In no small measure inspired by BBC America's Canadian-produced tricky and fun new series Orphan Black, which centers heavily on cloning what-ifs, I came back to this simmering question (thanks, TV!) -- why not cloning?
As much as I hate to admit it, the second half of "Doctor Who" Season 7 isn't going as well as I hoped it would, and the latest episode was about to go into the pile of disappointing episodes if it wasn't for a few significant scenes involving Clara.
In this episode we just get to know Clara better: She's definitely headstrong and brave, but also a tad naive, since she needed to actually see dead bodies before she realized how dangerous traveling with the Doctor can be. I'm sure this experience isn't one she's going to shake off quickly.
At its best "Orphan Black" has the feel of a reasonably entertaining, low-budget European crime thriller, half "Taken" and half "Luther." It's a story in which the lead character can't trust the basic facts about her life, but you can probably trust the show's creators to keep the twists coming.
Dominic Monaghan has starred in not one but TWO classic geek franchises -- the Lord of the Rings films and Lost. Now he's following his passion for animals and travel by creating a BBC America nature show, Wild Things, in which he stalks some of the world's most rare and fascinating insects.
With the return of AMC's "Hell on Wheels" and the debuts of "Copper" and "The Crimson Petal and the White" -- a trio of hardscrabble dramas set in the 19th Century -- it's starting to look like Tribute to Old-Timey Prostitutes Month.