How have you been filling the hole left by BB’s ending? I’ve followed Bryan Cranston’s efforts in a Broadway show about LBJ and watched some of Aaron Paul’s recent film work, but I needed a new series to watch. “Orange Is the New Black” was my first try, and I’m a continuing fan, but it’s only a few drops in the bucket. A better filler (25%) is “Orphan Black,” a Canadian sci-fi series starring Tatiana Maslany as each of a series of clones created for some nefarious purpose without their knowledge. It’s gotten some awards, but nowhere near as many as it deserves — not one Emmy nomination this year, for example. You can watch it on Amazon — the first season’s free for Amazon Prime members. The third season is being filmed now, and will be available next spring. While waiting for that, I tried all of the “Orphan Black” podcasts I could find on iTunes, but didn’t like any of them.
That was probably because I’ve been spoiled by my two favorite “Breaking Bad” podcasts: the Breaking Good podcast and the TVCritic.org’s BB cast. Then I discovered that the Breaking Good cast, available on iTunes and at Baldmove.com is doing a rewatch, starting with season one. They also have a Baldmove TV podcast that’s interesting — I’m really a fan of these two guys! Robin Pearson of the TVCritic.org has, sadly, given up his TV podcasts in favor of The History of Byzantium, for which he apparently gets more financial support. I’m a former history major and current and always history buff, and I love hearing Robin’s gentle Brit delivery, but it doesn’t help with the BB hole.
I guess (sigh) nothing will. I’ve started watching “True Detective” now that it’s come out on DVD, and it seems well done (I love Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson). But I’m stalling, having watched the first two episodes. I guess I’m having a hard time committing to yet another gritty, violent series just for the writing, acting, and production values, as I did with “The Wire” and “Breaking Bad.” Maybe it’s because there doesn’t seem to be any comic relief. And no interesting women, just women as victims. Unrelenting grimness. I’m also getting hints that MM’s character might have committed the murders, which would be horrifying. I’ll probably look ahead to see what happens before I continue watching. (I like to be prepared more than I hate spoilers, and sometimes a heads up allows me to get more out of my initial watch.)
I’d love to hear what other BB fans have been watching…
I’d also like to start a new blog for BB fans now watching “Orphan Black.” Or find an existing one.