Well, for the most part, I didn't. At least not at first.
When Sarah witnesses a suicide at a train station, she exploits the situation and inserts herself into the victim's life, because the victim looks exactly like her. The train pancake was named Elizabeth (Beth) Childs, a cop that accidentally took an innocent woman's life in a shooting, probably because she was over medicated. She has a boyfriend named Paul who couldn't even tell that Sarah wasn't Beth. (Guess they weren't that close.) Beth also had a secret bank account with $75,000 in it, which immediately becomes Sarah's priority.
Sarah's best friend (whom she hasn't seen in ten months) is Felix, a former foster sibling. Felix spends most of the episode doing Sarah's bidding and avoiding Victor, Sarah's drug dealer boyfriend from whom she stole a kilo of cocaine. Of course Sarah decided to fake her death because she has a cover identity now, and Felix eventually convinces Victor that Sarah is dead, using Beth's body as proof. Then Felix organizes a mock funeral that goes bad when Sarah's daughter Kira shows up.
Still, I did like Sarah for some reason, although I can't say exactly why. By the end of the episode I was sort of rooting for her. It could be the actress (Tatiana Maslany), who is really very good; she was likable playing a pretty unlikable character. Also I think I liked how unabashed and resourceful Sarah was. She used probing questions to gain information, she drank soap to throw up to avoid a competency hearing for Beth, and she avoided talking with Paul by having sex with him. All in all, she's a decent lead, just not very sympathetic.
The overlying mystery of identical women showing up all over the place is intriguing, and Maslany sold the second performance well enough. I just wish I hadn't been spoiled for what's going on by practically every advertisement and interview about the show. If you haven't heard, I won't say what that detail is.
-- This series is apparently set in New York, but it doesn't really look like New York. Plus the colloquialisms are all wrong for it to be a totally convincing America. They had some token people with American accents too, but the majority of the leads had British accents.
-- Lots of swearing and sex, so this is definitely not an American network drama.
-- Felix's apartment was a chaotic mess. It looked cool, but it was very clearly done by a set designer.
Overall I liked it, and there was enough going on to hold my interest. Plus the season is short, like most British shows are nowadays (only five episodes). So I'll definitely give it another shot to pull me in, because it hasn't quite yet. I'm not sure if I'm gonna stay for the rest of the series.
3 out of 4 Clash Tee-shirts.