Orphan Black has become one of the most talked about shows airing on BBC America; a network that brings audiences such series gold as Doctor Who and Sherlock.
In 2013, Orphan Black was one of the best reviewed shows. Jeff Jensen of Entertainment Weekly said, “Slowly, a smartly constructed epic is taking shape.” While Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter said, “It is, flat out, one of the most intriguingly entertaining new series of the year, and it’s so much more than pure entertainment.”
The second season of Orphan Black is getting the same kind of reviews. However, for people who haven’t yet seen Orphan Black it may be difficult to imagine why the show is getting such good press.
Orphan Black is a Canadian sci-fi television show about a woman who finds out that she is among a series of clones spread through the world with no clue as to where they came from. It’s got a concept that combines the science fiction of clones with the mystery of an unknown background and more than just a dash of humor.
Lauren Davis, a writer for io9, offered her opinion for why Orphan Black has become such a hit right out of the gate:
“I actually think that Orphan Black captures a lot of the things that make shows like Buffy [The Vampire Slayer] great in a way that Buffy imitators haven’t been able to. It’s a female-centered show, and I think a lot of people underestimate how attractive that is for female viewers, with snappy dialogue, complicated relationships, accessible mysteries and a big bad. The characters are larger-than-life, giving the show the kind of escapism you might find in cartoons or action movies, but the relationships between them feel authentic.”
Tatiana Maslany, the star of Orphan Black, plays several very different clones, many times in the same scene. A single actress to giving up to ten different character performances in a single show is almost completely unheard of. In that way, and many others, Orphan Black is completely unique.
The second season premiered on April 19th and many people are looking to catch up, leading to the question: Where can you binge-watch the first season of Orphan Black?
Although there are several digital options to go for, there’s one that stands far in front of the pack. Amazon is offering the entire first season for $9.99, but there’s a way to get it for free. If you sign up with Amazon Prime, the first season of Orphan Black is completely free to stream!
Amazon has gotten the exclusive rights to stream Orphan Black. This means that Netflix users are not going to be seeing the show for the foreseeable future. Since Amazon also secured the exclusive rights to other popular shows, such as 24 and Downtown Abbey, this may be an attempt by the company to catch up to Netflix and gather more users. With Netflix planning to raise its prices, Amazon is seizing the opportunity to attract anyone that Netflix alienates.