Yelly Writes

Missing the sestras!

If you think a show about the moral and ethical implications of human cloning will mostly be a documentary, think again!

Double helix image copyright Dabarti
Double helix image copyright Dabarti

At this year’s Emmys, Tatiana Maslany won the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (FINALLY!).  You might know her from The Woman in Gold, or The Vow.  I thought it was well deserved, and I thought it was a gross injustice when she wasn’t nominated in 2014 and when she was finally nominated in 2015, I couldn’t believe she didn’t win!  This woman plays all the clones (to date: Sarah, Cosima, Alison, Helena, Rachel, Krystal, MK, Beth, Katja, Jennifer and Tony…apparently there are 22 known clones but not all of them are actually in the storyline).  They have different looks, different characters, different accents because of the different nationalities and different storylines!  If you have trouble remembering the items on your grocery shopping list, have a think about Tatiana Maslany’s script work!

tatianamaslanyI was drawn to this show because, being the child of a geneticist, who spent most of free time in her father’s cytogenetics laboratory, the premise of the series was interesting.  What would you do if you found out that you were a clone and there are several of you and and there was something sinister involved in your creation?  Every time I watch episodes, I wonder what my father would think.  I still think I should get him copies of the series.  I think he’d enjoy it!  But it might be a good idea for me to wait until the fifth series has been released as he might want to watch the entire series in one go!

I’ve now finished the final episode of the 4th series.  Yep, I started watching it when it first came out in 2013!  After the first 2 episodes, I was hooked.  Really bad.  Am so thankful for Apple TV because it means I could binge watch and find out what was happening to Sarah and her sestras (the clones call themselves sisters, and one of the clones is Helena who escaped from a Czech cult calls her sisters sestras so that caught on so now the clones – the main ones, Sarah, Cosima, Alison and Helena – call each other sestra).  But it is addictive.  Once you get hooked on OB, you’ll never not want to watch the next episode.  It’s because each clone has a story and you start having a favourite clone, or you start wondering what Felix, or Mrs S or Art or the devious Castors are up to!

orphan-blackNow that I’ve finished Season 4, there is the interminable wait for Season 5.  I have it on very good authority that Season 5 will be the last season for OB (silent scream: NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!).  I might need to get a box set just for me because I will miss OB, and like a junkie, I will need a fix.  Because I will want to watch it over and over again, from the very beginning (which is always a very good place to start, even Fraulein Maria says so!).

Hmmmm.  I wonder if Alan will want to watch OB from the very beginning with me.