Tag Archives: Taylor Schilling

TV Review: Netflix’s Orange is the New Black is a combination of salvation and suffering in its fifth season

In the second-to-last episode of season four, Orange is the New Black presented the death of one of the show’s main characters in a supremely upsetting, but flawlessly executed scene that referenced America’s senseless police brutality against African Americans.  It was in stark contrast to the previous season’s more uplifting closer where the inmates of female prison Litchfield bathed in the sunlight and fresh water of a nearby lake following a momentary escape.... Continue Reading

DVD Review: Orange is the New Black Season Three (USA, 2015)

When we were first introduced to the inmates of Litchfield Penitentiary in the 2013 debut season of Orange is the New Black, it was quite clear that we were supposed to be introduced to this new environment through the show’s protagonist, Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling). The upper-class NYC dweller’s transportation to a world completely different to the one she is used to and her tumultous relationship with ex-girlfriend Alex Vause (Laura Prepon) and fiance out the outside (Jason Biggs) was the crux of the narrative and it was used as a good tool to loosely learn about the other inmates Piper came into contact with. By the end of Season Two however, the show had become less about Piper and more about exploring the complexities and sensitivities of the other women serving time. The comedy, romance, dark drama and honest writing turned OITNB into a fully fledged powerhouse series for Netflix and it’s no surprise that when the third season dropped a day early this year, fans began their binge watching sessions eagerly.... Continue Reading