Monday, August 14, 2017

Link Round-Up: Orphan Black

There are few prominent roles for women in the television today, and Tatiana Maslany was lucky enough to play nine of them on Orphan Black, which has just recently concluded with its 50th episode.  While the series was never a ratings darling what with airing on the BBC, it did have boast a devout following (the #CloneClub) for its sophisticated portrayals of feminism and femininity.

The show garnered praise and buzz for (previously unknown) lead actress Tatiana Maslany.  EW proclaimed early in the show's run that "There's no better special effect on television right now than Tatiana Maslany playing a variety of clones."  In fact many critics are currently of the opinion that Tatiana Maslany is the Best Actress on TV.

An Oral History of Orphan Black from the Women Who Brought It to Life

The Best Character Moments and Clone Swap of Season 5

BitchFlicks examines the female gaze and deliberately unidimensional men.

Clones Are People Too: The Science and Science Fiction of BBC America’s Orphan Black.  Orphan Black is ending, but how far has human cloning come

Entertainment Weekly's Women Who Kick Ass Panel, featuring Tatiana along with Morena Baccarin (Gotham), Melissa Benoist (Supergirl), Nathalie Emmanuel (Game of Thrones), Lucy Lawless (Ash vs Evil Dead), Connie Nielsen (Wonder Woman) and Ming-Na (Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)

In an interview at Buzzfeed, co-creators John Fawcett and Graeme Mason and Maslany discuss the show's first season and the technical process of making the show. Over at the AV Club, Maslany discusses all her roles--in the same show.

Interview by Kevin Smith at San Diego Comic-Con 2016: Tatiana Maslany Shows Off a Variety of Impressive Accents.

The New York Times on The Clones as Meditation on Femininity and The Many Faces of Tatiana Maslany. In portraying a horde of clones on ‘Orphan Black,’ the actress has created TV’s strangest — and most sophisticated — meditation on femininity.  The article is quite a turnaround for the Times. In the run up to the second season last year a reviewer there wrote "if you look past the gee-whiz facade, you can’t help noticing that Ms. Maslany isn’t exactly channeling Alec Guinness... She has an appealing spunkiness but lacks the kind of range that would really make the clones into distinct, and distinctive, characters."

The New Yorker on The History Lurking Behind “Orphan Black”

Orphan Black Boss on Burning Qs About Kira's Dad, Charlotte's Future and More

Orphan Black Finale Reveals the Total Number of Clones and Why The “Orphan Black” Finale Worked So Well and the Series Finale Explained.

Orphan Black Was Never About Cloning: The show’s examination of science ethics went far beyond a single technology.

Vanity Fair: "What We’re Really Losing When We Lose Orphan Black. It’s the smartest TV show you should have kept watching." ("...a show that’s always required its viewers to have both a deep sense of intellectual curiosity and a willingness to be mind-fucked on a weekly basis") Previously on Mefi: "What does it mean to be a modern woman" from Eyebrows McGee.

What's Maslany Doing After 'Orphan Black'? Hollywood Has To Come Through.

While the New Republic praises Orphan Black for its portrayal of the Female Gaze and avoidance of the usual male orientated titillation, at AfterEllen they worried that Orphan Black will over Dude it.

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