Hands up if you have missed these badass Litchfield inmates 🙋 I sure did. Last season left us all holding our breaths, waiting to see what the tragic death of *SPOILER ALERT* Poussey would lead to. That intense season finale, where the guard ‘Humps’ is trying to take out his sneaked in gun, but gets pushed in the process, so the gun lands on the floor and nearly a dozen inmates try to reach for it, but it is ‘Daya’ that picks the gun up and points it at the guard. *Holds breath* END SCENE!
Looking back at this moment, I don’t know how I was able to wait a year to see what happens, but we all survived the wait and let me tell you it was worth it! Last Friday saw the release of the long awaited season 5, which I finished watching the day after… Obsessed much?
Luckily, the season starts right where we left off and only proceeds into the following three days. As the season counts 13 episodes, you can image that these three days are covered nearly to the minute, which is what you will need to keep track of everyone and their actions during the prison riot. Yes, RIOT! Last season’s ‘economical’ changes and, of course, the tragic murder did not go down well with the inmates. So, they cease the opportunity and stand united to demand their human rights back.
Season 5, like the previous 4 seasons, takes you on an emotional rollercoaster filled with anger, despair, love and compassion. As a viewer, you feel incredibly outraged by all the injustice. And as frustrating as this might be, it is exactly what I love about this series. The ice-cold reality of the failing American justice system, (institutional) racism, sexism, homophobia, inequality, underrepresentation, white privilege and the list goes on.
Personally, it took me two tries to get past the the first episode. First, the nudity and overall explicitness of the series put me off. However after hearing everybody and their dog rave about OITNB, recommending it to me countless times, I finally gave in and tried again. And boy am I glad I did! So, if you haven’t already, sit down with an open mind and start watching the first season. You will not regret it, I promise!
Lots of Love,