At times, the show is brilliant, though it has also spiraled to the point where you need an intricate map to keep track of all the clones (Sarah! Alison! Cosima! Helena! Krystal! Mark?); who is evil (Rachel); who is evil but pretending to be good (Delphine?); scientific experiments (Project Leda! Project Castor!); and the many, many conspiracies. Not only does that bog down viewers, sometimes the writers will make a reference just to flesh out the "Orphan Black" universe, even though they never plan to explain further.
"It's nice to just be able to nod to a mythology that's a bit frightening and to not go there in any great detail," creator Graeme Manson said last year when we asked about a Season 3 throwaway reference to an event in Helsinki that resulted in murdered clones. "To know that there is something deeper, and there's a deep level of conspiracy and mystery in our show."
True, though that type of ultimately extraneous detail can serve to make viewers even more puzzled; and unfortunately, more likely to bail if the plot becomes too much. At this point, however, the plot is only a side note to some fans, who feel the best way to enjoy the show is simply to focus on Maslany's impressive acting chops playing tons of clones.
"Her performance(s) seriously make all the confusion worth it for me," one blogger wrote. "The whole show could be in Pig Latin and I'd still be like, "Wow, give that woman an Emmy.'"