A TV review??

So, while this is a pretty writing-centred blog, we’re watching Orphan Black at the moment (which I always want to call “Orphan is the New Black,” but that’s another story) and it’s filmed in Canada. While that’s nothing new, it’s also set in Canada (Toronto), so the bills are Canadian bills, the milk cartons you see in passing in people’s fridges are Canadian brands, etc. It’s been a long time since I’ve watched anything set in Canada (the only thing that springs to mind is the Canadian cult favourite Bon Cop Bad Cop), though various X-Files episodes feature Vancouver public transit and some very heimweh-enducing West Coast forests, which are invariably supposed to be somewhere in the States, including once, hilariously, Florida (the Florida everglades definitely look nothing like the west coast of Canada, but nice try, Chris Carter). Anyway, I’m discovering that it’s a little disconcerting watching all this chaos take place in a city that I know. It’s easy to suspend disbelief while watching American TV because, while for American viewers it may look like home, to me, their cities don’t look real – they look like television. When I watch Orphan Black, on the other hand, everything looks like  real life – right down to the Ontario licence plates and bilingual driver’s licences. Who knew that such tiny things could be so disconcerting? But the devil’s in the details, I guess.
All of this aside, I’m really enjoying the show. I know I’m late to the party, but if you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it. The first season, at least, is totally gripping. Tatiana Maslany’s performance of a half dozen completely different characters alone would be worth watching, even if the show wasn’t as well written.


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