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Locked in Litchfied: Popular Netflix show may be reaching the end of its sentence


June 16, 2015

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    TL;DR: This season is as likable as Healy. Just kidding -- no one likes Healy. This season is as likeable as Caputo.

    Basic thoughts while watching: Piper, what the hell are you doing?
    The adventures of Piper and friends continue in the highly anticipated third installment of Orange is the New Black. Fans everywhere spent last weekend with their eyes glued to a steady stream of prison-based entertainment, involving everything from dirty panty-sniffing perverts to very pissed-off drug dealers.   
    The show continues its normal shenanigans that locked me in from season one.There are plenty of puns, funny transitions from scene to scene, and moments where you absolutely love the characters. There are also some wonderful allusions to season one that made me grin, and not one but two references to a popular musical that made me smile like a kid.
    The problem is, the show seems to be running out of momentum. Since the beginning, Orange has offered a lot of heavy material. There were moments in seasons one and two where I actually had to stop watching for a second because it was so emotional. I think that season three may actually try a little too hard to be a drama, to the point where it just seems bleak. One incident in particular seemed very intense and a little out of nowhere. If you’ve watched the season you know what I’m talking about because it happens not once but twice in a ten-minute time frame.
    There’s also a weird subplot that seems a little out of nowhere. It involves one of Red’s former kitchen henchmen and her newfound popularity, for reasons that seem like a little bit of a stretch. While I’m happy she got her moment, I’m sad it had to be so weird.
    All good things must come to an end, and this show is no exception. Though it was an all-around entertaining season, I think there either needs to be some major changes or the writers need to wrap it up. Some of the more interesting plot lines from season one have lost their spark, and we have learned almost all of the back stories. Usually season four is where things start getting rough for shows (just look at American Horror Story or Glee), so let's pray to Norma that this show is the exception.


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