From the creator of the Showtime smash Weeds, Jenji Kohan gives us “Orange is the New Black.” This is a Netflix original that chronicles the life and subsequent downfall of the lead character, Piper Chapman, played by Taylor Schilling, as she self surrenders to a women’s federal prison in upstate New York.
This is an odd little series with lots of stars and an interesting story line. Piper was charged for “carrying money” for her drug trafficking girlfriend. After she had changed her life and moved forward, she was arrested and offered 15 months in federal prison. Her lawyer told her to take the deal rather than to try her luck at trial.
I am sure that there is much more to the story she cannot talk about, but that is her story, and she is sticking to it. The story does not seem congruent, but oh well.
Like any other show with a prison premise, the cast is a combo of drug addicts, white supremacists, and angry cultural minorities. This is a menagerie of social pariahs and cultural stereotypes, but the way it’s laid out, it flows, and it actually works.
If this sounds like your cup of tea, watch at least the first two episodes before giving up on it. Like so many shows, the first episode spends too much time getting the viewer caught up on the big back-story and misses a chance to truly hook a viewer with storyline and quality acting. This is a “love it or hate it” kind of show!