When Orphan Black premiered, Tatiana Maslany was essentially a one-woman repertory company. She was playing at least four distinct characters - and sometimes more - in every episode, doing entirely separate performances with her own voice, expressions, bodies and postures. Then branching out still further, pulling off even bigger challenges in each season.
Charles Hartford • But Why Tho? • Dec 9, 2019
"(Season 1)...perhaps the most critical element to Orphan Black: The Next Chapter season one capturing that sense of familiarity is in Maslany’s narration. Hearing her slip back into each of her iconic characters, especially my personal fav Cosima, was a sublime treat...if you have never watched Orphan Black before I would highly recommend you do so first. The writing very much presumes you have at least a baseline familiarity with its characters and concepts. Orphan Black: The Next Chapter season one is everything I could’ve asked for from a follow up to one of my all-time favorite shows. It dives back into the world of science and conspiracies I lost myself in for those original five seasons beautifully. The only possible negative I could level against the show is that if the original wasn’t your cup of tea this is definitely not going to win you over."
Natalie Zutter • TOR.com • Sep 12, 2019
"(Season 1) The best way to experience Orphan Black: The Next Chapter is in audio form, hands down. While the writing team picks up the TV series’ DNA and engineers a new genetically-centered conflict, Tatiana Maslany’s voice is the catalyst that brings back the spirit of the show. Lack of practice has not dimmed her incredible ability to infuse distinct inflections, accents, tones into the clones’ voices, even and especially in conversation with one another. Nor does the fact that she narrates the entire thing—internal monologues, familiar and new characters, action sequences—diminish the effect."