Saturday, August 27, 2016

What I’m Watching: Orange is the New Black

Orange is the New Black: Season 4, Episode 11 “People Persons” (B+)

It’s really disturbing to see how things went from Caputo urging calm and treating people with dignity to Piscatella ordering a lockdown and interrogations with no one but Donuts of all people to point out that it was counter to his instructions. He’s turning out to be one of the more sympathetic characters, scared out of his mind sitting outside all night but far more dedicated to his job than the likes of Gerber and Luschek. And then you have those like Stratman and Humphrey, who gain twisted pleasure in tormenting the inmates and forcing them to submit to their will. Even Dixon was cruel in stepping on Taystee’s watch just to show force. Maureen wanting to fight Crazy Eyes because she didn’t consider them even after their closet encounter was a poor idea, and this is now the second time that we’ve seen Crazy Eyes hulk out on someone. It was heartbreaking to see her backstory in which she brought a kid over to her house and then didn’t want to let him go home or call the police since she couldn’t comprehend what was going on. Lolly taking the fall for the guard’s murder and getting escorted to psych by Healy onto to learn that she hadn’t in fact traveled back through time was also very sad. Hopefully Caputo can stop being distracted by the clueless Linda who has never been to a prison and get back to his job to see what a horrible mess has been made of everything and right some of those wrongs.

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