Television Review: Orphan Black, Series 2

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Amazon Synopsis: Sarah is now in a desperate race to find her missing daughter, Kira. Her scorched earth tactics have sparked a war with pro-clone Rachel, dividing and endangering all the clones.

With Alison’s carefully crafted suburban world spinning out of control, and the genetic illness affecting Cosima threatening them all, Sarah must negotiate a dangerous world of new enemies and shifting allegiances to get to the bottom of the experiment that made them who they are.

As Sarah discovers more about her past, mysterious newcomers appear, but can they be trusted?

Programme: Orphan Black, Series 2

Company: BBC

Date: 2014

Series 1

It’s cliché to say series two is darker than one. But it’s true with Orphan Black as much as it is any other series. We know who and what we are dealing with and there is no time for further introductions: the action starts straight away this time.

I watched the first and second episode back to back and you get to see the character development clearly. Sarah is determined to keep Kira safe and is prepared to go to extreme lengths this time in order to do so. But you see her connection with the other clones more in this series and see the more compassionate side of Sarah balancing with her need to destroy their enemies.

Alison grew on me in the first series and by the end of the second, I love her. Never mind Sarah being the bad-ass, Alison is capable of just as much – if not worse more. With Donny, rehab and Ainsley’s murder battling to control her emotions, it’s easy to say Alison is the one who comes through this stronger than when she started.

It was nice to see Felix getting out from under Sarah’s shadow and telling her it isn’t all about her. He is involved – and doesn’t try to avoid that responsibility. But it’s on his terms rather than Sarah’s and it was great seeing him as an individual rather than just there at Sarah’s beck and call.

“We’re stronger together. Go figure.”

Helena connects with the other clones, showing her more human side. Art learns the truth and tries to help the clones as much as he can.

The character list explodes in series 2, with new and old characters remaining in play throughout. Rachel was a complex villain that made for excellent viewing. Paul and Mrs S, however, became so complicated with shifting alliances that I literally had no idea what they were up to or whose side they were on by the end. Neither did their actions really move the plot forward.

The plot was far more complicated this time around. New clones showing up, not all of them good, makes the girls aware that they need to find their maker. Cosima is sick and if a cure can’t be found, they are all at risk. That makes it sound simple. With twisting relationships and alliances, simple is a far cry from what this plot is!

With the extended cast, the plot lost me at times. The stories came together more in this series than the first – everyone was involved with the same thing at the same time. I just didn’t always know who was the good guy and who the bad – which makes it very complicated!

I loved series 2! I could empathise with the characters, was engaged with the plot and always ready to watch the next episode. I’m looking forward to seeing where series 3 will take the clones. I, for one, am definitely planning on continuing to watch.

Something tells me Sarah and co’s problems are only just beginning!

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