1. Listen to: Orphan Black: The Next Chapter
Tatiana Maslany voices several different characters in the Orphan Black: The Next Chapter podcast. PHOTO: ORPHANBLACKTV / INSTAGRAM
The sci-fi series Orphan Black (2013 to 2017) has become cult for five seasons for its story of women who discover, to their amazement, that they are in fact clones. Lead actress Tatiana Maslany received critical acclaim during her time on the show for playing dozens of different characters – all of whom are genetically identical clones.
Although the drama ended its run in 2017, an official sequel is available in audio format and featuring the voice of Maslany. While the podcast is difficult to follow if you don’t watch the series, you can watch all five seasons of the show on Netflix.
The narrative begins eight years after the end of the series, and the members of the Clone Club – a term used to refer to the main characters of the series – are still grappling with the aftermath of the suppression of the experience that created them.
But when an intelligence agent finds out that she too is a clone and becomes a thug, the future of her fellow clones is threatened.
The podcast captures what fans loved about the series, especially as Maslany returns in the multiple roles that made her famous, bringing fan-favorite clone characters such as scientist Cosima and wife of Alison stuck suburb.
The first season was recently made free and a second season will launch in October. Episodes of the podcast can be found on audio streaming services such as Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Google Podcasts.
Info: Kingdom website
2. Play: Baba, it’s you
Still from Baba Is You. PHOTO: SCREENSHOT FROM HEMPULI / YOUTUBE
The Baba Is You puzzle video game, created by Finnish developer Arvi Teikari, is the perfect game to pass the time. In the game, Baba is a rabbit-like creature that the player can control.
While most games have rules that cannot be broken, Baba Is You blocking game is all about breaking the rules. Each level in the game has rules – spelled out in word tiles that can be moved around – that can be manipulated to change conditions in the game.
With over 200 levels increasing in difficulty and becoming more complex as more rules and conditions are introduced, players must engage in complex logical thinking to create new rules or invalidate old ones in order to ‘reach the tile that would give them a victory.
The game, which costs $ 14.50 on Steam, can be downloaded on Windows, macOS, and Linux systems. It is also available on Nintendo Switch.
Info: Steam website
3. Watch: Easttown Mare
Kate Winslet is a detective in the mysterious Mare Of Easttown murder. PHOTO: HBO
If you’re in the mood for a mystery murder, the HBO series Mare Of Easttown is. The drama starring British actress Kate Winslet isn’t particularly innovative, but it’s a well-done thriller.
Winslet plays world-weary cop Mare, based in a small suburb near Philadelphia tasked with solving the murder of a young teenage mother found dead. As her life crumbles around her, Mare discovers that her small, tight-knit community is filled with secrets.
The series has been popular with audiences and critics alike and praised for its excellent acting, especially Winslet’s accent work and nuanced performance as well as supporting actresses such as Jean Smart and Julianne Nicholson. Smart plays Winslet’s mother, while Nicholson plays his best friend. And while the show claims some shocking twists and turns, you don’t have to wait week after week to find out who the murderer is. It finished airing late last month and all seven episodes are available on demand on HBO Go.
Info: Go to HBO Go
4. Make a hearty, meatless beetroot soup
Besides peeling and washing vegetables, beetroot soup is an easy dish to prepare. ST PHOTO: HEDY KHOO
For a hearty, meatless soup, try making a beetroot soup.
Beets are the star of this vegetable mix. It contains vitamins A and C, potassium and folate, but the red tint in the soup may put off those who are not used to this ingredient. However, the soup is so sweet and nutritious that it is definitely worth adding to your home cooking repertoire.
I’m not a huge fan of the root, but I find it palatable when cooked in soup.
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