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Monday, July 15, 2013

Review: Orange is the New Black- Netflix Original Series


If you haven't already heard (or if you live under rock) Netflix has a new Original Series they released last Thursday. It's called Orange is the New Black and you must watch it. When the trailer was uploaded a while back on Netflix I knew I had to watch it. I knew it would be freaking hilarious and full of drama. I was right!


My husband and I watched all 13 episodes this weekend and we cannot wait for next year when Season Two is released. Not only is each character interesting but the story itself keeps you engaged. Let's not forget that the writer of this comedy-drama is Jenji Kohan, writer of Weeds- One of my all time favorite Showtime shows. Until I did a bit of research I had no idea that Piper (the lead character) is based on the real life person Piper Kerman, a convicted felon. You can find her book on Amazon here. I can only imagine how entertaining the book must be. Might be worth reading until the next season comes out. In each episode not only do you get flashbacks of Piper's life but a different character as well.

Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) is engaged to Larry Bloom (Jason Biggs) and they have a pretty nice life going. That is until the past bites Piper in the ass. Piper is your typical privileged female who is in denial about a lot of things in life. She started an artisanal soap company with her best friend Polly Harper (Maria Dizzia) before the past catches up to her. Larry is a writer or so he claims to be. He's also very jealous that Piper was a lesbian and is super insecure. Piper is sent to prison for carrying drug money for her ex-girlfriend Alex Vause (Laura Prepon) and later runs into her in said prison. Piper runs into a number of people once she's in jail and tries to find her place as the newbie.

Alex is a hustler. She was damn good at what she did before she got caught and she was madly in love with Piper. She grew up poor with a mother who worked four jobs and a super washed-up rock star dad. No surprise she turned to drugs to make money and live the good life.








Galine Reznikov known as Red (Kate Mulgrew) owned a restaurant with her weakass husband and also worked with the Russian mob. She now runs the Prison kitchen and has all the connections you can think of. She's a major badass and took in a couple females under her wing. She may be cruel but she has a sweet heart.




Miss Claudette (Michelle Hurst) is Piper's roomie in the slammer. She's very clean, strict, has a deep accent, and doesn't mess with anyone. Rumor is she murdered some dude and so no one messes with her. She ran an illegal immigration and child labor cleaning service but that isn't why she's in jail.











Nicky Nichols (Natashed Lyonne) is a former junkie that Red has taken in as a daughter and also her most trusted gal. She's loud, perverted and never brushes her hair. The show doesn't mention that but her hair is a disaster so I can only assume Lol! She has major mommy issues too.








Lorna Morello (Yael Stone) is one of the first inmates that Piper interacts with. Lorna drives a van for the prison and is one of Red's right hand women. She's a sweetheart that has a fiancee on the outside waiting for her (so she says). She was in an intimate relationship with Nicky but broke up with her in fear that her fiancee would find out. I personally think they'll get back together. 









Dayanara Diaz known as Daya (Dascha Polanco) is introduced to us as she rides with Piper to the big house for the first time. We later find out that her mother, Aleida Diaz (Elizabeth Rodriguez) is also in jail along with her sister. Daya falls for a newbie prison guard. She has a horrible relationship with her mother due to her mother never handling her business at home.





Tasha Jefferson known as Taystee (Danielle Brooks) is one of my favorite characters cause she's crazy. Her and Poussey (another inmate) are big on the comedy relief. Taystee is president of the remote control Lol! She also trades with Piper and ends up with a blonde chunk of her hair haha!





Sophia Burset (Laverne Cox) is a transgender woman who is married to Crystal and has a son named Michael. She is the hair stylist everyone goes to and she also goes through a hard time trying to get her hormone pills from the medical staff.







Susanna known as Crazy Eyes (Uzo Aduba) is my husband's favorite character. She srsly has crazy eyes and has been sent to psyche ward multiple times. When she first meets Piper she claims she's her wife and names her Dandelion Lol!







Tiffany Dogget known as Pennsatucky (Taryn Manning) is convinced God speaks to her and she is his angel. She is constantly preaching to the other inmates and has a small following of crack heads like herself. She has it out for Piper and Alex and isn't afraid to mess with them because she claims the Lord is on her side.







Mr. Healy (Michael J. Harney) is Piper's counselor and they get along great. Dude has some serious homophobic issues and he projects that on Piper without knowing that Piper had been an in intimate relationship with another female. Mr. Healy is also married to a mail order bride who doesn't respect him and cannot wait until she gets her green card.







George Mendez known as Pornstache (Pablo Schreiber) is a prison guard who does what he wants. He sells drugs, harasses the inmates, and of course trades for oral sex. He's your typical dick.









John Bennett (Matt McGorry) is the prison guard that Daya is 'dating'. He was in the military and did a tour in Afghanistan. He's a pretty regular dude that hardly harasses the inmates.













This show really has it all.. It's entertaining in any way you can imagine and I'm excited on what's to come. If you haven't already, go check it out on Netflix and let me know whatcha think. If you're not into shows like Weeds, chances are you won't like this.. but if you're into Weeds or shows similar to it, then YES! Please watch it. You won't be disappointed, I'm pretty sure of it. Just so you know, I don't normally snort when I laugh but this show has me snorting at least once each episode LOL!

..till next time ;]

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