tennisgurl July 14, 2017 Share July 14, 2017 So I finally got around finishing this season (I didn't watch for awhile because I was kind of boycotting Netflix, then I got busy with real life stuff), and, I consider it be basically a series of good scenes, patched together into a not very solid season. There were a lot of things I liked, and a lot of good character moments, but on the whole, it felt like we just spent a whole season spinning our wheels, watching a TON of padding in-between the actually interesting stuff. In my opinion, the season should have been split into two parts, with the first half being the riot, and the second half being its aftermath. It would have been a lot less of the boring hijinks of the meth heads and the Nazis and Ouija and her lackeys. A big problem I had was I kept forgetting that, within the show, its only been a few days since Poussey was killed. It makes the actions of Taystee and her crew make more sense when you remember their friend just died, but, considering its been a whole year since last season, the audience has had time to mourn and move on, so it makes the whole thing less urgent to the audience. I had also forgotten how shitty the guards were, so it makes it harder to watch them being abused by the inmates. If your going to have the "good guys" abusing the "bad guys", you need to give your audience a really strong mental imagine to focus on to keep you sympathetic to the tormentors, and considering its been a year, there really wasn't much to hold on to. Like I said, I liked a lot of individual scenes and storylines. I liked the unexpected character interactions, like Flaca and Maritza giving Alex and Nikki makeovers, Flores and Red teaming up, Luscheck awkwardly trying to comfort Gloria about her son, Piper and Taystee running riot stuff, Black Cindy's super enthusiastic Mavel Tov to Lorna when she heard she was pregnant, I really liked a lot of that. I also liked seeing the family's of the women in jail all reaction to the riot, and I actually wish we had seen more. I would have liked to see Reds husband and sons, Sophia's wife and son, or Brooks best friend reacting to the riot, or showing up and interacting with other people, like when Leanne's Amish mom had that awkward moment with Flores's boyfriend. I would have taken those scenes and gotten rid of the meth head hijinks any day of the week. I'm glad I watched the season and I'm sure I will watch next season too, but I'm confused as to what next year will be like. Its not like things can be the same, with all the prisoners going off into new prisons, and I'm sure the guards and staff wont be coming back. I guess maybe they can do a time jump to the "new" Lictchfield, where its made nicer as basically a PR move, and they bring everyone back. Still, this might be a good chance to cull the cast to just the core cast, or add in some new people to get rid of the ones who've gotten stale (looking at you, meth heads). We have SO many characters now, it means its getting hard to give everyone story lines, and its hard to keep track of everyone. 2 Link to comment
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