MicroblogMondays: Fertility on “Orphan Black”


I’ve been obsessed with “Orphan Black“, a Sci-Fi thriller that talks about clones.  Anyone out there has seen it?  We are late to the game, as the first season was from 2013.  I watched the first six episodes alone until Bob agreed to watch the first episode with me.  Since then, I have gotten him hooked on the show as well.  Since this show is in the end of its 3rd season, I am not afraid of talking about season one here.  I love how the actress Tatiana Maslany could play so many different characters so vividly.  There is the original hustler clone who is the main character.  And then there are the soccer mom clone, the scientist, clone, the religious-fanatic-serial-killer clone, the suicidal dead cop clone, the German clone, and the cold, evil, and emotionless big-corporation executive clone.  One interesting tidbit that got my attention on the show is about the main character Sarah being the only clone who had the ability to conceive and give birth to her daughter.  All the other clones are infertile. They have been told that they would never give birth to a baby.  Some have resorted to adoption.  Admittedly, if infertility was not my reality, I wouldn’t have given this plot line much attention.  Of course this is an important fact and information about the clones, as fertility is such an important part of a woman’s life.   In one of the scenes, the usually very cold big-corporation executive clone who hired the scientist clone to study all the clones was almost emotional and almost had tears in her eyes when she told the scientist clone to figure out why the main character clone Sarah could have a biological child but none of the other clones could.  I usually hate hate hate that cold cold evil executive clone (although Bob thinks that she is super hot).  However, in that scene, seeing her almost misty eyes, I could empathize with her.  Behind that cold facade, she probably was longing to become a mother as well.  And then, there was this scene where a lady came forward to tell the main character Sarah that she was her birth mother.  Apparently, an embryo was transferred into her that became Sarah.  I was sitting there scratching my head.  Wouldn’t she be a gestational carrier, not a birth mother?  Again, if I hadn’t been so involved in assisted reproductive technology, I probably wouldn’t even blinked when I heard that.  Our own fertility does affect our viewing experience when it comes to TV shows and movies.

(This is an excellent show to watch if anyone is into Sci-Fi thrillers.)