Conclusion: One of the real gems currently on cable television, 'Orphan Black' is finally beginning to emerge from its cult status and break into the mainstream. This first season is quite engaging, thanks in large part to the incredible acting range of Tatiana Maslany, who plays no less than seven different characters – all distinctly and convincingly.
Summary: Orphan Black doesn't so much feel like an exciting new original series as it does one genetically engineered to take Comic-Con by storm. All that meticulous design and micro-tinkering comes at a price, though: the show spends so much of its first season life cycle grasping at unpredictable straws that when it finally grabs hold of a few genuine surprises it still seems overly contrived.
Excerpt: You can almost picture Sarah heaving a sigh as she takes that first, reluctant step off the train. Flat broke and weary-eyed, something clearly went terribly wrong wherever it is that Sarah just came from, and the stormy phone call that [click on the thumbnail to enlarge] follows suggests that more of the same misery awaits her here. A visibly nervous, well-dressed woman a short distance down the platform catches Sarah's eye.