This show has to be one of the most talked about shows these days. Especially for a Netflix original! I only recently got Netflix, or rather I’m using my step-brother’s account). One of his conditions for me using his Netflix was that I needed to watch this show, Orange is the New Black, because it’s a “must-watch” and “super good!” So I told him alright, because I kept hearing about it and wanted to see what all the hype was about. And, also, right before I started watching this show I finished up another excellent drama called Prison Break (2005-2009), and it happened to fall in a similar theme.
Let me just say – the only thing I really new about OITNB is that there was a transvestite and lesbian action in it. Now I’m not gay myself, but I don’t have a problem with anyone who is (in fact, my step-brother is gay himself). Actually the fact that there are not that many shows that involve mainly lesbians or gays are rare to begin with. And the only show I know of, other than this one, that was close enough to involving someone who was transgender, was Degrassi.
But enough of that! After Prison Break, I wasn’t sure what to expect, especially since instead of involving a men’s prison, it’s involving a women’s prison. And not even the same kind of prison – no cells or super dangerous criminals. Small time prison. But I kept watching, and after the first episode I decided it wasn’t bad – random, kind of funny – but the thing that kept me watching? The fact that it was different. OITNB is definitely original. Each episode literally gets better. The stories get deeper. And most of all? The characters become realistic.
Throughout each episode there’s a mini back story to one of the inmates. The screen goes back and forth between present and past – and I love that. They show you a bit of the character, takes you into their life without telling it. It’s a live action version of how important and how much better a story is when you show rather than tell. Shows you that it’s not just important in novels.
By the end of Season One? I had no choice but to continue into the next season immediately. That ending is one that will catch you off guard and wanting to know exactly what the heck is going to happen next. And it just keeps getting better. I’m a little more than halfway done with Season Two, but I’m so in love with this show right now that I felt the need to make a post about it. Plus I wanted to write a post about something different on here, even if it’s in the same day.
My point? If you are not watching this show right now, and you have Netflix, I highly recommend you do so! It’s originally, quirky, and there’s more to it than meets the eye.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned after watching all these shows on prisons and the like – it’s how easy people lie. And you get an insight on what can drive a person to do bad things. And the biggest question? What was so bad that they got thrown in prison for it?