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Orange Is The New Black: Season 1 [DVD + Digital]
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From the creator of "Weeds" comes a heartbreaking and hilarious new series set in a women's prison. Based on Piper Kerman's acclaimed memoir, "Orange Is the New Black" follows engaged Brooklynite Piper Chapman, whose wild past comes back to haunt her and results 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.
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Orange is the New Black succeeds in bringing doses of comedy and intrigue to what would otherwise seem to be a female version of Oz. Set at a correctional facility in New York state, it tells us the story of Piper Chapman, a young woman who's serving a prison sentence for what basically amounts to being an accessory in drug running with a former ex-girlfriend, Alex. In addition to showing us her daily struggle in this prison, we also see life on the outside with Piper's fiancee, Larry, a struggling writer who's trying to make his mark in journalism while keeping it together for the sake of his and Piper's relationship, which is a lot harder than he would believe it to be.
OitNB features a lot more characters, such as Red, a woman serving a lengthy prison sentence who is now in charge of the prison kitchen. Her character happens to be one of my favorites in the series so far. We also get to meet other interesting characters such as Miss Claudette, an actual gentle soul whom is feared by all the inmates, and "Pornstache" Mendez, a correctional officer who happens to be a real jerk.
It's really worth watching on Netflix if you subscribe to the service, it really is. However, I see myself picking up the DVD or Blu-ray set when the time comes just in case the dark day arrives where I don't have the wonderful service anymore.
The story line is the complex interplay of the rich characters to be found in a prison, as the 'News of the World' used to boast, 'All of human life is here'. But prison, designed by men for men, does not fit with the psyche of women. I strongly believe that the prison system for women is not a solution to anything. Women have needs and demands on their motherhood which cannot be met in the isolation of a prison. The imprisonment of women should be a very rare resource, there are other ways of reform and punishment, as proposed in the "Bangkok Rules". Women ARE different, and should not be treated as lesser men. In my experience of imprisoned women, behind every crime by women there is a man, and men are more skillful in wiggling out of the rigour of law.
Considered as entertainment, I consider the imprisonment of women too serious an issue to be subject of entertainment. By the second series the theme lags, Piper is no longer the centre of interest, and, to the detriment of the penal implications, the series loses its focus. Prison is not a stage for all the world.
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