Orphan Black Season 4: Bringing the past to life

A cast of people spread out in a dark room, the words "Orphan Black" written over the image.
Image: BBC America

Genre: Sci-fi/thriller

Synopsis:

S1: Grifter Sarah Manning happens to meet a woman who looks exactly like her in a train station, right before the woman commits suicide. Naturally, Sarah uses the opportunity to take her identify and steal all her stuff. But while pretending to be the now-deceased Beth Childs in order to access her bank account, Sarah finds herself thrust deeper into Beth’s life than she imagined. But there’s a reason Beth killed herself. There’s a reason why the two of them look so alike. And Sarah’s walked right into a dangerous trap. Continue reading “Orphan Black Season 4: Bringing the past to life”

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Orphan Black, and the Art of the Likable yet Deeply Flawed Anti-Heroine

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Image: BBC America via Collider

Genre: Sci-fi/thriller

Synopsis:

S1: Grifter Sarah Manning happens to meet a woman who looks exactly like her in a train station, right before the woman commits suicide. Naturally, Sarah uses the opportunity to steal all her stuff. But while pretending to be her in order to access her bank account, Sarah finds herself thrust deeper into the woman’s life than she imagined. She learns there’s a reason why the woman looked like her, and she’s walked right into a dangerous trap. Continue reading “Orphan Black, and the Art of the Likable yet Deeply Flawed Anti-Heroine”

Science in Media: Stringency, Contradictions, and Cloning

Just a few weeks ago, I had my first thesis committee meeting. This means that I passed my qualifying exams (yay). And it means that I now have a thesis committee made of several professors with whom I will meet at least once a year, to check the progress on my project. They’re there to advise graduate students and make sure we’re on track.

So in honor of that, I’m going to highlight some positive examples of scientific portrayal in media, as opposed to my usual rants. (Though I don’t promise to be completely rant free, just to highlight some positive examples.) Continue reading “Science in Media: Stringency, Contradictions, and Cloning”