Orange Is the New Black: Season 4
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Orange Is the New Black: Season 4

When grind houses and drive-in theaters were popular filmmakers constantly had to contrive scenarios conducive to the inclusion of excessive, mindless violence and gratuitous nudity. These movies may not have been high points in the auto cinematic expression but the filmmakers involved in this genre exceptionally good at their job and quite inventive when it came to cranking out these flicks. Biker gangs and delinquent teams running from a serial killer determined to cut them into little tiny pieces. One of the most attractive settings for grind house movie was a women’s prison. Storyline usually involves a naïve young woman confined with hardening female criminals. Inevitably there was a drawn out scene in the shower with the most puerile fantasies concerning depicting lesbianism in graphic detail, from the viewpoint of a pubenent boy. The potential for violence was equally excessive relying on sadistic correctional officers and brutally cruel inmates. Similar to most of the bright house movies there is little resemblance to reality completely turning the story over to the fantasies of teenage boys which happen to be the primary target demographic. In 2013 Netflix decided to revisit this familiar setting as part of their then nascent move into original programming. The result was ‘Orange Is the New Black.' Your source material for the show was 2010 novel by Piper Kerman, ‘Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison,' originally the heroine’s prison sentence was about a year this became the first case of incarceration of a prisoner extended due to good behavior, incredible ratings. The original charges significantly extended which he perjured herself giving testimony in court. This does require the audience to go any attempts to rationalize a realistic timeline. Fortunately, considering the exceptional quality of the series, this is not seen as a problem by most people. The fourth season was recentently released on Blu-ray and DVD Netflix announcing the series being renewed at least until season seven. This was one of their first forays into original programming, and its success was a substantial influence in making streaming video services a major force in entertainment.

While the grind house view of women’s prisons focused exclusively on salacious juvenile titillation, Netflix utilizes the same venue is mean to tell a compelling character driven story using a brilliant ensemble cast as a point of view characters. The series has always maintained a socially responsible mandate upheld by the sow runners. The main character, Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), is not an innocent victim of a justice system gone awry. She was involved in drug smuggling with a former girlfriend and current fellow inmate, Alex Vause (Laura Prepon), conveniently also allowing for the series to be renewed. Far-reaching social issues explored within the context of the show imbued the requiste gravitas to qualify as a drama with a conscience. The only seasons considered a growing trend of privatizing prisons, turning on what is traditionally the responsibility of the government in to a for-profit company. In this fourth season, the issue tackled was overpopulation. Separating this series from not only the juvenile movies of the 70s from the majority of dramatic series on television today is that the writers do not allow the exploration of socially relevant topics to interfere with the entertainment valueIt was during a court proceeding involved in those crimes that Piper perjured himself thereby extending. It is always evident throughout the entire run of the series the storylines judiciously avoid playing out the audience’s expectations. Upon reading the synopsis of the series would be only natural to anticipate a plot primarily concerned with how Piper’s innocence was lost as per darker side must emerge for how to survive in prison. While this is admittedly true to some degree, it is not the primary emphasis behind the majority of individual’s character threads. First of all, Piper was never an innocent person. She was guilty of trafficking drugs with Alex. She had tried to straighten out the life of eventually becoming engaged to Larry Bloom (Jason Biggs), a freelance writer. Piper was indeed trying to turn over a new leaf past came crashing around her. By this fourth season steadily gain self-confidence which translated to becoming a leadership position among the fellow inmates. This season she is considered to have the position of the queen bee. Thanks to the carefully crafted writing exceptional performances there is nothing artificial about this protagonist’s rise such a position of authority among the other inmates.

This new position does manifest Piper experiencing some personality changes. She is forced to confront decisions with life or death consequences and has to perform actions that you would never have considered outside the walls of the penitentiary. As mentioned, one of the major plot threads concerned prison overpopulation, as the density of prisons increases even minor disagreements can quickly escalate threatening to ignite a war. Prison is understandably depended heavily on whatever tribe they happen to be associated. In this instance, the term refers to an association somewhere between a clique in a gang. Piper belongs to ‘Red’s Family,' a group of women closely associated with the woman running the kitchen, a longtime inmate Galina 'Red' Reznikov (Kate Mulgrew). As a person who controls the supply, she has close contact with the prison officials and considerable power over the other inmates. Like a little boat of trivia, Ms. Schilling and Ms. Mulgrew costarred in a hospital drama, ‘Trauma,' as mother and daughter. This does translate to the chemistry between the characters that translate to a realistic and relatable bond between these two women of completely different backgrounds.

Piper begins to interact with a group of neo-Nazi/white supremacists resulting in a significant faction retaliating against Piper. It is the most disturbing episodes not just of the season the entire series of your ring and identical scene shown during the first season of the HBO prison drama, ‘Oz.' This serves as a reminder to the audience that prison can drive people to renders actions without regard to the gender of the population. This event is exceptionally cruel long-lasting repercussions leaving its mark on Piper forever. The seasons of the series are tightly knit and cannot realistically take as separate entities. It is an example of a series on Netflix highly conducive to binge watching. If you are not into the show, it might be best to hold off on diving at the season for until you up-to-date. This season begins on the same day as the third season concluded so that you cannot reasonably consider the seasons are separate entities. Many of the second-tier characters promoted to providing motivation for several of the dominant storylines. This does convey the concept that the personal interactions in the functioning hierarchy within the prison in the state of constant flux. The previous season represented a turning point for most of the characters, especially Piper. This gave the impression too many fans that the narrative had become disjointed failing to gel together properly. If you are among the fans who subscribe to this opinion will be very glad to hear that this was rectified in season four. There is a greater degree of cohesiveness between each of the episodes allowing them to flow each into the next seamlessly. Season five already in progress and another two seasons guaranteed after that the story of the women in the Litchfield Penitentiary is far from over.

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Posted 05/14/2017

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