Sarah Manning, Alison Hendrix, Cosima Niehaus, Rachel Duncan, and Helena are all back for Season 3 of "Orphan Black" Saturday on BBC America in the United States and Space in Canada.
Tatiana Maslany is back in her many roles — certainly not limited to the roles above.
We have no spoilers of any kind here; we prefer to be truly surprised. We do know from the last episode of Season 2 that we will see male clones. But we'll let the debut of Season 3 catch us up otherwise.
Even if you've never seen an "Orphan Black" episode, or you aren't into science fiction, these are well-drawn complicated female characters, many in the same scene, all played by the same actress.
It's a smart show that challenges the viewer with an amazing cast of people surrounding the clones.
Yes, it's Canadian, but I stand here with utter honesty and say, "You have to try out this show."
If you want to start from the beginning, there are 10 episodes in each of the first 2 seasons. DVR or PVR the new episodes and catch up over time.
The New York Times has a beautiful article on Maslany and the show. "The Many Faces of Tatiana Maslany" speaks to the clones, but the article does a fine job of capturing the woman behind the faces.
Maslany has shown in moments off-screen that she can be very charming but won't sacrifice who she is or what she thinks over a bit of fame.
Maslany also made the cover of Adweek earlier this month with a very nice Q&A on the actress. She cites her improv comedy skills in helping her with "Orphan Black." Most "Americans" haven't seen "Picture Day" or "Cas & Dylan" -- I appreciated her for her comedy long before "Orphan Black." Even in these dramatic roles, Maslany does bring humor, especially in Alison's character.
For a variety of reasons, Tatiana Maslany and "Orphan Black" haven't received the accolades the show deserves. The show did win 10 Canadian Screen Awards from 13 nominations in early March, including Maslany and Jordan Gavaris.
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