Saturday, September 06, 2014

Orange Is the New Black

Is Orange Is the New Black that show you hear everyone talking about that you keep meaning to start but tell yourself you're too busy with things like work, kids and sleep? Well get your priorities in order and prepare to binge watch and power nap at work because this show is the REAL THING!             

Based on the memoir of the same name by Piper Kerman, OITNB tells the story of newly engaged, thin, blonde hair and blue-eyed seemingly perfect Piper Chapman whose world is turned upside down when she is convicted of money laundering for an international drug cartel. Did I mention this is a true story? Apparently once, in the midst of a different, early 20's, poorly planned life, Piper was asked to transport some money in a suitcase as a favor to the then love of her life Alex Voss. Oh, and then Alex shows up in the very same federal prison that Piper is serving her time in and then...never mind, I can't even begin to get into it. You just have to watch.

What makes OITNB such a phenomenal show is that it truly is an ensemble cast full of incredibly talented actresses such as Laverne Cox, Taylor Schilling and Natasha Leoni. These actresses are clearly so proud and happy to be able to tell the stories of the characters who come to represent the many thousands of women who are having babies, planning weddings, dying of cancer, overdosing, and just trying to survive behind bars.

Jenjin Kohan's creation is technically categorized as a comedy, but expect to cry as much as you laugh and be horrified and disturbed a little bit more than that. The titles of the episodes are probably the funniest part, "I wasn't ready", "Tit punch" and "Lesbian request denied" just to name a few. VBPL has season one of the show and you can borrow my Netflix password if you're in a bind and need to see season 2. Pace yourself, though; season 3 isn't even finished yet!
We also have copies of Piper Kerman's book that started it all in electronic, print and audio form, although for once the book will only take you so far and it's the show that goes so much further.

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