Barry Reese

Pulp Writer Extraordinaire

Orphan_Black_Felix-651x444Every Wednesday, I focus on a character from adventure fiction (film, comics & prose) that I simply adore. This week we’re talking about: Felix Dawkins from Orphan Black.

Orphan Black is a relatively new show that just wrapped up its first season on BBC America. Featuring the adventures of a group of young women who find out that they’re all clones of each other, it’s a series that stars the absolutely amazing Tatiana Maslany. Trust me — watch a couple of episodes and then remind yourself that all these characters are being played by the same woman… your mind will explode.

Anyway, the main clone is Sarah Manning and her sarcastic foster brother is Felix Dawkins, portrayed to perfection by Jordan Gavaris.

Now, Felix is snarky, frequently engages in prostitution and open indulges in drug use and narcotics trafficking. But the character has such real heart and feels like such a genuine person that you can’t help but love him. I really like how he rolls with anything — no matter how weird it seems, be it his sister faking her death, the existence of human clones or the sudden necessity for him to pretend to be an acting couch, Felix is never left speechless.

The Orphan Black Wiki describes Felix like this: “Felix is a struggling artist, worldly beyond his 23 years. Like Sarah, Felix is a stray cat and hustler, keeping more than one sugar daddy to pay his rent. Even though he is usually willing to go along with Sarah’s many illegal and immoral ideas like stealing money from people and selling stolen Cocaine, he is still often the voice of some restraint and reason. Often he operates as Sarah’s conscience.”

I’d say that’s quite accurate. Felix, despite his many foibles and criminal tendencies, is the best friend you could ever want. He’d not only help you hide the body, questions unasked, but he’d also come up with an alibi for you… and then he’d talk you into possibly turning yourself in.

Contradictory, hilarious and sexy, Felix is the perfect shoulder-to-cry-on for all the clones on the show and I really, really look forward to his return in season 2.

 

2 thoughts on “Characters I Love # 8: Felix Dawkins

  1. Felix is such a well-written character and Jordan brings him to life is such a wonderful manner that you can’t help but to wish that you had a “Felix” of your own. Orphan Black is a delightful surprise of a show and the acting is so good that you can’t help but to get lost in it all. Spring 2014 seems like an eternity away!

  2. Agreed on all counts!

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