SPOILERS – Jenji Kohan’s Orange is the New Black came on strong last year but left viewers pondering not just what’s next but how is it possible to actually move forward.
My problem with Orange is the New Black is timing. The real Piper, Piper Kerman has been on NPR so many times that I know that she and Larry (Jason Biggs’ character) make it. By making it I mean actually stay together and get married. Currently in season two of Orange, they are not together and Larry is seeing Piper’s best friend Polly. Another troubling factor is that Piper Kerman was only in prison for 18 months. I want the show to last seven seasons minimum. How is the character Piper Chapman going to get some extra time. They can flash back LOST style to keep things going indefinitely but I would not want them to get Stewy (Family Guy) syndrome. Is he ever going to grow up? The show wouldnt be the same without actual character development in the prison. Trying to nail down the time frame that Piper Chapman has served so far has been proving very difficult. Minute facts and time frames get sort of blurry for me in season one. Due to Netflix’s bingeability factor.
The Netflix concept of having all the shows available and ready (The Bingeability) did not help by making it way to easy to deliriously push on into the night trying desperately to get to that climactic ending of each show. Each episode is so cleverly crafted to make it impossible to go to sleep. You must watch on! There is no better example of this then in the season one finale. The surprise ending took my breathe away and had me fearing for Piper’s well being and Penciltucky’s life.
When season two finally came out I was worried they wouldn’t be able to re-capture the initial shock, impact and mystery we were punched in the face with in season one. In a way they really haven’t. But is it really possible? The show was so different, so fresh. So in your face. Now the show has progressed to another level which is just as enjoyable just not as fresh because it’s season two, duh! – Jason Chapman The Baltimore TV Examiner