1. I like the colour black better than orange, except for pumpkins, they’re much better orange.
2. While the series, Orange Is The New Black is excellent, Piper Kerman’s Orange Is The New Black: My Year in Women’s Prison high-end-white-lady-sent-to-prison-lite-for-a-crime-she-committed-when-she-was-young-and-naive memoir has an incredible self-awareness you rarely find and should experience. Read the book.
3. Sorry Netflix, I borrowed the Season 1 DVDs from the library (yay libraries!!!). Not enough GBs and frankly, I don’t trust myself with that much access to older TV shows and movies. Maybe someday. Now just doing my time until Season 2.
4. I wondered if this show was going to go beyond being a bunch of whiny felonious narcissists strolling around in a homogenized, Hollywoodized, faux female prison fantasy. They did.
5. It took me a while to get into this book/series, but I finally understood, it wasn’t about prison, or the amount of hair products they manage to get in there; it’s about degrees of damage, not just the prisoners, but the staff, and even those on the outside.
6.There are a tons of nods to various shows, books, etc. : Star Trek, Weeds, American Pie, Manga, The Fault in our Stars, 50 Shades of Grey, This Is Where I Leave You, Les Miserables, The Help, Harry Potter, Stephen King, Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and of course who could forget the Robert Frost lecture.
7. Did they ever catch the chicken? No, wait, don’t tell me.
8. Piper Chapman aka “College” (portrayed by Taylor Schilling) has a cultured façade to cover her narcissism and fear; I wonder how many of us wear disguises?
10. The people that get close to Piper are inevitably sorry. Is she a toxic person? Or is she just doing her thing and people get in the way?
11. Uzo Aduba (Suzanne/Crazy Eyes) was actually a track star growing up; she even auditioned for Vicky Jeudy’s part, so she’s more like Crazy Legs than Crazy Eyes.
13. George “Pornstache” Mendez portrayed by Pablo Schreiber (The Wire, Weeds, etc.) is half-brother to Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan, RKO 281, The Butler, X-Men, Mixed Nuts, etc.).
14. The show attracts cool guest directors like Jodie Foster and Andrew McCarthy, hmmm, Pretty in Orange?
15. A majority of the time we see the prisoners wearing khaki, but I guess Khaki is the New Black just doesn’t have the same ring to it.
16. Transgender star Laverne Cox has her twin brother, artist/musician M. Lamar play her in the flashbacks, when she appeared to be a man.
17. Each time Kate Mulgrew appears onscreen I expect to see aliens (too much Star Trek?), or for her to say she’s really Piper’s Mom (they played mother and daughter on the cancelled-too-soon NBC medical drama, Mercy).
18. OITNB shows how people change when they’re around certain people, and that’s definitely not confined to being in prison.
19. Where did Red (Kate Mulgrew) get the nickname Red? Her hair colour? Because she’s Russian? Or maybe there’s a Shawshank Redemption connection, Morgan Freeman’s character also had the nickname Red.
20. Love it, hate it, ignore it, haven’t gotten to it yet? There are obvious and subtle socioeconomic messages layered among the gratuitous sex scenes, high school drama, and First World Problems; highlighting circumstances may have landed most of the characters in prison, but some had more options than others. Orange Is the New Black is a pretty pink powder puff translation of a social system that’s as broken as those that end up in it, but it has an awesome cast, superb writing, great directing; overall, a cool show.