“There are few shows that I have loved with the ferocity that I loved Orange is the New Black, and there are exactly zero shows that have broken my heart the way this show did. So when it came to the final season, I was trying to prepare myself for anything.”
As “Orange is the New Black” wraps up its seven-season run, our TV team weighs in on the show’s legacy — the good and the bad.
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Carmen and Riese talk about the entirety of Season Six of “Orange is the New Black,” which they thought they were going to hate at first but then it actually turned out pretty okay.
Never before have my distaste for a show and love for its cast been so at odds.
“Thirteen hours of television later, and season five’s cliffhanger ends nearly exactly as season four: with women, many of whom are queer, many of whom are of color, in peril and facing an unknown future. Instead of grounding this season in a fight for social justice, they gleefully reveled in unnecessary violence and humiliation.”
The SWAT team approaches and Larry returns. LARRY.
After an episode of literal torture, OITNB focuses on the stories it tells best: the ones about family.
Spectacles rely on spectators, and I for one am not going to be pulled into this show anymore just to watch violence for the sake of violence. I can watch the news and do that, thanks.
“This was the point in this episode, and there were points like this in almost every episode, where I went cold and just thought ‘Why am I still watching this fucking show?'”
“Tied To The Tracks” is a slow burn compared to the season’s first six episodes of Orange Is the New Black that mostly boasted a crowded ensemble acting out cruelly in the name of justice for Poussey.
This is the show that I fell in love with. Women, helping each other through their pain. Women, finding family. Women, finding support from one another while in the pits of the darkest places they can imagine.
I’m not going to lie, there was something oddly cathartic about seeing a pile of Cheetos burst into flames.
After four episodes of chaos and lack of direction both within Litchfield and the overall arc of the season, Orange Is the New Black finally managed to pull it together enough to produce an episode worth watching (save for one MAJOR issue).
Angie announces, “I’m the jefe now!” with one of the harshest American “j” sounds ever and decides there will be a talent show and the guard/hostages will perform. So, we know where this is going.
Really, Linda? Really?
I marathoned the entirety of Season 5 this weekend and I need to talk to somebody about it, pronto. SPOILERS AHEAD.
Hey did y’all know white guys have feelings too?
“You’re gonna want a quick, catchy clickbait. Something to really grab the liberal market — that’s who you wanna appeal to.”
New trailers from Orange is the New Black and Orphan Black promise very intense storylines, Southwest of Salem picks up a GLAAD Award, hot queer female spokesmodels are hot, Korean television goes queer and other very important pop culture stories that could really make your day or not.
Netflix rained down a video clip from the season five premiere and a batch of promo photos for your homosexual enjoyment and speculation.