HELLO AGAIN MY DARLINGS!
It has been an awfully long time since I updated my blog, and I am astounded to say that I have officially had 106 views!
That is insane! I love every single one of you and would happily hand deliver you all cupcakes, if I weren’t such a pathetically lazy creature.
When I started this blog I honestly thought no-one would read it, so I am blown away that so many of you have!
I hope you like it, guys and dolls!
So, on to the topic of this post…
A stupendous television program called ‘Orange is the New Black’, ever heard of it?
Words cannot even describe how much I ADORE this show. It is perfection from every angle – from the writing to the acting to the cinematography to the sets to the costumes to the actors – it is spectacular.
And, more than that, it is IMPORTANT.
It’s a witty, colourful extravaganza of the most human, 3-dimensional characters I have ever seen. It gives humor and craziness without ever sacrificing it’s integrity, it balances comedy and drama – which is insanely difficult to get right but a delight to watch if done properly.
For those of you who have never heard of this wonderful program, it is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT.
Based on a true story, it follows the life of Piper Chapman (played by Taylor Schilling), an upper middle-class New Yorker who must leave life as she knows it, her friends, family and fiance behind when her past indiscretions (including a beautiful lesbian and an international drug cartel) catch up to her and send her to a women’s prison.
Piper Chapman – have I mentioned this show is freaking hilarious??
Upon entering Litchfield Correctional facility, she is reunited with her tall, hot-as-hades, drug dealing former love, Alex Vause (played by Laura Prepon).
said hot-as-hades former lesbian love
She is also introduced to a whole company of seemingly insane characters who slowly become more human as the episodes progress, largely thanks to insightful flashbacks into each character’s road to prison.
This cast includes, but is not limited to,
a mad-haired former addict called Nicky
a badass Russian cook called Red
Suzanne or ‘Crazy Eyes’
a prisoner/librarian called Taystee who trades cocoa butter for blonde hair
Pennsatucky – a religious meth-head nutbar who attempts to baptise someone in a kitchen sink
a perverted arsehole of a guard with facial hair that’s earned him the title of ‘pornstache’
a gorgeous transgender fireman-turned-prison-hairdresser
(yes those flip-flops are made of duct tape)
and many, MANY more.
I honestly can’t recommend this show enough – it’s hilarious, dramatic, beautiful at times, desperately sad at others. It also addresses the shortcomings of the legal system, sheds light on human nature in inhuman conditions, shows that happiness can be found in the most desperate of places and the everyday struggle of these women just to live. It also highlights the many issues surrounding homophobia, transphobia, sexism, religion and racism, both in and out of the legal system.
Correctional Officer Healy on ‘The Gay Agenda’
It’s also one of the only female-driven, ethnically diverse shows on TV at the moment. I absolutely adore it.
It is an astounding watch, and both seasons are available on Netflix! Give it a go 😀