What’s Worth Watching: ‘Orphan Black’ Sends In More Clones

Tatiana Maslany in Orphan Black
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Orphan Black

Orphan Black, “The Weight of This Combination,” Saturday, April 15, 9/8c, BBC America

“It’s hard to tell who’s who these days,” male clone Rudy (Ari Millen) taunts female clone Sarah (Tatiana Maslany)—and truer words have rarely been spoken, as the third season of this mind-bending sci-fi thriller ups the stakes and confounds the senses with the introduction of the murderous men from Project Castor (not to be confused with the heroically tormented soul sisters of Project Leda).

Even when the tangled conspiracy mythology of Orphan Black threatens to become overwhelming, the propulsive storytelling and the protean versatility of Maslany make this cult fave a genre must-see. This is especially true whenever the plot forces Maslany to play a clone masquerading as another—which happens, to great effect, in the premiere. How this actress continues to operate under the Emmy radar is one of the greatest mysteries surrounding this fascinating series.