To help ensure that you’re fully caught up on all things Orphan Black before Saturday’s season two premiere at 9e 6p, this week we’re taking a daily look at one of the show’s five main clones: Sarah, Cosima, Alison, Helena, and Rachel.
Without further ado, here are five crucial things we know about Sarah Manning.
1. She's badass
Sarah is the British punk grifter clone. She wears black eyeliner and The Clash t-shirts, and has a not-too-serious (but not not serious) criminal record for petty fraud and assault. We don't know too much about her year away from Toronto before the beginning of the show, except that she was on the wrong side of the tracks, the law, or anything wholesome.
2. She comes from “the black”
When Sarah was about eight years old, a man named Carlton supposedly brought her through his pipeline to Mrs. S, who became her legal guardian. Sarah was apparently a child "in the black," meaning she was undocumented. Mrs. S claims to know little about Sarah's early years, except that she was rumoured to be among a group of orphans used for medical testing. At the end of season one, Sarah meets her birth mother, Amelia, a South African woman who had served as a surrogate to two scientists posing as a couple. When Amelia realized the couple were Neolutionists, she ran, and gave her twin babies away—one to the state and one to the church. Sarah was the one given to the state.
3. She’s a twin
Helena was the child Amelia gave to the church—making Helena and Sarah technically twins. They both claim to feel a special connection, although they also don't seem to like each other very much.
4. She’s got acting chops
After witnessing Beth (the cop clone) jump in front of a train at the beginning of the first episode, Sarah swipes both her bag and her life. She moves into Beth's stylish condo, practices a Canadian accent, and gets very friendly (read: naked) with Paul, Beth's buff boyfriend. But while imitating Beth may be Sarah's first and longest con, she later impersonates both Katja and Alison. Sarah is almost as good an actor as Tatiana Maslany!
5. She’s a mom
Sarah had one driving motivation for returning to Toronto at the beginning of the series: to reunite with Kira, her daughter. And while we still have no clue as to the identity of Kira's father, we do know that Sarah is the only clone, so far, to have given birth to her own biological child. Which means both she and Kira are very valuable to the Neolutionists.
Also be sure to check out InnerSpace all week for daily clone recaps.