Piercing Pirate got Netflix!
And what better way to celebrate than watch a Netflix original series? We all sat down this weekend to enjoy a marathon run of the US comedy-drama series Orange Is The New Black. All 13 episodes of it!
Created by Jenji Kohan, (creator of the hit TV series Weeds) OITNB follows the story of Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) and her Fiance Larry (Jason Biggs) as she begins a 15 month sentence in a woman’s federal prison for transporting illegal drug money for her former lover in her more adventurous youth. The series is actually based on the real life story of Piper Kerman, and also serves as an interesting reflection on prison life and conditions inside. The drama is understandably pumped up for the show, but according to Kerman’s memoir (of the same name), the conditions of the prison itself were very similar.
After the first episode you learn that the show is not only telling Chapman’s story, but exploring the unfortunate, and sometimes cruel, events that led to the imprisonment of some of the other women. The flashbacks were a particularly nice touch and even though it’s been done several times before, this just feels so unique.
Piper embarks on a journey of self discovery, making friends (and enemies) while adapting to everyday life and finding her place in the prison hierarchy throughout the series. It’s a beautiful transformation that sees a naive, well educated middle class woman become a more thoughtful, empathetic person. In prison no less!
The balance of humour and drama is both delicate and genius as well, keeping the tone light enough for repeated viewings while making sure you become emotionally invested with quite a few unexpected twists and turns along the way.
None of us were particularly excited or held high hopes for the show, as we’d never even heard of it before selecting it to watch. But, saying we were pleasantly surprised would be the understatement of the year! It’s funny, it’s engrossing, and best of all every single member of the cast is fantastic and gives a truly outstanding performance. Orange Is The New Black genuinely leaves you craving for more!
We all agreed that it deserved 5 stars, and challenge you to try to watch just one episode without getting yourself hooked!