When I was first introduced to Orphan Black, the Season One box set had only just been released. I was cold, alone, and had no idea what to expect. It took wading through a couple episodes before my jaw hit the coffee table and I found myself power watching through the entire first season, real world forgotten.
Orphan Black initially follows Sarah Manning. After a rough life, Sarah returns home. She is waiting at a transport station and suddenly sees a woman that looks exactly like her take off her shoes, set aside a pocket book, and step in front of a train. Terrified, Sarah runs to the purse and discovers that the woman is Beth Childs. It only gets weirder from there. Sarah attempts to assume Beth’s identity. She moves into a grand condo, and suddenly discovers Beth had a boyfriend. She is attacked by two women who look exactly like her, including one that may or may not belong to a cult. Long story short, Sarah is a clone, and the Dyad Institute wants both her and her daughter Kira. Fast forward to Season Two. With a new cast of amazing characters like Allison, the stay at home soccer mom turned killer, Cosmia, the brainy lesbian scientist and Helena, our Shakira hair wannabee former convent dweller, there is not a single moment of boredom. Beth Childs former partner, Sarah’s former lovers and the wonderfully flaboyant Felix ensure that things run either smoothly, or add just enough complication to bring out the truth.
Season 2 was filled with stomach dropping twists, tragic reveals and some of the funniest black humor sequences between Allison and her husband, Donny. There are religious cults. There are secret organizations. There are moments of genetic science I pray never become fact! I found myself sitting down and powering through episodes on Amazon. However, you are in luck. On July 15, 2014, BBC America releases Orphan Black: Season 2 on DVD and Bluray. This means, unlike the rest of us mere mortals, you can binge watch Season 1 and 2 together. However, the end of the 2nd season may have you scratching your head, just like us.