The summer of 2013, a friend informed me that a new series on Netflix was about to stream and I had to check it out. Being that I had nothing else to watch, having seen every episode of Doctor Who(for the third time), The Walking Dead, and Buffy The Vampire Slayer (for the tenth time), I decided to give it a chance.
Orange is the New Black aired on Netflix July 11, 2013. I finished watching the first season July 12.
The show is an American dramedy set in a women’s prison facility. The series progresses with Piper Chapman, played by Taylor Schilling, who is sentenced to 15 months in prison for carrying drugs for her girlfriend to an international drug smuggler. Now separated from her new husband, Larry Bloom portrayed by Jason Biggs, Taylor must adapt to life within the prison walls where every day is new journey. She fails to use her brain filter at one point when criticizing the meal, causing a problem with the chef played by Kate Mulgrew is seated within an earshot, and is forced to form a plan to appease her after being denied sustenance.
As one conflict is solved, another one surely arises. Piper’s old girlfriend, Laura Prepon‘s Alex, shows up at the prison to serve her time as well.
Oh fate, thou art heartless…
Orange is the New Black offers the viewer comedy and conflict. The season finale astounded me. I won’t spoil it for you. I’ll simply say that when a person is pushed to the edge, they will carry out actions that they (and you) wouldn’t think possible just a mere 23 hours ago.
On June 6, 2014, the second season will be available in its entirety. I’ll post my review for it June 7.
In the meantime, here is the trailer:
Who is your favorite character?