Visual cues, such as color, are often used in film and television to help the audience. Kris and Stephanie discuss the ways Orphan Black uses color to provide clues about (and help differentiate between) the clones.
- Pinks, purples, and blues.
- Stereotypically feminine colors.
- Alison may wear more vibrant colors when she is acting more like herself or more in her own interest.
- Switch from bright pink when we first meet her to muted pink when she signs Leekie’s contract.
- Bright red coat: blood red (symbolism!)
- Other bright, bold colors. Earth tones and jewel tones.
- Cosima also has her white lab coat, which matches the lab environment, but contrasts with the red coat.
- Cosima’s bright colors and bold patterns reflect her self-confidence.
- Black. Occasionally with accents of color (usually primary colors).
- May connote rebellion and Sarah’s “bad girl” aesthetic.
- The blue plaid shirt she wears toward the end of the season may suggest a softening of her character or possibly shedding a persona.
- Gray and neutrals.
- Institutional colors. Professional.
- Gray is also associated with depression.
- White, (literally) blood red, army green.
- The combination of white (innocence and vulnerability) and army green (military) suggests Helena is a “child soldier”.
- The constant presence of blood on Helena marks her as both a murderer and a victim.
- Bright red hair and natural color fur.
- Once again, a victim is marked with red.
- The combination of fur with the bright hair is reminiscent of a defenseless animal. Katja was being hunted by Helena.
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