By Sydney Fromm
While I was in college, my roommates and I discovered a BBC America show, Orphan Black. At the center of the show is Tatiana Maslany. Not only does she play the main character Sarah, but she play at least 5 other clones that are Sarah’s “sisters.” Maslany displays an immense talent interacting with herself on screen and developing each of her characters so deeply that the viewers forget that they are watching the same actress.
The series came back last month with its third season. The show runners have taken us back to the beginning of the story, revealing new information that makes Maslany’s characters even more badass than we previously thought. Not only does Maslany provide some amazing entertainment, but her multiple characters provide viewers with several strong female characters.
At the center of the story is Sarah Manning, a hardcore British punk who is thrown into this confusing world. From her, viewers are exposed to a no-nonsense single mom who will do anything to protect those that she loves. Soon after she is thrown into this crazy world of clones, we meet Cosima, Helena, and Alison.
Cosima, a lesbian hippie scientist from California, shows the audience that there are other ways to fight for those that you love than using your fists. Cosima seems to be the glue that holds the other clones together. Alison is the resident soccer mom that has a dark secret. Alison, like her other “sisters”, is fiercely protective. Alison deals in secrets and cover-ups. Helena, our resident brainwashed killer, is an example of how love can reform a person.
The “sisters” in this show prove that all types of females are able to protect themselves and their loved ones no matter how they live their lives. In ‘Orphan Black’ the women are in charge. They call the shots, they take the queen, they do the killing. Women run the show in these character’s lives.
Even in a show that has science that toes the line of reality and fiction, we can learn a thing or two from these “genetic identicals.” We can take from these woman, examples of strength, courage, intelligence, and loyalty.