TV Review: ‘Orphan Black,’ Season 3

April 17, 2015 2:16 PM

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TV Review: ‘Orphan Black,’ Season 3

BBC America is understandably proud of “Orphan Black,” a series that gained a cult following and had TV critics campaigning for (and subsequently lamenting the oversight of) Tatiana Maslany for Emmy consideration. Yet one can admire Maslany’s dazzling multifaceted work on the show — playing an assortment of disparate characters — while still finding the series somewhat impenetrable, especially with the introduction of a new set of male clones this season. So while “Orphan Black” provides its star a wonderful showcase, the many faces of Ms. Maslany represents one of those marketable gimmicks that frankly overwhelms the program itself.

Maslany’s various personalities have gradually learned about their shared origins, the product of something known as Project Leda, but much of their background remains mysterious. Part of season three hinges on clues potentially buried within a book, as well as the revelation of male counterparts, k...

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