Season Review: ‘Orange Is the New Black’

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It’s now officially June and you know what that means. It’s time for us to go to back to prison. There’s a new season of Netflix’s hit series “Orange Is the New Black.” That’s right, our favorite inmates have returned one.

Season five of “Orange Is the New Black” follows the events of the season four finale as a prison riot broke out and chaos fills the Litchfield. This season takes places over in “real time” meaning that we are seeing the events unfold over the course what feels like a couple of days. It’s hard to remember that it’s over a couple of days because it really feels longer than that. While it takes like three episode to get to the day after the prisoner took control, you end up loosing track of how many days it’s been.

This season is extremely busy when it comes to plot. There is so much going that you lose track of what everyone is up to. The main focus is geared to the inmates wanting to be treated better and getting justice for one of their fallen comrades who was killed at the end of season four. This is where many of the characters shine. Tastee, played by Danielle Brooks, really stole the show. She pretty carried the show more than the lead actress, which was a plus. While I don’t really hate Piper Chapman, she was just a bitch last season and probably one of the least likable since season two. It was refreshing for her to take the backseat for other characters. While Piper eventually got into the mix of the main plot, she was only a background player. And yes, Piper and Alex were a subplot this season. Sigh. I’m kind of over them at this point just because they are more on and off than a light switch.

The problem of this season is that there’s too much stuff going on. While there’s a lot of good moment, you end up missing or forgetting about them because of it. The humor that is usually featured in the show also falls short of it’s usually goodness because of how tense everything is. There are some good comedy from unlikely duo and it’s used in a way doesn’t kill the mood/tension.

“Orange Is the New Black” season five isn’t a great season compared to past seasons. While it doesn’t have some redeeming qualities to it, the plot is too busy. There’s just too much going on to make the subplots matter. It’s great for the simple fact that Piper Chapman isn’t the focal point of the season.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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First Look: “Orange is the New Black” Season 5

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It’s time again to get ready to head back to Litchfield! Today, Netflix released the first look and the opening scenes for the fifth season of “Orange is the New Black.”Now if you haven’t seen the last season, then this will contain some spoilers. You have been warned.

The clip starts off exactly where the season four left off – the prison riot and Daya holding a gun to officer as the rest cheer her on. We get a small bit of Piper and Alex saying they will keep their noses clean, that’s street talk for staying out of trouble. The walk away as more chaos ensues. The clip ends with a Daya telling everyone to remain quiet down and then a single gunshot. Holy shit! It was an intense two minutes.

While it was short, it really showed us that it’s going down this season. Last season wasn’t really as good as the ones before it. The final episodes of the season really made us want to know if Daya was going to shoot the guard or now. It also signaled a turn for the character, who wasn’t really like this way until events pushed her to a new attitude.

It also was nice to see Alex and Piper together again. They really keep each other out of trouble like some sort of twisted conscience. Also, they are a very good couple. They have a lot of chemistry and really help and care for each other. The clip really helped give a taste of what to expect while making us want more and to know what exactly happened when we heard the gunshot at the end of the clip. It was short, sweet, and to the point. It just would have been nice to have an actual trailer. An actual trailer would have been way better.

But we will have to wait until June 9th in order to see where exactly our favorite inmates are going. It will be a very long wait. sigh.

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Orange is The New Black Review

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Once in a lifetime there comes a show that you just watch and you’re not really sure why but you like it. That show has come to us in the form of “Orange is the New Black.”  The show isn’t like anything else we have seen on TV, or on Netflix, before.

The show follows Piper Chapman as she has to readjust her life because she is going to prison (hence why the show is called “Orange is the New Black.” She is sentenced to 14 months in prison because she and her ex-girlfriend, who happens to be in there as well, were apart of a drug trafficking. Piper was just charged with Criminal Conspiracy while her ex-girlfriend, Alex Vause (aka Carmen Sandiego), got drug trafficking charges. The show also showcases what’s going on outside of the prison and how Piper’s fiancé and family are dealing with her being in jail.

The show is different from what is normally on TV just because it’s different and in a good way. It showing us prison life and how people from all walks of life making the best out of the situation that they are in.  Some of the cast members are famous from being on extremely popular tv shows/movies. Like Laura Prepon, better known as Donna, plays Alex. So when Alex and Piper get together on the show, I just think in my head “Why Donna why?” There are also “American Pie” actors on the show, a former Star Fleet Captain, and the pregnant girl from “Crossroads” that fell down the steps and forced millions of parents to explain what a miscarriage and bad acting is. The entire cast is very talented.

That same actress also does a wonderful Lindsay Lohan impression on the show. Her character is a crazy religious girl who things that Gods speaks through her because she did so many drugs that it fried her brain. It’s also easy to see that she is drawing inspiration from Lindsay.

What doesn’t work for the show? Not much but somethings when it’s explaining the back story of how one of the characters got to prison, it gets a little confusing. The comedy and the writing is strong but good be stronger. Overall, it’s good show. Fair warning if you are planning on watching it after reading this review, it’s rated TV-MA and has a lot of sex, nudity, and strong language.

 

Rating: 4 bars of soap out of 5

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