At last season 3 of Orange is the New Black has been released. (June 12th). I finished watching it sometime last week. It took me about 3-4 days to finish the season.
I will say it wasn’t exactly what I was anticipating. It was more “low concept” than expected. By that, I mean, I was expecting more action, more unhinged and risible moments. Personally, it fell a bit short of that. Although some episodes were better than others, I found it bordering on insipidity at times. (Sorry, ladies)
I found season 1 and 2 more quippy and full of shrewd insults. But throughout the season I found myself predominantly entertained and looking forward to the next episode.
With all that being said, one thing OITNB has gained, is heart. Obviously it had a lot of heart before, but the amount of touching moments in this season is an all time high (for prison at least). We see the characters evolving together and alone, surviving thick and thin. We begin to feel like these women are more than just inmates and criminals. We get more back stories from minor characters. (Who knew Leanne Taylor was Amish?)
I noticed quite a bit of shift in the limelight within the characters. Some major characters from 1st and 2nd season (i.e. Sophia and Watson) were shoved in the background and muted, while other minor characters (i.e. Chang) were explored. I do give Jenji Kohan credit for shifting the characters around because it’s what’s most pragmatic. Think about it, realistically in a prison, it’s not all about the rich white girl. Jenji does a good job capturing the essence of each character, no matter how strange the dynamic.
Although the show has seemed to shift a bit, it’s not necessarily in the wrong direction. I still love the characters and how compelling they are. Can we just take a moment to admire Ruby Rose?
I google imaged “Orange is the New Black season 3″ and literally most of the hits consisted of Ruby Rose. She’s taking over the world, just kidding…even though I wouldn’t mind. I highly advise you watch Orange is the New Black, seasons 1-3 if you haven’t already. Trust me, you won’t regret it.Check out the trailer for season 3, now on Netflix.