Both of these new shows also share female-centric themes and atypical roles for women in television. In Netflix’s series, a preppy Brooklyn resident leaves her chic soap-making company to serve time in a penitentiary, paying penance for a crime she committed ten years earlier. The half-grueling, half-hilarious series uses its thirteen episode arc to focus on a different prisoner’s back-story per episode, creating an exceedingly well-rounded ensemble.
In BBC’s innovative critics’ favorite “Orphan Black,” a young woman comes to the realization that she is part of a human cloning experiment (all clones are played by the talented Tatiana Maslany, sadly overlooked by Emmy voters). Both trailers are below, if you need a little refresher. (Our appreciation of Maslany is here.)
This imaginative mash-up imagines Maslany’s various clones as different characters from Netflix’s new series. The image quality leaves quite a bit to be desired, but the character matching is amusing.