"Who needs a 'previously on'. I've been watching this show for five hours straight. I know exactly what's
Expressing a sentiment that any Netflix junkie would understand, these were the words of one viewer as she chewed through the much anticipated, recap-less second season of the new comedy-drama, Orange is The New Black. Slightly slower-moving than the debut season, the show's second chapter explores more deeply the backstories of Litchfield Correctional Facility's parade of colourful charactersincluding the neurotic but ultimately likeable protagonist, Piper Chapman.
Returning viewers will recall the conclusion of season one, which saw Piper face-to-face with Tiffany "Pennsatucky" Doggetthe dentally-challenged meth head hick with a growing messiah complex, an explosive temper, and an insatiable desire to see Piper dead. Piper's surprisingly violent retaliation against Pennsatucky goes well beyond self-defense, giving the sense that something within her has finally snapped. Having alienated herself from the people around her with her characteristically selfish behavior, she finds herself frustrated and utterly alone. We get the sense that the attack on Pennsatucky is in fact a form of release: the release of her accumulated rage at her circumstances, the end of her efforts to maintain her image as the hapless innocent, and the beginning of a new phase of greater grit.
The season picks up as Piper is hauled out of her cell in solitary confinement and taken on a comical detour to a rough Chicago prison where she inadvertently kills Yoda, a much-prized cigarette carrying cockroach. Viewers will breathe a sigh of relief when she is finally returned to Litchfield and launched back into the prison community we came to know and love in season one.
The second season sees a greater focus on the inmates' lives and backstories through the use of frequent flashbacks. Particularly poignant is the story of Poussey, the tough but playful tomboy who, we learn, has known heartache long before she went to Litchfield and developed feelings for her best friend Taystee. Taystee's drug dealing background is also illuminated, and provides context for the introduction of a scowling, sinister inmate, Vee, who becomes the driving force behind an inventive smuggling scheme carried out by her black girl recruitsincluding a discernibly crazier Crazy Eyes.
Vee's entry causes a shake-up in the inmate hierarchy, especially for the now kitchen-less powerbroker, Red, who must find a way to restore her position as matriarch after the events of season one. Meanwhile, the Latinas band around Daya as her secret pregnancy progresses, and Nicky and Boo provide comic relief as they go head-to-head in a contest to bed the most number of prisoners. We gain further insight into lipsticked Morello's disturbing marriage obsession, as well as a closer look at the non-Litchfield lives of Healey, Caputo and some of the other prison officials. Piper's dramas with Larry continue and interactions with her family are strained, but in general the action is centered on her prison life. Alex is absent for most of the season, but we get the sense there is more to come on that front.
If season one was about establishing Piper's prison landscape and the tensions that run in and around it, season two is about deepening that understanding and taking a closer look at the characters who inhabit it. Viewers will relish each and every flashback, which is testament to the quality of the story telling. The flashbacks have a vignette-like, episodic quality, at times in the manner of a morality tale. That said, we never get the character's whole story at once; rather, things are revealed gradually, with visits to characters' childhoods, to their everyday adult lives, and occasionally to the defining moments that landed them in prison. In this way, the show builds its characters in layers and, rather than asking viewers to love them, hate them, forgive them or condemn them, it first and foremost affords viewers the opportunity to understand them.
In season two, Litchfield itself is presented in a particularly sorry state. The corruption within its higher administration is rife, disciplinary processes are becoming increasingly arbitrary and unfair, racial tensions are ever-present, contraband continues to circle, and, perhaps as a telling symbol for this broader sense of decay, the plumbing system has entirely failed, flooding the bathrooms with feces. The few guards who display any concern for the prisoners' welfare are powerless to improve conditions, instead acquiescing under the weight of bureaucracy. An older inmate who is displaying troubling signs of dementia is taken away on a bus as a form of 'compassionate release,' and it is understood by the inmates' stunned reactions that there will be no one to take care of her on the outside.
Is decaying Litchfield a symbol of post-GFC Americatired, disillusioned, indifferent to its most vulnerable people? Probably. But it's not all depressing. The saving grace of Litchfield is the way in which pairs, groups and sometimes the entire inmate population band together in the face of the brutality, corruption and malaise, taking responsibility for one another and making the show's message an ultimately hopeful one. The series avoids sop, however, by delicately balancing the drama with its trademark wit. As in season one, comedic mileage is found in stereotypesBoo the predatory butch tallying her sexual conquests; Piper the over-educated, uptight white girl sternly correcting inmates' grammar and pop culture references ("Inspector Gadget was not a good inspector, he just had a lot of stuff. Plus, he had Penny and the brain helping him"); the table of silver haired inmates grappling with the concept of the internetand this helps to break up the more serious moments.
Season two of Orange is the New Black is intensely watchable, and cements the show's position as the quirkiest, most original new offering from Netflix. With a third season now confirmed, it will soon be time to block out a weekend for another binge viewingrecaps not required.
