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First Three Minutes of BBC's "Orphan Black"

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | March 20, 2013 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | March 20, 2013 |

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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Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.