We really love Orphan Black, and we think more people should watch it. We’ve kept spoilers to a minimum (early season one only). Jeff and I are joined this week by our special guest panelist, Taryn Cheal, and we spend the first segment singing the praises of the show, from its deft world-building techniques, to engaging procedural elements, to making very believable clone interactions on a small(er) television budget. Check out this behind-the-scenes look at the Time Vampire in action on an awesome clone scene (from late season 2, mild spoilers involved). We roundly agree that Tatiana Maslany deserves all the awards, including special ones that we create for her.
In the second half of the show, we discuss various times when actors have played different roles in the same production, including favourites like Mrs. Winterbourne, The Parent Trap, and Dave. Lauren is weirdly passionate about all three of these movies. We also talk about a couple of classic examples from television comedies; where Jeff finds a way to talk about the Marvel Cinematic Universe in relation to Friends, so be sure to listen for that little gem. We also discuss when and how dual casting works in theatre, and as is our wont, we talk Sondheim, Wicked, and Hamilton.
We end the show with our Pop Culture Kool-Aid picks with recommendations for you. Taryn is obsessed with Documentary Now!, and particularly couldn’t handle Bill Hader as Little Vivie (a Little Edie from Grey Gardens send up).
I am (always) drinking the Kool-Aid of the great Viola Davis and her phenomenal work on a mediocre show, How to Get Away With Murder. I’m also re-inspired with Shonda Rhimes, the executive producer of HTGAWM, and show creator/writer/runner extraordinaire for Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Scandal, and The Catch. Rhimes’ TED talk: My Year of Saying Yes To Everything was a lovely reminder of what a gifted storyteller she is.
Jeff finished up Gravity Falls and had many feels about it, and wants us all to watch it, though he won’t share what exactly a multi-bear is. He also got a small gift from the good folks at Lucasfilm, in the form of the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story teaser trailer, which you have probably already seen.