Oh, My Pop Culture Jesus: Orphan Black’s Missed Opportunity for Faith-Based Redemption

orphan_black_title_imageContributors to this blog have generally been pretty excited about the BBC America show Orphan Black, which returns for its second season this month. In case you’ve been hiding under a rock, Orphan Black follows the lives of several human clones, all born under mysterious circumstances and secretly monitored their whole lives for the sake of science—until they become aware and start fighting back. I loved the first season just as other writers here did, but I think the religious extremist and antagonist, Helena, needs some deeper exploration. Spoilers below.

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True Blood Season 2 Part 1

True-Blood-HBO-s-Season-2-PROMO-true-blood-7734359-1024-768Well, I have to say that I was quite impressed by the first season of True Blood, so it really wasn’t that hard to speed my way on through the second season. For anyone who missed my review of the first season—you can find it here and hereTrue Blood, based on The Sookie Stackhouse Novels, is about a telepathic waitress falling in love with a vampire named Bill, whose mind she cannot read. Two years before the start of the series, vampires have “come out of the coffin” and revealed themselves to the public, since a synthetic blood called “True Blood” can now satisfy all of their nutritional needs.

Though I can safely say that I love this show, it does something that I completely hate: it ends every episode on a cliffhanger, and that includes the season finales. The first season ended with Lafayette disappearing and Sookie and Tara finding a dead body that looks suspiciously like him. I think if I actually had had to wait months on end to find out what truly happened, I might have died a little inside.

Spoilers after the jump.

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