Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Netflix Catch-Up: Orange is the New Black (Season Premiere)

Orange is the New Black: Season 7, Episode 1 “Beginning of the End” (B)

I’m very late to the party streaming the final season of this show, and I actually watched this episode and wrote this review months ago. Things got busy and I didn’t get past this episode, so now that Laverne Cox has been nominated for another Emmy, I feel like it’s time to catch up and finish a show I’ve always liked. Unlike many, I thought that the riot season was very strong, just as good as the four years that preceded it, while the denouement that was season six didn’t impress me much. I don’t know why this premiere chose to kill off Daddy rather than Badison, since I think most viewers would have been much happier to have the far more palatable new addition from last season still around. I suppose this will create the most conflict, since Alex is now in a position of power she doesn’t want that will almost certainly get her into trouble, and Dayanara has lost the security she’s had for a bit. I’m not sure how I feel about the new device where each of the inmates (and Piper) narrate and seemingly think out loud, and we got some random thoughts from a handful of the inmates at the end of the episode too. Piper’s life on the outside is far from glamorous, though her attitude has never succeeded much in gaining her sympathy. I like how the relationship between Gloria and Red continues to build as they spend time in solitary confinement, and I’m not sure what to make of Aleida’s affair as she does a poor job hiding her lack of interest in Hopper. It should be an interesting final hurrah if nothing else!

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