Sunday, July 14, 2013

Lock yourself with Orange is the New Black

A prison officer tells "This isn't Oz" during the first episode of "Orange is the New Black", and she is right. You are not going to find that kind of violence or other regular elements of the women's-prison genre as cat-fights or lesbian fantasies. Instead you have an interesting mix of drama and comedy focus on a middle class woman (Piper) who suddenly find herself facing 15 month in prison. Even in jail, she is always worry about ordinary things: who is going to update her website, not eating her Whole Food meals or the fact that her fiance is going to watch Mad Men without her but maybe the best thing about the show is the life in prison as it's presented. Piper, an ordinary woman, find herself in a non-ordinary situation surrounded but people who only could look different from her out of prison. Behind the walls they are all the same.  Every episode goes deeper on other inmates stories, creating an ensemble structure that portray the prison as a real place. Sometimes it's a little too much sentimental  but most of the time is pretty funny.

I'm on episode 4 and I'm going to keep watching it.

Orange is the New Black
Available to stream in its entirely on Netflix

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