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In “Orphan Black,” why is Alison’s story arc largely kept separate from the other clones’ intrigue

Out of all the Leda clones on "Orphan Black," Alison Hendrix (Tatiana Maslany) makes a most unexpected and unusual impression. She’s someone who can be easily underestimated, often pigeonholed for her appearance and socioeconomic status. Alison’s various roles/monikers are simple enough: mother, wife, soccer coach (and keep in mind alcoholic, adulterer, drug peddler and occasional murderer can also be tagged on)…but who is she? And why does her storyline seem separate from the clone intrigue? Is she simply providing comic relief, as many viewers seem to think?