‘Orange Is The New Black’ decided to surprise it’s die hard fans with a little gift to kick off the new season. The show originally was set to air Friday June 12th at midnight but instead was released 6 hours earlier for good behavior. I must admit that I had never watched the show before so I really didn’t know what to expect, but I’d already seen firsthand how popular it has become. Within minutes after the surprise season three premier my twitter timeline was taken over by OITNB fans. The show is about an inmate Piper Chapman, a woman in her early thirties who was sentenced to fifteen months in prison after being convicted for transporting money alongside her drug dealing girlfriend. Piper is soon after taken away from her fiance Larry to a new home at Litchfield Penitentiary. While there Piper is reunited with her ex-girlfriend Alex, who ratted her out in the first place, and basically goes on to tell how Piper reexamines her relationship with Alex and survives life with the other prisoners.
Never having seen the show I was not sure what to expect when I clicked on the red Netflix play button but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The first episode was named “Mother’s Day” so I was expecting a nice story about the rekindling of broken relationships and the mending of bridges burnt in the past. Little did I know that’s not quite the way that things at Litchfield Penitentiary. In this episode Joe Caputo, the director, attempts to put together a Mother’s Day fair for the inmates and let’s just say not all good intentions have good outcomes.
The episode opens up playing a reflective theme song showing the eyes of all different types of women making you wonder the stories locked up behind each different pair. Then we dive straight into the routine of everyday life for the inmates at Litchfield. From the get go it’s established that these inmates are hard in the paint. They come equipped with no nonsense attitudes that’ll bite back if you tug too hard, but yet even the toughest egg will crack under enough pressure.We see this as the women reflect on their experiences with their own mothers and as mothers themselves.The episode continues to show the different struggles that the women go through being in prison and having children on the outside. It really made me realize that women in prison still deal with the ups and downs of motherhood if not magnified 100 times.
One character’s story that stuck with me specifically was Sophia Bursets. What immediately drew me to her was the high class sass that she brought to the show. Sophia has a certain refinement that not many other women in the pin possess. Not only does she come with flare, she is also packing a lot of wisdom as well. Behind all the hair and makeup is a person who you can tell has learned a lot about life and how crazy it can be on the inside and out.
I can without a doubt say that watching the premier of ‘Orange Is The New Black’ was an eye opening experience that will not soon be forgotten. This first episode has set high expectations for the rest of the season and I’m sure none of the ladies at Litchfield Penitentiary will disappoint.
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