Orange Is The New Everything
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
But you can't just watch only one episode of OITNW. It's impossible. The end of every episode leaves you wanting more. The creator behind the show, Jenji Kohan, is a pretty smart gal and knows exactly what she's doing.
And so last night I found myself in the middle of episode three and it was already past midnight and I still had about ten other things I wanted to get done before I went to bed. So I made myself turn it off and walk away. But it was hard. I mean Piper had just got back and Alex was still gone and I need to know if she's really out for good! I NEED TO KNOW!
I guess you could say I really like this show. In fact, I love this show. Let me give you a few reasons why.
First of all, I love the writing and the dialogue. One minute I am laughing and the next minute I am crying. Each episode lasts about only sixty minutes yet in that short amount of time we're taken on a roller coaster of all sorts of emotions. The dialogue just feels so damn real and honest to me it makes me wonder why I've never seen a show like this before. And did I mention five out of the seven writers are women? That isn't exactly a normal ratio for television.
And then there's the cast. Oh, how I love the cast. Have you ever seen a more diverse group of women in one setting? It is comprised of women of all shapes, sizes, colors and backgrounds. And they're good actresses. They somehow manage to be funny and tragic all at the same time. Crazy Eyes, anyone? I love that woman. And I think we can all use a little more Tarryn Manning in our life. I was sold on that girl when she was Britney Spears's pregnant friend in Crossroads. And then there was 8 Mile and Hustle and Flow, so I think it's safe to say Tarryn's been preparing to play Pennsatucky the meth head her entire life. And God love her for it.
But one of my favorite things about Orange Is The New Black is the fact it's not just a show about women in prison. The writers don't just skim over the fact these women are locked up and now we're going to watch what happens. We get to see the backstory of these people and how they ended up where they are and it's never a pretty one. In fact, almost every backstory is full of pain and sadness, which I'm assuming is probably the case with most people who are in prison. The childhoods that so many of these women lived through basically just set them up for failure. The show really makes you think of prisoners in a new light, as least that's what it does for me. Yes, the majority of the inmates are guilty as hell and deserve their sentence, but a lot of times it's because they're simply a product of their upbringing. That's another thing I love about OITNB, it tells a story of these people who have been outcast from society, but tells it in a way that doesn't cast any judgment.
So basically what I'm saying is that it's my new life goal to be a writer on this show. And I'm sure this won't be hard to accomplish. Not at all. Kohan is known for hiring young new writers so I bet I can just send her an email and have her check out my "popular post" tab and she'll totally hire me. Should I have her check out the post about why I'm the most Indistinguishable Girl In The World or the Letter To Naked Gym Lady? What do you guys think? Which says "hire ME to write for your hit show rather than the millions of others who also want the job" more? Get back to me on this one.
Or if all else fails I could just play Piper's stand in.
Do you watch? What are your thoughts?