For What It's Worth

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Television: The Returned & Orphan Black

I’m still mourning the loss of Breaking bad. If you think I’m picky with books – I’m even worse with TV but I found a two shows that have me totally addicted.

Are you watching them? Or do you have any recommendations?


Orphan Black
BBC America

Source: Wikipedia - Orphan Black is a Canadian science fiction television series starring Tatiana Maslany as several identical women who are revealed to be clones. The series focuses on Sarah Manning, a woman who assumes the identity of her clone, Elizabeth Childs, after witnessing the latter's suicide. The series raises issues about the moral and ethical implications of human cloning and its impact on issues of personal identity.

This is REALLY good. Action packed, kick ass heroine, twisty, a little sexy, great sidekick!
I only watched the first four episodes so far. The next DVD is in the mail so I should have the first season done by the end of this week and then I’ll be ready for season two in April!

BBC America | #cloneclub on Twitter



The Returned
The Sundance Channel – Thursdays 9pm

Source: Sundance Channel -
In an idyllic French mountain town, a seemingly random collection of people find themselves in a state of confusion as they attempt to return to their homes. What they do not yet know is that they have been dead for several years, and no one is expecting them back. As they struggle to reintegrate with their families and past lovers, buried secrets emerge and new mysteries develop as they grapple with a miraculous and sinister new reality. But it seems they are not the only ones to have returned from the dead. Their arrival coincides with a series of gruesome murders which bear a chilling resemblance to the work of a serial killer from the past.

It’s really hard to creep me out or scare me but this show does. It’s just….eerie and totally compelling. The Returned is subtitled but I had no problem whatsoever understanding anything. This show is so brilliant. The character development is nuanced and some of the best I’ve seen on TV.

I wish more people would watch this one. I guess it at least has a cult following and critical acclaim because it’s coming back for a second season next year. Yay!


  1. I love Orphan Black. Its everything you said it is and Tatiana Maslany is amazing. I get creeped out very easily though so I'll be skipping out on The Returned. The scariest I go is Sleepy Hollow which is a new favourite show for the moment.

    1. Tatiana IS amazing. She really pulls off the different characters. Now I understand why everyone wants her to be nominated for awards.

      I think you might like The Returned anyway. It's not gruesome (from what I've seen so far lol) Just a creepy premise.

  2. Yay you liked it :D First I was a bit eh, but then I was hooked. Must check out the Returned

    1. I was completely confused by the first episode lol but it all makes sense now. I'm watching more episodes today!

  3. Was The Returned on a different channel before? I feel like I've seen this... But even if I'm just experiencing déjà vu, I think I'm going to have to check out that first season.

    And doesn't Orphan Black ROCK?!? I had no idea what to expect and I wound up LOVING THIS SHOW!!

    1. As far as I know it hasn't. It was based on a French film - They Came Back (in French titled Les Revenants)

      I was kind of wary of Orphan Black. I'm not a fan of the whole cloning thing but it's so good!! Done really well.

  4. I adore Orphan Black and waiting for the next season. I love all the characters. I have been watching the Returned on and off. #cloneclub

  5. Oh darn! I think the Sundance channel was only free here for a bit and now is gone. Darn it! Will have to see if it is out there in the webverse.

  6. I've not seen any of these shows, but I've been looking for new ones to watch!

  7. I'm suuuuper picky about television too. I only watch a very few amount. Ive heard good things about Orphan Black. A friend suggested it because of Dylan Bruce. lol

  8. I loved Orphan Black at first, but then it got a little weird for me. It's amazing the way that Tatiana Maslany portrays all those clones.
    I'm just now watching Breaking Bad -- I know, I'm late to the party. I'm in season three now, so no spoilers….
    Jen @ YA Romantics

  9. I love Orphan Black...Tatiana Maslany is so talented!!

  10. I've seen trailers for this show, but didn't get to watch. I'll have to check it out. I don't know when it started or anything... : (