Caroline Siede

Caroline Siede is a freelance writer living in Chicago where the cold never bothers her anyway. She frequently contributes to The A.V. Club and documents her experiences in the city on her blog Introverted Chicago. When not contemplating time travel paradoxes, she often tweets sarcastic things @CarolineSiede.

Is it legal to fly with marijuana?

With the holiday season approaching, travelers likely have lots of questions about the rules set out by the TSA. Is mascara a liquid? Does a cane count as a personal item? Are ice skates allowed on a plane? And most importantly: Can I fly with my legally obtained marijuana? By Caroline Siede.

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Disney Princesses Are My (Imperfect) Feminist Role Models

With the recent success of Frozen and the anticipation of Moana, Caroline Siede examines the power of the Disney princess.

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Real life hoverboard introduced via Kickstarter campaign

Hoverboards are now a reality thanks to a Silicon Valley think tank. Caroline Siede chats with inventor Greg Henderson about the board’s design and the company’s newly launched Kickstarter campaign.

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How Harry Potter shaped a generation

Seven years after the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Caroline Siede looks back on the book series that defined a generation.

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Orphan Black's uneven finale offers a game-changing cliffhanger [S2E10]

Caroline Siede reviews the season two finale of BBC America’s clone drama

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Orphan Black's penultimate episode has a lot of mommy issues [TV recap S2E9]

Caroline Siede reviews the latest episode of BBC America’s clone drama

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A new character shakes up the world of Orphan Black [TV recap S2E8]

Caroline Siede reviews the latest episode of the BBC’s clone drama

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Orphan Black turns into a high-stakes comedy of errors this week [S2E7]

Caroleine Siede reviews the latest episode of the BBC’s clone drama

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Helena grows up and everyone pairs off on Orphan Black [S2E6]

Caroleine Siede reviews the latest episode of the BBC’s clone drama

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The nature vs. nurture question looms in Orphan Black [s2e5]

Caroline Siede on the latest episode of the BBC’s clone drama

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Orphan Black: Governed As It Were By Chance [s2e4]

Caroline Seide recaps the latest episode of the BBC’s clone drama; the season’s fourth outing heads into unsettling territory.

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'Orphan Black': Mingling Its Own Nature With It [TV recap, S2E3]

Goodbye Big Dick Paul, hello hopefully equally well-endowed Cal! Orphan Black introduces a new character this week and he adds a jolt of energy to an episode that otherwise slows things way down and examines what makes its characters tick.

Until the last five minutes of this episode (more on those later) very little actually happens in “Mingling Its Own Nature With It.” Sarah, Felix, and Kira break into a cabin and Sarah reunites with the aforementioned Cal; Kira intuits that Cal is her father; Alison hits a new low at the opening of her musical; Cosima learns a tad more about her illness; and Helena eats some food with the Proletheans. After two action-packed weeks, Orphan Black eases up on the plot and switches into character-drama mode instead. The result is deeply satisfying, even if the episode feels a bit uneven at times.

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Ulterior motives lurk in Orphan Black (Season 2, Episode 2 Recap)

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Nothing is what it seems to be in the world of Orphan Black. Public and private goals are seldom the same, and behind every welcoming smile lurks an ulterior motive. The clones spent the first season learning that the hard way—especially with the reveal of their monitors—and yet in a world filled with so much danger, it’s natural to yearn for safety. After going through hell wouldn’t it be nice to have someone to trust? Several times tonight our heroes find a sanctuary, only to have the rug pulled out from under them once more. “Governed by Sound Reason and True Religion” peels away at various pristine exteriors to expose what’s lurking underneath. And what’s there ain’t too pretty.

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'Orphan Black': Nature Under Constraint and Vexed [TV recap, S2E1]

It’s good to be back in the Clone Club. The return of Orphan Black quite literally hits the ground running and never lets up in this action-packed, clone-filled premiere. “Nature Under Constraint And Vexed” reintroduces almost every major player from season one, readjusts the show’s antagonistic forces, and ends with a bombshell reveal. I’m not convinced it’s a pace the show can maintain for the entire season, but it’s a hell of a fun way to jump back into the world of Orphan Black.

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Get ready for Orphan Black's return tomorrow night with this season one recap

What constitutes a family? Are they the people who give you life, the people who raise you, or the people you choose as your support network? Or are they your identical clones created by a mysterious organization seeking to advance human evolution to the next level? That last one might not be a question most family dramas are interested in asking, but Orphan Black isn’t most family dramas.

Like the best sci-fi shows, BBC America’s addictive Orphan Black uses its fantastical lens to explore realities of the human condition. Where Battlestar Galactica examined politics and terrorism using a fleet of spaceships and Buffy the Vampire Slayer depicted the struggles of adolescence through demons and witches, Orphan Black uses human cloning to explore the nature of family. That unifying central theme, a slew of fantastic characters, and an absolutely stellar central performance (well, performances) from star Tatiana Maslany combine to make Orphan Black one of the best shows of 2013 and one you should absolutely check out before it returns for a second season on April 19.

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