ok so the trailer is well done, piques my interest. But the funny thing is that if I hadn't read the description first, I wouldn't have known that the woman jumping in front of the train was the same actress and would have been fairly well confused. The two characters are made up so differently, and I'm really bad with faces. Actually, I think being unable to reliably recognize faces was one of the signs of sociopathy, so let's just forget I said anything, I have a lot of knives to sharpen.

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  • Buck Forty

    "But the funny thing is that if I hadn’t read the description first, I wouldn’t have known that the woman jumping in front of the train was the same actress and would have been fairly well confused."

    Interesting, because it was the opposite for me. I watched the clip first and as soon as I saw the out-of-focus woman stumble out onto the platform in the background I thought "I bet she looks exactly like her and then jumps in front of the train". And then 'ker-blam!' - it happened.

    Mind you, I was expecting time travel, not cloning.

  • Melissa

    I saw the commercial for that a month ago or so, and I couldn't help but think of the YA book series Replica...wonder if there is any relation? is the author's Wiki, with a series summary

  • Donocaster

    As a person with an identical twin, movies & shows with these kind of premises (clones, evil and/or conjoined twins) always creep me out a little. Having said that, this doesn't look half bad.

  • Green_Eggs_and_Hamster

    So, we have gone from Twins in ringer to Clones in this. I guess that is what makes it Sci-Fi'y? I hope it does better than Ringer. Of course, it would be hard to do much worse.

  • TSF

    Surely centaurs belong in the realm of Fantasy, not Science Fiction. Surely.

  • Genetic engineering. John Varley's "Titan". Boom.

  • Tinkerville

    I'll definitely give this a go, but I'm also concerned about the similarities with Ringer. Hopefully they get to the clone part quickly.

  • NynjaSquirrel

    Looks interesting, but as a brit, paying for the BBC via the licence fee I have to wonder how this is being funded, and why it's not being shown here - either first, or at all?

  • copro

    It's Canadian. Written by Canadians, starring Canadians and shot in Ontario.

  • NynjaSquirrel

    Sorry - that doesn't answer question - who funded it?

  • Carrie/Teabelly

    I would imagine it's not the Beeb, and that they're just giving it a home. BBC America shows ITV shows and C4 as well (I think). Though that's entirely a guess. I hope it is shown here though.

  • Carrie/Teabelly

    I was just wondering the same thing. V annoying.

  • JeanUK

    When is it out in the UK?
    Say it isn't so that the US gets to see it before we do?

  • mlurve

    I think it's going to be on BBC America. There is an ad for it at my subway stop in NYC and I can't imagine they'd be advertising here if we couldn't watch it.

  • theotherone

    that she and the dead woman are clones…


  • BlackRabbit

    I think we've had our fill of clone attacks.

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