When the Emmy nominations came out last week, there were the usual howls over the voters' errors in judgment. And the loudest howls might well have been over the lack of a nomination for Tatiana Maslany, who has dazzled critics with her work on the BBC America series Orphan Black. Maslany has played not one character but many, all clones with distinctly different personalities and agendas.
One tweet about the snub apologized on behalf of all of America, saying "we're just ... not that bright." Another claimed that, because of her diverse roles, Maslany deserved four nominations for drama acting and another for comedy acting. And one TV critic joked that she was not overlooked because she actually was playing the nominated Woody Harrelson in True Detective.
To understand the outrage, you can see the first season of Orphan Black, which has been out on DVD and Blu-ray (and digital), and the second-season, released Tuesday on DVD and Blu-ray (The second season also is available digitally, including through iTunes and Amazon Instant Video). Besides Maslany's performance, which is pretty amazing, the set includes several making-of pieces, among them one about a major scene in the second-season finale. And once you're hooked on this, be aware that a third season is in the works for 2015.