Orphan Black: Season 1, Episode 1

Natural Selection (30 Mar. 2013)

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Sarah Manning witnesses the death of a woman who looks exactly like her. She decides to escape her dramatic life and take the woman's identity for her own. But converting to a new life is harder than she expected.



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Sarah, a streetwise hustler on the run from a lifetime of bad decisions, witnesses the suicide of a stranger who looks just like her. Sarah assumes her identity hoping that cleaning out the dead woman's bank account will solve all of her problems. Instead, the street smart chameleon is thrust headlong into a kaleidoscopic mystery. After taking on the new identity, Sarah quickly finds herself caught in the middle of a deadly conspiracy and must race to find answers. Written by Temple Street Productions

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Effects marred by low budget, but an intriguing premise and good writing form a pilot worth a watch.
18 June 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

As a Canadian, it is great to see such a high quality Canadian science fiction show. This comes with the caveat that it doesn't have a particularly high budget. It doesn't seem to need much in the way of budget, but in the few instances when someone gets shot in the head, for instance, you can tell that you are watching something that doesn't have the budget of a movie. I like the fact that it throws you right in the deep end. When a street- wise hustler witnesses the death of someone who looks exactly like her, she assumes the dead woman's identity to steal her money. You can see immediately that this was a

bad plan, as things quickly start to unravel for her. I like the premise, although I hope it gets more complicated and we get into more science fiction. It was pretty well written as well. Some good dialogue, although some elements were a bit cliché. Overall, a strong pilot with some room for improvement that I hope will take place.

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