Orphan Black: Season 2 Reviews

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June 20, 2014
Part of what makes Orphan Black so appealing is, like Sherlock, its comfort in shifting the tone of the story so suddenly.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 28, 2014
Orphan Black self-consciously apes Maslany's multiple-personality routine, switching between a dizzying array of genres but injecting them all with almost-subversive humanity and humor.
April 24, 2014
Orphan Black remains high-order lo-fi sci-fi, brilliantly engineered for dynamic multiplicity - feminist allegory, conspiracy thriller, cheeky satire - electrified by Tatiana Maslany's all-star performance(s).
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 22, 2014
Every futuristic mystery could benefit from having Max Headroom in the cast.
April 21, 2014
Sorry to say, the sometimes arbitrary storytelling, the lackadaisical direction, the reliance on coincidence and miraculous plot turns all undermine the drama. Maslany deserves better.
April 19, 2014
Maslany is so good here that one wishes she wasn't so often forced to deal with exposition in her dialogue instead of the truly remarkable characters she's crafted from each clone but it's impossible to deny the pure entertainment factor of Orphan Black.
Top Critic
April 19, 2014
I'll always value how Orphan Black's ability to shift and combine genres - sometimes in the same scene - kept me hooked through the first season while supercharging the second.
April 18, 2014
From the space between wreckage and rebuilding comes much of our great literature, music and art. And now, Orphan Black.
April 18, 2014
This style of no-style is often distracting in Canadian-made shows that clutter American cable networks. Somehow, Orphan Black is one of the few shows to make provenance irrelevant. It really has been engineered in a lab.
April 18, 2014
Orphan Black is a very dense show, and I mean that in a good way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 18, 2014
There is not a better performance-magic trick?-on television right now than watching Maslany break herself into a multitude that's learning it might be one.
April 18, 2014
Thanks to its creators' verve and its star's zest, Orphan Black feels electric, sky-high on its own supply.
April 18, 2014
It's a complex, multi-layered show, with the writing and acting chops to pull it off.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
April 17, 2014
The show can be messy and confusing -- a headlong rush to who-knows- where-or-why at times. But those clones keep it grounded.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 17, 2014
Orphan Black's twists, turns and veers are getting increasingly harder to keep down -- and impossible to swallow whole. None of this is Maslany's fault. She's still a wonder, never more so than in Episode 4's closing scene.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 17, 2014
Nobody should worry about a drop-off in quality this season, as Orphan Black comes out of the gates as strong as ever, picking right up where season one left off and allowing Maslany to thrill anew with her impressive acting chops.
April 17, 2014
Orphan Black is an amazing showcase for Maslany's talents: skills that few could match even if given the opportunity.
April 17, 2014
The second season takes a deeper dive into the trust and ethical issues at the heart of the show.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 17, 2014
Orphan Black is better than almost any show on TV at feeling like it's constantly building toward something, no matter how perilous and rickety its structure becomes.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
April 15, 2014
It's an inordinately intelligent sci-fi series in which the flaws only enhance its overall underdog appeal. Season two looks to be another roller-coaster ride.
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