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Hearing some of the early impressions of this season, I was a bit worried. I finally jumped into it last night and thought the first episode especially was rock solid. This series will never be the same from one season to the next. Good serialized series have to throw in a "game changer" to reshuffle the deck each season to keep it from getting stale. Having Sarah constantly on the run from the corporate clone creators while trying to protect her daughter was getting old. I'm glad they took Kira out of the equation (at least for the moment) in episode 2. The showrunners will never be able to replicate the intrigue of unfolding the mystery of the clone conspiracy piece by piece as they did in the first season. Everyone in Clone Club, including the viewer, is too self-aware now.
The only thing that bothers me is the use of the all-too-common device of there being yet another layer of oversight to Dyad. First it was Dr. Leeke and Rachel. Then it was Marion. Now we have Topside. Reminds me of Chuck, how each season there seemed to be a next level higher of bad spy agency to battle against. At least the Castor conspiracy takes us in a bit of a sideways direction.
To give you an idea of how much I'm enjoying this, I plan to watch season 3 in standard definition via my cable company's On Demand (I don't subscribe to BBC America, but for some reason I'm not blocked out of SD versions of new episodes of Orphan Black in the On Demand section -- though other content from channels I don't sub to is blocked out).