This fucking anime, man. Every time I feel like i'm starting to actually understand what the fuck is going on, things just get even more confusing and i'm right back at square one.
Is it your first time? it gets clearer on a second viewing.
After you're done watching, either watch a second time or cheat immediately and use google to find the essays that explain most of it. use tvtropes if need be, shitty as they are they're a good repositorium of links
I watch Lain for the powerlines porn.
It's pretentious tripe, don't even bother
Welcome to 1998.
I didn't find it so confusing.
It is complicated,but every mystery is fleshed out by the end of it.