Her character brought back that scary and threatening aspect of the prison! First season got us used to thinking that (even minimum security) prison is not a big deal, with a little bit of hardship, lots of fun and friendships. Vee flushed all that out very quickly!
Season 2 was very enjoyable for the first 3/4 of the episodes. At that point things seemed to be heating up and getting really dark, but all of a sudden V turned into a complete idiot. It's bad when your villain is stupid because it means that they're not really a villain at all, just a ticking time bomb, which is boring.
The other major issue with the season near the end is the total waste of Fig's situation. It would have been great to have her inducted into the very prison she terrorized for next season. But no. Despite all of the time spent on her this season, the show likely won't see her again.
The latter part of the season was only somewhat saved by the last ten minutes of the final episode. That was a really nice ending. But overall, season 2 paled in comparison to the first.
Season one left me wanting for more. The story was great, the ending just left me thinking! Season two came out on the 6th and I finished it just a few days after! Unlike season 1 where i loved everyone, season 2 started to get some annoying characters. Piper is getting less likeable.. And some changes in leaderships of the groups get annoying. But again super amazing ending to season 2!
Orange Is the New Black is more addictive than the drugs some of the inmates are addicted too. Seriously, it's almost as addictive as Breaking Bad and we all know what a hardass and kickass TV show that was!!
The show is quite similar to Oz in terms of setting and plot. However, its more comical and not as brutal. Don't let that put you off though!! It still has the delights of a hardass prison drama involving female prisoners - racism, rampant lesbianism, swearing, drugs, sex, and bitch fighting. What it lacks in brutality it more than makes up for in comedy and great storytelling
I started watching this show long after it aired on Netflix. I wanted to start a new show,comedy related. This is both comedy as drama. I also like series and movies about prisons especially women prisons. This show got me hooked from right after the first episode. I watched the whole season in 2 days. I'm obsessed. Knowing that the show is based on a memoir makes it even better. I love to see how these women who are doing their time in jail handle themselves and how these women even though they're so different can relate with each other and can become friends. I love the storyline,music and the actresses! Taylor Schilling is amazing in playing Piper Chapmann and nice to see Laura Prepon back as well after That 70's show and Are you there vodka,it's me Chelsea.
Orange is the new Black is officially my favorite new show of 2013. It wasn't until the second half of the season that I came to realize that. I really liked the pilot, but then the episodes that followed didn't quite hook me, mainly because of the lackluster flashbacks that could have been so much better and took away time from the events in the prison. However, the series of episodes from 'Fucksgiving' until the finale were amazing and upgraded the show significantly in my mind. Keep up with Season 2 now!
I haven't watched something this good for a long time. Very real, honest, good plots, directing and actresses are all awesome. Can't wait for the second season! I really hope it can come as early as possible! And Laura Prepon, please don't leave us and be the regular actress! Thanks for everyone working on this show! I am expecting to see a more awesome one next year!
Like Berzine, I started watching out of curiosity. By the end of the first episode I was hooked. I love as the main story continues going on you learn why each character is in the prison. It slowly unfolds each story. You learn to love each of the characters. The casting is fantastic. I can't wait for the second season.
I started watching the show out of curiosity and I was hooked. From the first episode to the second, and then I could not stop until it reaches the last episode. Now, I hope that the second season is just as good.
One of the best series of 2013 with high production quality, great writing and performances from actors involve in the show, its good to watch a show about female prison system after OZ. cant wait for season 2.
It's not a bad series, but at least in my opinion it doesn't deserve the high ratings. Maybe I've seen too manny really good series lately and that's what caused it to fall short for me. I don't know. First off, I don't get what it tries to be. The cast and characters suggest comedy, but it isn't funny. Not really. It's amusing in it's best moments, I give you that. And it's completely lacking the realism that would make it a good drama, too. Yes, sometimes it's sad, but only shortly, like up until the next cut. Everything is somewhat sugarcoated and always so predictable. Even when it tries to be edgy - and it tries really too hard to be edgy. Lesbian sex in the chapel? Yeah, would have been edgy 10 years ago. Give me a break. The characters are all very cliche and out of the box. Of course she has the best boyfriend ever. Of course there's the mean guard and please let's double down on all the race and lesbian stuff. The characters are also extremely inconsistend and go from beeing witty and intelligent to utterly dumb and back in a heartbeat. All in all there are worse shows you can watch, but also so manny better ones.
this is an amazing show, the writer did write a solid story which connect all the events together so you didn't get board watch it, there are funny moment and sad moments, this is the first show showing the human side of these people (inmates), the next season will be great no doubt I can't wait to see it......
This show is raw, emotional, funny and addicting. I love the way they show the back stories of the characters and really give all of them a very realistic and human feel. They all have flaws and you even feel sympathetic for the ones you dislike at times. Cannot wait for season 2 and was extremely happy to see that production has started on it! Fantastic job Netflix. Planning on getting the book as well.
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