TL;DR – This is a film that holds its cards very close to its chest but that makes the slow burn that much better
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
Okay … wow, this is a difficult film to
parse because its structure and tone jump
all over the place and it is a film guards its biggest conceit at all times.
This also makes it a difficult film to review because there are vignettes
throughout that I really like and really didn’t and it is hard to conceptualise
that without immediately running into spoilers. However, that is what we will
attempt to do.
So to set the scene, we open on Erin Bell (Nicole Kidman) a detective in the LAPD
who has clearly had a tough life, and is clearly worse for wear after a long
night of drinking. She is arriving at a
murder scene of a John Doe that had been shot multiple times. The police on
site were not happy to see Erin, and even less so when she implies she knows
who did it because she recognises the tattoo on the back of his neck and the money
covered in die spread around the body as a warning. All of this is confirmed
when we next see Erin at her office and she gets a letter with one of the dyed
bills revealing a past that haunts her to this day.
TL;DR – Boy does it finish in a way only Orphan Black could, it has been a ride sestras, one hell of a ride.
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
Goodness, we actually got here, an end to the wonderful sci-fi series, I say this because the track record of sci-fi shows I love getting their final goodbye is not high. But today we are going to break down the final seasons and look at the things that did work and what didn’t, and take a look at how it all finished. So if you have never watched Orphan Black it is a story about clones, which is not a spoiler because you find that out in the first episode. However, because this is a story about clones it means that lead actor Tatiana Maslany plays at least five main distinct roles throughout the series, and more amazingly each of them feels like a real character. The main story revolves around Sarah Manning (Tatiana Maslany) who has to juggle her past life and impersonating Beth Childs (Tatiana Maslany) who committed suicide in front of her, Alison Hendrix (Tatiana Maslany) who just wants to be a suburban mum and is not ready for her world to explode around her, Cosima Niehaus (Tatiana Maslany) who has devoted her life to science only to find out she herself is a science experiment, Rachel Duncan (Tatiana Maslany) who has lived her life knowing she was a clone and has a detached uncaringness towards her sisters, and Helena (Tatiana Maslany), who has been abused and tormented all her life and turned into a weapon to unleash on her sisters. The seasons revolve around trying to unpick the Dyad Institute and Neolution and more, what are their plans for the clones, and the world. At this point just a reminder that we will be looking at the season as a whole so there will be [SPOILERS] ahead.