The mark of a really talented actor is if, when watching them play dual roles, the audience forgets that they’re watching a single actor. Maslany has this skill in spades – each character she portrays is so nuanced, and yet so meaningfully distinct, that it’s very easy to lose track of the fact that you’re just watching one woman. Sarah is as different from Alison as Alison is as different from Cosima as Cosima is from Helena as Hele – well, you get the picture.
Across the past few weeks, I’ve been making an effort to catch up on Orphan Black – I’m partway through the 3rd season, and I’m really enjoying it. The chief reason being, of course, Tatiana Maslany – she’s a genuine phenomenon. It’s honestly consistently astounding to see her performance each week; and thus, I wrote an article about it!
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I think the standout strength of the series is Melissa Benoist – and I’m certainly not alone in highlighting this. She’s absolutely perfect for the role of Kara, having created a character who’s genuinely endearing and a delight to watch. More than that, though, she really captures that bright and cheerful optimism that, to my mind, is so essential for a hero. Of course, Benoist isn’t limited to just charming awkwardness – she has real range as an actress, which goes a long way towards depicting Kara as a nuanced, three dimensional character.
This one is, in fact, yesterday’s article! It’s a review of Supergirl, which I have really, really enjoyed this past year. Watched it with my pal Gibbs, and it was lots of fun to discuss it with him each week. Certainly, it’s been my favourite of all the DC TV offerings over the past year. Excellent stuff.
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