Well, I just finished binge-watching the final season of Orange Is The New Black. I wasn’t planning on writing about it, but now that I am finished, I just had to talk about it.
I loved this season.
The producers, writers and actors did justice to all the story that had come before in the show. This final season was very well done, IMHO, and is a great example. So, so many shows end terribly – I think it is the one thing that most series have in common – and there have been some fantastic failures in recent high-profile series. GoT, I’m thinking of you …
Season seven of OITNB was well balanced between new storylines and tying up loose ends. It didn’t feel too easy, or too neat. Some characters ended up in great places, others still trying to make a life for themselves behind bars, and a couple met the Big Guy upstairs, but each ending felt right to me.
My favourite new storyline was the incorporation of current political and cultural affairs in the US, with illegal immigration, Dreamers and immigration detention centres incorporated into the plot in a creative and surprising way. This aspect definitely made an impact on me, even though I am not American.
Throughout the season, old characters from earlier seasons made cameos and it all flowed perfectly naturally. There wasn’t anything that felt disjointed or forced.
I was surprised that the show did not make any reference to Piper writing her memoir post-prison, but I also did not feel I missed out on any particular storyline.
I am sad to see a good show ending, but mostly just happy that it ended on a high note, rather than concluding unsatisfactorily or taking a long, slow march towards small screen death.
If you haven’t checked out Orange Is The New Black before, I highly recommend you do so now that the series is concluded and you won’t have any waiting periods for new episodes. I warn you though, you might need to clear your calendar for some solid binge time.
I have always meant to read the book that this show is based off of, and never got around to it. Not that I don’t have a new season to look forward to, maybe this is the perfect time to pick it up from my library.
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