What Orphan Black Can Teach Other Shows About Writing Women (Part 1)

[Spoilers to follow for Orphan Black seasons 1-3.]

In Orphan Black’s first episode Sarah, our con-artist heroine, finds herself in a dangerous situation. She’s stolen a woman’s identity, and that woman’s big, burly boyfriend comes home early and begins pelting her with questions. The tone of the scene is tinged with domestic violence; Sarah, wearing nothing but her underwear and a Clash t-shirt, looks vulnerable, and Paul has her cornered in, of all places, the domestic cliché-loaded...

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