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9 Times Tatiana Maslany’s Acting Distracted You From Orphan Black’s Confusing Plot

by Jenni Maier, Jul 28.15, Decider Lists

Congratulation to Tatiana Maslany for finally getting nominated for an Emmy for Orphan Black. There’s no one on TV right now working harder than her. Then again, in everyone else’s defense, they’re only playing one character. So, it’s not really a fair comparison.

Tatiana, as you should already know, plays several clones in every episode. And she’s so freaking good at it that I often forget that they’re all the same person. Don’t even get me started on how I react to the scenes in which she portrays one clone impersonating another. (Or get me started, my reaction is just my mouth gaping open unattractively.)

And it’s exactly that kind of acting that keeps me watching. Because truth be told, I’m not exactly sure what happened during the third season. Like, I get the basic gist, but I couldn’t actually tell you what Dyad does, or who Dr. Coady reports to, or how often Rachel has to get her hair trimmed to keep it looking that sinister.

So, in honor of that, here are the nine times I got confused watching this past season— ranked by how often I had to rewind to try to figure out what the hell is going on.

(Oh, PS, spoilers ahoy. Natch.)

1 When Kira starts to cure Cosima

We need to talk about Kira. Because, if the girl doesn’t get an owl from Hogwarts soon, I’ll be shocked. She easily bounced back after her car accident in the first season, she’s curing (fingers crossed) Cosima with her teeth, and most impressively, she convinced Michiel Huisman to be her father. Not to mention the fact she just seems to always know what’s going on, and is relatively calm about it all. “Oh, my mommy has many twins, and Daddy just showed up out of nowhere, and I haven’t been enrolled in school regularly ever, also, what’s for supper tonight?” So, I have to ask, does being the daughter of an “infertile” clone mean she’s just a regular Sanderson Sister?

2. When the Neolutionists and Prolethean continue to obsess over the clones

Look, I love cults as much as the next fun-lovin’ gal who can pull off a four-foot-long braid while saying “Father” in a slightly sexual way, but I’m not 100% clear on either of groups’ goals—or how this science experiment got so wildly off track. If anything, it’s a great example of why you should always sit down and discuss your end game before creating clones.

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