Sunday, August 9, 2020

Netflix Catch-Up: Orange is the New Black

Orange is the New Black: Season 7, Episode 2 “Just Desserts” (B+)

I’m glad that I decided to watch the entire final season of this show rather than just Laverne Cox’s Emmy-nominated hour since I really do like (most of) these characters and I’m glad to see them again. This show has such a large ensemble that it’s interesting to see which players are featured and which aren’t even mentioned because there are so many more people to show. This was the first time we had seen Maritza in a while, and I’ve been watching Diane Guerrero (who I also met at Sundance) on “Doom Patrol,” which is a very different part. She even made the smart decision not to violate her parole and leave the state and ended up with a terrible consequence, which was her arrest and incarceration at the new ICE facility operated by Litchfield where Blanca also is. As she’s given more power, Linda is exercising it in poor ways, buying the precise language that Tamika – who is probably the most honest choice for the job – used at Caputo’s recommendation to impress her and secure the warden job. She’s going to be hated by a lot of people, including Hopper, who’s not a bad guy but is quite literally a criminal in that he’s part of a drug smuggling operation. McCullough’s flashbacks were unsettling, and deciding that she could take charge by having Alex traffic drugs for her rather than for the detestable Hellman was a puzzling conclusion. Adeola seems intent on helping Dayonara secure whatever power she can, and I’m fine with that as long as we don’t have to suffer through more of Badison in the near future. Piper’s struggles in the real world seem insignificant compared to what’s going on inside, but I suppose it’s endearing that she’s trying to support Alex in the way that she needs.

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