Orange is the New Black: Season 6

I have loved Orange is the New Black since the very first episode back in 2013. Click on the links below to read my reviews of previous seasons:

Season 1 (5 out of 5)
Season 2 (5 out of 5)
Season 3 (5 out of 5)
Season 4 (5 out of 5)
Season 5 (5 out of 5)

It’s rare the luster holds its magic for that many seasons. But it did and I am grateful to have gone through the experience with creator Jenji Kohen, the show runners, producers, directors, cast and crew. Many criticized Season 5 for using an unnecessary death in order to make a point. Poussey’s demise not only felt too easy, it reinforced a bad TV trope – killing off lesbian and bisexual female characters. See the story, 62 Lesbian & Bisexual Female Characters Killed Over Past Two Television Seasons for more detail on this disturbing phenomenon. Season 6 had to take a sharp turn. I came to Litchfield Prison’s new season hoping for more great stories. Unfortunately splitting up the main characters into different cell blocks and adding nearly 50% new characters just didn’t work for me. I missed Big Boo and Sofia who only had cameos. I missed the cohesiveness of the original cast. I didn’t connect with the Barb and Carol sisters. Boring. Badington with her horribly clichéd Boston accent didn’t scare me. And Daddy was too much of a sweet baby dyke to earn that nickname at her age. I certainly connected with Taystee’s story line, but I felt it got buried in all the other confusion of a show whose story lines were at best scattered. The guards were more realistic this season, scarier and unpredictable. You felt more of the reality of an actual prison, as much as I can imagine. In the end, the season didn’t work for me. I counted the episodes left to watch and fell asleep during too many to count. I still love the show, but it might be time to end it. Or spin-off a couple of the gals outside of prison figuring out if it’s possible to re-enter life. And bring back freaking Big Boo. 3 out of 5.

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