video review : Orange Is The New Black [ Season 3 ]

video review : Orange Is The New Black [ Season 3 ]

Well, the first two seasons were good. This third one represents a sudden and significant drop in quality. Most of the main characters are the same; it’s the dialogue and storyline that can’t, for even one episode, manage to rise above mediocrity. The comedy is mostly lame and the drama arcs are silly and underwhelming in comparison to the ruckus Vee, now dead, brought in Season 2. Inmate Piper Chapman and her baggy eyes have become almost completely unlikeable. The fact that “transsexual” men are still men is (finally) addressed and the plot makes practical use of the women’s dirty panties, but there’s not much else to compliment about this disappointing season.

my rating = 3 of 5

2015

video review : Orange Is The New Black [ Season 1 ]
video review : Orange Is The New Black [ Season 2 ]

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video review : Orange Is The New Black [ Season 2 ]

video review : Orange Is The New Black [ Season 2 ]

The first episode is an odd and unnecessary departure. After it, the series goes back to normal, or at least as normal as it gets at Litchfield Penitentiary, which isn’t normal at all. If there does exist a real-life prison with a cast of characters enveloped in a neverending drama storm this entertaining, their story isn’t shot and edited this brilliantly. Forget Piper Chapman. Her mess of a love life is overshadowed by the other, more interesting people around her; the familiar ones from Season 1. The new inmates are more caricatural than realistic, but Vee at least provides the plot with a major source of conflict and Soso is cute to look at.

my rating = 4 of 5

2014

video review : Orange Is The New Black [ Season 1 ]

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video review : Orange Is The New Black [ Season 1 ]

video review : Orange Is The New Black [ Season 1 ]

Piper Chapman is bisexual. I don’t think that word is ever said during the entire season, but that’s what she is. She’s not “straight” nor a “lesbian”. She’s into girls and guys, or at least one of each; her fiancé Larry and her girlfriend Alex. It’s an important distinction because the theme of Orange revolves around sex and romance. It’s a prison soap opera filled with constant drama. The analogy is high school because what’s petty in the real world is serious enough to fight or kill someone for in prison. There are also plenty of laughs. It’s the combination that entices as you find yourself coming back to follow not just the lives of Chapman and her two partners, but also her fellow inmates; one of which really is a fellow.

Why a man, albeit one who alters his body to be like a woman, is sent to a women’s prison is never addressed, though the scenes sometimes cut from current time to backstory. Each episode focuses on one or two characters, and that does wonders to humanize them, but it’s not consistent. Certain people are covered more than once while others are completely overlooked. Also, the initial idea to end each episode with a wild cliffhanger is abandoned after only three. Soon a show that started-off great has settled into an inferior comfort zone. The drama is sometimes over-the-top and the comedy occasionally misses the mark; the Michael Jackson bit comes to mind; but the show is both zany and endearing on the whole.

my rating = 4 of 5

2013

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