Absolutely fantastic premise but the pilot really didn’t grab me. Too much time spent on Sarah’s crummy life, crummy ex-boyfriend, stolen cocaine, etc. However, I suppose that information was necessary in order to justify why she would swap places with a recently deceased cop/doppelganger.
Tatiana Malsany is quite the chameleon. I didn’t realize that she was in one of the Ginger Snaps sequels until I looked her up on the imdb. She really seems to enjoy juggling all the wigs, outfits, and accents.
All in all, the pilot reminded me of a grimier version of the CW’s short-lived Ringer starring Sarah Michelle Gellar. But instead of a soapy melodrama, Orphan Black has great potential to be an effective police procedural and sci-fi thriller. My biggest criticism would be the pacing. The entire episode felt like several episodes of a web series stitched together into a loosely connected 60 minute movie. Subsequent episodes have been much stronger.