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  • Todd Puhl

Orange is the New Black: The Final Season

The Concept:

The ending to one of the most popular TV shows to date, Orange is the New Black final decided to close it’s doors to Litchfield prison as they felt the show ran its course. After the previous season, I felt they could have wrapped up the show last year and this year was not needed. But we needed a conclusion to Piper’s story and ongoing poor decision making process.

    As of this writing the Tomatometer had it at 66%, Metacritic was at 60% and IMDB was at 7.1/10.

The Cast:

No real new additions were added to this cast. However, multiple characters from previous seasons were not included and were moved to other prisons.

The story still revolves around Piper and Alex as always but its more about the fact as they have to live separate lives as Piper is out of prison. Piper meets new characters that she interacts with but they are forgettable at best.

Dogget, Suzanne, Red, Nicki and the “glamour” girls are apart of the season but their stories really take a backseat to Piper and Alex, Alemeida and of course Taystee interesting twist.

All the characters you have grown to known from all the seasons makes a walk on whether if its apart of the story or just nostalgia, but it was nice to see everyone at some point.

The Recap:

Piper Chapman is a public relations executive with a career and a fiance when her past suddenly catches up to her. In her mid-30s she is sentenced to spend time in a minimum-security women's prison in Connecticut for her association with a drug runner 10 years earlier. This Netflix original series is based on the book of the same title. Forced to trade power suits for prison orange, Chapman makes her way through the corrections system and adjusts to life behind bars, making friends with the many eccentric, unusual and unexpected people she meets.

With how everything has been in the world, having a ICE storyline in this season, drove home a lot of the ongoing issues that is currently happening in the US today. There was a couple of scenes that made you feel really bad for all the people who were being deported back to their country of origin. They were “too real” scenes that will make you question the world today, but I was happy it was brought too light.

Also this season proves that love can make people literally dumb. Right Piper?

The good:

· The fact they touched on real life concerns that are happening right now, was a nice change for TV these days.

· They also touched on the “Me Too” movement and drove home the perception of how people look at it, positively and negatively. It was nice to see both sides of the story

The bad:

·  Stories felt dragged on and could have been wrapped up in the previous season

· The show was based on Piper coming to the realization that Alex was bad for her, but yet she didn’t?

Why we should watch or not watch it:

Realistically, if you already completed the previous 6 seasons, you might as well wrap it up by completing this season. It doesn't really answer any questions nor continue anything worth mentioning.

Last thought:

Ultimately, you don’t need to watch the final season to have closure. I found the final season to be long, dragged out and not satisfying at all. Like most shows these days, it last a few seasons too long.

5/10 stars

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