Prev Next Complete Series Coverage The strange thing about this season of Orange Is the New Black was that it was both painfully obvious in its worldview and also morally relative at the same time. The whole season, though interested in several themes, boiled down to what the women had to do to keep themselves sane, normal, and free while trapped in an environment that is insane, tedious, and confining. Romance gave Morello something to live for but almost destroyed Piper twice over. Finding a profession keeps Red alive in the kitchen but turned Piper into a crazy stanky-panty kingpin. While there was this relativism at play, everything having to do with a corporation or authority was inherently bad. This makes sense in a system that is inherently broken and works to oppress the women in the prison, but the show offers no solution to help circumvent that system and find their humanity. This inmate is getting closer to another inmate; this group is clashing with this other group; the guards and inmates are having a romantic connection; someone is screwing over their friend for advancement. The tedium is probably a lot like being in prison, surrounded by the same people and the same beige walls all the time, going through the same cycles. But it was the smaller story lines that were the ones worth watching.
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Before I get into discussing this season, I should mention that I was really reluctant to watch it — not because I could have at all foreseen what I would be put through in the ensuing 13 episodes, but because I have never found a protagonist as infuriating as Piper Chapman. Jenji Kohan seems singularly capable of crafting the most insufferable Oblivious White Woman TM characters of all time; by the end of her previous show Weeds, I was ready to drop-kick Nancy Botwin off the Brooklyn Bridge.
If only the nonsense stopped there. If a prison officer violates you in one of the worst ways possible, just get your Elsa on and let it go!
Comedian Jasper Redd talked about how Atlanta, Georgia had the highest percentage of gay black men in the south:
Doom Patrol has the villainous Monsieur Mallah, who is a threefer minority: French, homosexual, and a talking gorilla. Yes, there are enough in that last category on DC Earth for it to qualify as a minority rather than happenstance , they even have their own city in Africa. She’s also an Inhuman. Suki Leiber, the main character of Goofyfoot Gurl, is a teenage surfer girl who is half Jewish, half Japanese. Jem and the Holograms: Jetta who is British and black. She was white in the original cartoon but that was due to Executive Meddling.
The executives wouldn’t allow a black villain but an Evil Brit one was fine. The comic combines her creators original vision with the fact she is British in the cartoon. There is also Blaze, who is a lesbian trans woman. Vote Loki included a joke about how the title character could become America’s first supervillain and female president. Outside of the joke modern Loki is established to be bisexual Young Avengers , and genderfluid Loki: Agent of Asgard in addition to classically being the fictional minority of Jotun-Asgardian.
If you read that headline and thought Alex Vause was the dead body to which we refer, wrong. Alex is alive and, well, not exactly well. New Season, New Problems Lolly saves Alex from Aydin by stomping him — literally — in the chest and neck until he is dead. View photos — All Morello wants to do is share the details of her wedding day with her fellow Litchfieldians, but all they want to talk about is their fun at the lake.
The final indignity comes when guard Coates comes up and swipes her toilet paper veil from her head… because he needs it to help Daya attend to her bloody pants, post-childbirth.
Of course, no parent likes to hear their child being criticised and the argument over just who was influencing who was never going to end well.
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There was a level of curiosity coming into the new season. Would the series try to top Vee by bringing in a new villain, or would it choose a different direction? Perhaps realising that a new big bad would feel repetitive, Orange Is The New Black doubled down on the quirky humour and touching character moments that characterised the early episodes, and has offered us a third season that is bursting with many of the things we love about the show, but feels a bit shapeless without an overarching plot to guide us.
A cast of characters as fascinating and dynamic as this one would never be anything less than a joy to watch. But the drama this year never escalates to anything truly shocking. An early threat to close down the prison seems like it might provide the spine on which the other subplots hang, but it is quickly defused and becomes instead just another of the many threads that never has much to do with the rest of what is going on.
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All of her former friends stand around doing nothing. And why would they? The sweep was also unlucky for Nicky, who had to hide her heroin stash in full view of an angry Gina. Nicky, what are you doing? Nicky toys with the heroin for a bit, then hands it over to Red as Gina suggests, right at a moment when Red needs to believe and understand that people can change.
It plays out like a double-edged origin story of two brothers, with John Rayburn Kyle Chandler as the law-enforcing pillar of the community on one end, and his older brother Danny Ben Mendelsohn as the returned not-so-prodigal son who disturbs the peace on the other.
Edit Norma accidentally creates a religion due to her perceived abilities. She follows in Gloria Mendoza ‘s footsteps by offering spiritual guidance to people and using calming techniques she’s learned from Guru Mack. She gains a huge following and becomes a figurehead. Edit Norma is seen sitting with Red and Piper, Piper mentions how it felt good to finally be sophisticated and “sit at the big girls’ table”.
