Netflix Original Programming, you’re killin’ it! Fresh off the big hype of reviving Arrested Development, Netflix has released its new original series Orange is the New Black. Given the excruciating heat of this weekend, many of us found solace in our favorite indoor hobby: binge watching. I received quite a few suggestions (one from the Dig‘s Steve Bonanno) to cover this for Queuin’, and I was already on it. I am your Netflix gal after all!
Let’s get right to the point: you NEED to watch Orange is the New Black.
Based on a memoir of the same name, Orange is the New Black follows blonde do-gooder Piper Chapman as she turns herself in for a 15-month sentence after muling drugs ten years ago. What I expected was a show focused solely on the woe-is-me white lady prison problems, but the show is so much more than that. Using the narrative device of flashbacks (like in Lost), we’re given a deeper look into Chapman and her fellow inmates’ personality and backstories. Each led a life outside of prison, but that life has been left behind and all they have is the life they make inside this prison.
The show falls into dramedy territory, veering a little more on the comedy side. The dramatic side, though, allows viewers to understand the shitty situation all the prisoners are in. While the crimes they committed were for various reasons, they’re all in the same locked-up situation, excluded from the world as it continues. Right now, I’m loving the comedic element of lesbian stalker ‘Crazy Eyes,’ but I expect in a few episodes to understand her on a more personal level.
And don’t worry, fans of prison violence and hazing, there’s some great, insane prison shit too. I’ve now learned to ALWAYS check my sandwiches.
Orange is the New Black is already being heralded as the best show of the summer (sorry Under the Dome). This weekend it’s either going to be hot as balls or rainy, which means it’s the perfect time to start watching Orange. Plus there’s no good summer shows to watch, unless you’re a reality fiend like me or a Franklin and Bash lover (also me). I have to admit, I’m actually only halfway through the 13-episode season, but that’s because I’m savoring this show. I love a good binge watch, but when something is this good, I want to take my time and enjoy it for as long as I can.
Because like these lady inmates, I’ve got nothing but time.