Color Me Orange and Call Me Happy, IT is Back!
The time passing since Netflix’s Orange is the New Black aired last year has felt like fooorrreevvverrr (like, Sandlot forever) but finally, my old friend has returned. And thank god, I’m sure my friends were getting sick of the redundant “chocolate and vanilla …. swwwirrrrllllll” anthem.
And I’m not the only one. My co-workers, friends, and family are feeling the same OITNB love. When I ask others, “have you started Season 2?” It’s usually followed but “yes, but I’m only watched two episodes *plugging ears* don’t tell me ANYTHING!”
It’s an art how everyone systematically combats the season and at their own pace – whether it’s couch camping and taking it in all at once, watching when you want (or have time) or follow a rigid 1 per week allowance.
Of course, being an over-analytical Virgo, I’ve played mind games in trying to avoid binging on all of it at once. So far, I’m five episodes in.
This go around with Season 2, I’m much more invested in the characters and plot so there’s something magically nostalgic about clicking the play button once again and hearing that powerful Regina Spektor ballad starting each episode.
The characters, hot damn, they are amazing. From the intense and misunderstood Crazy Eyes, oversensitive and pregnant Daya, to fierce and wise Red – the gang’s all back. Although I’m not a huge fan of Piper (whom I call the “whiny bisexual”), she’s starting to grow on me this season. Maybe it was Season 1’s ending which unleashed her inner crazy with the Pennsatucky-prison-yard-slam-down that has drawn me to a darker side of Chapman.
While I don’t want to spoil the plot for others, I will say the season has not disappointed. I’m loving how producer, Jenji Kohan (also the brain behind Showtime’s Weeds) continues to pepper in flashbacks from a particular inmate during each episode, giving you a glimpse into their pre-Litchfield life and also what landed them in the clink. This is possibly one of my favorite parts of the show (besides hearing Yoga Jones slow and sweet voice) with a recent flashback that blew my mind and left me with a gaping mouth afterwards.
The show continues to represent all types of people, race and stereotypes with unfiltered humor and raw grace. Orange is the New Black is fantastic and I still remain and tried and true fan as I methodically work my way through the season.
(I’ve also gone back and started watching Season 1 simultaneously, just to curb an all day Season 2 binge-athon. Just sayin’)
I adore good food; the restaurants that serve it, the energy around it (even the hoopla), and telling others about it. When I'm not grubbing down on a great meal or writing, I'm mixing aromatherapy oils, letting Jillian Michaels kick my ass, and discovering new indie music that eventually goes mainstream (sigh).
The Netflix original series Orange is the New Black returns for its fourth season this summer and a new trailer aims to give us some new insight for what’s in store for the ladies of Litchfield. From Jenji Kohan, the creator of “Weeds”, OITNB is a thought-provoking, funny and evocative show about life in a [...]May 10, 2016
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