anotherlongshot (anotherlongshot) wrote,
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I Love Tatiana Maslany

Orphan Black is such a great show. But the best thing about the show is the lead actress, Tatiana Maslany. It's a show about clones, genetic identicals - and she plays all the clones. There are at least four of them, and they are very different characters from each other. I've just finished watching the whole series (can't believe I have to wait till next year for season 5!) and I'm just amazed by how effortlessly she embodies the different characters such that you can absolutely tell them apart, and you forget that they are played by the same actress. Of course, hair and make-up helps, but it's also her unbelievable acting skills: the way she switches between accents (I thought she was English when I watched the pilot, as the main character is English; it turned out she's Canadian), the way she changes the pitch of her voice, the way she's so in tune with the body language of the different characters. There's a particular episode where one clone impersonates another, and before the impersonation scene, I thought she'd just play the clone that's being impersonated. But no! She played the clone impersonating the other clone.

Ever since I got myself a Netflix account, I have been watching a lot of shows. But this is the first time in a long while (since Veronica Mars, probably) that I am really blown away by the acting chops of an actress in a TV series. She is really amazing. She is even better than the show, which is actually a really good series. It's focused on the intriguing storyline and doesn't get distracted by boring romantic subplots (I was very happy to discover that they dropped the romance between the main clone and this super hot guy halfway through the first season, as I thought it was super lame and predictable). Of course, the never-ending conspiracy theories and new big bad at the end of every season can get old after a while, so I guess it's a good thing that the fifth season will be the final one. Good shows should not be dragged past their expiry dates, I believe.

Anyway, I just wanted to declare my love for Tatiana Maslany. A truly incredible actress.

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So apart from the cute barista who gave me free coffee and banana at Fitzbillies, today was a shitty day. My not going to the gym in the morning unsurprisingly put me in a lethargic state for the rest of the day. I didn't focus enough after the previous entry, and so I couldn't finish what I'd wanted, even after going back to the library post-dinner.

I thought I'd lost my Tag Heuer today. It's my 21st birthday present from my parents so it has tremendous sentimental value. I left the library for dinner, and while walking through the scholar's garden, I realised that I wasn't wearing my watch. I went back to the library to retrieve it but I couldn't find it, so I thought maybe I didn't wear it out after all. When I came back to my room, I couldn't find it either. I was really afraid that I'd accidentally dropped it, or that someone had nipped it from the library (I always remove my watch when I type, leaving it somewhere on the table) while I was out. I was feeling sad already throughout dinner, and I felt this pure feeling panic when I returned to the library after dinner and couldn't find it.

Eventually, I found it nestled between some sheets of paper and a book that was below those sheets of paper. I am very messy when I work, so I guess it's not surprising that I'd left my watch obscured amidst the mess, too.

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I need to go to the gym tomorrow morning despite my playing tennis in the evening (I don't like to wash my hair twice in a day). Not going to the gym before writing really makes me very sleepy and lethargic.
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