From day one, Orphan Black had the benefit of having a highly intriguing story to sell. When Sarah Manning (Tatiana Maslany) first spotted Beth Childs on that train platform, only to watch her newfound identical twin jump to her death, it pulled you right in. How would you react if you bumped into someone who looked exactly like you? And then, what would you do if you had the opportunity to find out why she looked exactly like you?
What made Orphan Black such a standout from that point on was how it expanded upon that inciting incident. The slow reveal of additional clones and their search for answers proved to be a very natural, sustaining progression. The trouble is, where do you go from there?
The new clone game could only last so long and it seems as though the writers figured that out because, at a point, the introductions stopped and the character-building began. The thing is, during season 1, everything was new. They could stick to scratching the surface of the science and politics behind the situation and still satiate an audience.
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