Even though I’m hard at work on the sequel to Eye of the Storm, I am still human and occasionally need to take a brain break. This week, I found this post on Kameron Hurley’s blog about the BBC America show called Orphan Black. This caught my attention:
What makes this such great television isn’t just the exceptional job Tatiana Maslany, the woman who plays All the Clones does in acting with herself throughout the majority of the show. It’s also the exceptional writing, the dialogue, the storytelling, and the deeply sympathetic, diverse, and well-drawn characters.
I couldn’t race to the internets to purchase it fast enough, and thanks to the evils of Amazon Prime, I got it on Friday. Thinking I would watch an episode or two before bed, I popped it in.
I finally forced myself to go to bed at 2am. Then I got up at noon to finish the 10-episode series.
If this is the standard BBC America is going to hit with it’s original programming, I need to Purchase All the Things. Orphan Black is practically a bespoke show for me. Fascinating female characters (most of them played by Maslany, who may be a goddess of acting and may need a shrine or two), sharp camera work, an excellent supporting cast, smart, well-written dialog, a plot that is as tightly and beautifully woven as a kimono, and the kind of 20 minutes into the future science fiction plot that doesn’t diss science one bit, just the fallible humans that can use it for the most inhuman ends.
The show was renewed, and I’ll definitely be watching. It’s the kind of thing that both intrigues me and gets my writing brain all excited to put words down. I can watch these actors and see what the do, how they convey things, how the show conveys mood with camera angles and lighting and colors, and all I want to do it figure out how to translate that artwork to text.
Finding inspiration is extremely fun, though less difficult than one may imagine. Finding something that quickens my breath and makes my fingers itch that much is precious.