The Return of Orange is the New Black

Netflix has had nothing but success with the release of its very own set of shows. I was instantly hooked on Orange is the New Black from the very first episode. For those of you who haven’t heard, this show is based on Piper Kerman’s memoir of her year in a Women’s Correctional Facility for her minor participation in a drug trafficking incident. In the first few episodes I was smitten by the show’s combination of witty dialogue, a great set of characters, and endless twists and turns that left me salivating for more. However, after the intrigue of these early episodes, I became increasingly disappointed with where the show was headed. The writers seemed determined to deliver the show’s promise of a juicy plot, so much so that the storyline grew increasingly unrealistic. Unrealistic may be the wrong word; if it’s well done, a show can have me fully invested in a zombie apocalypse or a meth masking high school chemistry teacher, but the fantasy world of this correctional facility started to take turns that didn’t feel organic for the characters. I became increasingly aware and skeptical of the writer and director’s choices, which took me entirely out of my former investment in this fictional world. About 3/4 of the way through Season 1, the only thing keeping me going was the constant cliff hangers left at the close of each episode. I wanted to find out what would happen next, but I didn’t quite believe in this world. By the finale I was torn about whether I could make it through another season. However, I have to say that this season 2 trailer promises the return of the characters that make the show worthwhile. Where the writing wanes, this diverse and tough group of women are the magnetic force driving me to continue watching this show. So, if you haven’t started your free trial of Netflix just yet, get it by June 6th or miss the (hopefully) epic return of this dynamic and fantastical cast of Orange is the New Black.

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