While scanning US websites for new shows worth having a look at I saw a few references to something called Orphan Black that sounds cool.|
Basically, a woman sees another woman commit suicide in a public place - and the woman looks exactly like her. So, she steals her handbag and starts trying to pass herself off as this other woman, and discovers there are many other women who look like her - clones.
It's a nice idea, but it's rather compromised for me by a really weird style. First of all, it's hard to tell what the show wants to be - quirky black comedy/drama, or actual thriller. It tries both and fails to gel. In between moments of interesting plot development stuff she hangs out with this British guy, her friend who's all quirky and camp and clearly meant to be the comedy relief, but he's just rubbish. And also, British - think a slightly less angry, snarky and bitter Nick Grimshaw, with slightly less stupid hair.
Then there's the lead. I think her character is meant to be British, but her accent is lousy, so it's just as well the woman she impersonates is American. But she also plays all the clones and on the basis of the third version of her we meet, she's not particularly convincing at playing other people.
And then there's the look of it. I think it's an American show, but it's airing on BBC America and a lot of the time it looks exactly like most British dramas that try to be American - far too overly dramatically lit on the one hand, and hampered by the "is it a comedy/drama, or is it a thriller?" indecision.
At least, that's what I thought. The wife was going to watch another episode but I couldn't face it. Great idea, lousy execution.
Anyone else caught any of it?
(I haven't done any Googling about the show to see who actually made it, or what nationality the main actress actually is. Just my knee-jerk reactions here...)
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