Orphan Black - Season 1 - Master Class of Acting: Tatiana Maslany
As disappointed as I am about the Emmys, Tatiana Maslany has fully proven to us what an acting powerhouse she is. In addition to any one of her major clone roles being an achievement by itself, she plays each one so differently, from how they cry, to the nervous smiles at being caught, pulling somebody into a kiss, the way they hug, faking an accent, faking faking an accent, how they’re surprised and on and on and on.
And Tatiana the actress has just handled her popularity, her co-stars, her fans, everyone involved with so much grace and kindness and intelligence and humor. She’s shown how much of a technical wonder she is, knowing how to work the multiple clone scenes with precision, where and when to turn and look and move, but she’s just as skilled an actual character actor, playing so many women believably, sometimes playing each other with the little cracks to show they’re not the same, the tiny little things like smirking at a drunk friend or pouring sugar into a bowl of jello. The insight she has into not only the women she plays but the world they live in, the differences in their circumstances, their dynamics with other people, the awareness of feminist and LGBT issues all just make her freaking incredible.
When an undercover officer saw Monica Jones, a black transgender woman, walking down the street just a few blocks from her house, in an area that the officer described as being “known for prostitution,” that was enough to convince him that she intended to engage in prostitution. It was on that basis that he approached and stopped her.
In April of this year, Monica was convicted of violating this overbroad and vague law. Today she appeals that conviction, and the ACLU, along with other advocacy and civil rights organizations, filed a brief in support of her appeal.
We #StandWithMonica because transgender women of color should be able to walk down the street in their neighborhoods without being arrested, or worse, for simply being themselves.
When Walking Down the Street is a Crime. Chase Strangio, ACLU
Anonymous said: How deeply are Kim's prosthesis integrated with her nervous system? Judging from her capabilities, I'm imagining full-duplex connections complete with tactile sensation and proprioceptive feedback. The technopathy leads me to expect circuitry projecting into her brain, possibly from the eye socket or upper spine, and some kind of user interface in her mind's eye. I'm just a little curious about your thought process. Thank you for your time.
It’s fully integrated into her nervous system. I haven’t gotten into the details in the comic, but her spinal cord is mostly synthetic, with circuitry directly connecting to her brain. It goes so far as to actually have a small active CPU that her brain communicates with, similar to the “cyberbrains” seen in Ghost in the Shell and other cyberpunk settings.
Kim’s technopathy is actually what sets her apart from the cyborgs of Nephilopolis, which operate more on a basic body part/head replacement system. She’s not just controlling her body parts with her mind, her mind can translate machine language. It’s a level of technology that is (at least so far) unique to Kim.