The new series, “Orphan Black” from BBC America, looked like it might be an interesting show. Sadly, I will never know if it improves because I couldn’t even get through one episode.
To begin with, “Orphan Black” feels like a strange rehashing of The CW’s “Ringer” without the star power of Sarah Michelle Geller. The opening sequence of the pilot was interesting. Tatiana Maslany plays the lead – Sarah – who seems to be on a mission to retrieve a sibling.
Shortly after the show begins, Sarah is waiting for a the subway and a woman hurls herself in front of the train. As if that’s not disturbing enough, the woman looks exactly like Sarah.
So naturally, Sarah steals the purse of the recently deceased and tries to take over her life. “Ringer” anyone? Turns out her alter ego is a cop which creates some problems.
The thing is, I couldn’t get over the terrible British Accents. I’m not sure who came up with the bright idea that the characters should be British, but it seems like a bad choice. Even worse than the forced accent by Maslany is the way her onscreen brother murders his accent. Felix is a stereotypical, over the top, cliché of a gay character with an awful British accent.
It’s a shame. I was looking forward to a science fiction type of show with a strong female character. Tatiana Maslany is a pretty talented actor; it surprises me that it was felt that she should force a British accent.
So I stopped watching. You may be braver than me or have a higher tolerance for massacred accents. If you do – feel free to comment and tell me if it gets any better.