She mentions how only her and Red sit at the table, offended, Norma drums her fingers on the table to get Piper’s attention. Edit Norma hides in the TV room when rumors circulate that a guard carries a gun and shoots in prison despite being Dayanara, who is currently carrying Humphrey’s gun. As Lee observes her and the inmates lying on the floor of the room, because the prison alarm is ringing everywhere, stating that he will protect them.
Nicky and Lorna enter the room trying to steal Lee’s keys and announce that the arrest has been taken by them and that they are under control. Norma, Anita and Weeping Woman get up and immediately attack Lee and capture him, taking him to the Spanish Harlem , where the guards are being held hostage. Norma is not seen until the second day of riot when she and Gina, Yoga , Anita and Gloria receive a letter Frieda informing the way of their secret bunker, where they spent the rest of the afternoon and evening, smoking and drinking, until Gloria leaves by cause of problems with your child out of jail.
When playing cards, the women hear Piper’s cries and discover that Piscatella is torturing Red and others inmates. Norma ties a cloth to Red’s head, covering her hair scraped by Piscatella. When SWAT invaded the prison to capture all the inmates, Norma, Gina, Anita and Yoga left the bunker to surrender peacefully, in fear of retaliation, for having Piscatella trapped in the pool. They are the first inmates to be evacuated from prison and at night, Norma is last seen walking worriedly, toward the bus, leaving her unknown destination.
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In fact, in a risky experimental move, all 13 episodes of season five take place over just three days. Dascha Polanca as Daya Credit: Selenis Leyva as Gloria Credit: Netflix The brilliant Taystee Danielle Brooks is at the forefront of much of the drama, fervently leading negotiations with the authorities to try and get justice for her best friend Poussey — no mean feat when many of her fellow inmates are more concerned with getting their grubby hands on Cheetos than fighting the system.
Speaking of abhorrent, until now meth-heads Angie Julie Lake and Leanne Emma Myles have mainly been comedy sidekicks to some of the more serious characters.
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The rules are simple: Take a look, and let us know what your favorites have been in the comments. It plays out like a double-edged origin story of two brothers, with John Rayburn Kyle Chandler as the law-enforcing pillar of the community on one end, and his older brother Danny Ben Mendelsohn as the returned not-so-prodigal son who disturbs the peace on the other.
It makes indelible use of an electric ensemble cast, feeding off the chemistry that percolates between all six members of the Rayburn clan; with Mendelsohn and Chandler leading the charge in spectacular fashion, and Linda Cardellini, Sam Shepard, Sissy Spacek and Norbert Leo Butz never too far behind. The more typical turns the show takes are easily forgiven thanks to the thematic heft the creators rely on as a way of tapping into sensitive familial bonds, turning out a unique and fascinating thriller in the process.
So yes, a less flashy season, but a necessary one, that was better for it in the end. But the story of the fictional eponymous town in isolated Arctic Norway does gradually work into its own groove, allowing interpersonal dramas to unfold against the backdrop of a potentially supernatural threat. Even the variously twisted backstories start to make an uncanny kind of sense:
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It culminated in one of the most satisfying pay-offs in recent memory, the kind of moment that makes you laugh, cry and punch the air.
During her first lunch time she sits at the same table as Nicky, Lorna and Yoga Jones and starts to befriend them. Although Piper tries hard not to get on anyone’s bad side, she had a habit of saying the wrong things at the wrong time. Red , for instance, is the first person who suffers from her thoughtless words and in retaliation refuses to give Chapman any meals, as she is the head cook of the prison’s kitchen.
As well as insulting the food in front of the head cook, on Piper’s first day in prison she discovers that Alex Vause , her ex, is in prison with her and that she would have to deal with the person responsible for her incarceration. Although Alex wants to reconnect with her, Piper chooses to avoid her despite Alex sneaking her some food. Meanwhile, Piper finds a way to make it up to Red for insulting her food by creating a lotion to help with her back problems.
Her counselor Healy soon takes an interest in Piper because she has a fiance and is upper-class, which leads him to think he can use her as a puppet. During the prisoners council elections, she is chosen for a spot despite not even running for one, which makes Pennsatucky , a fanatic religious inmate who also ran for WAC , furious at her.
Piper instantly attracts the affections of Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren , who seems unaware that her feelings are not reciprocated. When Piper attempts to lay the law down, Suzanne visits her at night and urinates all over her bunk floor. Piper asks Larry to ask his father Howard , her lawyer, to disclose if it truly was Alex who named her.
Although Alex did name her as an accessory, Howard convinces Larry to lie to Piper and say it was not her in order to prevent Piper from doing something rash and extending her sentence. Thinking she has been a jerk to Alex for ignoring her, Piper makes up with Alex and they become friends.
When Polly comes to visit and it becomes clear that she was the person Larry cheated with, Piper is so mad she punches a wall until her knuckles are bloody.