Tatiana Maslany stands out as the lead(s) of ‘Orphan Black’s’ second season


Tatiana Maslany is both of the people in this photo. (BBC America)

Orange is not the new black. “Orphan Black” is the new black. That’s the supersuspenseful BBC America series about streetwise, raw-boned Sarah and her clones. Some are nice. Some are evil. Some are dying. One is a suburban mom who used to have a drug habit. All of them act rashly. No one seems to know why they exist. But everyone is out to get them.

I suggest watching with a fan because things can get confusing. My Blackaholic daughter was my guide when I previewed the second season premiere (which airs at 9 p.m. Saturday).

Me: Is that guy evil?

Daughter: Yes.

Me: I thought so because of the music and also his name is clearly evil: Dr. Aldous Leekie. What about that guy Paul?

Daughter: He may not be evil.

Me: Is that Sarah disguised as the scientist clone Cosima or is it actually Cosima?

Daughter: I’m not sure.

Even if you’re not sure who’s who, you can’t help but marvel at actress Tatiana Maslany. Not only does she make every clone seem really different, but in this week’s episode, she wrestles herself to the ground and punches herself in the face.

 

 

Marc Silver has been watching TV since the days when people wrapped aluminum foil around TV antennae to improve reception.
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