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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Orange is the New Black by Jenji Kohan, Netflix, 2013- (TVMA)

with Taylor Schilling (Argo), Laura Prepon, Michael Harney, Michelle Hurst, Kate Mulgrew, Jason Biggs, Natasha Lyonne, Pablo Schreiber, Nick Sandow, Dascha Polanco, Joel Garland, Lea DeLaria, Samira Wiley, Matt McGorry, Yael Stone, Danielle Brooks, Uzo Aduba, Catherine Curtin, Selenis Leyva, Constance Shulman, Annie Golden (I Love You Phillip Morris), Vicky Jeudy, Emma Myles, Laverne Cox, Taryn Manning, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Maria Dizzia (The Other Woman, Keep the Lights On), Lolita Foster, Beth Fowler, Abigail Savage, Madeline Brewer, Jackie Cruz, Diane Guerrero, Jessica Pimentel, Adrienne C. Moore, Lauren Lapkus, Lin Tucci, Matt Peters, Michael Chernus (Jack and Diane), Lori Tan Chinn, Laura Gomez, James McDaniel...

From the creator of “Weeds” comes a heartbreaking and hilarious new series set in a women’s prison. Piper Chapman’s wild past comes back to haunt her, resulting in her arrest and detention in a federal penitentiary. To pay her debt to society, Piper trades her comfortable New York life for an orange prison jumpsuit and finds unexpected conflict and camaraderie amidst an eccentric group of inmates. The series is based on Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman, a memoir about her experiences in prison, and aired on Netflix (House of Cards).

OITNB by Brazilian graphic design student Renis

I am in withdrawal. Watched it too fast, finished it too fast, loved too much the characters, and now they are gone for one year. And reading the sneaks that have been spilling around didn't make me feel better. Why is Alex only in one episode? Is she? Not to offense anyone, but that is a very bad idea. I think I can speak on behalf of a lot of people, we need her in the show. If the creators are reading, this is a message, put her back in, in third season if too late for the second season. And I didn't even like her, initially. But the series is so much about humanity, any character is having a perspective to offer on their own situation, own behavior, not that everything is justifiable, but definitely, it broaden your judgement, made so easily in perhaps the first episode and broken every step of the season. Brilliant. You learn to love every one of them, perhaps the hardest to like is the main one that is leading us to get to know all the other, Piper. But in a way, the conflict you have with her are the ones you have of someone who isn't really real, someone who still have some shallowness to drop down. But the reflective effect of the prison is definitely already changing her. And it doesn't goes only for the better. I in the end have no idea how realistic the prison is, I don't wish to have an experience of it, but I really love the portrait of the women Jenji Kohan traced. It is beautiful, human, not pretty, but full of humanity. And Laura Prepon makes it have that edge that seduces you. How about making Alex a bigger character in the next season? Right, I already pleaded...

PS: I put quite a lot of the cast, which I am usually lazy about, but hey, I am a new yorker, the cast is mostly from here, they cast some people I know in it, and I think all these actresses need all to be recognized for they gave an amazing performance.

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